A total of $428,675 has been awarded to 78 community groups throughout Australia in the 2012 Community Heritage Grants program.
The grants, which are managed by the National Library of Australia, help community groups preserve community-owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
This year’s awards went to a variety of groups from around the country, ranging from Manning Clark House in Canberra to Norfolk Island Museum, the Ngaanyatjarra Council in the Northern Territory, the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Victoria and to the Embroiderers’ Guild Museum of South Australia.
The Minister for Regional Australia and the Arts Simon Crean MP presented the awards last night.
Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the aim of the program was to encourage and assist communities to care for the nation’s heritage, whether held in capital cities, or regional and remote areas.
Successful community groups use the grants to fund significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation treatments, training workshops, digitisation and purchasing archival-quality storage materials or environmental monitoring equipment.
In addition, representatives from the groups attend a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop at the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.
Since the awards began in 1994, $4.5 million has been provided to 966 projects. The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum.
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The Norfolk Island Museum received $4,400 for archival storage materials and dehumidifiers for the Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area Collection. The grant relates to 1700 metal objects including tools, nails, bolts, door furniture, hardware and structural building pieces and leg irons.
NSW Lancers Memorial Museum Inc received $3740 for conservation treatment of the King’s Banner and the Staff Flag of General Delarey.
Trustees of the Roman Catholic church for Diocese of Wagga Wagga received $4,500 for a preservation needs assessment of its archives.
Thredbo Historical Society Inc received $5,500 for a significance assessment of its collection of books, photographs, wooden skis (1864-1930s), plastic skis (1950-2000) leather boots (1920-1960) ski garments (including 1976 Winter Olympic uniform designed by Prue Acton) and assorted memorabilia.
Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Grafton Mercy Heritage Centre collection.
Eryldene Trust received $2,970 for cataloguing and archival storage materials. The grant relates to a photographic collection comprising 2000 prints and mounted images documenting the house and gardens over almost 100 years.
Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown Inc, received $4,000 for a significance assessment of a collection comprising books, periodicals, manuals, ephemera, small models, documents, AV materials and artefacts related to all aspects of aviation.
Griffith Regional Art Gallery received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the gallery’s couture collection, which includes 237 garments (1950-2000). Twelve garments won Gown of the Year (later called the Masters of Fashion Awards).
Lady Denman Heritage Complex received $4,500 for a preservation needs assessment of the Warren Halloran Collection of surveying and maritime instruments, whaling, naval, salvaged shipwreck artefacts, books, records, archives and paintings.
Albury City Council (Albury Library Museum) received $8,400 for a significance assessment of the National Growth Centre Collection and for a significance training workshop.
The National Art School received $5,000 for archival storage materials for student works on paper and an A-frame trolley.
Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum (Broken Hill) received $7,315 for archival storage materials and the installation of light controlling blinds. The collection contains objects relating to operations of the Silverton Tramway Company.
Mosman Regional Art Gallery and Cultural Centre (Mosman Council) received $4,600 for collection rehousing resources. The collection includes works by Martens, Olley, Cossington Smith, Cullen, Coburn, Crook, Brack, Whiteley, Counihan, Humphries and Ferguson.
Port Macquarie Historical Society Inc received $10,560 for conservation treatments and archival storage materials. The collection includes about 20,000 objects relating to Aboriginal culture, convict settlement, agriculture and timber industries, maritime operations, domestic and household activities, 3000 textiles and costumes, 15,000 photographs, 5000 documents.
The Royal United Services Institution of New South Wales Inc received $4,400 for a significance assessment of the library collection on Australian defence and security history.
Australian Tennis Museum (Tennis NSW) received $5,000 for conservation treatments of costumes and archival storage materials.
Australian Country Music Foundation received $2,000 for archival storage case and cover for touring panels from the Buddy Williams touring truck.
Singleton Public Library received $6,000 for conservation treatments to the HH Lloyd papers, including the arrest warrant for Jimmy Governor, police record registers, maps and gazettes.
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum Inc received $4,800 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection.
The Deaf Society of New South Wales received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection.
Ken Lawrence Foundation (KenDon Museum) received $4,400 for a significance assessment of its collection of Australian ceramic art. The collection includes a library of over 1500 books on ceramic art and 2000 ceramics covering the period 1940-2005, with examples by almost every significant Australian studio potter.
Public Record Office Victoria received $12,600 for six training workshops for regional Victoria in managing and understanding small archive collections.
