Eight Western Australian 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 Boyanup Foundation, Broome Historical Society and Museum, City of Stirling Libraries for the Mount Flora Regional Museum,  Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia Inc, Museum of Childhood - Edith Cowan University, National Trust of Australia (WA), Ravensthorpe Historical Society and WA Cricket Association and Museum.

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


2006 Community Heritage Grants


Boyanup Foundation Inc received $7150 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Boyanup Museum’s collection which includes rural, industrial, and pioneering photographs, artefacts and objects as well as railway rolling stock.

The Foundation was founded in 1980 to give Boyanup recreational groups an opportunity to further improve their talents and amenities for the broader good of the community. It also acquires and maintains historic relic for the Museum.

Broome Historical Society and Museum received $2300 for digitisation of the Museum’s photographic collection which documents the history of pearling and the air raid on Broome. This project builds on previous preservation projects funded by Community Heritage Grants.

The Broome Historical Society was formed in 1975 to collect, preserve and provide a place for objects relating to Broome and to foster research into the various aspects of Broome's history.

City of Stirling Libraries for the Mount Flora Regional Museum  received $6200 for a significance assessment of the Museum’s collection which documents the social development of Perth’s northern coastal suburbs, and for a training workshop in paper conservation.

A large proportion of the Mt Flora collection is paper-based. The workshop will give 25 participants the information needed to care for the collection and will provide the skills for assessing the paper-based component of the collection and deciding on the necessary steps needed to prolong the life of the material.

Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia Inc received $5900 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Council’s collection comprising documents dating from its establishment in 1975, Federal/State/Local government and community reports pertinent to the multicultural community, meeting minutes, correspondence and photographs.

The Council is recognised as the peak organisation representing the interests of various ethnic communities in this State. It was established in 1975 as a means of working on issues of mutual concern and to lobby government on the need for appropriate service delivery to people of diverse backgrounds.

Museum of Childhood – Edith Cowan University received $3200 for a preservation survey of items from its collection which is Australia's most comprehensive of childhood heritage with approximately 20 000 objects. The collection includes toys, dolls, games, items of infant care and children's domestic and school life as well as items pertaining to specific historic and contemporary themes as well as photographs, documents and books.

The Museum of Childhood, owned by Edith Cowan University, began as a private collection by Mrs Mary McKenzie who collected childhood heritage items and conducted education programs for children from 1975 until her retirement in 1984.

National Trust of Australia (WA) received $3900 for a preservation survey of the Trust’s Heritage Archive collection which includes materials from when the organisation was founded in the early 1960s to the present time.

Established through an act of parliament in 1959, the National Trust plays a pivotal role in heritage education and advocacy as well as the management of heritage sites throughout WA.

Ravensthorpe Historical Society Inc received $7590 for a significance assessment and preservation survey of the Society’s extensive photograph collection documenting the early days of white settlement in the district, as well as mining and farming machinery and implements.

The Society has been operating since the early 1980s. It aims to collect, preserve and share records, photographs, artefacts and memorabilia related to the district’s history.

Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and Museum, East Perth, received $7300 for an archival storage materials project. The WACA’s collection which includes significant items of the greats of cricket in Western Australia and Australia The collection includes significant memorabilia belonging to the greats in Australian cricket such as Dennis Lillee and Sir Donald Bradman including autographed cricket bats and documents. Other sports including football, lacrosse, tennis and hockey are represented reflecting the multi-faceted history of sport at the WACA ground. This project implements the recommendations of a preservation survey funded by a 2005 Community Heritage Grant.

Founded in 1885, the Association, through the WACA Museum, seeks to collect, preserve, document, store or display and interpret items that pertain to the history of Western Australian, Australian and International cricket and sport.