Local Treasures: Greg Heys (1945-2007) Unfinished Doctoral Thesis Launch

The Late Greg Heys (1945-2007)

The Late Greg Heys (1945-2007)

Day Shift – 21/10/2014 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Interviewees: Wendy Heys, Dr Bernie Curran and Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, University of Newcastle (Australia)

Wendy Heys, wife of former Lord Mayor and University of Newcastle academic Greg Heys, Dr Bernie Curran and Gionni Di Gravio (Archivist) discuss the launch of Greg Heys unpublished and unfinished doctoral thesis on Democratic Governance and Sustainable Regional Development through the University of Newcastle Libraries.

Broadcast Notes:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD GREG HEYS’ THESIS

FREE DOWNLOAD – Democratic Governance for Sustainable Regional Development. Theorising Regional Development Governance Processes for Achieving Ecologically Sustainable Development Objectives in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. By Greg Heys BSW (UNSW) MUrbStud (Macquarie) June 2007. (921KB PDF File)

From Wendy Heys and the Heys Family on behalf of the Editorial Team of Judy Conway, Dr Bernie Curran, Professor Brian English, Dr Moira Gordon AM and Len Regan. 

You are invited to the launch of the unfinished doctoral thesis of former Lord Mayor of Newcastle and University academic Greg Heys entitled ‘Democratic Governance for Sustainable Regional Development’.

By the time of his death in 2007, Greg had conducted a unique set of interviews with ‘champions for the Hunter’ and commenced writing his analysis based upon these.

Greg’s vision for regional development governance in the Hunter, together with the diverse understandings and motivations of the interviewees, underpins the thesis and justifies the decision to edit and publish Greg’s work in order to make it available for others.

The work will be launched by Professor Brian English, long-time friend and academic colleague of Greg at 5.30 PM, Wednesday 29th October 2014 in the Friends of the University Reading Room, Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan. ALL WELCOME.

Please RSVP to Dr Bernie Curran on (02) 49217453 or email bernard.curran@newcastle.edu.au

 

Editorial Team (l-r) Judy Conway, Dr Moira Gordon AM, Wendy Heys, Dr Bernie Curran, Len Regan and Professor Brian English at Launch of Greg Heys Unfinished Thesis on Democratic Governance 29th October 2014.

Editorial Team (l-r) Judy Conway, Dr Moira Gordon AM, Wendy Heys, Dr Bernie Curran, Len Regan and Professor Brian English at Launch of Greg Heys Unfinished Thesis on Democratic Governance 29th October 2014.

Professor Brian English addresses crowd which Wendy Heys with grand child and Dr Bernard Curran look on at Launch of Greg Heys Unfinished Thesis on Democratic Governance 29th October 2014.

Professor Brian English addresses crowd which Wendy Heys with grand child and Dr Bernard Curran look on at Launch of Greg Heys Unfinished Thesis on Democratic Governance 29th October 2014.

For further images from the Heys Family Collection please see our flickr site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157648992815155/


Personal Profile – Greg Heys

Greg Heys was born on the 28th February 1945 in Sydney Australia. He married Wendy and had two children Sarah and Matthew, as well as two grandchildren. The family moved to Newcastle in 1982, and Greg lived there with his family until his death in 2007.

Greg matriculated from the Christian Brothers High School, Lewisham in 1962 and undertook theological studies for six years.

In 1972, Greg graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree.

Greg Heys Graduation as Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW) with wife Wendy and baby Sarah, May 1973. (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg Heys Graduation as Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW) with wife Wendy and baby Sarah, May 1973. (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

In 1990 he completed a Masters of Urban Studies from Macquarie University. His thesis analysed regional development policy in the Hunter Region from the 1970s through the 1980s.

