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2011 Community Heritage Grants announced
9 November 2011
Community groups across the country will have a greater capacity to preserve Australia’s heritage as a result of the 2011 Community Heritage Grants.
Grants worth $408,000 are going to 82 community groups and organisations in 2011.
The groups include museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, art galleries, migrant, Indigenous and religious organisations. Each will receive funds to assist in the 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, the National Archives of Australia, the NationalMuseumofAustraliaand the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.
National Library Director-General Anne-Marie Schwirtlich 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,” she 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, training workshops, 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.
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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
AIDS Action Council of the ACT Inc received $1,200 for archival storage for the collection. The storage boxes will enable the Council to rehouse collection material onto archival shelving purchased with a CHG grant in 2010, improving storage and access to the collection.
National Trust of Australia (ACT) received $4,000 to conduct a significance assessment of the ACT Classification Collection. The collection consists of records of places in the ACT that have been investigated for their heritage values and have met the ACT National Trust heritage values criteria and are listed on the ACT National Trust Classified Places list
NEW SOUTH WALES
1st Mosman 1908 Scout Group received $5,000 for the development of a collection management policy. The collection reflects the activity of the first scout group in Australia. It contains log and minute books, scrap books and diaries and the personal journals and photographs of Keith Rowe who attended key events such as the first Australian corroboree in 1922 and the Great Imperial Jamboree of 1924.
Australian Golf Heritage Society Inc received $4,400 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection documents social history as well as sporting and technical history and includes golf equipment, photographs, artworks, textiles and ephemera.
Australian Turf Club (Australian Jockey Club Heritage Society) received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection includes paintings, photos, trophies, and racing memorabilia.
Campbelltown City Council Library received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Local Studies Collection. The Local Studies Collection aims to comprehensively collect information in all formats, pertaining to Campbelltown. The collection contains in excess of 20 000 items including monographs, serials, local newspapers dating from the 1880s both in original and microformats, over 9000 historical and contemporary images, maps, plans, ephemera, videos, DVDs, compact discs and electronic information.
Coonamble Heritage & Historical Museum Committee received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Neville Owen Photographic Collection. Comprising over 3,000 photographs the collection documents the history, geography and social life of the area from the 1880s.
Deaf Society of New South Wales received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The Deaf Society collection contains an estimated 1000 - 2000 items relating to the history of the Deaf Community in Australia. It includes photographs, manuscripts, films and documents representative of deaf history in Australia.
Eleanor Dark Foundation received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection includes documents associated with the establishment of Varuna House as a writer’s centre including personal papers, photographs, furniture and artworks belong to the Dark family.
Goulburn & District Historical Society Inc received $9,600 for the Preservation of drawings on linen from the EC Manfred Architecture Collection. This set of working plans on linen reflect the development of Goulburn from the 1880’s and the architect EC Manfred’s contribution to the significant buildings of the district.
Lady Denman Heritage Complex received $4,500 for a Significance Assessment of the Halloran Surveying and Science and the Sea Collection. The collection contains surveying, scientific and maritime instruments, books, paintings and artefacts.
Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre Inc received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The centre was the first women’s health centre to be established in Australia. The collection represents the records of the Centre created, received and maintained for the past 40 years.
Macleay River Historical Society Inc received $5,500 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection comprises photographs, research material and objects documenting the history of the region and includes glass plates, tools from the timber and boot making industries, farming and education.
Marrickville Council received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Local Studies Collection and the Marrickville Library and History Services Collection. The collection reflects the social life of the Marrickville district and includes World War 1 postcards and the records of the Vicars Woollen Mills.
Mosman Regional Art Gallery and Cultural Centre received $4,000 for a Preservation Needs
Assessment of the Mosman Art Collection. This core of this collection has been developed through the annual Mosman Art Prize which has been awarded since 1947.
Museums and Galleries Foundation of NSW received $13,600 to conduct four NSW Standards Community Workshops in Collection Management and Preventative Conservation. The workshops will be delivered free to community museums in two NSW regions, Western Sydney and Northern Rivers. Training will be given to approximately 40-50 participants.
