Community grants help to preserve nation's heritage
10 November 2010
Community groups across the country will have a greater capacity to preserve Australia’s heritage as a result of the 2010 Community Heritage Grants.
Grants worth $418,563 are going to 70 community groups and organisations in 2010.
The groups include museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, art galleries, 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 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 Acting Director-General Warwick Cathro said the Community Heritage Grants program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, to encourage and assist communities to care for the nation’s heritage, whether held in capital cities, regional centres or remote areas.
“These grants are a reminder that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever,” he said.
“The national collecting institutions that support this program are delighted that practical assistance is being provided to communities to ensure that their local heritage collections are still there for future generations.”
The grant money is used for significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation treatments, training workshops, digitisation and purchasing archival-quality storage materials or environmental monitoring equipment
The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Office for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
AIDS Action Council of the ACT Inc received $6,700 for archival shelving for the collection. The shelving will enable the Council to rehouse collection material currently housed inappropriately, and improve access to the collection.
Children’s Book Council ACT (Lu Rees Archives) received $8,800 for significance and preservation needs assessments of the collection. The collection includes over 20,000 Australian children’s books dating from the 1950s as well as research files, papers, manuscripts and artworks relating to leading Australian authors, illustrators and publishers. A large collection of audio tapes of leading identities in the field of Australian children’s literature talking about their work is also included.
Craft Australia received $14,000 to digitise its slide kit collection. This collection of slides showcases the work of leading Australian craft artists and designer/makers and comprises 7,000 slides. Digitisation will enhance access to the collection with online availability.
NEW SOUTH WALES
1st Mosman 1908 Scout Group received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection reflects the activity of the first scout group in Australia. It contains log and minute books, scrapbooks and diaries and the personal journals and photographs of Keith Rowe who attended key events such as the first Australian corroboree in 1922 and the Great Imperial Jamboree of 1924.
Adaminaby Snowy Scheme Collection received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection comprises vehicles, engineering equipment, tools, photographs, memorabilia and oral histories relating to the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.
Australian Country Music Foundation received $5,000 for digitisation of its still image collection. This will enable the purchase of equipment such as a scanner and computer. The collection of images in the Graeme O’Neil collection focuses on Australian Country Music events, particularly ‘talent quests’ around the country.
Australian Tennis Museum received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. This nationally significant collection includes tennis equipment, clothing, memorabilia, trophies and souvenirs reflecting the history of the sport nationally and internationally.
Fort Scratchley Historical Society received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes uniforms, vehicles, maps and plans that document the history of the site, originally set up as a defence site for Newcastle and its port in the 1800s.
Lockhart and District Historical Society received $5,400 for archival materials and a preventative conservation training course. The collection includes the nationally significant Brookong Collection of photographs, maps and artefacts associated with the Brooking Station and the 1888 shearers’ strike.
Moruya and District Historical Society Inc received $4,675 to conduct a significance assessment of the collection. The collection comprises approximately 6,000 items reflecting the history of the region, in particular the region’s contribution to the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the development of the cheese industry in Australia.
Mount Kembla Mining Heritage Inc received $8,822 for a significance assessment of the collection and to conduct a Collections Management workshop. The collection of mining history includes items such as documents relating to a Royal Commission into the mining disaster of 1902, a stretcher used to remove injured miners at the time and tools and equipment used in the recovery.
National Art School received $6,500 for cleaning and rehousing the Student Collection of works on paper. This nationally significant collection dates from 1914 and is representative of the early student work of significant Australian artists such as Brett Whitely and James Gleeson. The collection provides excellent insight into the history and artistic climate of the National Art School and with the New South Wales arts community.
Parramatta and District Historical Society received $2,255 for a Disaster Preparedness Plan and Disaster Bin. The society’s museum Hamledon Cottage houses the collection of antique furniture, photographs and pictures including the desk and chair of significant colonial, Rev Samuel Marsden.
Port Macquarie Historical Society Inc received $5,500 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. Objects of significance in the collection include an Indigenous heliman shield, a bible used on convict ships, photographs of traditional Aboriginal life and objects relating to the decades leading to Federation and to Sir Edmund Barton.
Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc received $5,060 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection reflects the history of the region dating back to the 1820s and includes artefacts and archives recording early settlement.
Royal Far West received $11,800 for archival storage materials and equipment for the collection. The collection has national significance as it represents the story of the unique Far West Scheme and includes archives, photographs, ephemera and artefacts.