From 1973 to 1976 Greg worked as the first appointed Community Development Officer with Orange City Council where he established and managed a range of services such as neighborhood centers and child and youth facilities in new suburbs. From 1976 to 1980 he became Social Planner with the Bathurst-Orange Development Corporation, providing advice and identifying where social and community facilities needed to be established for the new population areas. From 1981 to 1982 he worked as a Regional Social Work Advisor for the heath Commission of New South Wales Central Western Region, Orange establishing social working networks, planning and facilities across health and related social welfare issues.

The family then moved to Newcastle, and from 1982 to 1988 Greg worked for the NSW Department of Community Services. He managed the Hunter Social Development Program for three years where he also provided advice on establishing and funding community services such as children’s services, transport and services for the elderly and women and youth refuges. Later he set up and managed the Home and Community Care program throughout the Hunter Region.

In 1988 Greg joined the staff of the Hunter Institute of Higher Education (HIHE) as a lecturer, where he taught students in the Bachelor of Social Science (Welfare). After the HIHE amalgamated with the University of Newcastle in 1989, he held a lecturer position in the Social Work Department at the University until his retirement in March 2000.

Greg Heys standing for Newcastle as Australian Labor Party candidate (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg Heys standing for Newcastle as Australian Labor Party candidate (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

From 1991 to 1999, Greg entered local politics and was elected as a Labor councillor on Newcastle City Council. From 1995 to 1999 he was the popularly elected Lord Mayor of Newcastle.

Greg Heys as Lord Mayor of Newcastle circa 1995 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg Heys as Lord Mayor of Newcastle circa 1995 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg with former Lord Mayor Joy Cummings and wife Wendy, c1995 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg with former Lord Mayor Joy Cummings and wife Wendy, c1995 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

In this capacity he was a director on the Honeysuckle Development Corporation and the Chairman of the Hunter Waste Planning and Management Board as well as serving on many committees. His leadership as Lord Mayor saw the hugely successful and groundbreaking Pathways to Sustainability Conference here in 1997, positioned Newcastle to be head of the pack of all other Australian cities in pursuing ecologically sustainable development policies and practices in the late 1990s.

Greenhouse Challenge 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greenhouse Challenge 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Pathways to Sustainability Conference 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greenhouse Challenge 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

The Newcastle Declaration Endorsed at the International Conference Pathways to Sustainability 1-5 June 1997.

The Newcastle Declaration Endorsed at the International Conference Pathways to Sustainability 1-5 June 1997.

Commitment by Newcastle City Council to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of the City of Newcastle. 14th April 1998.

Commitment by Newcastle City Council to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of the City of Newcastle. 14th April 1998.

Greg with Prime Minister John Howard, circa 1998.

Greg with Prime Minister John Howard, circa 1998.

 

Greg lost the election in 1999 to incoming Lord Mayor John Tate. He was missed by many people who are reported to have said that he was “the best Lord Mayor of Newcastle ever”, as the following letter from a young Jonathan Moylan says:

Letter from Jonathan Moylan to Mr Heys 15th September 1999 (Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Letter from Jonathan Moylan to Mr Heys 15th September 1999 (Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Following his retirement from the University in March 2000, Greg then enrolled in a PhD researching governance models for sustainable regional development.

On the 29th August 2002 he was honored with being awarded The Newcastle Medal

Newcastle Medal awarded to Greg Heys in 2002

Newcastle Medal awarded to Greg Heys in 2002

While researching and writing his PhD, Greg worked in the Premiers Department of NSW as the senior project manager for the Hunter Community Renewal Scheme where he focussed on collaborating with 28 government not-for-profit organizations and community groups in delivering an eight pronged strategy to “improve the quality of life in Windale”.

Windale community thanks Greg Heys with honor board at Tree of Gratitude August 2007.

Windale community thanks Greg Heys with honor board at Tree of Gratitude August 2007.

Following this project he worked for Mission Australia between August 2004 to November 2005 to assess the feasibility of and to set up the Hunter Community Foundation over an 18 month contract. In 2006 he founded the Friends of the Regal Group to campaign to restore the community cinema that faced hard times.

