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Richard Allom interviewed by Bronwyn Hanna in the Burra Charter oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5018299
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Allom, Richard, 1944-, Interviewee
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
2 sound files (ca. 168 min.) 

Burra Charter oral history project.

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Mode of access: Online. 


Richard Allom born 1944 in Brisbane, speaks about his family; his parents; wanting to write an architectural family history of the Cowlishaws' contribution; his Windsor house being State heritage listed; his sister; commencing architecture at Queensland University, getting a job for three years on oil rig in Bass Strait; being accepted in Melbourne University architecture school; George Tibbits; Bauhaus architectural teaching approach; his concerns about focus on CAD (computer aided design); graduating and working for a small practice in Melbourne; slum clearance and modernist towers versus heritage conservation; the social difficulties with high rise towers; his marriage; travelling to Europe early (1975); the Labor Government important for introducing the ‘National Estate’ and Justice Hope's inquiry in (1975); working for Queensland National Trust (1975); principles for heritage conservation developed by National Trust prior to Burra Charter; Anne Berminghan, the first Australian member of International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS's); Max Bourke; Venice Charter; founding of ICOMOS in Australia; the Victorian Government becoming the first State to have its own heritage legislation; the Sisalation Scholarship from Institute of Architects; Meredith Walker.

Allom talks about Federal Government cutting back on heritage funding (1976); being in Burra the night the charter was adopted; Burra Charter funded by Australian Heritage Commission; Jim Kerr; conservation plans; Gold Coast heritage study; his passion for looking after old things; the next generation more interested in sustainability; loosing his job with National Trust and going into private practice; Commonwealth Government grants; using historic, vernacular principles in designing a new shire hall for Birdsville, winning a merit award from the Institute of Architects; Clive Lucas; Queensland National Trust Heritage list; Queensland planning legislation, Queensland Heritage Council; the Queensland Government determining to dispose of historic buildings (1993); Treasury Building; Miles Lewis; Rockhampton Railway Roundhouse winning a national RAIA award, (1994); his three children; his wife death ten years ago; remarrying; closing down the office but keeping the business; still working on the odd job; having a good time all his life; his interests.


Recorded on 6 December 2010 in Brisbane, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary not yet available. 
Subjects Allom, Richard, 1944- -- Interviews.  |  Architects -- Queensland -- Interviews.  |  Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration.  |  Cultural property -- Protection -- Australia
Occupation Architects.
Other authors/contributors Hanna, Bronwyn J, Interviewer

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