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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2004 (Reissue)  
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Contents >> Museums >> Historic and Indigenous Places

HISTORIC AND INDIGENOUS PLACES

Australia's cultural heritage is not confined to museums and the objects they hold. A considerable number of places of cultural or heritage value are recorded on the Register of the National Estate. The National Estate is defined as 'those places, being components of the natural environment of Australia, or the cultural environment of Australia, that have aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance or other special value for future generations as well as for the present community'.

8.9 REGISTER OF THE NATIONAL ESTATE(a), Number of places - 30 June 2003

Type
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT(b)
Aust.(c)

Historic places
3 143
2 465
740
1 209
971
1 211
157
199
10 137
Natural environment places
521
386
329
391
373
271
73
30
2 399
Indigenous places
222
111
157
153
75
77
107
30
932
Total numbers of places listed
3 886
2 962
1 226
1 753
1 419
1 559
337
259
13 468

(a) Includes both registered and interim listed places.
(b) Includes Jervis Bay.
(c) Includes external territories.
Australian Heritage Commission, Annual Report, 2002-03 (online).


The Register of the National Estate had a total of 10,137 historic places recorded on 30 June 2003, which included 2,624 residential buildings, 933 religious places and 500 hotels, motels and inns. The number of historic places on the Register had increased by 11% (1,007) in the six years to June 2003.

8.10 HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT PLACES ON THE REGISTER OF THE NATIONAL ESTATE(a) - 30 June 2003

Type
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT(b)
Aust.(c)

Residential buildings
783
847
136
267
202
357
18
10
2 624
Religion
272
209
80
148
64
141
4
13
933
Farming and grazing
235
252
28
51
71
206
10
34
891
Retail and wholesale
186
106
54
72
122
77
3
4
625
Hotels, motels and inns
165
80
33
67
65
79
3
8
500
Law and enforcement
215
85
26
53
37
30
10
5
461
Education
142
76
25
57
44
38
1
15
398
Urban area
164
44
13
38
24
25
4
12
328
Government and administration
84
61
21
26
23
29
3
13
263
Recreation and entertainment
68
79
22
37
25
15
1
10
258
Parks, gardens and trees
87
58
12
29
24
15
9
17
251
Other
742
568
290
364
270
199
91
58
2 605
Total
3 143
2 465
740
1 209
971
1 211
157
199
10 137

(a) Includes both registered and interim listed places.
(b) Includes Jervis Bay.
(c) Includes external territories.
Australian Heritage Commission, Annual Report, 2002-03 (online).


At 30 June 2003, there were 932 Indigenous places recorded on the Register of the National Estate, which included 213 Aboriginal art sites, 108 Aboriginal site complexes and 101 Aboriginal occupation sites. The number of Indigenous places on the Register increased by 44 (5%) in the six years to June 2003.

8.11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander places on the register of the national estate(a)(b) - 30 June 2003

Type
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT(c)
Aust.(d)

Aboriginal art site
70
17
34
42
25
5
18
2
213
Places of significance to Aboriginal people
25
6
14
23
9
2
51
3
133
Aboriginal site complex
18
4
17
17
16
13
23
-
108
Aboriginal occupation site
17
8
10
24
9
27
4
2
101
Aboriginal shell midden
15
17
16
5
-
17
-
-
70
Aboriginal modified trees
23
8
9
2
2
-
1
19
64
Aboriginal stone arrangements
9
4
26
8
3
3
-
1
54
Aboriginal historic or contact site
15
10
2
8
5
1
8
-
49
Aboriginal quarries
3
7
7
9
3
5
-
1
35
Aboriginal burials/cemeteries/graves
10
13
2
1
2
3
1
-
32
Other
17
17
20
14
1
1
1
2
73
Total numbers of places listed
222
111
157
153
75
77
107
30
932

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Includes both registered and interim listed places.
(b) Most of the places listed on the Register encompass a number of Aboriginal sites.
(c) Includes Jervis Bay.
(d) Includes external territories.
Australian Heritage Commission, Annual Report, 2002-03 (online).


There were also 2,399 natural environment places on the Register of the National Estate at 30 June 2003, which are discussed in greater detail in Chapter 9 of this publication.


More comprehensive statistics on the types of places on the Register of the National Estate can be found in the annual reports of the Australian Heritage Council, and on their web site <http://www.ahc.gov.au>.

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