Greg with Bruce Avard out the front of the Regal Cinema Birmingham Gardens in 2006.

Greg with Bruce Avard out the front of the Regal Cinema Birmingham Gardens in 2006.

From January 2007 and just prior to his death Greg was the Community Development and Planning Officer with Port Stephens Council implementing Council’s community and sustainable planning program.

Greg died aged 62 years on the 5th June 2007 at the Calvary Mater Hospital, after suffering a massive heart attack days before. The funeral was held on the 13th June 2007 at Our Lady of Victories Church in Shortland.

"Heys' talent for helping people" Daily Telegraph 6 June 2007

“Heys’ talent for helping people” Daily Telegraph 6 June 2007

"Farewell to Greg Heys" Newcastle Herald Editorial June 6th 2007

“Farewell to Greg Heys” Newcastle Herald Editorial June 6th 2007

"Death saddens city"Newcastle herald June 6the 2007 p.13

“Death saddens city”Newcastle herald June 6the 2007 p.13

Peter Lewis Cartoon published Newcastle Herald 11th June 2007 (With permission of Peter Lewis)

Peter Lewis Cartoon published Newcastle Herald 11th June 2007 (With permission of Peter Lewis)

"He sparked Newcastle's recovery" Sydney Morning Herald 17th June 2007

“He sparked Newcastle’s recovery” Sydney Morning Herald 17th June 2007

"Short, rich life an inspiration. Hundreds farewell man of integrity" Newcastle Herald 14th June 2007

“Short, rich life an inspiration. Hundreds farewell man of integrity” Newcastle Herald 14th June 2007

It was during the funeral service that his son Matthew lamented that his father had not finished his PhD on regional development, the final chapter was near completion when he died.

Wendy and Greg Heys circa 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Wendy and Greg Heys circa 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

And it was to this end that a committed group of Greg’s friends and academic colleagues, led by his dedicated wife, Wendy, applied their minds and skills to editing and bringing the incomplete doctoral thesis to a point where it could be made available to the wider academic and regional communities of the Hunter and beyond.

The work can be downloaded directly from the link at the top of this post. It has also been uploaded into the University Libraries Encore database here:

http://encore.newcastle.edu.au/iii/cpro/DigitalItemViewPage.external?sp=1012409&sp=T

and shortly be also available in the NOVA Digital Repository here:

http://nova.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Index

Greg Heys left a great legacy of service to the communities he served both as a committed social worker, University academic and political representative, please join us in celebrating the life and work of this remarkable man.

Greg photographed at his 60th birthday in 2005. (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg photographed at his 60th birthday in 2005. (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

WHEN: 5.30 PM, Wednesday 29th October 2014

WHERE: Friends of the University Reading Room, Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan.

ALL WELCOME.

Please RSVP to Dr Bernie Curran on (02) 49217453 or email bernard.curran@newcastle.edu.au

Greg Heys in the Kimberley 2003 (Photo courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg Heys in the Kimberley 2003 (Photo courtesy of Wendy Heys)

 

For further research into the professional research work of Greg Heys please consult the Greg Heys Planning Collection held in Local Studies, Newcastle Public Library, Laman Street Newcastle.

A link to the holdings is here: https://nrpl.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/newcastle/search/results?qu=greg+heys+planning+collection&te=&rt=false%7C%7C%7CSERIES%7C%7C%7CSeries

Welcome To Our Valley [1969]

Title: Welcome To Our Valley [1969]

Script: Glen Burrows

Director: Peter Scott

Production: John Bushelle Production Pty Ltd Sydney Australia.

Produced for The Hunter Valley Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd.

Description: 1 film reel (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm.

