More than grass: exploring the Esplanade

th Floor, The New Esplanade Hotel, 18 The Esplanade, Perth

Cost: $15 for History Council Members

$20 for non members (and late registrants)

Cost includes light refreshments and four dynamic speakers

“There has been a great deal about the future of the Perth Waterfront, but very little about the past. We hope to balance that out.”

History Council President Dr Lise Summers.

The Forum will showcase four informed and engaging speakers who will examine the history and heritage of the site, from a range of perspectives. Following the presentations, the forum will open to the floor for a no-doubt lively discussion.

Heritage proponents in the City of Perth have long mourned the loss of several iconic buildings during the enthusiasm of the 1960s. Funded by a booming mining and resources market, St George’s Terrace was fundamentally restructured, with multi-story office blocks replacing the smaller, more human scaled buildings of the previous mining boom. Among the losses was the Esplanade Hotel, where the long fought Australia New Zealand rivalry for the pavlova was born. And now, in another mining boom, we face the loss of another Esplanade.

The History Council of Western Australia is the peak organisation for history in the State. The proposed Perth Waterfront project will have a significant impact on the State Registered Esplanade Reserve. While the History Council is not opposed to development as such, we wish to draw attention to the heritage status of the area, which we believe has been a missing part of the discussion to date and the fact that it is a community asset of immense importance.

Speaker details

Thomas E Perrigo (Tom): Chair

Tom Perrigo has served as the National Trust of Australia (WA)’s Chief Executive Officer since 1990.

A leader in Western Australia’s cultural heritage industry, Tom’s commitment to best practice sustainable and educational outcomes for WA’s natural and cultural heritage continues to deliver outstanding community benefits for local residents and visitors.

Educated in the State of Montana, USA, Tom holds tertiary qualifications in education, science and cultural heritage


management. His extensive practical experience in interpretation and conservation includes working with Western Australian Maritime Museum and the Rottnest Island Authority for seven years.

Tom has served on a range of boards, councils, committees and review panels including the State Heritage Policy Working Group (2009), Trails Reference Panel (Department of Sport and Recreation).

Qualifications: BSc BA MSc MA.

Julie Lunn: Marches and Meetings Marches and Meetings J Lunn

Julie Lunn graduated from Murdoch University in 2007 having completed a Bachelor of Arts with Second Class Honours (Division A) in History. Her thesis was titled “Unemployed Protest in Central Perth 1928-1934: Analysing Place and Occasion”.


This study focused on the processes of the protests organised by the non-union unemployed men, who were actively protesting in the Perth CBD between 1928 and 1934, and the places of protests they used within the city. The relationship between the places where protests occurred – including the Perth Esplanade, and the protests themselves, was central to her thesis.

Since graduating Julie has worked as a historical researcher on a commissioned history, several Municipal Heritage Inventories and conservation plans. She currently works part-time as a Humanities Graduate Studies Research Officer at Curtin University. In early 2011 commenced her PhD at Curtin which is titled “The Changing Meanings of Western Australian Anzac Days Since 1916.”

Gaye Nayton: Foreshore treasure: The potential archaeology of the buried Port of Perth. Foreshore treasure Port of Perth

Gaye Nayton will speak about the buried port of Perth that is underneath the Esplanade and Supreme Courts Gardens.

Archaeologist and author Gaye Nayton specializes in the heritage of Western Australia’s historical period.


She has been working in cultural resource management for 17 years producing conservation plans, archaeological surveys and assessments, excavations, heritage precinct studies and other assessment and management documents. These include broader management directives such as a national research plan for maritime archaeology, strategies for combining heritage, tourism and research at Cossack, Broome and Albany and heritage tourism strategies for Collie and Peel.

She has a particular interest in involving the public with archaeology and to that end acts as state representative for National Archaeology Week and over the years has undertaken 22 archaeological public outreach and public education projects for adults and children.

Dr Lise Summers: Recreation for reclamation

Lise Summers is active in the areas of community, urban and environmental history and archives administration.  She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne for her thesis, ‘From wasteland to parkland: a history of designed public open space in the City of Perth, 1829 – 1965’. Lise was involved with the development of the City of South Perth Municipal Inventory while employed as


Local Studies Librarian, and has worked closely with architects on a number of heritage assessments, such as the Claremont Fire Station. She has also presented at conferences on urban history and archives management, and lectured in both fields. She has worked on the History Council committee for over five years and was elected as President of the History Council in August this year.