Amendments in 1998 to the NSW Heritage Act 1977 established the State Heritage Register and provided for the Heritage Council to develop criteria for listing on the Register. These criteria were published in the NSW Government Gazette in April 1999. Of the seven criteria, two are related to historical values. One of these criteria deals specifically with the significance of associations between a person or group of persons and an item – which may be a building, object, place or other element of the physical environment.
When using the ‘association’ criterion the association needs to be explicitly identified and assessed. To simply claim that an association exists without providing supporting evidence and analysis will not be accepted by the Heritage Council.