Beautiful collections from across Australia
Community Heritage Grant recipients share their favourite items
16 February 2016
How could the Winfield Cup for rugby league from New South Wales, a biblical herbarium from Western Australia and a hotel visitors’ book from South Australia ever be connected? In a call-out to past Community Heritage Grant (CHG) recipients to nominate their favourite collection items, a fascinating and diverse range of items has emerged.
Community Heritage Grants are used to assist with the preservation of, and improved access to locally owned, publicly accessible and nationally significant collections. Almost 1,200 organisations have shared in $5.7 million of CHG funding since 1994. CHG is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Ministry for the Arts ; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.
From the Anglican Diocese of Perth collection—a curious and fascinating Southalls Biblical Herbarium. This box contains seventy specimens of the plants, fruits, seeds and gums as mentioned in the Bible. From Birmingham, England 1897—it is believed to have been used as a teaching aid for Sunday School classes.
The Diocesan Archives received CHG funding in 2014 for archival storage materials as recommended in their preservation needs assessment.
The Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre physically and digitally stores archives related to Pentecostal and charismatic movements. One of their favourite items is a 1910 Octo 48-key concertina, manufactured in London by C. Wheatstone & Co., owned by Pastor W. A. Sinclair and used in open-air evangelism in Brisbane. Pastor Sinclair taught Janice Boddy, wife of Pastor Alan Boddy of Glad Tidings Tabernacle in Fortitude Valley, to play the concertina, and gave it to her. She donated it to the Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre in July 2012.
In 2014 CHG funded a significance assessment of the Centre's collection and a project training volunteers in significance.
A favourite item from the vast collection at Heroes and Legends: The National Rugby League (NRL) Museum, showcasing the history of Rugby League in Australia from 1907 to today, is the Winfield Cup.
The Winfield Cup is the iconic bronze trophy awarded to Australia’s Rugby League premiers from 1982-1995. It depicts Norm Provan and Arthur Summons from ‘The Gladiator’ photograph taken at the 1963 Grand Final by John O’Gready.
The NRL received a grant from CHG in 2014 for a significance assessment of their collection.
The KenDon Museum, formed from the extensive and significant private collection of Kenneth Lawrence and Don Evans, has been established for the preservation, education, exhibition and appreciation of Australian Studio Ceramics from 1945 to present.
A favourite collection item is this Blossom Jar—the work of Peter Rushforth (1920–2015), one of Australia’s most highly respected and loved artist-potters who influenced a generation of ceramic practitioners in Australia and around the world.
The Museum received a grant in 2014 for the purchase and installation of shelving, a key recommendation of the preservation needs assessment.
The CHG program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.
The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.
The 2016 grant round will open 7 March and close 9 May. For more information.