National Trust of Australia (NSW) received $9,000 to conduct three Disaster Prevention and Object Handling Workshops and for the set up of three Disaster Bins. The training workshops will be presented to staff of historic properties managed by the Trust. The disaster bins will be used to demonstrate recovery methods during the workshops and presented to the properties at the completion of the training.
New England Regional Art Museum received $8,500 for Preservation Needs Assessments of the Howard Hinton and Chandler Coventry Collections. The Howard Hinton collection of artworks from the 1880s to the 1940s includes works by significant Australian painters such as Streeton, the Lindsay family, Roberts, Gruner and Hilder. The Chandler Coventry collection contains works of contemporary Australian art by artists such as Brett Whiteley.
Newcastle Maritime Museum Society Inc received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection comprises photographs, documents and books relating to the maritime heritage of the Hunter Valley.
Norfolk Island Museum received $3,600 for the set up of Disaster Bins. The collection includes First Fleet cultural heritage items recovered from the shipwreck HMS Sirius. The bins will equip staff to respond promptly to real and potential damage to the collections situations.
Singleton Public Library received $4,600 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the Family History Archives Collection. The collection contains items relating to the history of Singleton andAustralia, including maps, gazettes and the personal papers of Benjamin Singleton (after whom the town is named). Encouraged by Governor Macquarie in 1820 Singleton’s explorations opened a route between the Hawkesbury and Hunter rivers.
Sturt Craft Centre (Winifred West Schools) received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection comprises post-war and contemporary craft objects made by significant Australian artists while at the Centre. The artworks in the collection include ceramics, metalwork, textiles and wood objects.
Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum received $6,000 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the collection. The collection comprises items relating to the Silverton Tramway Company (STC) and includes locomotives, rolling stock and railway equipment.
Sydney Legacy received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Heritage Collection. The collection documents the activities of Sydney Legacy and includes images gathered over the past 70 years.
Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church (Diocese of Wagga Wagga) received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection includes the archives of five bishops and consists of documents, photographs and artefacts dating from the 1800s.
Tumut and District Historical Society Inc received $5,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Tumut Museum collection. The collection reflects the history and development of the region with a focus on the life of Miles Franklin and includes personal items such as her christening gown.
Veech Library, Catholic Institute of Sydney received $4,000 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the Veech Library Special Collections. The collections include rare books, missionary material, church music and Latin seminary manuals.
Elcho Island Art Centre received $5,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. Elcho Island Arts is a Yolgnu owned Aboriginal art centre situated in the township of Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island. The collection of archival documents and images held at Elcho Island Arts documents the activities and achievements of the Yolgnu artists of Elcho Island and the Marthakal region of north-east Arnhem Land.
Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association received $2,500 for the digital transfer of audiovisual material. Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association is an indigenous owned, non-profit organisation based at Milikapiti, a remote Aboriginal community on Melville Island. The Mulwurri Museum was established as a ‘keeping place’ for the Milikapiti community containing various works including photographs, carvings, artefacts and contemporary prints and paintings, some of which record techniques and elements of ceremony that have changed or are no longer used by the Tiwi people.
Ngaanyatjarra Council (Aboriginal Corporation) received $6,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Tjumalampa-ya Collection. The collection documents the history of a remote region of Australia, the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. It comprises a range of perspectives; missionary, government, anthropological, and where possible, yarangu. It includes photographs, books, audio tapes, videos and archival documents.
Strehlow Research Centre received $13,000 for the conservation and digitisation of Volume lll of Carl Strehlow’s hand written manuscript Leben. These unique, nationally significant volume describe traditional life and culture of central Australian Aboriginal people during the pre-contact to early contact period and provide a rich and complex source of linguistic and anthropological data.
Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation received $5,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Tiwi Design archive collection. Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation is an art centre based in Nguiu Bathurst Island. Tiwi Design’s archive collection comprises of hand printed fabric and screens, ceramics, glass, bronze sculpture, wood carvings, paintings and prints, bark paintings, Tunga (traditional bark baskets for carrying bush tucker), and some woven baskets.
