Mrs Lyn Leader-Elliott

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities Building (123B)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Lyn's interests in cultural heritage and tourism developed during the 1970s when she was Assistant Director of the Australian Heritage Commission. In 1985 she moved to the Barossa region of South Australia, and there became directly involved in many aspects of the tourism industry as well as resident associations intent on retaining the history and character of the region. She  set up tourism training programs at the Murray Institute of TAFE in 1990 and ran a successful consultancy business in cultural and heritage tourism until taking up a position as Lecturer in Cultural Tourism at Flinders University in 2005. Positions held there include Course Coordinator of Professional Studies and Acting Head of Flinders Humanities Research Institute. Since retirement in 2009 she has adjunct status within the Department of Archaeology.
Lyn is Chair of the Academic Board of Le Cordon Bleu Australia.
BA History and Psychology, University of Adelaide 1966
BA Honours History, University of Adelaide, 1968.
New Entry Lecturers Methods of Instruction Course, TAFE SA 1990.
National Industry Extension Scheme Consultant, SA Centre for Manufacturing, 1996-98.
Flinders Foundations of University Teaching, Flinders University, 2000.  
Honours, awards and grants
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in University Teaching, Flinders University, 2006. 
  •  Edmund Wright Heritage Award, Heritage Management, for Birdsville and Heritage Tracks heritage and heritage tourism survey, 2004
  • Australian National Training Authority Award for Outstanding Training Initiative, South Australia, with Regional Arts Australia for Creative Volunteering program, 2003.
  • South Australian Tourism Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual, 2001. 
  • South Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Education, 2000, as part of Flinders University's winning team. 
Key responsibilities
Adjunct status.
Research interests
The links between cultural heritage and tourism activity are my principal research interest. In particular:
  • Engagement of communities in tourism planning and development
  • Communicating meaning of places, communities and objects
  • Representation of cultural and ethnic identity in tourism promotional material
  • Intellectual issues in using cultural heritage for tourism purposes
  • Indigenous cultures and tourism
  • Intangible heritage
  • Cultural tourism and archaeology.
Present Projects: Preparing training materials for Flinders ranges tour guides, integrating historical information with place. Changing representations of 'Germanness' in the Barossa Valley from 1920s to 2010;  Ngaut Ngaut Interpretation project with Dr Amy Roberts, Flinders University and Mannum Aboriginal Community Association Inc. Member of Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPINCH) international team. 
Teaching interests
Guest lecturer in Archaeology and Tourism courses.
2012 April 2  Lecture on Understanding representations of the Barossa as a tourism destination
Expert for media contact
Cultural Landscapes
Cultural Tourism
Heritage Interpretation
Volunteer Skills Building
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Media expertise
  • Heritage
  • Tourism
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Heritage Interpretation
  • Volunteer Skills Building