Community groups win $426,000 grants
30 October 2013
Community groups will have a greater capacity to preserve Australia's heritage with the announcement today of the 2013 Community Heritage Grants (CHG).
A total of 78 grants worth $426,000 will go to 77 community groups and organisations, with the History Trust of South Australia, the recipient of two grants.
The successful groups range from the Bega Valley Historical Society on the South Coast of NSW to Western Australia’s Warmun Art Centre.
The groups include museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, art galleries and Indigenous organisations. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community-owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
Recipients will also attend a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held 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.
Director-General of the National Library Anne-Marie Schwirtlich said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, to assist communities to care for the nation’s heritage, in the cities, the country or out in remote Australia.
“This year’s recipients come from right across Australia, from the tiny village of Hall here in Canberra to Queensland’s Outback Gondwana Foundation, from the Broome Historical Society down to Marrickville Council in Sydney’s west,’ Ms Schwirtlich said.
The Community Heritage Grants Program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; Ministry for the Arts, Attorney General’s Department; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.
2013 CHG winners:
Village of Hall and District Progress Association – Hall School Museum received $4,400 for a significance needs assessment of the collection. The collection comprises a c1910 wooden school building furniture, honour boards manuscript materials, text and exercise books, library books, sheet music, teaching aids and equipment.
Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children's Literature Inc received $6,050 for the digitisation of Australian children’s literature audiotapes, 310 Walter McVitty photographs and 170 seminar photographs which relate to the audio files, to achieve preservation and public access.
New England Regional Art Museum Ltd received $5300 for the conservation of two paintings in the Hinton and Coventry collections; environmental monitoring equipment & archival storage materials. The selected artworks are Bell Collar by Elaine Haxton and Self Portrait by Brett Whiteley.
Marrickville Council received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Library and History Services Collection. The collection includes the Victor Levitt postcard collection and items associated with nationally significant people and events including Sydney Airport and Vicars Woollen Mills.
Macleay River Historical Society Inc received $5,500 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. Significant items in the collection include 30,000 books, records, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and photographs including glass plate negatives from the Angus McNeil collection and 10,000 objects covering the Kempsey Shire district.
Bega Valley Historical Society Inc received $5,060 for a significance assessment of Bega Pioneers Museum collection which comprises over 30,000 objects which record the political, social and cultural life of the Bega Valley.
Campbelltown City Council Library received $13,610 for digitisation of the local studies audio-visual collection. The audio-visual collection includes a variety of fomats recording local festivals, street parades, civic events and promotional films issued by the Macarthur Development Board.
Randwick and District Historical Society Inc received $8,360 for archival storage equipment - two photographic cabinets.
Coonamble Shire Council received $4600 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection comprises the Neville Owen Photography collection with 300,000 images documenting life in Coonamble and surrounding areas.
The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW) for UnitingCare NSW/ACTreceived $4,000 for a significance assessment of the historical archives. The archives cover the Burnside Homes for Children from 1911 to the present. All material is privacy-protected.
Australian Golf Heritage Society received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection excluding the reference library. The collection comprises 2000 items documenting the history, technicality, personality and popular culture of the game.
Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company received $12,200 for archival storage materials and equipment and treatment for three significant albums of photographs – the NSW School of Gunnery photograph album, the Colonel H.O Caddy CMG, DSO, VD album and the Sergeant Major Robert Robinson album.
Broken Hill City Council received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Outback Archives collection. The collection covers the period from the earliest establishment of Broken Hill in the 1880s to recent times.
Mount Victoria and District Historical Society Inc received $4,686 for a significance assessment of the collection which includes artefacts displayed in themed rooms, books, photographs, pictures research files relating to the villages and area between Katoomba and Hartley and maps.
Australian Motorlife Museum received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the museum and Paul Butler Collection comprising over 30,000 items including motor cars, bicycles, petrol pumps, advertising signs, other related items and a library dedicated to motoring.
University of Technology, Sydney received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the UTS art collection of 656 artworks.
Albury City Council (Albury Library Museum) received $4,740 for a significance assessment of the Indigenous Collection.
Australian Centre for Photography received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection of 5602 archive boxes representing the 40-year organisational history from 1973 to present.
Belvoir Theatre received $4,000 for a significance assessment of its archives. The collection comprises 56 archive series covering 25 years of theatre-making done by the Nimrod, Company B and Belvoir theatres.
