Making an Edgier Interpretation of the Gold Rushes: Contrasting Perspectives from Australia and New Zealand
journal contributionposted on 08.06.2017, 03:27 by Frost, Warwick
This article examines the interaction between new interpretations of history and interpretation provided at heritage tourist sites. Generally, the literature distinguishes between history, which is seen as objective and fixed and heritage interpretation, which is characterised as biased, selective and serving parochial interests. It is argued that history is actually far more dynamic and subjective and that this requires an ongoing revision of interpretation for visitors as historical interpretations change. To illustrate these processes, Goodman's concept of a new 'edgier history of Gold' is applied to interpretation at Sovereign Hill and the Mount Alexander Diggings in Australia and the Central Otago Heritage Trail in New Zealand.