Summary: Opening scene depicts arrival of Endeavour to the shores of Australia followed by scenes (possibly) inside Glenbawn Dam’s Museum of Rural History (?) and a survey of the Hunter Valley’s natural features including Glenbawn dam, and water’s importance to primary producers including agriculture (Maitland district), horse studs, wine and vineyards, beef cattle, historic homesteads, wool and sheep, dairy cattle, milk and butter production, Oak vehicles and factory, showtime, rodeo, woodchopping, Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, Newcastle, Port, Coal, Power Stations, B.H.P. Steelworks, Milk and butter production and distribution, homes, civic pride, Oak milk bars, beaches, Lake Macquarie, Sailing Clubs, Aerial fly over to Port Stephens, conclusion.

Subject: Hunter Valley (N.S.W.)

This is a 16mm film colour film reel that forms part of the collection of Archives of the Hunter Valley Co-Operative Diary Company Limited.

It was digitised in April 2014 for the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library) Australia.

Valley of the Hunter River (1960)

This is a 16mm film reel that forms part of the Archives of the Hunter Valley Co-Operative Diary Company Ltd.

It was digitised in April 2014 for the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library) Australia.

The original black and white 16mm film is not in the best condition, but our digitisers did the best they could, the quality does get more stable as the film proceeds.

Title: Valley of the Hunter River

Script and Production by Fred Whatham

Commentary by Roger Climpson

Australia : Cine-Austral, 1960.

Description:   1 film reel (38 min.) : sd., bw. ; 16 mm.

Notes:  Distributor: F. W. P. Whatham.

Summary: The geography and geology of the Hunter River Valley showing the river system, the dams and the activities of the area such as coal mining, race horse breeding, dairying, fat lamb raising, lumbering, wine making and vegetable growing.

Subject:  Hunter Valley (N.S.W.)

Other Author:  Whatham, Fred.

Local Treasures: Time Travel Dalwood Style

Entrance to Dalwood House

Entrance to Dalwood House

Day Shift – 18/06/2013 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Interviewees: Ann Hardy, Secretary of Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust and Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, Newcastle University

Ann Hardy, Secretary of the Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust and Gionni Di Gravio discuss the forthcoming gathering at Wyndham Estate and visit to the historic Dalwood homestead

Broadcast Notes:

Ann Hardy asked Gionni Di Gravio to be guest speaker at a special dinner provided by the National Trust for its volunteers who help run the properties across the State. The aim was to provide a pep talk, and suggest some new approaches to using social media and new technologies. And, in addition, offer ideas to enhance and share the stories connected with these places with the wider global community, to bring benefactors and helpers together for new collaborations. During the interview both Ann and Gionni admitted that they had never been to Dalwood, so Carol requested that they take lots of pictures and share the experience.

Gionni’s story begins here: Upon our arrival at Wyndham Estate, our guide for the tour was Mr Don Seton Wilkinson, a historian and author, who has diligently researched and documented the history of his family. Don is descended from the Wyndham and Glennie families, as well as Audrey Wilkinson. So, he is a living embodiment of the Hunter Region’s vigneron pioneers. (All photographs on this page were taken by Gionni Di Gravio unless otherwise stated)

Don Seton Wilkinson with tour group

Don Seton Wilkinson with tour group

Don took us on a trail that began at the river and wended its way up past the vineyards, the pioneer cemetery and onto the homestead. The trail is professionally signposted and laid out.

Panorama - Crossroads (Click for a larger image)

Panorama – Crossroads (Click for a larger image)

Panorama - Vineyards (Click for a larger image)

Panorama – Vineyards (Click for a larger image)

Wyndham Family Graves

Wyndham Family Graves

Panorama - Entrance to Dalwood

Panorama – Side Portico entrance to Dalwood (click for a larger image)

Dalwood HouseOur pilgrimage trail led us to the jewel which was the Dalwood homestead. Dalwood House is National Trust property that lies within the Wyndham Estate Vineyard in Branxton, New South Wales. It is a single-storey stone house built around 1828-1829 by one of the Hunter Region’s early pioneers, George Wyndham (1801-1870), a pastoralist and vigneron.

Its construction possibly began very soon after George and wife Margaret purchased over 2000 acres of land at Branxton in January 1828.  It was named Dalwood after one of his father’s farms at Dinton.

