Director Roger Beeston, was appointed as a Heritage Advisor to the Melbourne City Council towards the end of last year.


Architectural historian, Anthony Hemingway, recently traveled to India as part of a team from AusHeritage – Australia’s international cultural heritage network. The team visited a number of sites, firstly to Santiniketan, north of Calcutta (Kolcatta), to collaborate in the development of a functional brief for identifying critical aspects of a proposed museum for Rabindranath Tagore.

One of Mr Tagore’s houses, Santinikaten

Next, an open forum on heritage issues was held at Loreto College in Calcutta, in conjunction with INTACH. Then a training forum/workshop was held in Kerala with the Institute for Management in Government. The focus of the workshop was on equipping Museum staff to manage major risks to cultural collections.

Calcutta (Kolcatta)

Later, the AusHeritage team, accompanied by David Holly, Australian Consul-General to southern India, undertook a reconnaissance visit to the Kamaraj memorial house in Virudhunagar (near Trivandrum). K. Kamaraj, 1903 – 1975, was an Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the house is where K. Kamaraj grew up. The purpose of the visit was to investigate the potential for preparing a Conservation Management Plan for the site.

Anthony also gave a presentation at the Madras Christian College at Chennai on the topic – “Conservation Management Plans – Managing Change.” For further information on the trip, visit the AusHeritage website at

Summer school

Margaret Nicoll attended a summer school on “The Conservation of Traditional Buildings” held by David Young at Canberra University in January. Site visits included the 1860s London Bridge Homestead at Queenbeyan, the nearby city of Goulburn and 1830s dairy at Duntroon.

A limewashing workshop was held at Cooma Cottage, Yass. The property was bought by Hamiton Hume (of Hume and Hovell fame) in 1839, who proceeded to extend the ‘cottage’ over the next 20 years, including adding his own Palladian style wings and Greek Revival portico.

The ‘cottage’
Busy lime washers!
18 April 2011

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21 June 2023

2023 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards

The 2023 Awards ceremony for the Victorian Australian Institute of Architects was held on Friday the 16th June.

Several representatives from RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants attended the event, where we were proud to receive an Award for Heritage Conservation for the Prahran Arcade Façade Conservation and a Commendation for Heritage – Conservation for the restoration of Doherty House in Tarneit.

Additionally, we were pleased to see Searle x Waldron receive an Award for Architecture for the Joyce Chapel Bridge and Wardle receive The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture for the Bendigo Law Courts – both projects that RBA have been involved in.

Learn more about the Prahran Arcade Facade Conservation here

Learn more about the Doherty House Restoration here

Doherty House, Tarneit (Image: Thurston Empson)

Bendigo Law Courts, Wardle (Image: Tim Griffith)

Prahran Arcade (Image: Thurston Empson)

Joyce Chapel Bridge, Searle x Waldron (Image: Peter Bennetts)


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