Today is the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) World Heritage Day. Established in 1982, World Heritage Day is recognised by UNESCO as a day to celebrate and promote cultural heritage, and an opportunity to raise awareness about its diversity, its relevance and the importance of conservation.
The theme for this year’s world heritage day is rural landscapes, and although Mosman’s urban location puts it a long way from any rural landscapes, the diversity of heritage in Mosman is worth celebrating.
Mosman has nearly 500 individually listed heritage items, 14 of which are state heritage listed, and 13 Heritage Conservation Areas. Our diverse heritage ranges from indigenous heritage, such as rock carvings, to houses, such as the iconic Igloo House designed by Harry Seidler, to infrastructure, such as Mosman’s historic split level roads.
Mosman’s heritage gives us a sense of living history and provides a physical link to the work and way of life of earlier generations. It enriches our lives and helps us to understand who we are today.
If you would like to find out more about Mosman’s heritage, Council’s website has a range of resources available including heritage studies on Aboriginal and built heritage, information on how to research a heritage property in Mosman and a range of other resources. Get busy this World Heritage Day and visit mosman.nsw.gov.au/planning-and-development/heritage.