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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

21 September 2005

National Heritage Listing for Victoria's architectural heritage

Three outstanding examples of Victoria’s 20th century architecture are the most recent inclusions in Australia’s National Heritage List, Australian Government Minister the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

Senator Campbell described the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, the former ICI Building (now known as Orica House) in East Melbourne and Newman College in Parkville as being exceptional in the history of architectural design, building technology and practices in Australia.

“Places included on the National Heritage List are considered to be of outstanding value and importance to the nation — each of these three places helps to reveal a unique chapter in Australia’s architectural history,” Senator Campbell said.

A notable experiment in structural engineering, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl combines a sophisticated tensile system with a free form roof while Newman College, with its distinctive use of materials, ornaments and space, is considered significant as an outstanding expression of Walter Burley Griffin’s architectural style.

“Sidney Myer Music Bowl, built between 1956 and 1959, is a rare example of a large-scale sound shell in Australia and helps to illustrate a national story of creative technical achievement,” Senator Campbell said.

“Newman College demonstrates the distinctive aesthetic features associated with the work of Griffin, features which are highly regarded by architectural communities both national and international as well as by the Victorian community.”

Constructed during a building boom in the 1950s, the 21-storey ICI Building was Australia’s tallest freestanding office building at the time of its completion in 1958.

“The ICI Building represented a progressive architectural statement in Australia at the time of its construction, notably through use of modern materials and technology.

“These significant buildings take their place on the National Heritage List with other innovative examples of twentieth century Australian architecture, including Canberra’s Academy of Science Building,” Senator Campbell said.

More than 100 places have been nominated to the new National Heritage List, including many natural, Indigenous and historic places. A total of 19 places have now been included on the National Heritage List.

For information on the National Heritage List visit

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office)  (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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