The Oaks Historical Society Inc received $5,676 to digitise the Yerranderie-Burragorang Scrolls (and their index). The 168 handwritten scrolls average four metres in length and were created by a local artist/ historian. The scrolls document and illustrate the history and activity of the region from the early Aboriginal people to significant Australian leaders.
Sturt Craft Centre (Winifred West Schools) received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection comprises post-war and contemporary craft objects made by significant Australian artists while at the Centre. The artworks in the collection include ceramics, metalwork, textiles and wood objects.
The Performance Space received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes the organisation’s archival records and a record of events presented, including the audiovisual record of performances. Photographs, video and audio tapes of early performances reflect the history and development of the organisation.
The Museum of Fire Inc received $6,800 for archival storage equipment. The collection’s fire-fighting equipment, memorabilia, uniforms, photographs and personal records document the history of firefighting in New South Wales. The project will assist the organisation to preserve and store the collection.
The Scout Association of Australia NSW Branch received $5,400 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection and preservation training. The collection contains artefacts dating back to the foundation of Scouting in Australia in 1908, including uniforms, flags, plaques, banners, photographs, film reels, audio tapes and glass negatives from the early 1900s. Significant collection items include a Changi Rover Scout Scarf from World War II; a trophy shield presented by Dr J.J. Bradfield, chief engineer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, in 1932 and a photograph album from the 1920s which includes some photographs of Scouts taken with Australian artist Norman Lindsay in the grounds of his Faulconbridge estate.
Trustees of the Sisters of Mercy, Diocese of Lismore received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection is an archive documenting the lives and activities of over 250 Sisters of Mercy in the Grafton region over 126 years and includes letters, artefacts, photographs and audio visual tapes.
Willoughby City Council received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Local Studies collection. The collection includes archival records, personal papers, oral history recordings, artworks and maps. Significant items include domestic and industrial architectural plans by Walter Burley Griffin for buildings in the Willoughby/Castlecrag area.
Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association received $1,600 for collection management software to establish a collection database. Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association is an Indigenous-owned, non-profit organisation based at Milikapiti, a remote Aboriginal community on Melville Island. The Mulwurri Museum was established as a ‘keeping place’ for the Milikapiti community containing various works including photographs, carvings, artefacts and contemporary prints and paintings, some of which record techniques and elements of ceremony that have changed or are no longer used by the Tiwi people.
Red Centre ALIA received $5,900 for disaster and recovery training. The two-day workshop presents a strategic approach to disaster response and recovery for cultural collections. Staff and volunteers from local organisations and groups such as Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, Women’s Hall of Fame, MacDougall branch of the National Trust Australia (NT), Adelaide House (Australian Inland Mission bush hospital) and the School of the Air will be invited to take part in the training.
Strehlow Research Centre received $12,100 for the conservation and digitisation of Volume 1 of Carl Strehlow’s handwritten manuscript Die Aranda-und Loritja-Stamme iin Zentral Australien and his Aboriginal language dictionary. These unique, nationally significant volumes describe traditional life and culture of central Australian Aboriginal people during the pre-contact to early contact period and provide a rich and complex source of linguistic and anthropological data.
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology received $3,400 to conduct a significance assessment of the collection. The collection of over 5,500 artefacts includes jewellery, coins, medals and ritual objects from many countries including Australia.
Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes nursing records dating back to 1885, uniforms, medical instruments and equipment, photographs and oral histories reflecting the history of nursing in Queensland. Records documenting the work of Sister Kenny with polio patients are of significance.
Burdekin Library received $4,700 for a significance assessment and a preservation needs assessment of the Mirka Mora mural Painting of Life. The mural was painted in 1984, hangs inside the library and was inspired by the history of the region. In particular it relates to the story of a shipwrecked sailor who lived with the local traditional owners prior to European settlement.
Girl Guides Queensland received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the archive and museum collection. This nationally significant collection of approximately 7,000 items and organisational archive reflects all aspects of Guiding in Queensland dating back to 1910. Photographs, memorabilia, uniforms, badges are significant items in the collection.
Mareeba Heritage Centre Inc received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Tobacco industry in North Queensland 1928-2004 collection. The collection includes artefacts from all eras of the tobacco industry and from all associated activity – land clearing, planting, cultivation, harvesting, curing and usage. It provides a unique history of the industry in Australia.
