Three Northern Territory groups will receive grants to help preserve the territory’s heritage following the announcement of the 2010 Community Heritage Grants.

The successful and popular program is providing grants worth $19,600 to three community groups in 2010. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

Northern Territory grants include $12,100 to the Strehlow Research Centre for the conservation and digitisation of Volume 1 of Carl Strehlow’s handwritten manuscript Die Aranda-und Loritja-Stamme iin Zentral Australien and of his Aboriginal language dictionary. Red Centre ALIA received $5,900 to conduct a disaster recovery training workshop for staff and volunteers of libraries, museums and community groups in the Alice Springs region. Jilamara Arts and Crafts also received $1,600 for collection management software for the Tiwi Art Collection in the Mulwurri Museum on Melville Island.

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, preservation training, 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; Heritage and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.

Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704; 0401 226 697;
Dianne Dahlitz, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147;


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.