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Rachael Egerton

Rachael Egerton

Rachael Egerton has been working for the Department of Conservation as a technical advisor on historic heritage since 1995.  My work includes conservation planning, recording and assessing the value of sites, researching history, advising on interpretation and public information, training and mentoring staff, technical conservation advice, and promoting protection and conservation of heritage.  I have been privileged to work on a wide range of heritage across Fiordland, Southland, Stewart Island, and the NZ Subantarctic islands.  Sites I have been involved in managing include pre-historic and historic archaeological sites, industrial ruins, mining remains, historic tracks, tramways and roads, buildings and structures, all with their unique conservation challenges.  Management of many of these places involves working closely with Ngai Tahu, community groups, and partners such as NZHPT and University of Otago.  Like many heritage professionals, I often spend recreation time or holidays visiting heritage places and museums, in NZ and overseas.  I am currently a member of the Professional Historians Association of NZ/Aotearoa, NZ Historic Places Trust, Australasian Society of Historical Archaeology, Federation of Graduate Women of New Zealand, and NZ Archaeological Association (NZAA) for which I am currently a council member.  I am also the Southland District File Keeper for the NZAA.

Paper: Heritage Management at he Port Craig Sawmill Complex: Successes and Challenges

Abstract: The Port Craig sawmill, Te Waewae bay, Southland, was the most technologically advanced sawmill in 1920s New Zealand, and one of the most ambitious sawmilling enterprises in NZ history, using high-output hauling and milling equipment from the United States of America. Today it is a heritage site including some intact original structures and a range of archaeological features, representing all elements of the early twentieth century timber milling industry in NZ. Successes in management to date have relied upon limited budgets, and the good will and hard work of the local community. The challenges that lie ahead require more money and support than that community can provide. The entire site is of national, if not international significance. This needs to be acknowledged and promoted to achieve the conservation of key features, to access the funding required, and draw the visitor numbers that will help sustain the area into the future.

Keynotes
Sir Neil Cossons
Paul Davies
David Dolan
Wayne Johnson
Euan McQueen
Robert McWilliam
Duncan Waterson
Authors
David Beauchamp
Trevor Butler
Matthew Churchward
Andrew Cleland
Rachael Egerton
John Fitzmaurice
Don Fraser
John Gibson
Owen Graham
David Hamilton
Bill Harvey
Peter Holmes
Kevin Jones
Paul Mahoney
Tom Williamson
Peter Lowe
Peter Marquis-Kyle
Gavin McLean
Rob Merrifield
Owen Peake
Miles Pierce
John Porter
Nigel Ridgway
Tony Silke
Jim Staton
Richard Venus
Ian Walsh
Daniel Woo
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