Community groups across the country will have a greater capacity to preserve Australia’s heritage following the announcement of the 2009 Community Heritage Grants.
Grants worth $383 852 are going to 75 community groups and organisations in 2009.
The groups include museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, art galleries, city councils, migrant, Indigenous and religious organisations. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
In addition, recipients will attend a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.
National Library Director-General Jan Fullerton said the Community Heritage Grants program demonstrated the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to preserve and manage Australia’s cultural heritage.
“This program plays an important role in preventing the potential loss of the nation’s cultural heritage,” Ms Fullerton said.
“It is a collaborative effort to raise and develop conservation standards and practices, so that our local heritage collections remain meaningful and accessible for society today and in the future.”
The grant money is used for significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation treatments, training workshops and purchasing archival-quality storage materials or environmental monitoring equipment.
Established in 1994, the Community Heritage Grants have distributed over $3 million to 736 projects to community groups stretching from the inner cities to the remote outback.
The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.
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Eryldene Historic House and Garden received $4 400 for a significance assessment of the Eryldene Historic House and Garden collection. The collection includes a single storey house and other buildings, the garden, furniture artefacts and documents. Photographs of the house taken by Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain and Emil Otto Hoppe are among the significant items held.
Tamworth Regional Council: Tamworth Regional Gallery & Tamworth Powerstation Museum received $5 000 for a significance assessment of the Powerstation Museum collection. Tamworth was the first town in Australia to have electric street lights, in 1888. The Powerstation Museum is built on the original site of Tamworth power station. The collection chronicles the science, discovery, invention and progress of electricity generation, supply and utilisation in the area over the centuries.
Singleton Public Library received $4 480 for a significance assessment of the Family History Archives collection. The collection contains items relating to the history of Singleton and Australia, including maps, gazettes and the personal papers of Benjamin Singleton (after whom the town is named). Encouraged by Governor Macquarie in 1820 Singleton’s explorations opened a route between the Hawkesbury and Hunter rivers.
Illawarra Historical Society Inc received $7 511 for a significance assessment of the collection and to conduct a significance training course. The collection reflects the history and development of the Illawarra and Wollongong - early pioneering and settlement, Aboriginal culture and shipping and navigation. Items include photographs, maps, plans, and in particular, a sectioned WWII Owen sub machine gun which was designed in Wollongong and made in Port Kembla.
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The Squadron was founded in 1862. The collection contains books, paintings, photographs, models, trophies and yachting memorabilia. Historical records of Australia’s involvement in the America’s Cup are included in the collection.
Royal Far West received $4 570 for a preservation needs assessment of the Royal Far West Museum collection. The collection reflects the social historical record of the health care needs of regional communities, and their children, of New South Wales since 1927. The collection includes unique photographs, dating from the 1940s, and produced by newspaper photographers for the Far West Children’s Health Scheme annual competition.
Berrima District Historical & Family History Society Inc received $6 380 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection and for the purchase of archival materials for housing the photographic collection. The collection includes personal papers, maps, plans and paintings. A significant part of the collection is the photographs, diaries and manuscripts relating to the internment camp at Berrima Gaol for German internees during WWI.
Eden Killer Whale Museum received $4 100 for a significance assessment of the Museum collection. The Eden Killer Whale Museum was established in 1931 and the collection reflects the unique history of whaling at Twofold Bay. Documents, photographs, objects, books, textiles, audiovisual material, artworks and natural history items represent the themes of exploration, whaling, timber and fishing industries and the unique story of the relationship between the killer whales and the whalers of Eden.
1st Mosman 1908 Scout Group received $4 400 for a significance assessment of the collection of the first scout group in Australia, established in 1908. The collection includes photographs dating from 1908 to present day reflecting the activities of the group over many years. Also held are certificates, awards and plaques commemorating events such as ‘bob a job week’, Scout Jamborees, Sirius Cup Regattas and other historical, local events.