Wangaratta Historical Society Inc received $5,500 for conservation treatment of the Marianne Gibson quilt made in 1891. The quilt is an outstanding example of late 19th century crazy quilting and includes Australian motifs among the embroidery.
Women’s Art Register Inc received $14,960 for collection management and digitisation of collection material. The collection includes documents, biographical information, ephemera, photographs and slides pertaining to about 2000 individual Australian female artists.
Berry Street received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Berry Street heritage collection. The collection includes the Berry Street heritage archive comprising records of Victorian Infant Asylum (later Berry Street Babies' Home) and the Sutherland Homes for Children.
Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection, dating from 1852.
National Trust of Australia (Victoria) received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the La Trobe and Hoddle collection. The collection includes 277 works by Charles Joseph La Trobe (first lieutenant governor) and 45 watercolours of Melbourne and rural Victoria by Robert Hoddle (first surveyor-general).
Australian Aircraft Restoration Group received $11,000 for archival storage equipment. The collection includes more than 50 historic aircraft, 25 display engines, and aircraft artefacts.
Bendigo Trust received $8,000 for significance assessments of both the Bendigo Tramways and the Central Deborah Mine collections.
Community College Gippsland received $3,600 for conservation, cataloguing and significance training workshops for eight community members.
Jewish Museum of Australia received $4,000 for archival storage materials.
St James Old Cathedral, Melbourne West, received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the artifact collections and archives. The parish founded the Melbourne Orphan Asylum in 1851 and Melbourne Lying-in Hospital and Mission of St James and St John - now Anglicare Victoria.
Victorian Spiritualists’ Union Inc received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of the historical book and painting collection. The collection was established in 1870 and had early association with notable Victorian politicians, doctors and business people.
Tatura & District Historical Society Inc received $9,550 for digitisation of audio and video tapes, audio/visual display preparation and data projection equipment.
Victorian Jazz Archive Inc received $1,700 for two training workshops in collection management and preservation digitisation.
Old Treasury Building Reserve Committee of Management Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of its collections. The Old Treasury Building is included in the Register of the National Estate.
Christ Church (Anglican) Geelong received $7,700 for cataloguing and access database software and training, one datalogger and rehousing archival storage materials.
Jewish Holocaust Centre Inc received $4,000 for archival storage materials. The Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, along with the Jewish Museum, contains the most substantial and significant collections of Holocaust memorabilia in Australia.
La Mama Inc received $6,400 for archival storage materials and equipment, cataloguing and collection management equipment and conservation of photographs. The La Mama collection of posters, flyers, photographs and audiovisual material is a nationally significant record of the work of thousands of dedicated performers, writers, designers, directors, technicians, musicians and poets.
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Inc received $550 for the installation of light-reducing blinds.
Girl Guides Queensland received $8,000 for environmental control equipment. The collection includes historic uniforms (dating from the 1920s), textiles, an insignia collection and archives.
Corporation of the Trustees of the Order of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane received $2,000 for archival storage materials for 7500 orphanage record cards.
Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council received $9,000 for Indigenous collection work placements at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. A training project, including airfares, accommodation, training fee and consultant's travel and accommodation.
Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc received $9,130 for conservation of the Lit Sung Goong timber artefacts and a conservation training workshop. The Lit Sung Temple collection is an outstanding example of late 19th century overseas Chinese temple furnishings.
Royal Historical Society of Queensland received $11,000 for a 12-drawer plan cabinet to store a collection of panoramas, which are a "comprehensive and substantive visual record of the developing colony".
North Stradbroke Historical Museum Inc received $3,000 for archival storage materials and equipment.
Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Diocese of Brisbane records and archives collection dating from 1840s-present. The collection includes records relating to church, welfare and community services, chaplaincy and educational services.
Burdekin Shire Library received $7,500 for conservation treatment of the mural Painting of Life by Melbourne artist Mirka Mora.
Museum and Gallery Services Queensland received $6,400 for training workshops for the Burnett region in collection management, preventative conservation and disaster preparedness and recovery.
Empire Theatres Foundation received $2,000 for conservation treatments, archival storage and rehousing of a collection of theatre posters, advertisements, scrapbooks, invitations, journals, photographs, drawings, objects, ephemera, and textiles.
Brisbane Tramway Museum Society received $3,000 for archival storage materials and equipment. The collection includes electric vehicles, trolley buses and tramway equipment, street furniture objects, plans, photographs, badges, uniforms, and memorabilia representing the chronological history of tramway services in Brisbane (1885-1969).
