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Tranby Aboriginal Co-Operative

57 organisations receive Community Heritage Grants 

Recipients include Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative Limited, Trafalgar Holden Museum, Queensland Braille Writing Association, Gay And Lesbian Archive of Western Australia, Flinders Palaeontology, Mawson's Huts Foundation, Australian Academy of Science and the Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation and many others. 

These community-led and people-focused organisations from around Australia will receive small grants to support them in their work of preserving significant local collections. 

Australia's first and longest-running independent Indigenous education provider will be using the grant to preserve the archives of Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative Limited. Jacinta Bailey, Research & Community Projects Manager said: 

‘For 65 of 65,000 years, Tranby has been a central point of social action, self-determination and community connection for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. Our incredible history speaks to the enduring civil rights movement in Australia. As a not-for-profit Aboriginal community organisation, we are deeply grateful for this funding support towards maintaining and preserving our unique archival collection as a vital step towards sharing this important history with all Australians and upholding Aboriginal archival sovereignty.’ 

Tranby joins an ever-growing community of grant recipients who are caring for nationally significant heritage in their local communities. Many organisations have received multiple grants across different grant rounds to help them with the ongoing care of their collection. 

Fiona Clarke, Chair of the Expert Panel making final recommendations on applications, noted the increasing diversity of the applicants.  

‘This year, we have awarded funding of $420,097 to 57 regional and community projects to help staff and volunteers assess their collections or to assist them with preservation activities. We are delighted such a diverse range of organisations from all around Australia have applied this year,’ Ms Clarke said.  

Since the Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program began in 1994, more than 1,600 projects have received grants totalling over $8.4 million, helping to preserve significant Australian community history and heritage for future generations. 

CHG is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts; National Library of Australia; National Archives of Australia; National Film and Sound Archive and National Museum of Australia.   

New South Wales

Organisation Project Title
St. Thomas Anglican Church  Preservation Needs Assessment of St. Thomas' Anglican Church collection  $5,950 
Lithgow City Council Libraries  Preservation Needs Assessment of the Lithgow Library Local History Collection  $6,193 
Moore Theological College Council  Conservation activities and collection management of the Reverend Frank Cash Negative Collection  $4,973 
National Trust (NSW)  Collections Care Workshops  $11,546 
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children  Significance assessment of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Archives  $5,500 
National Trust of Australia (NSW)  Miss Porter's House Preservation Needs Assessment  $6,351 
Shoalhaven Historical Society Inc.  Preservation Needs Assessment of the Shoalhaven Historical Society's collection  $6,600 
Tamworth Regional Gallery  Collection re-housing and storage for the Utopia Silks  $11,574 
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery  Significance Assessment of the National Art Glass Collection  $6,736 
Shoalhaven City Council  Preservation needs assessment of the Shoalhaven City Art Collection  $5,500 
Stanton Library  Conservation activities and collection management and collection management project for the Luna Park framed artworks  $7,700 
Norman Lindsay Gallery  Restoration of Lindsay's ship models  $7,075 
Australian Railways Historical Society NSW Division  Preservation Needs Assessment  $6,276 
Georges River Libraries  Preservation and digitisation of oral history audio tape collection  $13,630 
Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative Limited  Preserving and Safeguarding Tranby's nationally significant Indigenous collections  $7,593 
National Trust of Australia (NSW)  Preservation Needs Assessment for Bedervale Homestead Collection  $6,440 
Armidale Folk Museum  Preservation Needs Assessment of Armidale Folk Museum collection  $7,129 


Organisation Project Title
Australian Gliding Museum Inc  Training in the application of Significance 2.0 Standards  $2,850 
Australian Gliding Museum Inc  Significance assessment of selected aircraft in the Australian Gliding Museum collection  $5,700 
PMI Victorian History Library Inc.  Training in Disaster Response and recovery   $2,642 
Melbourne Holocaust Museum  Preservation of Holocaust survivor testimony  $13,630 
Trafalgar Holden Museum Inc  Storage requirements for the Trafalgar Holden Museum  $13,025 
Carmelite Memorial Library of Spirituality and Mariology  Preservation Needs Assessment of the Carmelite Rare Books collection  $5,000 
Nhill & District Historical Society Inc.  Preservation Needs Assessment  $6,353 
Montsalvat  Preservation Needs Assessment of the Montsalvat Art and Archive Collections   $6,050 
The Melbourne Athenaeum Incorporated  Melbourne Athenaeum Archive Preservation & Significance Survey  $5,500 
Talbot Arts & Historical Museum Inc  Cataloguing and collection management software upgrade for Talbot Arts & Historical Museum  $3,124 
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)  Significance Assessment of Mulberry Hill Collection  $5,500 


