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Is heritage history? History and the built environment

 Susan Marsden was State Historian, Community History Unit, History Trust of South Australia, when this essay was published in Community History (June 1992, pp. 6-9). An earlier version of this paper was given in 1990 at a seminar on ‘The Planning Review and Heritage Act Review - implications for the built heritage’, presented by the SA Environmental Law Association and the National Trust of SA. Some of the references to heritage agencies have been updated.The author thanks History SA for permission to reproduce this essay.

Dr Susan Marsden is a professional historian (and a founding member of the PHA) who runs her own consultancy business, writing commissioned histories, recording oral histories, carrying out heritage surveys and preparing other reports, talks and exhibitions. She has worked as South Australia’s State Historian, and as National Conservation Manager for the Australian Council of National Trusts in Canberra, and has been a member of both ACT and SA Heritage Authorities as well as national heritage committees She is presently a member of the State Records Council and of the SA Heritage Council’s Register Committee. She is author/co-author of many publications, those relating to South Australia’s history and heritage including Historical guidelines (SA Historic Preservation Plan); Heritage of the River Murray; Business, charity and sentiment: the SA Housing Trust 1936–1986; Heritage of the City of Adelaide; Our house: histories of Australian homes (Internet); Challenging times: the National Trust of South Australia 1955–2005; and Twentieth century heritage survey – stage 1 (1946-59) & stage 2 (1928-45).

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