University of Newcastle received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Margaret Senior painting collection. Margaret Senior was a freelance illustrator of children’s books and scientific works.
Great Lakes Historical Co-operative Society Ltd received $4,630 for a significance assessment of the Great Lakes Historical Society Collection, in particular that part of the collection which relates to 30 small ships built by Ernest Wright’s shipyard in Tuncurry during World War II for the US Army Small Boats Section.
Port Kembla Heritage Park received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Breakwater Battery Military Museum's Collection of approximately 5000 items housed in a World War II Coastal Fortification Observation Post.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council received $4,500 for a significance assessment of the Charles W. Bean Collection of World War 1 relics including artillery, weaponry, tools and medical objects.
Catholic Institute of Sydney received $6,750 for archival storage materials and conservation treatment, specifically the rehousing of a collection of early imprints and conservation of realia from the Veech Library collection.
Royal Australian Historical Society received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the library collection which specialises in NSW local history and contains an extensive collection of written and pictorial sources.
Berrima District Historical & Family History Society Inc received $8,844 for archival storage materials and equipment; image scanning and software to enable access to part of the collection through Trove. Highlights of the collection include the World War 1 German internment camp at Berrima collection, the A.J.V.Parry Collection and the Badgery Family collection.
Scout Association of Australia (NSW Branch) received $5,760 for archival storage materials for rehousing of the Coutts negative collection of 1500 glass plates dating from 1907 – 1920s, and the Scout Group Archive.
Willoughby City Council received $13,630 for preservation treatment of Walter Burley Griffin plans. The collection comprises 70 original architectural plans by Walter Burley Griffin lodged with Willoughby Council between 1920 and 1938 as part of the original building approval process and includes plans for the Castlecrag subdivision and the Willoughby Incinerator.
Australian Rugby Union Ltd received $4,000 for a significance assessment of its archive. The collection comprises items from the 1880s through to the present.
The Deaf Society of New South Wales received $470 for archival storage materials.
Australian Turf Club received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the ATC Heritage Collection. The collection comprises paper-based materials and objects from the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club which amalgamated in 2011 to form the Australian Turf Club.
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection comprises 5500 artefacts and artworks originally from the Abbey Folk Park founded in England by Reverend JSM Ward in 1934.
Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society Inc received $3,597 for archival storage materials and equipment (storage drawer). The collection is a mixed social and natural history collection of 2500 objects including the Paula Stafford Bikini collection, 1500 photographs of early life in the Gold Coast region and 300 archival records and books.
Engineers Australia, Queensland Division received $4,000 for a significant assessment of the archives collection, which relates to engineers and engineering works in Queensland from 1900 – present.
Queensland Irish Association Friendly Society Ltd received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The Queensland Irish Association is the longest continually operating national association in Queensland.
Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd received $10,350 for dataloggers, container freight and pallet racking. The collection comprises 110 fossil specimens from microscopic fish fossils to fossils of the largest animals to have walked the earth.
Polish Association of Qld Inc received $4,100 for a collection management workshop; E-hive software and archival storage materials.
Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council received $4,950 for a preservation needs assessment of the Menmuny Museum collection. The collection comprises original records form the first arrival of missionaries, c1891 – 1970’s.
Mackay Regional Council received $8,000 for preservation needs assessments of the Sarina and Pioneer Valley Museums historical collections. The Sarina collection relates to domestic life and the local sugar cane industry and distillery, and the Pioneer Valley Museum collection of 15,000 objects documents the people, settlement, growth and development of the valley.
North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum Inc received $2,000 for digitisation and digital file management training. Significant collection items include Dunwich Benevolent Asylum objects, the Oodgeroo Noonuccal collection, the Centaur stretcher and the Rainbow Serpent banner.
Historical Society Cairns North Queensland Inc (Cairns Historical Society) received $5,500 for a preservation needs assessment of the archival and photographic collections. The collection comprises 36,000 items and over 22,000 photographs relating to the history, settlement and development of Far North Queensland.
Hinchinbrook Shire Council received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Hinchinbrook Shire Library Special Collections, specifically the Hinchinbrook Local History Collection and the Kennedy Regiment Library.
Queensland Folk Federation Inc received $13,630 for archival storage equipment. The collection comprises documents, artefacts and audiovisual material covering 26 years of cultural activities of the Queensland Folk Federation.