Burnett War Memorial Museum Association received $4,000 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the collection. The collection includes World War 11 RAAF buildings. vehicles and artillery, weapons and ordinance and militaria. The Library contains primary source materials, reference materials, newspaper clippings, brochures, war time propaganda materials, etc, uniforms and photographs.
Cairns Historical Society received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the archival and photograph collections. The archival collection is focussed on material relating to the history (pre- and post-contact) of Far North Queensland, from Cardwell to Torres Strait and west to the Gulf of Carpentaria. It includes photograph collections (including the Handley/Atkinson glass-plate collection), Peter Bell’s collection on historic houses of Far North Queensland, the Bruce Downey World War Two collection and the National Trust (Cairns) collection of 500 photos of Cairns CBD taken in 2000.
Capricorn Coast Historical Society Inc received $8,000 for archival storage equipment. The grant will enable the purchase of archival storage for the document collection. Focussing on the area of the Capricorn Coast of Queensland, this predominantly paper-based collection records the activities of individuals, industry & community groups, local government and utilities, and events such as cyclones, festivals and community change.
Cultural Heritage Network – Toowoomba Region Inc received $5,500 to conduct a Disaster Preparedness Training Workshop in the Toowoomba. The Cultural Heritage Network - Toowoomba Region Inc. (CHN-TR) is an alliance of 22 cultural heritage organisations within the Toowoomba Regional Council boundaries. The two-day training workshop will help prepare staff and volunteers of these organisations to better manage the affect of disaster on their collections.
Girl Guides Queensland received $1,700 for archival storage materials for rehousing the archive collection. This nationally significant collection of approximately 7,000 items and organisational archive reflects all aspects of Guiding in Queensland dating back to 1910. Photographs, memorabilia, uniforms, badges are significant items in the collection.
.Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society Inc. received $4,200 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the museum collection. The collection includes the Cable Station Collection; the Paula Stafford Bikini Collection; part of the wreckage of the vessel the Scottish Prince; and a collection of Aboriginal artefacts.
Kilcoy District Historical Society Inc received $4,4000 for a Disaster Preparedness Workshop in the Lockyer Valley. Staff and volunteers from museums in the region will benefit from the training. The training course includes hands on activities using items that will be in the kit provided so that each participant understands the materials and how to use them in the case of a disaster.
Mackay Regional Council received $10,500 to conduct Significance Assessments of collections held in four museums in the Mackay region. The museums: Greenmount Homestead, Mackay Historical Society Museum, Sarina Museum and the Pioneer Valley Museum at Mirani contain varied collections documenting the social life and history of the region.
Rockhampton & District Historical Society Inc received $4,400 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. Predominantly paper-based the collection also contains three-dimensional objects pertaining to domestic life in the Rockhampton region including toys, homewares, furniture and a fabric collection which contains pieces over 100 years old. A photographic collection includes photographs on paper, digital and glass plate negatives.
Charles Sturt Memorial Museum Trust Inc received $4,000 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the collection. The collection of artefacts associated with the life of explorer Charles Sturt, housed in the colonial home of Sturt ‘the Grange’ includes furniture, artworks and documents.
History Trust of South Australia (History SA) received $6,500 for a Disaster Preparedness and Response Training Workshop to be conducted in the Fleurieu Peninsula region. The two-day training course will enable 20 staff and volunteers from local museums, libraries and collection agencies to gain training enhancing their collection management skills.
National Trust of South Australia received $3,500 for the migration of the NTSA Property Files from microfiche to electronic format and digitisation of 1,000 files. The property files provide unique and detailed information for more than 4,000 properties across regional, rural and metropolitan South Australia.
National Trust of South Australia (Collingrove Homestead) received $4,500 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the collection. Collingrove’, built in 1852 was the family home of the Angas family for four generations. The photograph and archives collections include early photographs of family members, the buildings and gardens, local landscape and farm livestock. Within the archive collection are maps and plans, paintings and documents relating to the life of the family and the homestead over many years.
