The Parlour community is invited to the fifth annual ACAHUCH Symposium, Navigating Encounters and Exchanges: Intercolonial trade, industry and labour mobility in Asia Pacific, 1800s – 1950s.

Held over three days, the online symposium will explore flows and connections of commodity, craft, labour and expertise between sites and communities across Asia Pacific from 1800s – 1950s and beyond.

Buildings for industry, agriculture and trade in Australia, the Pacific and South-East Asia share an important but forgotten history of encounter, exchange, and influence. Industrial heritage is also under-represented in World Heritage lists, with the Asia Pacific region poorly represented and global connections between industrial sites insufficiently understood (Falser & Yang, 2001).

This symposium addresses these research gaps by providing a forum for academics, archivists, and heritage practitioners to share their examinations of unprecedented buildings for trade and industrial-scale resource extraction across Asia-Pacific’s multiple colonial entities and their successor nation-states.

The symposium is convened by Amanda Achmadi (coordinator), Soon-Tzu Speechley, Hannah Lewi, Paul Walker and Theo Blankley.


24–26 November 2021

Public keynote: 6.30pm Wednesday 24 November
Adrian Vickers and Julia Martinez, “Corrugated Iron and Industry in Tropical Australian Spaces”.

Symposium keynote: 6.30pm Friday 26 November
Alex Bremner, “Seeing is Believing: Visible Infrastructure and Notions of Securitization in Colonial Trade”.

More detail and bookings

Check out the program and further detail on the ACAHUCH website.

Book for the public keynote, “Corrugated Iron and Industry in Tropical Australian Spaces”.

Book for the full symposium.

Watch symposium convenor Amanda Achmadi discuss her own research on this topic as part of Parlour Lab 11, Rethinking Heritage.

The University of Melbourne is a Parlour Partner.