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Garden & landscape heritage:a crisis of tangible & intangible comprehension and curatorship

conference contribution
posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by David Jones
The cultural landscape of George Town, Penang, Malaysia, embraces the historic enclave of George Town as well as a range of other significant colonial vestiges adjacent to the entrépôt. Many of these landscapes cannot be isolated from the énclave as they are integral to and part of its cultural mosaic and character. Perhaps the most important are the Penang Hill hill-station landscape and the 'Waterfall‘ Botanic Gardens. The latter is an under-valued 'garden of the empire‘—a garden that significantly underpinned the development and historical and botanical stature of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.This paper reviews the cultural significance of colonial botanic gardens as they were established around the world during the scientific explosion of the late 1800s. It addresses their position within World Heritage listings, and considers the role, significance and importance of the 'Waterfall‘ Botanic Gardens within this context, within the concept of 'cultural landscapes‘, and critiques its absence from the recent World Heritage Listing of the colonial enclaves of Georgetown and Meleka in Malaysia.

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Event

Asian Studies Association of Australia. Biennial Conference (18th : 2010 : Adelaide, S.A.)

Pagination

1 - 23

Publisher

Asian Studies Association of Australia

Location

Adelaide, S.A.

Place of publication

[Adelaide, S.A.]

Start date

2010-07-05

End date

2010-07-08

ISBN-13

9780725811365

Language

eng

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Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2010, AASA

Editor/Contributor(s)

E Morrell, M Barr

Title of proceedings

ASAA 2010 : Proceedings of the 18th Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference of the ASAA : Crises and Opportunities : Past, Present and Future

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