Culture and heritage

Aboriginal cultural heritage

Challenges in the Landscape: Memories of conserving historic heritage in the NSW park system, 1967-2000

OEH is responsible for protecting the state’s natural and cultural heritage. NSW’s protected areas, which include the State’s national parks, are rich in biodiversity, and contain a significant proportion of the State’s cultural heritage – objects, places and sites of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous historic heritage significance. The tangible historic heritage which OEH is charged with protecting, conserving and managing ranges from prominent structures such as lightstations, homesteads, woolsheds, gaols and the old townships of Hartley and Hill End, to much smaller and less obtrusive markers of past uses of the landscape such as graves, plaques and memorials, wells, orchards and clearings.

Between 1967 and 2003, these protected areas were managed for their natural and cultural values by the National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW.

Challenges in the landscape is a publication which brings to life the experiences, memories and observations of nine NPWS employees who worked on the conservation of historic heritage between 1967 and 2000. They were just some of the specialists who promoted and guided the protection of historic heritage places, and the rangers and senior managers charged with the allocation of resources and on-the-ground management of these places.

The insights of these past and present staff members reveal the complexities in managing landscapes for both their natural and cultural heritage values. Their stories provide a fascinating picture not only of how historic heritage was managed in the past but also of the principles and beliefs that underwrite park management. Challenges in the landscape encourages us to think critically about past, present and future management practices of the historic heritage of the NSW park system.

Documents to download

This publication is available in two versions. If you have broadband internet connection, you may wish to download the complete book (9.34 MB):


If you have a dial-up internet connection, you may wish to download sections of the book individually:

Part 1 (PDF - 3.11 MB)

· Contents

· Acknowledgements

· Abbreviations, acronyms and definitions

· Foreword

· Introduction

· Part One: Overview

Part 2 (PDF - 2.67 MB)

· Biographies

Part 3 (PDF - 3.56 MB)

· Case Studies

· Conclusions

· Afterword

· Bibliography

· Appendix: NPWS Corporate Structure 1967-2000

The format and structure of this publication may have been adapted for web delivery.

Page last updated: 14 June 2011