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We are fortunate to have been selected to work on a number of international and sensitive historic sites. Our engagement has often commenced with a vision study which then develops into implementation of interpretive strategies for public communication and protection of the site's integrity. The sites are usually suffering from tourism degradation or simply just a lack of information or interpretation. Our work on these places is a close collaboration with expert historians, archaeologists and conservation specialists.

Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania

A tourism site since the late 19th Century, Port Arthur is notorious for events of both the 19th and late 20th centuries. Now part of the World Heritage Australian Convict sites which are unique examples of outstanding universal value. Our engagement was a vision study and DA for conservation and interpretation of the iconic Penitentiary ruin and surrounding site.

Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Constructed in 1939 the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial is dedicated to the 179,000 Australian casualties on the Western Front battlefields of World War 1. The site is 6 hectares and includes a significant military cemetery. Our engagement was a major study and facility development plan to establish a visitor interpretive centre on the site. The study examined all aspects of the development from a total project perspective: civil, road, building, conservation, interpretation, operations and cost.

Al Zubara Museum and Historic Site, Qatar

Al Zubara is an ancient city that is mostly a historic archaeological site and ruin. Located on the northern coast of Qatar it is an isolated site of considerable historic significance in the region. The largest building is an iconic fort. Our commission was to produce a development plan for the site to include an underground museum, storage facilities and site interpretation.

Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

The Kokoda Track is an iconic Australian battleground of World War 2. Whilst the track offers tourists a 10 day walk through rugged tropical landscape there is little interpretation or protection of the specific features along the track. The battle of Isurava is regarded historically as a pivotal battle site. It is also a majestic lookout to the Kokoda valley below.

In 2003 we were engaged to assess the remote and subsequently design and project manage construction of a significant memorial, site interpretation, trekker huts and amenities.

Hellfire Pass Museum, Thailand

Following World War 2, Hellfire Pass was regarded as one of the most difficult and costly sections of the Thai-Burma Railway. It is mountainous, rugged country on the Burmese border. The work around Hellfire Pass was mostly done by Australian prisoners of war. The rail bed and large rail corridor cuttings exist today, many are 70-80 metres long and over 30 metres high - all excavated by hand. Over 90,000 people died building the Thai-Burma Railway.

In 1998 HPA were engaged by the Australian and Thai governments to examine the site and report on establishing a permanent memorial park over a 4km section of the rail bed. The project was jointly funded and today the park features an interpretive centre, tourist amenities, a memorial and bilingual signage along the rail bed. The facility receives over 80,000 visitors per year and has won a number of prestigious awards for heritage site conservation and interpretation.

Other significant historic sites that we have been engaged on include:

  • Sandakan Memorial Park, Borneo, Malaysia.
    Site Establishment and Interpretation.
  • Hermannsburg Historic Town, Northern Territory, Australia.
    Site Interpretation and Signage

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