12 Queensland community groups have been awarded a 2005 Federal Community Heritage Grant.
Announced by the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, at the National Library of Australia (Wednesday evening), the successful groups are the Corporation of the Diocesan Synod of North Queensland, Yeppoon RSL Military Museum, Labour History Queensland, Capricorn Coast and Gympie Historical Societies, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, ‘Polonia’ Polish Association, Mackay’s Greenmount Homestead, Caboolture Shire Library, St Andrew’s Uniting Church Heritage Committee, Brisbane, Cairns & District Chinese Association and the Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care, Paddington.
A total of $377 865 was distributed to 76 groups from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections. In addition, recipients are attending a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop being held at the National Library of Australia, the National Archives, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archives in Canberra .
Senator Kemp said the Community Heritage Grants are very important in supporting the effort to preserve our national heritage at the grassroots.
“From Broome to Burnie the grants provide funds and expertise to ensure our national heritage is protected and accessible with the collections remaining in their local context.
“This year sees the Community Heritage Grants program come of age with a stronger emphasis on training, the inclusion of artefacts, and the participation of the National Museum . The program’s maturity and national significance as part of the government’s Strengthening Australian Arts commitment is recognised with a near doubling of grant funding and the raising of the grant ceiling to $10 000,” he said.
2005 is the 12th anniversary of the program. In that time 426 projects throughout Australia have received more than $1.6 million in funding and extensive training opportunities. The grant money is used for collection assessments, preservation surveys, conservation treatments, preservation training, digitisation, and purchasing quality storage material or environmental monitoring equipment.
Jan Fullerton AO, Director-General National Library of Australia , said the Community Heritage Grants demonstrate the commitment of the National Library and all the partner institutions to preserving our heritage, particularly through training.
“It’s about our national institutions coming together to share their expertise which is then taken back to communities throughout Australia . This skills transfer aims to have heritage collections remain in the community and available for the pleasure and research interests of future generations of Australians,” she said.
The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library of Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Film Commission, the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia.
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Corporation of the Diocesan Synod of North Queensland, Townsville, received $9000 for archival storage materials and conservation treatment of its collection of g lass lantern slides relating to the Goongange Tribe at Yarrabah and Palm Island Missions dating back to 1897.
The corporation commenced in 1871 to serve the Anglican diocese in a vast area stretching from Mackay in the south, north to Thursday Island and west to Mount Isa.
Yeppoon RSL Military Museum received $4000 for a preservation survey of its archives including letters, postcards, identification documents, maps, photographs and paintings.
Begun in the 1950s, the Yeppoon RSL Military Museum is a collection of memorabilia and weapons of wars and conflicts in which Australia has been involved.
Labour History Queensland (LHQ), Nathan, received $6000 for a training workshop in assessing the significance and preservation needs of the Trade Unions Records in Queensland . The two day workshop will include representatives from each of the affiliated 16 unions and LHQ.
All the unions and the LHQ hold nationally significant collections comprising minute books, correspondence, union newspapers, banners, photo collections, badges and memorabilia.
Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care, Paddington, received $5500 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of its post-war Catholic immigration history collection including policy papers, minutes, newspaper cuttings, scrapbooks and photographs relating to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
The Centre was established in 1949 to provide pastoral care for post WWI immigrants from traditionally Catholic countries.
Capricorn Coast Historical Society received $2750 for archival storage materials. The CCHS has collections relating to the historic Atherton, Rattenbury, Medew and Walls families, as well as the 1890s Rutherford Armstrong photographic collection and the Noon film collection.
Re-formed in 1986, the Capricorn Coast Historical Society collects, preserves, makes accessible and displays objects, photographs, memorabilia and documentary materials of significance to the history of the Capricorn Coast region.
St Andrew’s Uniting Church Heritage Committee, Brisbane, received $3000 for a preservation survey of its collection of church records, photographs, and art objects.
St Andrew's Uniting Church Heritage Committee was formed in 2000 to organise materials relating to the history of the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches in Brisbane dating back to the 1850s.
Caboolture Shire Library Service received $3000 for a significance assessment and training workshop aimed at developing a uniform strategy for collecting culturally significant resources in the Caboolture Shire.
Famous residents of the Shire have included the Bancroft family, who conducted research into tropical diseases, James Malcolm Newman, O.B.E., and Dr Harold Ingeman Jensen, who became Director of Mines and Chief Government geologist for the Northern Territory .
Cairns & District Chinese Association ( CADCAI) received $8250 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the artefacts of the Lit Sung Goong Temple Collection which includes an ornately decorated altar, temple seals, ritual vessels, fortune telling sticks, swords, shields, paintings, musical instruments and furniture.
Formed in 1978, CADCAI supports and promotes Chinese culture and heritage in Cairns and region.
Mackay City Council – Greenmount Homestead, received $7000 for archival storage materials.
Greenmount Homestead was gifted to the City of Mackay in 1983, following the death of Tom Cook. The collection consists of approximately 12000 documents and books, 5500 photographs, 4300 household and furniture items and 220 pieces of machinery and vehicles spanning from 1862 to 1975.
‘Polonia’ Polish Association in Queensland Inc, Milton, received $5500 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of its collection including records of meetings, correspondence, diaries, posters, photographs of early migrant families and albums of the founders of The Polish Youth Club.
Formed in 1913, the Polish Association in Queensland ’s main objectives were self-help for Polish refugees in settling in the new country, and the preservation of the language and traditions of their forefathers.
Gold Coast City Art Gallery received $8900 for preservation material and archival storage materials in relation to the Gallery’s paper based collection comprising material of significance to the local region and the wider Australian scene. The collection houses landscape works of the local area by such artists as Fred Williams, William Robinson, Albert Tucker and William Bustard.
Gympie & District Historical Society Inc. received $3500 for a preservation survey of its collection relating to Gympie Gold Mining, Gympie Light Horse Regiment, Andrew Fisher MLA, Wide Bay Dairy Co-operative (largest dairy in Southern Hemisphere), Monkland Station, early sporting teams and local identifies.
The Society was formed in 1967 and developed the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum on its present site with the original 'tank' building opened in 1971.