Eleven Queensland groups will receive grants to help preserve the state’s heritage following the announcement of the 2009 Community Heritage Grants.
The successful and popular program is providing grants worth $61 500 to 11 community groups and organisations around the state in 2009. The groups include museums, historical societies and religious organisations. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
Highlights include $4 000 to the Brisbane Tramway Museum Society for a significance assessment of the Museum collection; $4 000 to the Girl Guides Queensland for a significance assessment of the archive collection and $5 500 to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre for a significance assessment of the Museum collection. The Cairns Regional Council also received $12 700 for a series of Disaster Preparedness and Response Workshops.
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.
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.