National Trust of South Australia received $6,150 for conservation treatment of four works on paper at Collingrove Homestead. The works were identified as requiring immediate conservation.
Port Dock Station Railway Museum (SA) Inc received $5,000 for archival storage materials. The museum’s collection includes 8000 artefacts and infrastructure items including locomotives and locomotive hardware, rolling stock, uniforms and building fixtures and fittings, plus 20,000 pictorial and ephemeral items.
SA Amateur Football League Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the historical collection.
National Trust of Australia (Naracoorte Branch) received $4,900 for a significance assessment of the Sheep’s Back Museum collection of documents and objects relating to the wool industry.
The Performing Arts Collection, Adelaide Festival Centre, received $2,000 for conservation and rehousing of the Yantabinjie score and original manuscript. Jack Fewster and Tom King were Australia's first musical theatre song writing duo and Yantabinjie appears to be the only copy in an Australian library.
The Lutheran Archives received $4,000 for a significance assessment. The archives include all records of the Lutheran Church in Australia, beginning with the arrival of 200 Prussians in 1838.
St John Ambulance Australian SA Inc received $2,300 for archival storage materials. The collection comprises ambulance service archives, documents, memorabilia, textiles, medical/first aid equipment, objects, audiovisual materials, artwork and medals 1883-1993.
Nora Heysen Foundation Inc received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. Most artworks in the collection are by Nora Heysen (1911-2003), but it also contains works by Dobell, Cassab and Hans Heysen, plus Nora Heysen's personal documents, furniture and clothing, photographs and art equipment.
Embroiderers’ Guild Museum (SA) received $4,400 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes 2500-2750 embroidery items "representing as widely as possible the types and styles of embroidery of all periods and from all parts of the world".
Mannum Dock Museum of River History received $1,550 for archival storage materials for the Rod Williams Collection. The collection comprises photographs, glass negatives, documents, and memorabilia documenting riverboat captains, river scenes, streetscapes of Mannum and elsewhere, historic sites and buildings.
South Australian Aviation Museum Inc received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of its collection of aircraft, rockets, engines and propellers, memorabilia, uniforms, models and a relocated WWII Pentad aircraft hangar.
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth (Archives) received $3,450 for archival storage materials for the Broderick Collection of architectural papers.
GFS An Anglican Ministry received $4,000 for a significance assessment of its collection.
Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of Matty Furphy House and interiors and Tom Collins House and furniture.
JewishCare WA Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of its archive (1913-present). Jewish Care assisted people with immigration and settlement in WA.
Shire of Roebourne (Local History Office) received $6,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the local history collection including oral histories and documents.
Curtin University of Technology received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Curtin University Art Collection of more than 2400 works documenting work of CU art graduates, contemporary and emerging Indigenous and non-indigenous international and Australian artists.
Bus Preservation Society of Western Australia Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of its collection of buses, archival materials, photographs, artefacts, and ephemera.
Benedictine Community of New Norcia Inc received $5,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the ecclesiastical textile collection.
Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation received $13,400 for archival storage materials and equipment and archivist services. The collection includes paintings, prints and glass, cultural and ceremonial artefacts, and is of great significance to the people of the Kutjungka region.
The Spring Bay Maritime & Discovery Centre received $11,000 for three preservation and conservation training workshops in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.
Manning Clark House Inc received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection at Manning Clark House (designed by Robin Boyd 1952 for Manning and Dymphna Clark) comprises fixtures, fittings furniture, decorative arts, artworks, household items and a library of 10,000 volumes and papers. House and contents used by Clark family from 1953 to 2000.
Children’s Book Council ACT (Lu Rees Archives) received $15,000 for the digitisation of 117 cassette recordings of Children's Book Council of Australia seminars from 1975-1998. Many of the 1975-1993 talks were transcribed and appeared in edited form in four books published between 1983-1994. The 1994-1998 tapes have not been transcribed.
Ngaanyatjarra Council (Aboriginal Corporation) received $6000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Tjumalampa-ya Collection.
Aviation Historical Society of the Northern Territory (Australian Aviation Heritage Centre) received $4000 for a significance assessment of the collection.
Catholic Church Diocese of Darwin received $5,650 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection.
Strehlow Research Centre received $9,800 for the conservation and digitisation of Carl Strehlow’s handwritten manuscript Volume II Cultus.