Dalwood's doric columns

Dalwood’s doric columns

The homestead represents arguably the only surviving example of a Greek Revival style building on Australian soil, the Greek style influenced by George Wyndham’s passions for the classics, born from his education at Trinity College Cambridge. The doric columns typify a simple beauty of form.

Doric columns from the inside

Doric columns from the inside

We entered the house through the doric columns of the side portico, which originally was accessed from the main bedroom (see item 18 on the floor plan below). According to Don, the main entrance was actually from the front verandah, although as the use of the house evolved over time, the usual entrance was from the back, by way of the stone flagged verandah beside the kitchen and service wing, into the flag stone floored ante room, and then to the formal rooms at the front.

Dalwood House Floor Plan (Courtesy of Don Seton Wilkinson)

Dalwood House Floor Plan (Courtesy of Don Seton Wilkinson)

Panorama - Original Entrance to Dalwood

Panorama – Original Entrance to Dalwood

Nothing could prepare you for the entrance to the drawing room (Room 1), which is larger than expected. It was breathtaking, and quite unexpected to see such a large space in what looked like a modest farmhouse from the outside. It was as if Wyndham had somehow fitted the Parthenon inside his farmhouse. How Australian! From the outside a humble abode, inside a ‘temple’.

Two thoughts initially came to mind, firstly the book by George L. Hersey entitled Pythagorean Palaces: Magic and Architecture in the Italian Renaissance (Cornell University Press, 1976) where he explored the method of creation of Greek temple structures as an unfolding architectural algorithm, once they set it in train they could reproduce structure after structure. Secondly, a recent documentary or news broadcast on the the recent conservation work on the Parthenon that featured interviews with the conservators and monumental masons and tradespeople working on the reconstruction and repair of the ancient monument, commenting on the subtly of the art they were uncovering through their work. There was an element of visual illusion that the ancient Greeks adopted in the construction of the building, a warping and a bending, in order to use imperfection to create the illusion of perfection. All skewed to a human perspective. I found this extraordinary, and very similar to what Wyndham had, for me, achieved in Dalwood, somewhat on a lesser scale.

I was unable to capture the feeling of space within the room through a photograph. It is something you will need to experience in the flesh, to fully understand what is going on here.

Dalwood passageway to courtyard

Dalwood passageway to courtyard

Dalwood Steps

Dalwood Steps

Dalwood Courtyard

Dalwood Courtyard

Being in the centre of the courtyard at Dalwood is very reminiscent of a Pompeian villa, I almost expected to see the remains of the plaster people frozen in time.

Visual surprises everywhere

Visual surprises everywhere

Dalwood trees

Dalwood trees

Dalwood mystery

Dalwood ‘mystery’ dome

Don also explained that the Dalwood ‘mystery dome’ at the rear of the courtyard is the cover to the well for the household’s water supply.

Panorama - Dalwood Courtyard

Panorama – Dalwood Courtyard

On our walk back, as dusk was approaching, I again looked back at the modest, humble homestead, with its doric columns, and a new sense of awe at what we had just briefly experienced. An outback illusion. I raced up to Don, who was having a discussion about the foundation work to the building, the estimated costs, and asked “You haven’t given up on the place have you?” He replied “No we haven’t”. “Because” I said, “UNESCO was able to move, with the help of the Italians and Americans whole Egyptian temples from one place to another, block by block, to avoid being flooded by the Aswan Dam, so we do have the technology to save such a little place – it’s worth saving”.

We can take pride that there are people out there willing to volunteer their time and lives to look after such buildings. What we need to remember is that buildings such as this also look after us.

For more information on Dalwood see: http://www.dalwood.org.au/

See Ann Hardy’s photographs (including the sundial) here: http://nationaltrust-hunternewcastleregion.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/dalwood-house-another-national-trust.html

Gionni Di Gravio
20th June 2013