Organisation Project Title
The Royal Historical Society of Queensland  Preservation Needs Assessment of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland Collection  $5,500 
Tablelands Regional Council  Preservation Needs Assessment for the Herberton Mining Centre and Museum Collection  $8,340 
Bundaberg Regional Council - Hinkler Hall of Aviation  Significance Assessment of the Hinkler Hall of Aviation Memorabilia Trust Collection  $5,510 
The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Ltd  Conservation activities and collection management activities  $9,480 
Emu Park Historical Museum Society Inc  Preservation Needs Assessment of Emu Park Historical Museum's Collection  $6,353 
University of Southern Queensland  The Chronicle Archives Collection Conservation Project  $13,556 
National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Limited  Significance assessment of the Cooktown Museum collection  $6,851 
Queensland Braille Writing Association  Significance Assessment of the Queensland Braille Writing Association (Braille House) Collection  $5,400 
Ninth Battalions Association Inc  Significance Assessment of the 9th Battalions War Memorial Museum collection  $5,500 

Western Australia

Organisation Project Title
Northcliffe Pioneer Museum Inc  Preventive Conservation Training for the Northcliffe Butchers Collection   $3,564 
Royal Western Australian Historical Society Inc.  Disaster Preparedness Plan  $5,500 
The Perth Diocesan Trustees Trading as Anglican Parish of Swan  Preservation Needs Assessment of the All Saints Anglican Church   $5,500 
National Trust of Australia (WA)  Preservation Needs Assessment of the Strawberry Hill/Barmup Collection  $6,591 
City of South Perth  City of South Perth Art Collection management, display and conservation initiatives 2022/23  $13,392 
Gay And Lesbian Archive of Western Australia  Significance Assessment of the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Western Australia Collection  $5,500 

South Australia

Organisation Project Title
Peterborough History Group  Digitisation and Archival Storage for the Peterborough Times Printing Office Collection   $11,919 
Flinders University Museum of Art  Digitisation of at-risk magnetic media in the Flinders University Museum of Art collection  $12,385 
The Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide  Significance assessment of the Church Office Archives Collection  $5,500 
Flinders Palaeontology  Significance Assessment of the Flinders University Vertebrate Collection  $7,250 


Organisation Project Title
Roman Catholic Trust Corporation of the Archdiocese of Hobart  Archival storage for de-framed photographs  $3,992 
Mawson's Huts Foundation  Significance Assessment of the  Mawson's Replica Huts Museum Collection  $5,500 
The Royal Society of Tasmania  Significance Assessment of the Royal Society of Tasmania Art Collection  $6,050 

Australian Capital Territory

Organisation Project Title
Village of Hall and District Progress Association (Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre)  Conservation activities and collection management measures for the Gillespie Collection at Hall School Museum  $10,620 
Australian Academy of Science  Fenner Archives Preservation Needs Assessment  $5,500  
Manning Clark House Incorporated  Environmental Management for Manning Clark House  $7,169 
Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra  Conservation treatment of at-risk works in the Faculty of Arts and Design Indigenous Art and Artefact Collection  $12,095 
The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.  Significance Assessment for the Father Brian Maher Collection  $6,425 

Northern Territory

Organisation Project Title
Alice Springs Town Council  Significance Assessment of the Alice Springs Collection  $5,500
Charles Darwin University Art Gallery  Preservation Needs Assessment of the Charles Darwin University Art Collection  $8,232 
Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation  Significance Assessment of Ngurratjuta Art Collection  $9,607 



Media contact

Cathie Oats, Media Liaison, National Library of Australia

M: 0401 226 697


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