Custom, conflict and the construction of heritage: European huts on the Tasmanian Central Plateau

Collett, David and Knowles, Joan and Pocock, Celmara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3257-9689 (2022) Custom, conflict and the construction of heritage: European huts on the Tasmanian Central Plateau. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. pp. 1-21. ISSN 2051-8196


Abstract

This paper uses historical and ethnographic information to examine how local communities have turned huts on the Central Plateau, Tasmania into heritage. The Central Plateau was subject to increased environmental regulation in the late 1980s and early 1990s following the inscription of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. These regulations disrupted a range of community practices that maintained communal attachment to and ‘ownership’ of the land. Some locals responded by using the huts on the Plateau to memorialize their attachments to the mountain, creating a new status for the huts as heritage. Consequently, the government and community agreed that these buildings now required conservation management. This marks a fundamental shift in community attachment from practices (intangible heritage) to material hut preservation (tangible heritage), that has required community to accept the regulatory framework that disrupted their prior cultural practices that formed the basis of their traditional ‘communal’ ownership of the land.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 23:23
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heritage; community; conservation; social value; huts; Tasmania; customs; practices; World Heritage
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4302 Heritage, archive and museum studies > 430203 Cultural heritage management (incl. world heritage)
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4302 Heritage, archive and museum studies > 430202 Critical heritage, museum and archive studies
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4302 Heritage, archive and museum studies > 430208 Intangible heritage
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130403 Conserving intangible cultural heritage
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130401 Assessment of heritage value
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/20518196.2022.2080905
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49116

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