When Ray Tonkin retired as Executive Director of Heritage Victoria in June 2009, his reflection on 30 years of heritage conservation formed the inaugural Heritage Council Address, now held annually. The Address is a free, public event.
The 2012 Heritage Address was held on Wednesday 18 April and featured Emeritus Professor of History Graeme Davison AO speaking on 'Heritage in a Modern Society'.
Graeme Davison has taught at the University of Melbourne, Harvard University (where he was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies) and at Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of the Humanities and an Adjunct Professor in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.
He has been active as an advisor to heritage bodies, museums and in other fields of public history where his publications include A Heritage Handbook and The Use and Abuse of Australian History. His current projects include a collaborative history of the Powerhouse Museum and a history of suburban Australia.