Themes of the Heritage Gap Study

The themes and sub-themes of the Heritage Gap Study come from the Thematic Environmental History.

1. Shaping Victoria’s environment

This theme looks at the geography of Moonee Valley, including rivers and creeks.

Sub-themes identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study:

1.1 Tracing climatic and topographic change
1.2 Tracing the emergence of Victoria’s plants and animals
1.3 Living with natural processes
1.4 Appreciating and protecting Victoria’s natural wonders
1.5 Campaigning to defend the environment

2. Peopling Victoria’s places and landscapes

This theme traces the early settlement of Moonee Valley from the beginning of settlement in Victoria and the impact of the Victorian gold rushes.

Sub-themes identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study:

2.1 Living as Victoria’s original inhabitants
2.2 Exploring, surveying and mapping
2.4 Arriving in a new land
2.5 Migrating and making a home
2.7 Promoting settlement
2.8 Fighting for identity

3. Connecting Victorians by transport and communication

This theme looks at the expansion of Moonee Valley through the development of roads, rivers, railways, tramlines, aviation and postal services.

Sub-themes identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study:

3.1 Establishing pathways
3.2 Linking Victorians by water
3.3 Linking Victorians by rail
3.4 Linking Victorians by road in the twentieth century
3.5 Travelling by tram
3.6 Linking Victorians by air
3.7 Establishing and maintaining communications

4. Transforming the land

This theme traces the rural history of Moonee Valley, including pastoral beginnings, agriculture, horticulture and stock markets.

Sub-themes identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study:

4.3 Grazing and raising livestock
4.4 Farming
4.6 Exploiting natural resources for building materials

5. Building Victoria’s industries and workforce

This theme looks at industries developed in line with settlement patterns in Moonee Valley, including industries and commercial enterprises developed as a result of war time and post-war industrial change.

Sub-themes identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study:

5.1 Processing raw materials
5.2 Developing a manufacturing capacity
5.3 Marketing and retailing
5.4 Exhibiting Victoria’s innovation and products
5.5 Banking and finance
5.6 Entertaining and socialising
5.7 Catering for tourists
5.8 Working

6. Building towns, cities and the garden state

This theme looks at the patterns of residential development, including housing and garden styles.

Sub-themes identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study:

6.3 Shaping the suburbs
6.7 Making homes for Victorians

7. Governing Victorians

This theme covers Moonee Valley’s administration, including levels of local, state and federal government, as well as law and order.

Sub-themes identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study:

7.1 Developing institutions of self-government and democracy
7.2 Struggling for political rights
7.3 Maintaining law and order
7.4 Defending Victoria and Australia

8. Building community life

This theme looks at religious, educational and cultural institutions in Moonee Valley.

Sub-themes identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study:

8.1 Maintaining spiritual life
8.2 Educating people
8.3 Providing health and welfare services
8.4 Forming community organisations
8.5 Preserving traditions and commemorating
8.6 Marking the phases of life

9. Shaping cultural and creative life

This theme covers cultural organisations within the study area, including sports clubs and facilities, artists, performers, cultural activities and sites.

Sub-themes identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study:

9.1 Participating in sport and recreation
9.2 Nurturing a vibrant arts scene
9.3 Achieving distinction in the arts
9.4 Creating popular culture
9.5 Advancing knowledge

Last updated: Friday, 15 January 2016, 12:56 AM