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Jason McCarthy, 'Trencho' board game from the collection of the National Museum of Australia

From the works of Norman Lindsay to historic Beaconsfield gold mine artefacts to more than 1,100 Cretaceous-age marine fossils and works by Hermannsburg school painters—these are just some of the collections to benefit from the 2015 Community Heritage Awards.

The CHG program, which is managed by the National Library of Australia, provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, Indigenous and multicultural groups, genealogical and historical societies from inner cities to the most remote parts of Australia. The grants are designed to assist with the preservation and improved access to locally owned but nationally significant collections.

Director-General of the National Library, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said in this year’s round, applications were received from 153 organisations around Australia. Of these, 75 were offered grants totalling $438,710.

‘We were delighted to see such a diverse range of community groups applying for the grants this year,’ Ms Schwirtlich said. ‘Not only did they come from all over Australia—from Launceston in the south to Finke River up north, but there was such a fascinating range of collections. They included the Warmun Community’s art and cultural material, Australia’s first community television house and production studio and the Bendigo Chinese Association Museum’s Loong—the oldest processional dragon in the world.’

Other recipients this year include the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Loudon House Museum, Queensland Women’s Historical Association, Charles Darwin University Nursing Museum and Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum.

CHG 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.

The CHG program is managed by the National Library of Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Ministry for Arts, Australian Government; the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

Full list of 2015 Community Heritage Grant recipients

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Contact details

Sally Hopman—Media Liaison Manager
02 6262 1704
0401 226 697
shopman@nla.gov.au