Trustees of the ANZAC Memorial Building received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the ANZAC Memorial collection. The collection of military items relating to the wartime service of Australians includes items such as the (reputed) first flag ashore at Gallipoli, an artificial leg manufactured in the Changi Prison Camp and an album of original photos taken by the first mission to return to battle areas after the war in 1918.
Mt Kembla Mining Heritage Inc. received $4 950 for a collection management training workshop. The collection reflects the story of the impact of a mining disaster experience at the Mount Kembla Coal Mine in 1902, which killed 96 men and boys. Significant items in the collection include mining implements and tools and certificates and diaries all dating from the period.
Liverpool City Council, Liverpool City Library received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the Liverpool Regional Museum collection. The collection includes prints, posters and paintings, photographs, manuscripts, oral history recordings and film. Key items in the collection reflect the social history of the City of Liverpool and include costumes and objects dating from the 1870s.
Norfolk Island Museum received $14 713 for conservation treatment of the Bounty cannon. One of a large number of objects derived from the wreck of the Sirius in March 1790, the cannon is a significant piece of Australian history.
Illawarra Historical Society Inc received $7 511 for a significance assessment and significance training workshop. Key themes in the collection include the history and development of indigenous culture, settler life and community leaders of the Illawarra and Wollongong area.
Forbes & District Historical Society Museum received $7 150 for archival storage materials and a Handling and Storage Training Workshop. This diverse collection comprises a large number of items relating to the history of Forbes. Noteworthy items include goldmining equipment, musical instruments and items owned by the bushranger Ben Hall.
National Art School received $6 400 for rehousing materials, data loggers and a plan cabinet. The National Art School is the oldest art school in Australia, tracing its history back to the 1840s.The collection dates from 1760 and reflects the subjects taught at the school, including drawing, painting, print making, ceramics, sculpture and photography.
Moore Theological College Council received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the Samuel Marsden Archive. The Archive contains documents relating to the college and Anglican life in Australia since the days of the First Fleet. Samuel Marsden came to Australia in 1794, and became a senior chaplain in 1810. His collection of sermons is a significant part of the Archive.
Hellenic Heritage & Cultural Centre (NSW) received $3 200 for archival storage boxes for the housing of the Wedding Crown collection. The Centre’s collection contains many documents and objects relating to the Greek Australian community.
St George Regional Museum received $4 000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Museum collection. The collection represents the history of the St George district from pre 1788 to 1970. Photographs, books, archival records, maps and objects make up the collection and represent a wide range of areas such as prominent personalities, war effort, sports and local industries.
New England Regional Art Museum received $7 000 for a significance assessment of the Howard Hinton and Chandler Coventry collections and for a Disaster Preparedness Workshop and disaster kits. The Howard Hinton collection of artworks from the 1880s to the 1940s includes works by significant Australian painters such as Streeton, the Lindsay family, Roberts, Gruner and Hilder. The Chandler Coventry collection contains works of contemporary Australian art by artists such as Brett Whiteley.
Strehlow Research Centre received $5 000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection contains sacred ceremonial objects and their documentation (including Aboriginal song and stories); film; photographs; field diaries; Aboriginal site maps; and the personal and professional correspondence of Professor Carl Strehlow, and relates to his study of the Aboriginal people of Central Australia.
Jilimara Arts & Crafts Association received $6 000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Tiwi Art Collection in the Muluwurri Museum. The collection of significant items relating to Tiwi history and ceremonial activity includes artworks, carvings, murals, photographs, and armbands used by indigenous dancers during the funeral ceremony.
Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre received $5 500 for a significance assessment of the Museum collection. The centre is a memorial to the pioneers of the Australian outback and aims to preserve the outback’s rich cultural heritage. The collection is wide and varied, containing objects, historical documents, photographs and artworks. Highlights from the collection include personal items belonging to Sir Sidney Kidman, the first QANTAS ticket from Cloncurry to Charleville in 1922 and the travel diaries of J A McCartney, who opened up vast parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Girl Guides Queensland received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the archive collection. Reflecting the 100 year history of the girl guide movement in Queensland the collection contains reports, personal profiles and memoirs, hand-illustrated log books and photographs recording activities of the movement. A significant part of the collection is photographs and documents from early Indigenous Guide Companies, some at mission schools, and of the 1st Groote Eylandt Girl Guide company of 1930.
Brisbane Tramway Museum Society received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the Museum collection. Consisting of a large number of items including restored trams, uniforms, ticket machines, manuals, newspaper clippings, photographs and advertising signs, the collection documents the history of a former transport era.
Miles and District Historical Society received $5 800 for a significance assessment of the Miles Historical Village collection. The collection is varied with many items of realia dating from the early 1900s which reflect the social life and activities of the area. A highlight of the collection is a lapidary collection of fossil woods and ferns which attract the attention of palaeobotanists, geologists and enthusiasts from all over the world.
Innisfail Friends of the Temple Inc received $7 480 for a significance assessment and a preservation needs assessment of the Temple Collection and the See Poy Collection. The Temple Collection of items from the original Temple (which was destroyed by fire in the 1940s) date back to the 1860s. These include ceremonial instruments and tools, and photographs of early Chinese settlers using many of the items. The See Poy Collection contains several hundred objects relating to the life of the See Poy family, who played a major role in the development of the commercial trade between China and Australia.
Mareeba Heritage Centre Inc received $4 500 for a significance assessment of the Tobacco Industry Collection. The collection contains objects representing many aspects of the tobacco industry in the Mareeba/Dimbula district from the planting of the first test crops in 1928. These artefacts reflect the labour-intensive techniques applied in early days through to the modern methods of tobacco growing in the early 21st century.
Bowen Historical Society and Museum Inc received $4 400 for a significance assessment of the Museum collection. Highlights of the large collection record the long-standing shipping and diving history of the area. In particular, a lighthouse lantern which played a vital role in this history.
Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group Inc received $4 500 for a significance assessment of Museum collection. The Precinct site encompasses the buildings of the former Barambah Aboriginal Settlement, and the collection includes photographs, artefacts, films and artworks reflecting the history of this Settlement, which was taken over as a Government Settlement in 1904.
The Embroiderers’ Guild of Queensland received $6 200 for archival storage materials. The collection represents many styles and types of embroidery from many parts of the world. With an emphasis on hand made domestic pieces, the collection aims to provide an understanding of the social history of Australia, and in particular, Queensland.
University of Southern Queensland received $3 500 for a preservation needs assessment of the Historical Archives collection. The Archives collection contains historical documents and objects relating to the early development of the University of Southern Queensland.
Cairns Regional Council received $12 700 for a series of Disaster Preparedness and Response Workshops, to be presented in regional areas of far north Queensland, Cairns, Cooktown, Atherton and Croyden. Approximately 25 organisations with art, archival, artefact and photographic collections will benefit from these training workshops.
Australian Meteorological Association Inc received $2 393 for the digital conversion of the Charles Todd’s Weather Folios collection. This collection consists of the daily weather observations recorded by Sir Charles Todd , the Colony of South Australia’s first Meteorologist whose work spans 31 years from 1878 to 1909. Converting the printed text records to computer searchable data will enable the 65 bound volumes of weather maps, ships’ logs, letters and telegrams to be more accessible and prevent further handling of fragile original material.
Australian Electric Transport Museum (SA) Inc received $4 400 for a significance assessment of the collection. Consisting historic vehicles, electrical and mechanical components, as well as images and textiles, the collection reflects the history of Adelaide’s metropolitan tramway system from 1909.
Community History Programs, History Trust of South Australia received $8 800 to conduct a training workshop for volunteers and staff of local museums and historical societies. The workshop ‘Caring for Collections’ will deliver knowledge, information and skills and will assist participants to gain confidence in managing and caring for cultural material within their collections. The workshop will be conducted in Murray Bridge (SA) as in 2010 this rural city will be South Australia’s Regional Centre for Culture.