Museum and Gallery Services Queensland received $10,300 to conduct Collection Management and Preventative Conservation workshops in Far North Queensland (Atherton and Cooktown regions). The organisations benefitting from the training include regional museums, heritage centres and art galleries. The training will assist the organisations to participate in museum standards programs.
National Trust of Queensland received $14,000 for conservation treatments, environmental control equipment and collections care and management training workshops for the Atherton Chinatown and James Cook Museum, Cooktown collections. The Atherton collection contains Chinese and Chinese Australian artefacts including puppets, domestic wares, artworks and archaeological items from the nearby site of early Chinese settlement. The James Cook Museum contains a wide range of artefacts relating to the history of the region.
North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum received $6,800 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection and preservation training. Nationally significant items in the collection are the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum collection which reflect the history of the asylum; the Oodgeroo collection (personal papers and memorabilia); and the stretcher from the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur which sank in 1943 with the loss of 268 lives.
Queensland Country Women’s Association received $4.000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection comprises textiles, organisational records, craft items, furniture, decorative arts, memorabilia and photographs documenting activity of the Queensland Country Women’s Association since its commencement in 1922.
Queensland Folk Federation Inc received $8,000 for a significance assessment and preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection comprises archives, documents, artefacts, artwork, ephemera, still photographs and audiovisual material representing the history of the cultural activities of the Queensland Folk Federation over the past 24 years, including the Woodford Folk Festival, the Dreaming and the Planting Festivals.
The Brisbane Tramway Museum Society received $7,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection including archival items and metal objects. The archive collection includes manuals, plans, destination rolls, photographs and advertising signs. Restored trams dating back to 1989 are a highlight of the collection.
Thoroughbred Racing History Association Inc received $8,800 for a significance assessment and preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection comprises letters and organisation records, photographs, racebooks (dating back to 1880) trophies and sashes and memorabilia reflecting the history of the racing industry in Australian, and in particular, Queensland.
Charles Sturt Memorial Museum Trust Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection of artefacts associated with the life of explorer Charles Sturt, housed in the colonial home of Sturt ‘the Grange’ includes furniture, artworks and documents.
Port Dock Station Railway Museum (SA) Inc received $11,300 for archival storage materials for the collection. The collection comprises archives, photographs, slides, ephemera, locomotive hardware and uniforms representing the history of both the South Australian Railways and the Commonwealth Railways, and their respective institutions.
Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Inc received $13,600 for the digitisation of the Society’s geographical and historical resources. The collection of monographs, journals, manuscripts, maps, photographs and objects reflects the history of the discovery, description and settlement of Australia. The project will create greater access to the collection via the Internet.
St John Ambulance Australia SA Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection contains a wide variety of items pertaining to first aid and to the development of first aid in Australia. Highlights of the collection are ambulance litters; manuals; medical equipment; uniforms; photographs and a motorbike and sidecar used as a First Aid Unit.
South Australian Aviation Museum received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes aircraft, photographs, uniforms and models reflecting the history of aviation in Australia. Many collection items are associated with significant events such as the Maralinga Atomic Tests and the Woomera rocket launch, as well as notable Australian aviators.
Women’s and Children’s Hospital History and Heritage Committee received $4,400 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection reflects the diverse history of the hospital from the 1880s to the present. Collection items include medical instruments, nursing uniforms, hospital equipment, artworks and posters.
Mersey Leven Aboriginal Corporation received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Tiagarra collection. The collection of artefacts, including stone tools and material types, spears, shell necklaces, food sources and water craft, illustrate everyday life of early Tasmanian Aborigines and their interaction with European settlers in 1803.
National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) received $8,400 for environmental control equipment, archival storage materials and to scan the pictorial collection. This large collection of photographs, slides and prints documents the built heritage of Tasmania. Over 8,000 buildings are represented and the collection documents Tasmanian urban and rural buildings from the 1800s to the present.
Uniting Church in Australia, Wesley Hobart received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The document collection contains the remains of the collection of the first public library in Australia (1825) as well as hymn books, music collection, large bibles and the archives of the Methodists Conferences and the Missionary Register.
Anglican Parish of Christ Church, Geelong received $4.000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The Church is the oldest in Victoria on its original site and in continuous use. The archives are a comprehensive record of the early development of the social, cultural and community life in Geelong dating from early settlement. Collection items include church records (registers), early bibles, photographs, etchings and architectural plans.
Arts Project Australia Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection of artworks by people with an intellectual disability includes works on paper, digital media, ceramics and prints. The archival records of the organisation are included in the collection.
