Seventeen Victorian 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 and diverse groups include the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Arts Project Australia, Australian Ballet School, Australian Gliding Museum, Society, Museum of Chinese Australian History, Port of Echuca and the See Yup Society of Melbourne.

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


Anglican Diocese of Melbourne received $5900 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Diocese archive collection which includes the Royal Letters Patent granted by Queen Victoria in 1847 which created the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne.

The Archives of the Diocese has unique records describing the development of the Anglican Church in Melbourne as well as a broader history of the development of the colony.

Ararat & District Historical Society Inc received $1540 for a preservation training workshop project. The Society’s collection includes more than 1200 items including photographs, documents, maps, books, toys, tools, sport and Aboriginal artefacts.

The Society was established in 1963 and opened the Mangi Morgala Museum in 1970.

Arts Project Australia received $1700 for a caring for collections workshop to assist in preserving items which include the Sidney Myer Fund Permanent Collection of drawings and paintings that formed the basis of two early landmark exhibitions Minus/Plus in 1975 and Tommy’s World in 1980, and a cross-section of work produced in the Arts Project studio

Founded in 1974, Arts Project Australia is a unique gallery and studio based in Northcote, Melbourne, dedicated to the individual artistic expression of people with an intellectual disability and its recognition by the wider community.

Australian Aircraft Restoration Group, trading as the Australian National Aviation Museum, received $7920 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Museum’s archival library and a conservation training workshop.

Established in 1962, the Australian National Aviation Museum, is located at Moorabbin Airport near Melbourne.

Australian Ballet School received $5900 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of its archive collection which includes letters, student records, media material, photos and performance programs.

Established in 1964, the Australian Ballet School is the national institution for vocational training in classical ballet.

Australian Gliding Museum received $5900 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of its historic aviation literature, documents and audio visual material.

Established in 1999, the museum collects, preserves and displays items of sports aviation interest; stimulates awareness of all forms of sport, particularly gliding; promote interest in restoration, display and flying vintage gliders.

Australian Polish Community Services (APCS) Inc received $2000 for a preservation training workshop to assist in preserving its collection of documents relating to the establishment of the organisation and its activities.

APCS was established in 1983 to address the growing needs of the ageing Polish population in the Western Metropolitan Region of Victoria.

Creswick Museum and Gold Battery received $5270 for a preservation survey and a preservation workshop training program.

Creswick Museum and Gold Battery was opened in 1970 and houses 3000 images dating from the 1860s onwards reflecting Creswick and district’s events, former residents and landmarks. The Museum’s art collection features such artist as T.G. Moyle, W. Tibbits, J. Longstaff, V. Litherland and members of the Lindsay family former owners of Creswick. The Gold Battery is the only original gold battery fully operational in Victoria.

Knox Historical Society Inc received $2700 for a significance assessment of the Society’s collection which includes the locally significant round stained glass window from the old Ferntree Gully Shire Hall, and material from former Australian Prime Minister, Stanley Melbourne Bruce’s early childhood residence, Doongalla.

Knox was once a rural area outside of metropolitan Melbourne, but is now a thriving municipality of more than 150,000 people.

Indigo Shire Council received $6500 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Beechworth Historic Courthouse Law Library which was established shortly after the Courthouse was opened in 1858.

Many of Australia's legends are woven into the fabric of the history of the Beechworth Historic Courthouse – people such as Sir Isaac Isaacs, Robert O'Hara Burke and Sir Redmond Barry and on the other side of the law – Ned Kelly and his mother Ellen Kelly, the bushranger, Harry Power and the first woman hanged in Victoria, Elizabeth Scott.

Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc received $3200 for a preservation survey of its collection of more than over 2000 artefacts relating to the experiences of Chinese immigrants to Australia, particularly since the mid-nineteenth century onwards. It includes letters, manuscripts, photographs, title deeds, clothing, furniture, ceremonial and medicinal objects.

Established in 1985 the Museum documents, preserves, collects, researches, and displays the history and culture of Australians of Chinese descent.

Port of Echuca received $7600 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Port’s collection which includes the original historic wharf built in 1864, paddlesteamers, steam traction engines, historic buildings, an A2 locomotive and an archive with more than 2000 historic photographs maps, plans, books and ephemera relating to the period 1860 to 1920.

The Echuca Wharf is the only river port wharf of its kind in Australia and has been nominated for entry in the National Heritage list. The paddlesteamers date from the PS Adelaide built in 1866 to the PS Alexander Arbuhnot 1933.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria received $5000 for four collection management training workshops for regional Victorian collecting organisations. The workshops will be delivered in regional Victoria in 2007 and will focus on practical information and skill development.

Participants will be volunteer members of the RHSV affiliated societies.

See Yup Society Inc. of Melbourne received $9000 for conservation treatments, equipment purchases, documentation and training for the Temple Tablets Restoration and Documentation Project. The tablets are memorials to those from the Hoi Ping, Yan Ping, Toy San and San Woi districts of south-west Guangdong Province who died in Victoria, from the 1850s to now.

The Society was formed in 1854 to care for the welfare of Chinese during the Gold Rush. The Temple was built in 1856 in Raglan Street, South Melbourne and is one of the oldest temples in the Southern Hemisphere

St Francis' Choir received $2530 for an archival storage materials project to preserve its large number of 19th and early 20th century musical scores, sound recordings photographs; correspondence and ephemera relating to the Choir’s activities.

The Choir was founded in 1845 for the opening of Victoria’s first Catholic church and is the state’s oldest church choir.

Upper Murray Historical Society Inc received $4400 for a significance assessment of the Man from Snowy River Museum collection and a collection management training project which will focus on preservation and presentation.

First established in 1963, the Society acquires materials considered significant to the Upper Murray, promotes compilation of authentic historical records, and encourages research into the Upper Murray region. A Museum highlight is the comprehensive collection of handmade skis and skiing equipment dating back as far as the late 1800s. This collection was put on display in the United States in 1984 as part of the World Expo, and includes a bassinette on skis for the baby in the family.