‘Scenery’ and the origins of heritage preservation in New Zealand and Australia

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In explaining the modern rise of interest in historic sites and their preservation, tourism has typically been seen as a lesser influence, or worse, as a corrupting influence on the ‘real’ role of heritage. While today most within the heritage community have moved beyond such views, the significance of tourism to the rise of both heritage and formal heritage protection regimes is not widely appreciated. Focusing on the colonial contexts of the 1903 New Zealand Scenery Preservation Act and 1915 Tasmanian Act of the same name, this article seeks to reclaim the importance of tourism to the emergence of heritage protection, and the ever-evolving understanding of the values that are seen to constitute the basis of heritage’s utility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-95
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Tourism History
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jan 2024
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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