Australian Racing Museum received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. Reflecting the racing industry in Australia the collection comprises race books, photographs, fashion items and items relating to jockeys, trainers and horses.
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Inc received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of the archives. The collection documents the history of homosexuality in Australia as well as the development of the gay and lesbian community. Items of significance include oral history, clippings, photographs and scrapbooks.
Australian Multicultural Foundation received $3,000 for archival storage materials and equipment. The archive collection is dedicated to the history of recent multiculturalism in Australia. Items of significance include records and comments by many nationally significant Australians, including Prime Ministers and community and religious leaders.
Berry Street Victoria Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the heritage archive. The archive includes documents relating to history of the organisation which has provided infant and family welfare services in Victoria since 1877. It includes client records and registers, training programs, press cuttings and photographs.
East Gippsland Historical Society Inc received $5,060 to conduct a significance assessment of the Dreier Family Photograph collection. This collection of photographs taken between 1920 and 1960 reflects the social life, buildings, people, and events of the region.
Echuca Historical Society Inc received $5,225 to conduct a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes artefacts, books and documents reflecting the history and development of the region, in particular, the early European settlement of the Murray River region, and the river port of Echuca.
Hume City Council received $5,000 for collection care and handling workshops for staff from local libraries. The training workshops will assist staff with cataloguing and preservation of local history/heritage collections.
Kuo Min Tang Society, Melbourne received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of Collections A (papers of the imperial and early Republic Chinese diplomatic representatives in Australia 1909-1929) and Collection B (papers from the Melbourne Consular office 1930-1949).
Marysville and District Historical Society received $8,250 for a significance assessment of the collection and collection management training workshops. This collection is being developed through donations of material following the loss of the original collection in the Victorian bushfires of 2009. The project will assist the Society with the development and management of this new collection.
Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society Inc received $5,720 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes council documents dating from 1860; plans for local buildings, parks and structures; photographs, artworks and objects. The collection reflects the history and development of the Port Melbourne area.
Public Record Office Victoria received $7,800 for training workshops. The training program will provide skills to staff and volunteers from community organisations in digitising collection materials. Participants will learn how to develop a digitisation program for their collection, receive practical advice on the process and the management of the digital records.
Southern Health received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection of medical instruments, records, artefacts, photographs, furniture and artworks includes elements that reflect nationally significant individuals and medical and scientific achievement. Significant items include an embroidered cloth featuring the signatures of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and other significant Australians.
Women’s Art Register received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. This nationally significant collection contains documents, articles, biographical information; slide kits and photographs pertaining to the lives of 2000 individual Australian women artists documenting the work of women artists in the history of Australian art.
Anglican Parish of Swan received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. Swan Parish was the first parish in Western Australia and the collection of records and artefacts reflect this early historic period. The collection includes furniture, silverware and church records (baptismal, marriage and burial registers and photographs) dating back to 1840.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder received $7,800 to conduct a preventative conservation training workshop for volunteers and staff from collecting organisations in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia. The project will allow participants from museums, libraries, archives, galleries historical societies to gain skills in caring for collection material, minimising deterioration and damage to items
Claremont Museum received $11,250 for detailed preservation assessment and treatment of ferrous items in the Boat Shed Collection. The Boat Shed was built in 1906 and was used to construct river craft including pearling luggers. The collection is representative of boat building and boating on the Swan River from the early 1900s and includes boat building tools and equipment.
Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Kyana Gallery collection. The collection consists of sacred ceremonial objects including wood, stone and feather objects. Significant items include traditional kangaroo cloaks, carrying baskets and shields.
Eastern Goldfields Historical Society Inc received $5,170 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes a large number of historical photographs representing a pictorial history of the Eastern Goldfields region, particularly the gold mining activity of the area.
Scout Association of Australia, Western Australia received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes scouting material - uniforms, badges and photographs and documents reflecting the history of Scouting in Western Australia.
Shire of Roebourne received $13,600 for significance assessments of the Local History Office collections at Karratha Community Library, Roebourne Museum and Cossack Museum. This collection comprises object, books, ephemera and oral history recordings reflecting the colonial, Indigenous, maritime, environmental and industrial aspects of the region.
Swan Guildford Historical Society Inc received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection includes Aboriginal artefacts; household/domestic items; artworks; agricultural items; photographs and costumes, and represents a continuous history of occupation in the Swan Valley from the time of the traditional owners, the Noongar, through to the 1960s.
Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704 or 0401 226 697