Thirteen Queensland community groups have been awarded a 2006 Federal Community Heritage Grant.

Announced by the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, at the National Library of Australia (Wednesday evening), the successful groups are Bundaberg Arts Centre, the Capricorn Coast Historical Society, the Embroiderers' Guild of QLD, Highfields Pioneer Village, Museum and Park, Kumbia and District Historical Society, Longreach Archival and Research Group, Mater Archives and Heritage Centre, Queensland Choir, Redland Museum Inc, Toowoomba Grammar School Old Boys' Association, UCA St Andrew's Uniting Church - Heritage Committee, University of Southern Queensland and Yeppoon RSL Military Museum.
Senator Kemp said significant milestones reached this year indicated the success, popularity and national significance of the program.

“Passing of the $2 million mark, doubling the funding for training grants, and increasing the number of recipients has increased the ability of community groups across the country to preserve Australia’s heritage,” Senator Kemp said at the National Library of Australia tonight.

Senator Kemp announced funding of more than $391,000 for 80 community groups and organisations under the 2006 Community Heritage Grants program.

The groups include museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, art galleries, migrant, Indigenous and religious organisations. Each received funds to assist in the identification and 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 of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

Senator Kemp said the program, part of the government’s Strengthening Australian Arts commitment, has surpassed expectations on all levels.

“It has been taken up by community groups throughout Australia ensuring the longevity of nationally significant collections and that the collections stay in the community where they belong,” Senator Kemp said.

“The diversity of the collections chronicle our Australian lives – past and present – including transport, sport, science, industry, Indigenous, education, crafts, migration and religion. They also reflect geographic diversity with collection locations ranging from central business districts of our capital cities to tiny, isolated villages. All participants and the national institutions are to be congratulated.”

Jan Fullerton AO, Director-General National Library of Australia, said she, along with the other heads of the partner institutions, was immensely proud of the Community Heritage Grants program.

“It demonstrates our truly national commitment to preserving our heritage for the pleasure and research interests of future generations,” she said.

“Over the years hundreds of people involved in nationally significant collections throughout Australia have been given the opportunity to come to Canberra, enhance their skills through the expertise of the Library, the Museum, and the Archives, and to then take their new knowledge back to their community to ensure the collections are preserved and managed while remaining in a meaningful context.”

2006 is the 13th anniversary of the program. In that time 506 projects throughout Australia have received a total of more than $2 million in funding and extensive training opportunities. The grant money is used for collection assessments, preservation surveys, conservation treatments, preservation training, digitisation, and purchasing quality storage material or environmental monitoring equipment.

The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library of Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Film Commission, the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

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Bundaberg Arts Centre received $3500 for a preservation survey of the Bundaberg City Art collection which includes works by artists with national, state and local significance.
Located in the historic Customs House (circa. 1902), the Centre hosts local and touring exhibitions of visual arts, crafts and social history as well as organising art workshops, holiday programs, school tours and cultural events.

Capricorn Coast Historical Society received $3300 for a textile conservation training project. The training sessions will focus on preservation in harsh climatic conditions. They will be open to participants from the history and heritage groups within Central Queensland region whose collections include clothing and household linens, military and nursing uniforms, hats and accessories, dolls and toys.

Re-formed in 1986, the Capricorn Coast Historical Society collects, preserves, makes accessible and displays objects, photographs, memorabilia and documentary materials of significance to the history of the Capricorn Coast region. The CCHS has collections relating to the historic Atherton, Rattenbury, Medew and Walls families, as well as the 1890s Rutherford Armstrong photographic collection and the Noon film collection.

The Embroiderers' Guild of QLD Inc received $5900 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of its collection established to make available a study material representing as widely as possible the types and styles of embroidery of all periods and from all parts of the world.

The Guild was established in 1968 when about 30 people, meeting in one another's homes, felt the need to further the understanding of embroidery within the Brisbane community.