Nora Heysen Foundation Inc received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection is the largest collection of the works of Nora Heysen, and consists of works on paper and canvas. Nora Heysen was Australia’s first female war artist and the first female winner of the Archibald Prize for Portraiture (1938)
Port Adelaide Enfield Public Library Service received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Local History collection. The collection includes historical Council records and documents relating to the building of significant buildings in the region.
South Australian Police History Inc received $13,700 for environmental control equipment for the Museum. The collection reflects the history of policing inSouth Australia (and theNorthern Territory) since 1838. Photographs, costumes and objects all demonstrate the history and development of policing inAustralia.
Whyalla Public Library received $5,000 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the collection. The collection includes archives, publications, oral histories and photographs relating to the social life and history of Whyalla, not found in other institutions
Friends of the Theatre Royal received $6,300 to conduct a Significance Assessment of the Theatre Royal collection. The collection consists of photographs, drawings, posters and theatre memorabilia relating to the history of the Theatre Royal in Tasmania.
R.A. Rodda Museum of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania received $4,000 to conduct a Conservation Training Workshop (focus on the wet specimen 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.
Spring Bay Maritime & Discovery Centre received $11,200 to conduct Significance Training Workshops in Hobart and Launceston. The two day workshops will provide training to approximately 24 volunteer staff from local museums on the process of conducting a significance assessment on their collections.
University of Tasmania (School of Maths and Physics) received $5,500 for a Significance Assessment of the Grote Reber Collection. The collection consists of the personal belongs, archives and equipment of Grote Reber, ‘the first radio astronomer’.
Woolmers Foundation Inc received $3,500 for shelving units for the archive collection. Woolmers is rare as a surviving 19th century agricultural homestead group developed during the convict era, along lines to facilitate the convict 'assignment' system. The collection consists of furniture, objects and family papers.
Alfred Hospital Nurses League Inc received $4,400 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection consists of photographs, recordings, uniforms and archives including the personal items of the many nurses who trained at the Alfred ospitaH and who contributed to the social history of Australia in the community, armed forces and overseas.
Altona Laverton Historical Society Inc received $880 for a Significance Training Workshop. The training will increase the expertise of the Society’s volunteers enabling them to contribute more fully to the management of the collection.
Arts Project Australia Inc received $4,000 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the collection. The collection of artworks by people with an intellectual disability includes works on paper, digital media, ceramics and prints. The archival records of the organisation are included in the collection.
Australian Gliding Museum received $3,400 for digitisation of the photograph collection. Digitisation of the photograph collection will increase access to the collection, with images being made available on the Museum’s website and for research purposes. Original photographs will be stored in archival storage.
Australian Multicultural Foundation received $1,830 for archival storage materials. The archive collection is dedicated to the history of recent multiculturism in Australia. Items of significance include records and comments by many nationally significant Australians, including Prime Ministers and community and religious leaders
Australian Racing Museum received $4,000 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the collection. Reflecting the racing industry in Australia the collection comprises race books, photographs, fashion items and items relating to jockeys, trainers and horses.
Cinema and Theatre Historical Society Inc, the Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Div) Inc and the Mechanics’ Institute of Victoria received $7,000 to conduct a joint project to install a collection management system.
Golden Dragon Museum received $4,000 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the collection. The collection consists of the world’s oldest and longest Imperial Dragons, Chinese coin collection, photographs, artefacts and textiles.
Kastellorizian Association of Victoria Inc received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection represents the Greek Diaspora and their contribution to life in Australia for over eighty years and consists of costumes, photographs and publications.
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Rare Scores Collection. The collection of approximately 600 scores consisting of Australian music, Australian composers and reflects the history of music in Australia.
