Seven Tasmanian 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 $41 750 to 7 community groups and organisations around the state in 2009. The groups include museums, historical societies and the Maritime Museum of Tasmania. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

Highlights include $4 000 to the Launceston Tramway Museum Society Inc for a preservation needs assessment of the collection and $4 000 to the Maritime Museum of Tasmania for a significance assessment of the collection. The Military Heritage Foundation of Tasmania also received $4 590 for a Disaster Recovery Training Workshop.

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
Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704; 0401 226 697;
Dianne Dahlitz, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147;


R.A. Rodda Museum of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania received $5 650 for a significance assessment of the collection. This unusual collection of medical specimens provides a unique record of disease manifestation and traumatic pathology during the late 20th century and is highly regarded as an historic, scientific research collection.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes photographs, documents, original paintings and objects all relevant to the maritime heritage of Tasmania. Photographs and documents in the collection record major industries of the 20th century which relied on shipping such as fruit and jam exports.

Pioneer Village Museum (Burnie City Council) received $12 800 for the purchase of preservation storage equipment (filing cabinets, shelving and plan cabinets) for the Museums document collection. The collection includes artefacts, photographs, and documents dating from Burnie’s settlement in 1827. These include company records from the Van Diemans Land Company, Marine Board of Burnie, Emu Bay Railway and Australian Pulp and Paper Mill.

Launceston Tramway Museum Society Inc received $4 000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection reflects themes related to the history of Launceston, in particular, the tramway system. Highlights of the collection include trams dating from early 1900s, images of trams and personnel, and a collection of uniforms used by tramway personnel.

Furneaux Historical Research Association received $7 480 for archival storage equipment and materials. The collection reflects the natural and cultural history of the Furneaux Islands region in Bass Strait. It includes many items retrieved from shipwrecks of the area as well samples of local Aboriginal shell necklaces and home made objects fashioned by early local settlers.

The Hutchins School received $4 000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Archives and Heritage collection. Comprised of monographs, documents and manuscripts, trophies and shields, artworks, maps and plans, textiles, and video and audio recordings, the collection captures the history of origin, function, role and activities of the school.

Military Heritage Foundation of Tasmania received $4 950 for a Disaster Recovery Training Workshop. The collection comprises items relating to the military history of Tasmania from early European settlement to the present. Highlights items include the uniform worn by Lord Kitchener when he toured Australia in the early 20th century to advise on defence organisation for the new Commonwealth of Australia.