Mannum Dock Museum of River History received $4 934 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. This collection is based on the river history of the Murray-Darling river systems, with a special emphasis on the Murray River and the Paddle Steamer ‘Marion’. As well as the ‘Marion” the collection includes other small boats and boat building tools, ship boilers, and photographs and documents relating to river life.
South Australian Police Historical Society received $12 100 for environmental monitoring equipment and for storage equipment. The collection reflects the history of policing in South Australia (and the Northern Territory) since 1838. Photographs, costumes and objects all demonstrate the history and development of policing in Australia.
City of Prospect - Library and Local History Collection received $3 300 for a preservation needs assessment and digitisation training workshop. The collection includes paintings, lithographs, photographs, maps and plans, archival records, objects, books, oral history recordings and films and manuscripts. Highlights of the collection are a painting by Richard Hayley Lever which reflects the interior of a middle-class home in Prospect in the 1890s and two lithographs by GF Angas which are early images of Indigenous inhabitants of the Coorong, the Ngarrindjeri people.
National Trust of South Australia received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the ‘Collingrove’ photograph and archives collections. ‘Collingrove’, built in 1852 was the family home of the Angas family for four generations. The photograph and archives collections include early photographs of family members, the buildings and gardens, local landscape and farm livestock. Within the archive collection are maps and plans, paintings and documents relating to the life of the family and the homestead over many years.
Holdfast Bay History Centre, City of Holdfast Bay Council received $4 500 for a preservation needs assessment of the History Centre collection. Consisting of photographs, paintings, maps and plans, newspaper cuttings, archived documents, cemetery registers, oral histories, films and publications the collection dates from the early 1800s, the collection reflects the development of the area from an early settlement to modern day seaside resort.
R.A. Rodda Museum of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania received $5 650 for a significance assessment of the collection. This unusual collection of medical specimens provides a unique record of disease manifestation and traumatic pathology during the late 20th century and is highly regarded as an historic, scientific research collection.
Maritime Museum of Tasmania received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes photographs, documents, original paintings and objects all relevant to the maritime heritage of Tasmania. Photographs and documents in the collection record major industries of the 20th century which relied on shipping such as fruit and jam exports.
Pioneer Village Museum (Burnie City Council) received $12 800 for the purchase of preservation storage equipment (filing cabinets, shelving and plan cabinets) for the Museums document collection. The collection includes artefacts, photographs, and documents dating from Burnie’s settlement in 1827. These include company records from the Van Diemans Land Company, Marine Board of Burnie, Emu Bay Railway and Australian Pulp and Paper Mill.
Launceston Tramway Museum Society Inc received $4 000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection reflects themes related to the history of Launceston, in particular, the tramway system. Highlights of the collection include trams dating from early 1900s, images of trams and personnel, and a collection of uniforms used by tramway personnel.
Furneaux Historical Research Association received $7 480 for archival storage equipment and materials. The collection reflects the natural and cultural history of the Furneaux Islands region in Bass Strait. It includes many items retrieved from shipwrecks of the area as well samples of local Aboriginal shell necklaces and home made objects fashioned by early local settlers.
The Hutchins School received $4 000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Archives and Heritage collection. Comprised of monographs, documents and manuscripts, trophies and shields, artworks, maps and plans, textiles, and video and audio recordings, the collection captures the history of origin, function, role and activities of the school.
Military Heritage Foundation of Tasmania received $4 950 for a Disaster Recovery Training Workshop. The collection comprises items relating to the military history of Tasmania from early European settlement to the present. Highlights items include the uniform worn by Lord Kitchener when he toured Australia in the early 20th century to advise on defence organisation for the new Commonwealth of Australia.
