Grants Awarded

Current Projects - 2016

State Library of Victoria: A Copland Foundation grant enabled the Library to secure the Shenandoah diary. It was written in 1865 by Lieutenant Dabney M Scales, a crewman on the Confederate war ship CSS Shenandoah when it docked in Melbourne for repairs.

National Trust of Australia (Western Australia): Development of appropriate furnishing plans for Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, and Peninsula Farm.

Newstead House, Brisbane: Development of an immersive virtual simulation of the history of the Newstead House cultural and environmental landscape as it was before settlement. The interactive digital program will integrate European settlement history with Indigenous history and culture in a way that fosters a more holistic understanding of time, place and culture within the broader community.

Bundoora Homestead: Expansion of the Bundoora Homestead Heritage Interpretation Project, which will involve further research, production of site maps, recording oral histories of the Homestead, and the development of multimedia content, interpretive panels, online tools and educational resources.

Nora Heysen Foundation: Acquisition and implementation of MOSAIC collection management software.

Living Legends – Woodlands Homestead: Restoration of the roofs of numerous Homestead buildings (including stable block, tutor’s cottage and blacksmith’s shop) repairs to verandah and weatherboards of tutor’s cottage, interior painting of main Homestead.

Victorian Artists’ Society: Restoration of the balcony facing Albert Street, an integral part of the façade of the Victorian Artists’ Society building. The project will also include restoration of  the badly damaged adjacent gallery space wings which lead to the balcony, but which at some point were converted to storage space.

Narryna House Museum, Hobart: Investigation and recreation of historic decorative finishes for the front doorcase, and dining room of Narryna (c. 1835-40).

Burdekin Machinery Preservationists: Construction of a shed in the Brandon Heritage Precinct to house Pioneer No. 1, a Hunslett Steam Locomotive, built in 1896 and used by the Pioneer Sugar Mill. The locomotive is currently undergoing restoration.

Christ Church Newcastle: Conservation of the Birdwood Flag, the first recorded officially sanctioned Australian flag presented by a community group to a General in the field of war.  It was presented to General Birdwood on 12September 1917 at his field headquarters on the Western Front.

Carrick Hill: Expansion of an interactive interpretation program utilising the histories and back-stories of individual items within the rooms of Carrick Hill. The project will also enable greater online access to the collection.

Saumarez Homestead, National Trust of Australia (NSW): Conservation cleaning and stabilization of curtains, wallpaper repair and repainting of several rooms in the main Homestead. As part of this project, a volunteer team has received instruction regarding correct handling and conservation of various surfaces and materials.

Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne: Digitisation of artists’ authenticity certificates for the Warlayirti Artists. Authenticity certificates dating form the early 1908s up to the year 2000 are housed at the Arts Centre in Balgo (in the midst of the Tanamai Desert) but, due to their fragility, have not been available to the wider community.