Highfields Pioneer Village, Museum and Park Inc received $9130 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Toowoomba Foundry collection, and a preservation workshop project. The focus will be on Southern Cross artefacts and historic photographs and documents, and the training of volunteers as to how to maintain the collection.

The Museum is a community based association established in 2000 to support, maintain and enhance the pioneer village at Highfields on the eastern Darling Downs.

Kumbia and District Historical Society received $2700 for archival storage materials to house the E.H Meares Collection of 13000 negatives and some plate glass negatives from the period 1923 –1953. Meares was the official photographer for the Livestock Bulletin and the Qld Country Life Newspaper.

The Society was established in 1980 to preserve the history of Kumbia and District.

Longreach Archival and Research Group Inc received $5500 for a collection management training project. The resulting skills will be used to preserve and manage the Group’s collection which includes photographs, oral histories, cemetery records documenting the story of pioneer settlement in the outback.

The Group’s activities include the research of Outside Graves, which are the graves of people buried at the Railway sidings (which no longer exist), on the properties and at the Cobb and Co stop. It also researches the old part of the Longreach Cemetery where many of the markers are lost or moved making graves difficult to locate. Between 4000 to 4500 people are buried in the cemetery.

Mater Archives and Heritage Centre received $3200 for a preservation survey of its collection relating to the establishment of the Mercy Order in Brisbane in 1861 and the Mater Hospitals.

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.

Queensland Choir received $5900 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of its collection which documents the Choir’s 139 year history covering all areas of the Choir administration and performances including details of venues, composers, conductors, orchestras, soloists, accompanists and the music performed.

The Choir has more than 100 volunteer choristers, of diverse cultural backgrounds and ages, who perform in the symphonic choir, the chamber choir, or both. Beginning in 1872 as The Brisbane Musical Union, the choir has more recently been known as The Queensland State and Municipal Choir and has led the development of choral performances in Queensland for more than a century.

Redland Museum Inc received $2800 for a preservation training workshop focussing on guidelines for handling collection items, display methods, correct lighting, pest and moisture control and preservation techniques of the Museum’s collection which ranges from postcards to tractors.

The Museum was established in 1970 and initially collected farm machinery. It now has more than 13 000 items in the collection dating back to the 1860s.

Toowoomba Grammar School Old Boys Association Inc received $3520 for a preservation survey of its archive collection which includes the original minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees, the first receipt book, cash book and ledger, the original Deed of Grant and the original School Register with the names of all boys who have entered the School since the first day in 1877 to the present.

The Association has a particular interest in preserving the history of the School and has been collecting historically significant objects, documents, photographs etc since the foundation of the School in 1875.

UCA St Andrew's Uniting Church – Heritage Committee received $3200 for a preservation survey of its archive collection which includes the entire collection of paper-based materials, namely photographs, books, plans, pamphlets, and documents, which are housed in the Edward Griffith Reading Room. This project implements recommendations of a preservation survey previously funded by a Community Heritage Grant.

The Committee’s collection includes original letters and other documents connected with the Wharf Street Congregational Church (1860–1928), the Wickham Terrace Presbyterian Church (1862–1905) letters relating to the acquisition of land and the construction of the present Church and its pipe organ (1899–1905), rare history books, the Great War honour rolls, and a communion set used by a Minister of the Church at Gallipoli in 1915.

University of Southern Queensland (USQ) received $2700 for a significance assessment of the USQ Historical Archives collection which includes governing boards and committee minutes, agendas and supporting documents, annual reports, handbooks, graduation programs and registers, photographs and films.

The collection also includes material relating to Sister Elizabeth Kenny who developed the Kenny Method for treating polio.

Yeppoon RSL Military Museum received $2750 for archival storage materials to preserve its collection of letters, postcards, identification documents, maps, photographs and paintings. This project implements the recommendations of a preservation survey funded by a 2005 Community Heritage Grant.

Begun in the 1950s, the Yeppoon RSL Military Museum is a collection of, documents, newspapers, memorabilia and weapons of wars and conflicts in which Australia has been involved.