Eleven South Australian community groups have been awarded 2006 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 Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society, Ayers House Museum - the National Trust of South Australia, Catholic Church Endowment Society, Folk Federation of South Australia Inc, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Kadina Branch, National Trust of South Australia, Lobethal Heritage Association Inc, Port Dock Station Railway Museum, Stratford Historical Society and the Whyalla Public Library.

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 two 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.


Media contacts: Yvonne Kennedy 02 6262 1353; 0411 753 891; ykennedy@nla.gov.au




Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society received $3300 for archival storage materials for its collection of artefacts relating to the Gaol history including officer and inmate uniforms, bedding, books, documents, newspaper cuttings, guns, locks, ball & chains, handcuffs, prisoner made implements, prison records, hanging and escape ropes. The Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society was formed in 1989 to provide guides, to fundraise, and to conserve and preserve the Gaol, both historically and physically – to fundraise to help with ongoing preservation.

Ayers House Museum – the National Trust of South Australia received $9000 conservation treatment of photographs in the Museum’s Documentary Collection. This project builds on previous preservation projects funded by Community Heritage Grants.

It is one of the last remaining grand 19th century mansions that once lined North Terrace and is the only historic house within the CBD of Adelaide. It was home to Sir Henry Ayers, a dominant character in colonial South Australia between 1855 and 1897. Sir Henry served as Premier of South Australia seven times, as well as holding influential roles in the business sector as the Director of Burra Mines and first Chairman of the South Australian Gas Company.

Catholic Church Endowment Society Inc received $3200 for a preservation survey of the Adelaide Archdiocesan Archives collection which includes diaries and correspondence of the early Archbishops and other notable pioneers of the Archdiocese, dating from the 1830s through to 1950s, 1850s census materials for the Mt Barker district, sacramental registers from the 1840s to the 1920s, and 1930s church vestments and jewellery that predate canon law changes to liturgical services.

The Adelaide Archdiocesan collection complements the significant collections held by the Catholic Archdiocesan Archives in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Folk Federation of South Australia Inc received $5900 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the John Morris Library comprising approximately 900 Compact Disks, 500 cassette tapes, 100 VHS format video tapes, a number of newsletters and magazines from other folk/arts organizations, and 100 books.

The Federation formed in 1971 to organise community Folk Festivals and promote live music events. It organised its first festival in 1974 and ran the Annual S.A. State Folk Festival from 1979 to 2001, and the Medieval Festival from 1993 to 2002. In 2000 the Federation the S.A. Folk Centre consisting of a performance venue, administration office, The John Morris Library and Folk Trax music shop.

JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design received $3200 for a preservation survey of its collection of several thousand slides that document the processes and finished products produced and/or exhibited at JamFactory.

Since 1974, JamFactory has played a leading role in contemporary Australian craft and design. Its studios have launched numerous significant national careers and its galleries have presented and documented important artistic and cultural material. The initial ideas for the cultural enterprise JamFactory were formed by the art and crafts community in the 1960s but it was decisions by the then Premier and Minister for the Arts, Don Dunstan, that lead to the establishment of the South Australian Craft Authority, as it was then known.

Kadina Branch, National Trust South Australia received $9000 for environmental control for its Australian dryland farming machinery collection.

The Kadina Branch was formed in 1966. The branch operates a museum which aims to preserve, collect, interpret, research and display the history of Australian dryland farming, the heritage and history of Kadina and the local farming region from pre-European settlement to the present day.

Lobethal Heritage Association received $9900 for a significance assessment of the collection of mill machinery, objects and mill archives which was given to the people of Lobethal Onkaparinga Woollen Company ceased operations in 1993, and for a conservation training project.

The Lobethal Heritage Association assumed responsibility for the collection currently stored at the Adelaide Hills Tourism and Business Centre which occupies the old mill site.

Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society Inc received $5500 for a significance assessment and conservation materials to preserve its collection of 4000 photographs including ones of the Stirling Oval during the Great Depression, the home front during WWII, and the recent construction of the Adelaide Hills Heysen Tunnels.

The Society was established in 1978 to “uncover, preserve and publish the history of the Mt Lofty Districts”.

Port Dock Station Railway Museum (SA) Inc, which trades as the National Railway Museum (NRM), received $4000 for a preservation survey of its collection of locomotives and carriages and an extensive archive of historical material and artefacts.

The NRM is unique in that it represents railway operations from Commonwealth, State and private operators on the three major railway gauges used throughout Australia. It has its origins in Railway Terrace Mile End where the Australian Railway Historical Society (SA) Division established the Mile End Railway Museum in 1963. During the 1980s a new entity, the Port Dock Station Railway Museum (SA) Inc. was created to oversee the relocation of the Museum to the site of the former South Australian Railways Port Dock Station and freight yards.

Stratford Historical Society received $3800 for a Caring for the Collection training workshop. The Society’s collection includes photographs, maps, some early Shire and local business records, household, farming and local community artefacts including some local Indigenous memorabilia.

The Society was established in 1968 to collect, conserve, research, exhibit and interpret artefacts, documents, records and other memorabilia which relates to the life and times of the Stratford area and its place in wider Gippsland.  

Whyalla Public Library received $3200 for a significance assessment of the Whyalla shipyards and steelworks archive collection of newspapers, research materials, scrapbooks, movies, slides and photographs from 1899 to the 1970s.

The Whyalla shipyards were fundamental to the growth of the city up until its closure in 1978.