Bishop Ivan Prasko Memorial Library and Museum of Ukrainian Arts and Crafts Collection received $4 400 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection of Ukrainian historical documents and artefacts. These include maps, books, photographs and prints, national costumes, ceramics and sculptures, some dating from the 15th and 17th centuries.
Merri Creek Management Committee Inc received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. Documenting the range of environmental actions and activities conducted the by Committee the collection includes photographic prints and slides, maps, realia and the archival records of the Committee from 1977.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence received $4 000 for a preservation needs assessment for the digitisation of images in the historical photographic collection. The photographic collection reflects the activities of The Brotherhood of St Laurence and its involvement with social justice issues across a range of geographical areas in Australia over many years.
Geelong Gallery received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the Gallery’s works on paper collection. The Gallery is one of the oldest in the region, opening in 1896. Notable items in the collection include works by 19th century artists Lionel Lindsay, John Glover, James McNeil Whistler and John Martin and `colonial images of Geelong and the region.
Royal South Street Society received $8 660 for significance and preservation needs assessments of the collection. The Society is a performing arts competition which commenced in 1891 and has been the launching pad for the careers of many significant Australian artists including Peter Dawson Gladys Moncreif, David Atkins and Anthony Callea. The competition attracted over 6,000 entrants in 2008. The collection includes competition results books, programs, photographs, badges and medals all pertaining to the history and activity of the competition.
Jewish Holocaust Centre Inc received $4 750 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection and to conduct a training workshop on the care and handling of heritage collection material. The collection includes many items relating to the Holocaust, including official documents, photographs, artworks and artefacts. It reflects the story of Australian immigration, the Australian Jewish community, the Holocaust and W WII.
Back to Back Theatre Inc received $4 400 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The Theatre is a leading contemporary theatre company with a professional ensemble of actors considered to have intellectual disabilities. The collection reflects the activities of the Theatre over many years and includes photographs and films of performances; posters, programs and flyers; and recordings of original music from performances.
The Nurses Memorial Centre received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the collection of documentary records, photographs and artworks. The centre was established as a “living” memorial to nurses who died on active service in World War II and continues to support the education and professional development of nurses in Victoria. Highlights of the collection include a Scutari Lamp, dating from the Crimean War and reputed to have an association with Florence Nightingale and documents relating to the fund-raising efforts of the centre’s founders Vivian Bullwinkel and Betty Jeffrey, both prisoners of war survivors.
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Inc received $4 400 for a significance assessment of the organisation archive collection. Reflecting the gay and lesbian movement in Australia the collection includes photographs, posters, badges and T-shirts and the records of key organisations active in the early days of the movement. A highlight of the collection are the scrapbooks of Monte Punshon which provide a unique perspective on lesbian life in the 1920s and 30s.
Koorie Heritage Trust received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria photo albums. The collection includes seven albums of black and white photographs taken between 1970 and 1973 on a range of topics including health, housing, education and key Koorie community members such as Sir Doug Nicholls, activist Margaret Tucker and artists Ronald Bull and Hilton Walsh. Photographs of the hand-back of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Reserve are significant items in the collection.
Jewish Museum of Australia received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes organisation documents; ritual Judaica objects; secular historical and cultural objects; and artworks. Highlights of the collection include memorabilia from the voyage of the Dunera and of life in internment camps.
Southern Health received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the Southern Health Historical collection. Encompassing a large breadth of Australian health service history, the collection includes ephemera, artefacts, photographs, documents, furniture, medical instruments, uniforms and key documents relating to prominent surgeons, doctors and medical researchers such as Sir William McPherson, Professor Carl Wood and Professor Arthur Clark. The collection also reflects the history of women’s health and health services in Australia.
Buda Historic Home & Garden Inc received $4 400 for the restoration, preservation and digital reformatting of the audio tape archive. The Buda Historic Home & Garden collection contains items that belonged to the Leviny family who lived in the house from 1863 to 1981. The audio tape archive includes oral history interviews with family members, friends and employees of the family and lectures given by specialists on aspects of the Buda collection.
