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Tim Smith: Military Heritage – From Victoria to the Turkish Dardanelles

January 1, 1970 @ 12:00 am

Victorians are invited to an informative evening of local and international military heritage news, as the Royal Historical Society of Victoria welcomes the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria, Tim Smith.To be held on Tuesday 19 May at 5.45pm, Tim will discuss the work being done to protect and celebrate military heritage sites, both here in Victoria and in parts of Turkey.

“Heritage Victoria has been working hard to actively protect military heritage sites around the State, and I’ll provide an insight into our various initiatives – from interactive self-guided heritage tours to innovative 3D scanning of key sites,” noted Tim.

“I’ll also share highlights from my longstanding private volunteer involvement in international archaeological projects related to war heritage sites.”

A site Tim has been heavily involved in is Australia’s Gallipoli submarine site РAE2 (1913-1915) Рlocated near the Turkish Dardanelles.

Tim will discuss the findings of the recent archaeological expedition to the site, including the archaeological approvals process, the methodology developed to investigate the internal areas of AE2 with least impact, and the research questions answered by this internationally unique scientific survey of a World War One British E-class submarine.

“Our discussion will explore the heritage value of AE2 to both Turkey and Australia, the historical role it played in the Battle of Canakkale (The Dardanelles Campaign), and the new appreciation for the craft and its brave crew that has been generated through the Foundation’s work,” explained Tim.

“I’ll also illustrate a private project led at Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay in 2010 to map the underwater battlefield cultural landscape.

“And I’ll share highlights from a recent joint initiative with Turkish colleagues inspecting World War One submarine wrecks in Port Phillip Bay.”
About the speaker
Tim Smith is the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria and delivers the functions of the Heritage Act 1995 Рincluding nominations for places and objects for inclusion on the State-level Victorian Heritage Register (VHR), permits for changes to listed items, and management of the State’s archaeological resource. Tim is also the Director of Maritime Archaeology of the AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd (AE2CF).
About the event
Date: Tuesday 19 May
Time: 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Address: Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A’Beckett Street
Melbourne
Cost: $10 non-members; free for members of the RHSV
Enquiries: t: (03) 9326 9288 e: office@historyvictoria.org.au w: historyvictoria.org.au

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