The National Trust of Western Australia was invited by the former Administrator to visit Christmas Island in 2013 to consider and offer advice to manage, conserve and interpret this heritage. Over the following months, conversations with organisations and individuals continued and in 2015, the Trust was successful in receiving funding under the Indian Ocean Territories Community Development Grants to deliver a number of strategic projects. This project was heavily reliant on community engagement and consultation with organisations and individuals.

A number of initiatives and actions have been developed to create an overall strategic approach to managing heritage on Christmas Island

On this website, you can find the strategies and guides developed by the National Trust for Christmas Island.


Badan Amanah Kebangsaan Australia Barat diundang oleh bekas Pentadbir untuk melawat Pulau Krismas pada tahun 2013, bagi menimbangkan dan memberi nasihat tentang pengurusan, pemuliharaan dan pentafsiran warisan ini. Selama beberapa bulan berikutnya, perbualan dengan pelbagai organisasi dan individu diteruskan sehingga pada tahun 2015, Badan Amanah berjaya mendapat pembiayaan di bawah Geran Pembangunan Masyarakat Wilayah Lautan Hindi untuk melaksanakan beberapa projek strategik. Projek ini amat bergantung pada penglibatan masyarakat dan perundingan dengan pelbagai organisasi dan individu.

Sejumlah inisiatif dan tindakan telah dibangunkan untuk mewujudkan pendekatan strategi keseluruhan terhadap pengurusan warisan di Pulau Krismas. Di laman web ini, anda dapat menemui strategi dan panduan yang dibangunkan oleh Badan Amanah Kebangsaan untuk Pulau Krismas dan juga sumber warisan yang lain.





The Team

Lisa Sturis


Lisa Sturis has worked in the heritage industry for over 10 years in both public and private sectors in Australia. Lisa started her career as Heritage Officer at the National Trust where she was responsible for research, significance assessments, review of development applications and government policy and strategy, and archive management. Lisa later moved into private practice where she was employed in small consultancies in Sydney and Melbourne and was engaged by government, private individuals, companies and community groups in developing heritage impact statements, conservation management plans, heritage advice, interpretation plans and photographic archival recordings.

In 2013, Lisa returned to the National Trust in Perth and actively works with local governments and community organisations. Lisa also assists in developing management plans and strategies for places under the National Trust’s custodianship.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Heritage and History from Curtin University, Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and Master in Urban Planning from RMIT, Lisa has also had the opportunity to study abroad in Latvia, Germany, Mexico and Vietnam which has exposed her to an international perspective on history, heritage, urban environments and planning.

Gina Pickering


Gina is the Communication and Interpretation Officer at the National Trust of Western Australia. She leads and contributes to National Trust cultural heritage programs including interpretation strategies and plans.

In 2013/2014, Gina was the Project Manager for the Swan Canning Riverpark Interpretation Plan in Perth. She has researched and developed interpretive approaches for key National Trust properties including Gallop House, Old Perth Boys’ School and Peninsula Farm.

Gina holds an Honours Degree in Cultural Heritage Studies from Curtin University. She is an award winning writer/director who has delivered a range of linear and interactive exhibits for museums in Western Australia and Queensland.

In 2015, Gina was made an Artistic Outreach Associate of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and received funding for her project Jellyfish Chronicles: Emotional Connections to the Swan and Canning Rivers.

Gina is the Editor for the National Trust’s state based quarterly publication and is responsible for internal and external communications at the National Trust. She brings 25 years news, current affairs and documentary experience to her position as well as more than 10 years’ experience as a heritage consultant.


Kyra Lomas



Kyra is an Architectural graduate from the University of Western Australia. During her studies, Kyra received the 2013 Robwin & Sons prize for Architecture, the 2013 SKM Building Services Award and was also part of the winning team in the WA 2014 Super Studio, eventually coming 3rd nationally. She received High Distinction marks in her final semester heritage course and shows an eager interest in Heritage & Conservation works.

During her studies Kyra travelled through Europe and gained insight in to the works of international bodies within the heritage and broader Architectural framework. Kyra has gained experience with multiple architecture and construction companies while at University and brings new experience with 3d modelling programs to the Trust.

Kyra started working for the National Trust of Australia (WA) in November 2014 and has been involved in various projects including the Artillery Drill Hall adaptive re-use, Old Perth Boys School documentation, Samson House conservation plan and Gallop house adaptive re-use. These projects have seen her develop her architectural drafting, heritage awareness and conservation skills.


Kelly Rippingale


Kelly finished her architecture degree with honours in 1993 and a history degree in 1995 following which she took up an internship with the then Building Management Authority working in conservation on projects including Fremantle Prison, Parliament House and William Street, Northbridge (cultural centre). Kelly subsequently worked for four years with Heritage & Conservation Professionals and Philip McAllister Architects primarily on heritage projects including Fremantle Prison and Fairbridge. She also worked on a number of residential and education department projects.

After 12 months working on two significant adaptive re-use projects in London Kelly returned to Perth and has been with the National Trust of Western Australia since 2001 working on a broad range of Trust projects including places associated with the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, Curtin Family Home (home of war time prime minister John Curtin), 57 Murray Street, Old Farm Strawberry Hill, and Woodbridge.

Kelly is a registered architect and is a member of the Australian lnstitute of Architects and an active member of Australia ICOMOS, having served as committee member and Treasurer for several years.


Joshua Casey


After completing his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia in 2009, Josh travelled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, gaining valuable experience, cultural understanding and appreciation of the built environment. On returning he started his working career as a Landscape Architect, working for a high end residential design and construction firm.

Josh returned to the University of Western Australia to complete a Bachelor of Design and Masters in Architecture, with honours by dissertation. He has worked at the National Trust since finishing his degree in late 2015 and has been involved in landscape projects as well as architectural works including Old Perth Boys’ School conservation and adaptive reuse and Gallop House landscaping.


Other Contributors

Tom Perrigo, CEO Australian Council of National Trusts

Colonel (Ret’d) Robert Mitchell CFD UE, Defence Heritage Specialist

Helene Bartleson, Heritage Consultant