NSW Government support for local history projects

Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Andrew Gee today announced 22 historical societies and community organisations across NSW will receive funds totalling $40,500 for local history projects.

“The NSW Government is proud to support projects that help all people, particularly younger generations, gain greater insight into our local and national history,” Mr Gee said. “These grants will help historical societies and community organisations to undertake projects exploring the rich histories of their local areas.

“This funding injection is part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s commitment to increasing opportunities for participation in arts and cultural activities in local communities,” Mr Gee said.

The funded projects are:

  • Grenfell Historical Society: $2,100 for a book on the historic homes of Weddin Shire commemorating 150 years of the town of Grenfell.
  • Bolong Union Church, Bomaderry: $1,600 for a book on the historic district of Shoalhaven Heads and its surrounds.
  • NSW Australian Football Historical Society, Towradgi: $3,600 for an improved website featuring the society’s extensive digitised collection.
  • Wolli Creek Preservation Society: $1,500 for a website to make the archaeological information about Wolli Creek Valley accessible to the wider community.
  • Karuah Working Together Inc: $1,600 for a book to preserve the history of The Branch timber milling village.
  • Kandos Bicentennial Industrial Museum: $4,000 for a publication exploring the history of Kandos through its streets, parks and subdivisions.
  • Muswellbrook Shire Local and Family History Society: $500 to produce records of the Wybong, Mount Dangar and Giant Creeks cemeteries.
  • Port Macquarie Historical Society: $1,150 for a publication telling the story of the Port Macquarie Art School and the Port Macquarie Literary Association.
  • Wyong District Museum and Historical Society: $1,700 for a book exploring the area’s history.
  • Tomakin Community Group: $1,100 for a booklet on the history of Tomakin and Tomaga River.
  • Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society: $1,100 for the digitisation of archives to make them more widely available to the community.
  • Illawarra Historical Society: $2,600 for an historical publication focusing on the Illawarra’s courts and legal system.
  • Randwick and District Historical Society: $1,100 for digitisation of the society’s photographic collection to make it more available to researchers.
  • Spit Amateur Swim Club, Mosman: $1,100 for a book and exhibition commemorating the club’s 100th anniversary in 2016.
  • Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society: $1,150 for publication of articles and advertisements about the region.
  • Berrima Historical Society: $600 for conserving, researching and digitising 32 stereoscopic views of Wombeyan Caves in 1899.
  • Gymea Community Aid Information Service: $2,600 for an oral history collection and movie titled South American Life Stories of the Sutherland Shire.
  • St Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor: $2,100 for a publication on the church’s history.
  • Narrabri and District Historical Society: $3,100 for a project to record headstones and burial sites in photographs and texts.
  • The Australian Golf Heritage Society, Bulli: $2,100 for an oral history of women’s golf in NSW.
  • Coolah District Development Group: $2,000 for a book on the history of Coolah and the area’s railway heritage.
  • Kurrajong Comleroy Historical Society: $2,100 for publication of a second volume of St Stephens Anglican Church’s registers.
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Published: 25 August 2015