Four Tasmanian 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 the Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Glenorchy City Council, Maritime Museum of Tasmania and theSouthern Midlands Council - Oatlands Gaol and Courthouse Working Group.

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.


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2006 Community Heritage Grants


Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens received $3520 for a preservation survey of its historic collection of books dating from the early 1800s to the1920s, maps dating back to 1856 plus other materials the targeted project collection.  Some of the books are rare, and are in poor condition. They include general gardening books and floras.

The Friends group was incorporated in 1992. It raises funds, supports special projects and provides volunteers for six activity streams: herbarium, visitor services, propagation, tour guiding, Friends Cottage, and foreshore refurbishment.

Glenorchy City Council has received $2700 for a significance assessment of the Council's heritage collections which relate to the greater Hobart area. Plans, photographs, artworks and engineering drawings relating to significant heritage places within the city make up a large part of the collection. Glenorchy has 16 places on the Register of the National Estate. The collection includes material on many of these places.

The Council was formed in 1964, on the centenary of the founding of the Glenorchy Municipality. It administers the northern area of greater Hobart.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania received $5200 for the digitisation of more than 5000 maritime photographs. These are part of the 13 000 photographs and negatives, 1200 objects including ship models, ship and yacht plans, lighthouse fittings, whaling material, navigational instruments and artefacts relating to Tasmanian waters and vessels which make up the Museum’s collections.  This project builds on previous significance and preservation surveys funded by Community Heritage Grants.

The Maritime Museum of Tasmania was established in 1973. Its initial collection derived from the Shiplovers Society, which had been formed in 1931. In 2000 the Museum was relocated from Battery Point to its present location next to Hobart’s waterfront.

Southern Midlands Council – Oatlands Gaol and Courthouse Working Group received $3700 for a preservation survey of the Oatlands Gaol and Court House heritage collections which includes a significant number of chattels associated with Oatlands Court House, approximately 300 items relating to the domestic use phase of that building (1910–1977) and a thousands of artefacts resulting from archaeological excavations at the Court House and Gaol during the last 25 years.

The Oatlands Gaol and Court House Working Group was formed in 2004 and provides advice to Council regarding the conservation, promotion and management of the Oatlands Gaol and Court House. The Oatlands Gaol (1834) and Court House (1828) are nationally significant buildings in the heart of historic Oatlands. They are each listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register and the Register of the National Estate.