Hornsby Thematic History2020-12-18T15:58:38+10:00

Hornsby Thematic History

Do you have a story and want to share it as we make history?

In April 2020, Hornsby Shire Council endorsed the commencement of the Comprehensive Heritage Study program. Preparation of a new background thematic history was identified as the top priority.

Hornsby’s previous thematic history was compiled in 1993 as part of the Heritage Study prepared by Perumal Murphy Wu. It has been used to inform the basis of the heritage schedule and Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013 (HDCP) and to address development, design and streetscape within Hornsby Shire for almost 30 years.

The new thematic study is intended inform Council’s subsequent Aboriginal, Landscape and Archaeology studies and the later LEP and Development Control Plan (DCP) review, community engagement, promotion and interpretation studies outlined in the Action Plan 2019.

Hornsby Shire Council welcomes community input into a new ‘Hornsby Thematic History’ project.

You are invited to locate special places, share stories, historical pictures or memorabilia via an online platform called Social Pinpoint. This is a great opportunity for you to contribute to the understanding of Hornsby’s history and identity. 

You are also invited to make comment on the Draft Thematic Framework which has been compiled by GML Heritage with the consultation and documentation review to date.

The Thematic History is being prepared by GML Heritage. It is expected to be completed  in early 2021. The project team will work closely with the Hornsby Council Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC), and the Hornsby Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee (HATSICC) throughout the project.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Thematic History?2020-10-30T07:54:12+10:00

A thematic history provides a broad historical context for understanding the patterns and forces that shaped an area over time. It identifies locally distinctive themes to structure the history. A theme can unite a variety of actions, events, functions, people and dates, it helps to prevent any concentration on a particular type of item, period or event of history.

The thematic history is not intended to be a detailed account of all aspects of the history of an area, nor to replace histories designed to serve other purposes.

The development of the thematic history will align with the 36 New South Wales Historical Themes as defined by Heritage NSW. However as noted by HNSW ‘Not all themes are relevant throughout the state…[and] local themes will not necessarily fit neatly into the state thematic framework.’

What are the objectives of the Thematic History?2020-10-30T07:53:22+10:00

Given the age of the original study, Council is mindful of its need to update the thematic history. The project objectives are:

  1. To prepare a new thematic history to reflect the course and pattern of Aboriginal occupation, landuse and the development of Hornsby Shire as it exists today.
  2. To specifically include Aboriginal occupation, history and heritage, landscape heritage, the impact of post war and modern (post- 1960) development and all other relevant aspects of environmental heritage.
  3. To examine, identify and characterise what is unique about Hornsby Shire in a thematic context.
  4. To create specific local themes relevant to contemporary communities, that have regard to the 36 NSW State Themes.
  5. To explain the major factors that have influenced the history and heritage of Hornsby Shire and shaped its distinctive character in an engaging, contemporary and usable format.
  6. To provide a thematic history that can ensure the historical development and unique character of Hornsby can be reflected in Council’s subsequent studies to be completed under the Comprehensive Heritage Study program timeline and Action Plan 2019.
How can I contribute to the Thematic History?2020-10-30T07:56:16+10:00

Community members will be invited to contribute to the new Thematic History via Social Pinpoint a platform that allows users to locate places, share stories and historical material important to the historical development of the Hornsby Shire LGA.

The thematic framework will also be circulated for comment and suggestions on the update of themes.

The project team will also be working closely with the Hornsby Council Heritage Advisory Committee, Hornsby Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Committee (HATSICC) throughout the development of the project.

Will the Thematic History identify potential heritage items for listing?2020-10-30T07:50:14+10:00

No, the project is intended to set up the framework for the subsequent heritage studies. The Thematic History is not intended to identify specific areas, places, periods, structures or sites for the inclusion in Council’s heritage schedule.

Who is the Consultant Team?2020-10-30T07:49:21+10:00

The development of the Thematic History will be led by GML Heritage with the following team members:

Sharon Veale

Sharon is Chief Executive Officer and Partner, would be GML’s project director for this project. Sharon is a public historian and urban planner with over 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal and historical cultural heritage assessments, management and conservation for public and private sector clients. Sharon would oversee the successful delivery of the project and provide historical and project management advice.

Sharon is known for her strategic and creative thinking.  She has extensive experience in the delivery of independent advice for complex heritage places and planning matters, and is well recognized for award-winning interpretation from concept to implementation, led by design thinking, public history, and people’s stories and memories.

Léonie Masson

Léonie is a historian with over 20 years’ experience. She has prepared site histories, significance assessments and site descriptions for a broad range of reports for private, institutional and local, state and Commonwealth government clients, including conservation/heritage management plans, statements of heritage impact, heritage assessments, and heritage interpretation plans and strategies. Her work has spanned a diverse array of sites in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, from residential and education projects to rural grain silos to inner-city heritage conservation areas.

Prior to joining GML, Léonie worked in heritage consultancies, as a freelance historian and as a senior historical services librarian.

Minna Muhlen-Schulte

GML Senior Heritage Consultant and Historian, would develop the thematic history and research as project manager to this project. As a professional historian and project manager, Minna has developed substantial experience in consulting environments leading research, building interpretive frameworks and community engagement projects for government and private clients in NSW and Victoria. Minna would support and help organise the consultation phase, and liaison with stakeholders. She will identify research to be reviewed and arrange access to collections held at local studies. Minna prepare the draft and final Thematic History.

When will the Thematic History be completed?2020-10-27T14:22:26+10:00

The project is scheduled to be completed by early 2021.

Have Your Say

The Hornsby Thematic History exhibition period closed Friday, 18 December 2020.

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