By Sophie Watt
When I was a child, my parents dragged me all over the Australian countryside to develop “an appreciation for Australia’s history” by visiting colonial houses, convict-built bridges and, in some sad cases, the crumbling ruins of what was once a proud part of our country’s heritage. While it impressed on me how little choice I had in my own history schooling, it did open a rich world of heritage-listed architecture built well before my time, and demonstrated what it stood for.
But have you ever wondered who decides whether that run-down cottage you drive by, or the sandstone bridge you walk over, survives modern development? Or how much this heritage conservation costs?