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UQ Union complex is part of our heritage

Political activists, Forum attendees and stall holders, Schonell movie buffs, Cement Box dramatists, 4ZZZ supporters, student leaders and student followers, we need you!

Here is a call from the Save the UQ Union Complex for stories to demonstrate the heritage of the UQ Forum Area, the Relax Block, 4ZZZ studios and the Schonell Theatre.

The application to have the UQ Union Complex listed on the Queensland Heritage Register has been submitted and accepted for assessment.

Thank you to everyone who helped the SUQUC committee to get to this point.

The next phase of the process is an opportunity for public submissions.

Within the next ten days a public notice of the application will be placed in a local newspaper and on the Queensland Government website. This notice will invite written submissions from interested parties who wish to provide comment.

WBT will be advised once this public notice has been placed, providing more information on how and where to make a submission. But don’t wait until then to start work.

It is crucial that people with an association with these places bombard the Department with supportive submissions. Under the rules, submissions ‘must relate to the suitability of the place under the criteria specified in the Heritage Act,’ and they must be lodged within 20 business days of advertising. Here’s what the Act says about the criteria:

A place may be entered in the Queensland Heritage Register as a State heritage place if it satisfies one or more of the following criteria:

(a) the place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history;

(b) the place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage;

(c) the place has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Queensland’s history;

(d) the place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places;

(e) the place is important because of its aesthetic significance;

(f) the place is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period;

(g) the place has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons;

(h) the place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland’s history.

The Heritage application for this site addresses criteria (a), (d), (e), (f) and (h) with particular emphasis on (a) and (h). It will soon be available to view on the Department’s website

The SUQUC Committee needs as many people as they can muster working on submissions that support the case we have made in the application. 

Political activists, Forum attendees and stall holders, Schonell movie buffs, Cement Box dramatists, 4ZZZ supporters, student leaders and student followers, we need you!

Here are a few images to inspire your submission writing. 

1. From UQ to Roma Street, marching for civil liberties, September 1967. (Folder 4, Box 182, UQFL194, Fryer Library UQ)

2. Humphrey McQueen speaking against the Vietnam War in the UQU Refectory, 27 Feb 1971. (Item 260, Box 18, UQFL241, Fryer Library UQ)

3. Student Union Co-op, Jul 1973 (UQA, S909 p1580)

4. Production of ‘Precious Moments’, Cement Box Theatre, Jun1973 (UQA, S909 p1575)

5. Mystery of Sixes play 4ZZZ Market Day, 1982 (Paul O’Brien Collection, SLQ)

6. TEAS march intercepted by cops at the edge of campus, 29 Jul 1976.  (UQA, S909 p1928n)

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