‘On the move’? Maritime heritage and urban redevelopment in Melbourne

Cooke, Steven 2015, ‘On the move’? Maritime heritage and urban redevelopment in Melbourne, Historic environment, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 24-35.

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Title ‘On the move’? Maritime heritage and urban redevelopment in Melbourne
Author(s) Cooke, StevenORCID iD for Cooke, Steven orcid.org/0000-0002-8679-5195
Journal name Historic environment
Volume number 27
Issue number 3
Start page 24
End page 35
Total pages 12
Publisher Council for the Historic Environment
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0726-6715
Keyword(s) heritage
maritime museum
urban redevelopment
Summary This paper explores issues surrounding the conservation and management of Polly Woodside, one of Victoria’s most significant maritime heritage objects. Sold to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) for restoration in 1968, the ship has been berthed in the historic Duke’s Dock since 1978. Through various incarnations, the ship and associated museum have been a key feature of the Melbourne ‘riverscape’, and a major tourist attraction, ever since. The paper briefly explores the history of the Polly Woodside and museum, before focusing on the debates about the future use and location of the vessel brought about by the continuing redevelopment of Melbourne’s South Wharf from the mid-1990s until today. It examines how these contentious and often heated debates were shaped by different understandings of the ship's cultural significance, as well as ideas of community, ownership and sustainability, which have wider implications for the management of maritime cultural heritage within a context of urban redevelopment and place promotion.
Language eng
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
1201 Architecture
2103 Historical Studies
2101 Archaeology
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Council for the Historic Environment
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081116

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