City of Port Adelaide Enfield received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Port Adelaide Local History collection.
Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society Inc received $6,600 for digitisation of oral history tapes and archival storage equipment.
John McDouall Stuart Society Inc received $4,400 for a significance assessment of the collection, comprising 1500 McDouall Stuart related items.
National Trust of South Australia received $3,850 for conservation treatment of a work on paper (large map). The map is part of the Collingrove collection. Collingrove is a property built in 1853 and occupied by five generations of the Angas family.
Coober Pedy Historical Society Inc received $5,000 for a significance assessment of the photograph and document collection. The collection comprises original Hutchison artefacts - Will Hutchison originally found opals in 1915.
Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum received $4,994 for a significance assessment of the Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum collection. This collection relates to soldier settlement on Kangaroo Island.
National Trust of Australia (Naracoorte Branch) received $10,470 for conservation treatment of three significant archival items from the Sheep's Back Museum collection of documents and objects relating to the wool industry. They include the Hynam Merino Stud sale catalogue from 1908, a National Bank specimen signature book from 1867 and the first visitors book from the Naracoorte Caves 1889
Peterborough History Group SA Inc received $4,400 for a significance assessment of the Peterborough Times Printing Office collection. The collection comprises the original 1894 building of the newspaper and contents spanning four owner/printers from 1887 to 2001.
History Trust of South Australia received $9,230 to run Caring for Collections workshop. The two-day workshop will be delivered to target groups representing small – medium museums with collections varying in size from a few hundred to several thousand items.
History Trust of South Australia received $1,870 for a Digitisation of Collections for Preservation and Access workshop.
Lutheran Archives received $6,080 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection is the central resource in Australia for research on all aspects of the Lutheran Church.
Furneaux Historical Research Association Inc received $4,400 for preservation needs assessment of the collection.
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery received $8,000 for significance assessments (2) of the three-dimensional object collections and the flat archival collections.
Salamanca Arts Centre received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection
Ken Lawrence Foundation (KenDon Museum) received $4,400 for a preservation needs 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 leading Australian studio potters.
Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection, dating from 1852.
Echuca Historical Society Inc received $11,330 for archival storage materials and equipment and conservation treatment for significant objects and photographs. The collection documents river, port, land and business development in Echuca and Moama between 1860 and 1950.
Monash Health received $3,950 for archival storage for the historical collection.
Arts Project Australia Inc received $1,800 for the digitisation of audio visual material and archival storage materials for the collection. The collection comprises three sub collections: the Sydney Myer Fund Permanent Collection, the APA Archive collection and the APA Permanent Collection.
Albert Park-South Melbourne Rowing Club Inc received $4,400 for a significance assessment of the collection of the Albert Park and South Melbourne Rowing Clubs which were established on Albert Park lake in the 1870s.
Old Treasury Building Museum received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection comprises the fittings, furniture and office collection ‘in situ and original to the building’ which was opened in 1862.
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum received $5,470 for the conservation treatment of two Melba scrolls; a 1909 scroll from the Australian Natives Association, Charters Towers and a 1902 scroll from the Musical Profession of Victoria.
City of Greater Geelong Council - Geelong Heritage Centre received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Geelong Heritage Centre Collection, the largest regional archive collection in Victoria.
Mission to Seafarers Victoria received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The Mission was established in Melbourne in 1857 and the collection includes items dating back to 1865.
MacKillop Family Services Ltd received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the historical collection containing 115,000 individual orphanage and child care records and other material from 14 institutions.
Warmun Art Centrereceived $13,600for Warmun Community collection management and preservation training.
University of Western Australia received $4000 for significance assessment of the Hadley Pathology Museum and Education Learning Centre. The museum is a collection of more than 3,500 pathology specimens covering a wide range of pathological processes of all the human body systems.
City of Bunbury received $4,000 for a significance assessment of Local Studies and History collection. This includes the Rosetta Kelly collection of approximately 300 small watercolour paintings of wildflowers of the south-west.
Young Australia League received $4000 for a significance assessment of the collection of the Young Australia League in the 21st century.
GFS An Anglican Ministry received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of its archive.
Broome Historical Society Inc received $960 for an upgrade of MOSAiC collection software.
York Society Inc received $2,530 for digitisation, book preservation and archival standards training.
Wangka Maya Pilbara Language Centre received $8000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection.
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