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Biographical entry Sullivan, Sharon Mary (1944 - )


6 April 1944
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Sharon Sullivan is an archaeologist who has been influential in the management of cultural heritage in Australia. For over 30 years she held positions in the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Australian Heritage Commission, with a focus on Aboriginal cultural resources. She consistently worked to increase government and public awareness of the strength of the relationship between Aboriginal people and sites, emphasising the important role of local communities and values. Sullivan played a key role in the establishment of cultural resource management in Australia. Among her publications is Looking after heritage places: the basics of heritage planning for managers, landowners and administrators (1998) written with Michael Pearson. Between 1996 and 2000 Sullivan led the Australian delegation to the World Heritage Committee, and has acted in an advisory capacity to Australia and international heritage sites. Since 2013 the Australian Heritage Council has awarded the Sharon Sullivan National Heritage Award, recognising outstanding long term contribution to Australia's national heritage in the natural, indigenous or historic environment.



Education - BA (hons), University of New England
Education - DipEd, University of New England
1969 - 1973
Career position - Archaeologist and historian, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
Education - MA (hons), University of New England
1973 - 1985
Career position - Senior Cultural Heritage Manager, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
1985 - 1989
Career position - Regional Director, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
1986 -
Career position - Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
1989 - 1990
Career position - Deputy Director, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
1990? - 2000?
Career position - Executive Director, Australian Heritage Commission
1996 - 2000
Career position - Australian Government Leader of Delegation, World Heritage Committee
Award - Australian Government Public Service Medal
Award - Getty Conservation Institute Residential Fellowship, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and the humanities in prehistory and land conservation
2003 -
Career position - Member, New South Wales Heritage Council
Award - Hon DUniv, James Cook University
2005 -
Award - Honorary Life Member, ICOMOS
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to cultural heritage conservation, including Indigenous heritage, and to influencing conservation practices worldwide
Award - Rhys Jones Medal, Australian Archaeological Association
2006 -
Career position - Consultant, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
2006 -
Career position - Deputy Chairman, New South Wales Heritage Council
2012 -
Career position - Deputy Chair, Port Arthur Historic Site Authority, Tasmania

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See also

  • Who's who in Australia 2012 (Melbourne: Crown Content Pty Ltd, 2012), 2430 pp. Details

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