Eight Western Australian groups will receive grants to help preserve the state’s heritage following the announcement of the 2010 Community Heritage Grants.

The successful and popular program is providing grants worth $53,820 to eight community groups and organisations around the state in 2010. The groups include, libraries, museums, historical societies, and Indigenous, scouting and religious organisations. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

Western Australian highlights include $11,250 to the Claremont Museum for a preservation assessment and treatment of the Boatshed Collection. The Shire of Roebourne received $13,600 to conduct significance assessments of the collections in the Karratha Community Library, the Roebourne Museum and the Cossack Museum. The Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the collection.

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 Acting Director-General Warwick Cathro said the Community Heritage Grants program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, to encourage and assist communities to care for the nation’s heritage, whether held in capital cities, regional centres or remote areas.

“These grants are a reminder that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever,” he said.

“The national collecting institutions that support this program are delighted that practical assistance is being provided to communities to ensure that their 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 archival-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 Prime Minister and Cabinet, Office for 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; shopman@nla.gov.au
Dianne Dahlitz, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147; chg@nla.gov.au



Anglican Parish of Swan received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. Swan Parish was the first parish in Western Australia and the collection of records and artefacts reflect this early historic period. The collection includes furniture, silverware and church records (baptismal, marriage and burial registers and photographs) dating back to 1840.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder received $7,800 to conduct a preventative conservation training workshop for volunteers and staff from collecting organisations in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia. The project will allow participants from museums, libraries, archives, galleries historical societies to gain skills in caring for collection material, minimising deterioration and damage to items

Claremont Museum received $11,250 for detailed preservation assessment and treatment of ferrous items in the Boat Shed Collection. The Boat Shed was built in 1906 and was used to construct river craft including pearling luggers. The collection is representative of boat building and boating on the Swan River from the early 1900s and includes boat building tools and equipment.

Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Kyana Gallery collection. The collection consists of sacred ceremonial objects including wood, stone and feather objects. Significant items include traditional kangaroo cloaks, carrying baskets and shields.

Eastern Goldfields Historical Society Inc received $5,170 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes a large number of historical photographs representing a pictorial history of the Eastern Goldfields region, particularly the gold mining activity of the area.

Scout Association of Australia, Western Australia received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes scouting material - uniforms, badges and photographs and documents reflecting the history of Scouting in Western Australia.

Shire of Roebourne received $13,600 for significance assessments of the Local History Office collections at Karratha Community Library, Roebourne Museum and Cossack Museum. This collection comprises object, books, ephemera and oral history recordings reflecting the colonial, Indigenous, maritime, environmental and industrial aspects of the region.

Swan Guildford Historical Society Inc received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection includes Aboriginal artefacts; household/domestic items; artworks; agricultural items; photographs and costumes, and represents a continuous history of occupation in the Swan Valley from the time of the traditional owners, the Noongar, through to the 1960s.

Media Contact:
Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704 or 0401 226 697