Life Saving Victoria received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the State Lifesaving Historical collection. The collection includes organisational records, photographs and artefacts reflecting the 100-year history of lifesaving in Victoria.
Stanley Hall & Athenaeum Committee received $3 000 for a significance assessment of Stanley Athenaeum collection. The collection includes 19th century books published by local authors such as William Guilfoyle (Melbourne Botanic Gardens Director) and local historian Geoff Craig. Objects and archives are also included and highlights are a geological collection from the local area and photographs representing the history of the town and the people.
Upper Murray Historical Society received $4 400 for the purchase of archival storage materials. The Society is responsible for the maintenance and running of the The Man from Snowy River Museum. The museum’s collection includes several unique items including a rug knitted by an Australian prisoner of war that details a complete map of Australia with state borders, coastline and his hometown of Corryong.
The Australian Multicultural Foundation received $4 300 for a preservation needs assessment of the Sir James Gobbo Australian Multicultural Foundation Library collection. Relating to the history and work of the Australian Multicultural Foundation the collection includes archival records, photographs and promotional material and ephemera.
Hastings-Western Port Historical Society Inc on behalf of the Mornington Peninsula Local History Network Group received $1 980 for a significance assessment training workshop. The Network Group comprises 24 local historical organisations, each of which administer their own collections. The training workshop will provide representatives of all of the groups with guidance on the process of assessing the significance of their collection.
The Victorian Jazz Archive received $8 590 for archival storage equipment for the Australian poster and photograph collection, and for a Preservation Training workshop. The Archive is a collection of Australian and international jazz music, musician interviews, photographs, records, posters and ephemera. A strength of the collection is its representation and documentation of the emergence of 'trad’ jazz in Australia during the 1940s and 1950s.
The Kuo Ming Tang Society of Melbourne received $4 400 for a significance assessment of the Consulate Correspondence File Collections. These archival collections contain correspondence files, personnel records and reports from the Chinese Consular office in Australia dating from 1908.
Museum of Chinese Australian History received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the collection, including photographs. The collection dates from 1850 and includes objects, documents, letters manuscripts and photographs reflecting the history of the Chinese in Australia. Highlights from the collection are a Cantonese-English phrasebook used on the Victorian and Californian goldfields in 1850, a Chinese plait (queue) anecdotally acquired during the 1861 Lambing flat riots and a Dragon jacket from the 1850s.
The St Brigid's Convent of Mercy Perth (Sisters of Mercy West Perth) received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the archive and heritage collection. The collection includes documents, photographs, artefacts and objects related to the history and activities of the Sisters of Mercy West Perth.
St George's Cathedral Chapter received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the cathedral collection. Linked with the first presence of a Christian church in Western Australia, the archive collection includes items of interest including a piece of jarrah wood cut from the tree under which the first Anglican Church service was held on the Swan River colony in 1829 and Villers-Brettonneux Cross (WWI).
Perth Diocesan Trustees, Anglican Church of Australia received $3 500 for a map/plan cabinet to house the Architectural Plan collection. The collection contains parish and building plans, artists’ impressions in watercolour and gouache of proposed and actual buildings and photographs of buildings under construction. Much of this material dates from the 19th century.
Manjimup Historical Society Inc received $4 400 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. Housed in historic buildings known as ‘The Hamlet’ the collection contains unique items relating to the development of the commercial growing of tobacco in the area from the early 1920s, including documents, photographs and tools and implements.
Museums Australian Inc (WA) received $11 700 for Training Workshops – four Collection Storage & Preventative Conservation Workshops and one Disaster Plan and Recovery Workshop. The workshops will provide training to museum staff in regional areas including Kalgoorlie, Albany and Broome, and will benefit collecting organisations and promote the preservation of regional collections in Western Australia.
South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation received $4 400 for a significance assessment of the collections. Material held in the collections includes oral histories, photographs, genealogical information, maps and books all related to the Noongar people.