Shepparton Heritage Centre Inc received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection of photographs, personal stories, drawings, wooden patterns and artefacts of importance to the manufacturing industry of the local area including artefacts from the early Textile Industry at the Castlemaine Woollen Mill and many unusual mining artefacts including the gold escort wooden box that travelled across the goldfields to Adelaide. Also a fully working scale working model of a gold mine was used in the early 1900’s and sent to England to capture investors to the Victorian Goldfields.
St Vincent’s Archives (St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne) received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The St Vincent’s Archives collection is a very deep and rich one, providing wonderful insight into the diverse activities of the hospital through the years. It encompasses a wide variety of record and artefact types and formats
Sunshine & District Historical Society Inc received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection includes the records of the Sunshine Technical School and the Sunshine Harvester Works.
Upper Yarra Valley Historical Society received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The Museum consists of 10 buildings including cottages, workmen’s huts and the Yarra Junction railway station (1882). The collection includes Aboriginal artefacts, railway and mining equipment.
Victorian Spiritualists’ Union Inc received $4,400 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection of books on Spiritualism includes rare books dating from the period in the mid 1800s when public interest in the philosophy was at its highest.
Vision Australia Limited (VA) received $2,125 for archival storage materials. The collectiondocuments many of the most important milestones and developments in the history of blind and vision impaired Australia. It includes photographs, slides, artefacts and archival records.
Anglican Parish of Swan received $4,000 for a Preservation Needs Assessment of the collection. Swan Parish was the first parish in Western Australia and the collection of records and artefacts reflect this early historical period. The collection includes furniture, silverware and Church records (baptismal, marriage and burial registers and photographs) dating back to1840.
Benedictine Community of New Norcia Inc received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the Vestment Collection. New Norcia’s vestment collection is large, comprehensive and of high quality - 500 pieces including 81 chasubles, 20 copes, 34 dalmatics, 33 humeral veils, 74 maniples and 111 stoles. Within the collection there are many examples of a wide range of ecclesiastical vestments – cinctures, birettas, zucchettos, liturgical gloves, mitres, albs, amices, burses, chasubles, copes, dalmatics, humeral veils, maniples and stoles.
Broome Historical Society received $5,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection consists of material relating to the Broome area and history such as photographs, personal diaries, posters, journals and letters.
Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. As a centre for writers since 1948 and a literary memorial known both nationally and internationally, Tom Collins House and its collection have made a significant contribution to the literary life of this State and the rest of Australia.
Kimberley Land Council received $6,300 for a Significance Assessment of the historical collection. The collection consists of a broad range of historical documents pertaining to the establishment and development of the Kimberley Land Council.
Manjimup Historical Society received $4,200 for collection management system training and a disaster management bin. The training will enable volunteers to fully participate in the management of the collection, and the disaster management bin will ensure the application of emergency disaster management if required.
Old Fairbridgians Association Inc received $4,400 for a Significance Assessment of the Museum collection. The collection consists of photographs, documents and objects relating to the Fairbridge Farm School set up for child migrants in 1912.
Ravensthorpe Historical Society Inc received $2,800 for archival storage materials and collection management software upgrade for the Dance Cottage Museum collection.
Royal Western Australian Historical Society Inc received $4,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection consists of costumes, artworks, porcelain and furniture relating to the history and development of Western Australia.
St Brigid’s Convent of Mercy Perth Inc (Sisters of Mercy West Perth) received $2,000 for conservation treatment of the photographic collection. The collection includes documents, photographs, artefacts and objects related to the history and activities of the Sisters of Mercy West Perth.
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre received $6,000 for a Significance Assessment of the collection. The collection consists of many hours of indigenous language recordings including stories, songs and conversations.
Warmun Art Aboriginal Corporation received $10,000 for archival storage materials (transport and storage modules). The collection comprises of 358 artworks, 90 objects and 268 paintings. The Collection includes paintings on hardboard, canvas, corrugated cardboard, cement board, tin, panel board, turtle shell, wall panel board and plywood. It contains woodcarvings such as spears, digging sticks, dancing sticks, nulla nullas, clubs, boomerangs, coolamons and shields.