Ten Queensland groups will receive grants to help preserve the state’s heritage following the announcement of the 2008 Community Heritage Grants.
The successful and popular program is providing grants worth $76 880 to 10 community groups and organisations around the state in 2008. The groups include museums, historical societies, and Indigenous, migrant and religious organisations. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
Highlights include $5 500 to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs for packing and environmental monitoring equipment, $8 030 to the Cairns and District Chinese Association for the preservation of significant cast metal objects and $12 850 to the National Trust of Queensland’s James Cook Museum for a significance assessment and preservation needs assessment of artefacts. Museum and Gallery Services Queensland also received $13 600 for three skill development workshops for museums in Longreach, Mt Isa and Charleville.
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 Director-General Jan Fullerton said the Community Heritage Grants program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities.
“It is all about working together to help spread the message that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever,” she said.
“Through sharing this knowledge, the information can be taken back to the communities where it is most needed to ensure that 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 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 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.
Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society Inc received $3 900 for a collection management training workshop. The collection includes photographs, postcards, clothing, household items and musical instruments. It is anticipated that the training workshop will involve participants from 12 other heritage organisations in the Gold Coast region.
Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc received $8 030 for the preservation of significant cast metal objects in the CADCAI collection. CADCAI was formed in 1978 as a community group to support the new migrants and Australian Chinese families in Cairns and region. The Lit Sung Goong Collection contains just over 240 artefacts which came out of the Cairns Lit Sung Goong temple. The majority of the artefacts were made in Southern China and brought to Cairns in the late 19th century. This project will allow CADCAI to employ a metals conservator to repair 11 significant cast metal objects in the Lit Sung Goong Collection.
Australian Age of Dinosaurs received $5 500 for materials for repacking and relocation and three data loggers. AAOD currently displays the most comprehensive collection of Australia’s dinosaur-aged fossils and through its field laboratory oversees the largest scale preparation of these fossils ever attempted in Australia. Currently there are over 550 specimens accessioned into the AAOD Collection, including dinosaur, plant, reptile and marine invertebrate fossils from the Mesozoic as well as Pleistocene mammal and reptile fossils and meteorites.
Rockhampton Regional Council received $4 900 for a significance assessment of the special collections of the council. The special collections contain many archives, photographs and artefacts unique to central Queensland including: correspondence files that show the impact of the shearers' strikes, both World Wars and the Depression on northern Queenslanders; the Rockhampton Jockey Club - Hall of Fame collection; business records of the Lakes Creek Meatworks (1868-1995), once a major central Queensland employer and collections from prominent local people such as Glenn Cousins – an early central Queensland aviator.
Museum and Gallery Services Queensland received $13 600 for three skill development workshops for various museums in Longreach, Mt Isa and Charleville. Museum and Gallery Services Queensland promotes, supports and provides services to foster excellence in museums, galleries and keeping places. Organisations expected to participate in these workshops include: Qantas Founders Outback Museum, Outback Regional Gallery, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Mt Isa Civic Centre, Underground Hospital and Beth Anderson Museum and the Cunnamulla Fella Centre Museum.
Butter Factory Arts Centre, Sunshine Coast Regional Council received $12 700 for significance assessments of 13 volunteer managed heritage collections on the Sunshine Coast. Participating organisations include: the Maroochy, Caloundra and Noosa RSL clubs, the Queensland Air Museum, Bankfoot House, Noosa Museum, Maleny Historical Society, Nambour Museum, Discover Eumundi and Kenilworth Museum.
North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum Association Inc received $4 500 for a significance assessment of the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum collection. The museum collection reflects the social history of an area which was a key site in the early settlement of Brisbane and Queensland, as well as a strategic site in Australian coastal protection during World War II. The museum also stores the Oodgeroo/Kath Walker collection on behalf of her family. Kath Walker was a poet, artist, writer, Aboriginal spokesperson, performer, activist and educator and the first published Indigenous poet in Australia.
Mater Archives and Heritage Centre received $3 400 for archival storage materials and training in paper preservation. Established in 1987, the centre was set up to preserve and manage historical material of the Mater Hospitals, the first of which was established in Brisbane in 1906. The collection relates to the establishment of the Mercy Order in Brisbane in 1861 and the Mater Hospitals.
National Trust of Queensland - James Cook Museum, Cooktown received $12 850 for a significance assessment and preservation needs assessment of the artefacts at James Cook Museum. The collections of the James Cook Museum, Cooktown are associated with the heritage and history of far north Queensland. The museum holds Indigenous heritage collections, significant artefacts dating from James Cook's sojourn in the region (a canon and an anchor from the Endeavour) and items relating to the Chinese occupation of northern Australia.
Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council received $7 500 for preservation and collection management training. The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council manages the Menmuny Museum. The museum’s extensive and unique collection of photographs of Yarrabah provides a view of the various stages of the community’s development including traditional culture and mission days, dormitory experiences and State and Local Government administration.