Eight South Australian community groups have been awarded 2005 Federal Community Heritage Grants.
Announced by the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, (Wednesday evening), the successful groups are the Moonta, the Burra Burra, and the Goolwa Museum branches of the National Trust of South Australia, West Torrens and the Orroroo Historical Societies, the Royal Zoological Society, the Friends of Dingley Dell and the United Trades and Labor Council.
A total of $377 865 was distributed to 76 groups from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections. In addition, recipients are attending a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop being held at the National Library of Australia, the National Archives, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archives in Canberra .
Senator Kemp said the Community Heritage Grants are very important in supporting the effort to preserve our national heritage at the grassroots.
“From Broome to Burnie the grants provide funds and expertise to ensure our national heritage is protected and accessible with the collections remaining in their local context.
“This year sees the Community Heritage Grants program come of age with a stronger emphasis on training, the inclusion of artefacts, and the participation of the National Museum . The program’s maturity and national significance as part of the government’s Strengthening Australian Arts commitment is recognised with a near doubling of grant funding and the raising of the grant ceiling to $10 000,” he said.
2005 is the 12th anniversary of the program. In that time 426 projects throughout Australia have received more than $1.6 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.
Jan Fullerton AO, Director-General National Library of Australia , said the Community Heritage Grants demonstrate the commitment of the National Library and all the partner institutions to preserving our heritage, particularly through training.
“It’s about our national institutions coming together to share their expertise which is then taken back to communities throughout Australia . This skills transfer aims to have heritage collections remain in the community and available for the pleasure and research interests of future generations of Australians,” she said.
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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National Trust of South Australia Moonta Branch received $5000 for a preservation survey of its photographic collection covering the copper mining industry of Northern Yorke Peninsula with a specific emphasis on the Cornish Mining communities and work practices in the Moonta Mine, commonly regarded as the most successful mine in Australia between 1861-1920. The collection includes 4000 black and white images and 1500 coloured slides and prints.
West Torrens Historical Society, Marleston, received $6380 for archival storage materials for photos and documents relating to West Torrens ’ history including being the site of the earliest grape and wine production area in SA, the first wheat crop, of Colonel William Light’s Home and the first glass house growing in Australia .
The West Torrens Historical Society was founded in 1976.
National Trust of South Australia - Goolwa Museum received $3700 for a preservation survey of its collection relating to the establishment of shipping on the Murray-Darling River System.
The Museum was established to collect artefacts, documents and photographs relevant to Goolwa, Currency Creek and the Hindmarsh Island District.
Orroroo Historical Society received $2310 for reformatting and copying glass plate negatives to film stock and rehousing originals from the John McDougall Collection which is significant for its association with people, events, places and themes common to the Orroroo district during the period 1910 to 1925.
The Society was formed in 1990 to preserve the records of the Orroroo township and surrounding districts.
National Trust of South Australia - Burra Burra Branch received $6000 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of items covering a broad range of activities associated with the working, daily living and recreational aspects of miners and their families.
Formed in 1963, the Burra Burra Branch, along with the District Council is responsible for several historic properties including the Redruth Gaol, miners' dugouts, police lock-up, stables and police house in Burra North.
Royal Zoological Society of South Australia Inc, Adelaide , received $5500 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of its Historical Photograph Collection which date back to the late 1800s.
The Royal Zoological Society of South Australia Inc began its life as the South Australian Acclimatisation Society in 1878 with its aim encapsulated in the motto 'Docere et servare' - 'To teach and to preserve'.
Friends of Dingley Dell, Adelaide, received $6000 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of its collection records, artefacts, books, letters, diaries, photographs and negatives relating to Adam Lindsay Gordon dating back to the early 1800s.
The Friends’ collection is held at Adam Lindsay Gordon's cottage located at Port MacDonnell, South Australia .
United Trades and Labor Council (UTLC) received $3700 for archival storage materials for its collection which reflects the organisation’s history and operations of the past 120 years. The collection consists of posters, screen prints, pamphlets, banners, trophies, photographs and slides.
UTLC was established in 1884 as the peak body representing trade unions in South Australia .