An Indigenous trail, a new platform for a vintage locomotive, and a fire brigade clothing exhibition and fashion parade are three of 21 projects to benefit from the 2019-20 ACT Heritage Grants Program.
The grants, worth $355,000 in total, include $107,472 in Community Partnership Projects funding. The grants cover a wide range of projects celebrating Canberra’s heritage across sport, space, fashion, nature, emergency services, modern architecture and Aboriginal culture.
Almost $41,000 has gone to Nicola Lambert to develop the Yhurramuulan Murra Trail in the inner-north of Canberra that will allow for the sharing of Ngunnawal stories, art and language, and celebrate and strengthen cultural heritage.
The reopening of the Canberra Rail Museum has been a welcome development for train buffs in the region after a difficult period which saw the previous body go bust and many items sold to pay debts, and even fire on its reopening day a few weeks ago.
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Now Capital Region Heritage Rail Ltd, with a grant of $9900, will be able to build a purpose-built platform and steps for the public to enjoy the heritage-listed Locomotive 1210.
The Fire Brigade Historical Society of the ACT has received $33,000 to establish a new exhibition space at the Canberra Fire Museum in Forrest to display and interpret uniforms and personal protective equipment.
The Society and the Kingston and Barton Residents Group have also been awarded $5555 to stage a fashion parade to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Forrest Fire Station, now the Canberra Fire Museum, telling the story of 80 years of ACT fire and rescue through clothing.
Cricket’s pioneering days in the region is the subject of two grants – $7900 to the Canberra and District Historical Society for Cricket on the Limestone Plains, an exhibition about the evolution and social importance of cricket on the Limestone Plains, and $4500 to author Alan Foskett for Early Days of Cricket in Canberra, a book based on the unique collection of heritage photographs from Canberra sportsman Keith Carnall.
Alan Foskett also received $3300 for two in-demand books: The Molonglo Mystery (2006) and Homes for the Workers (2011).
Ten 1920s street signs in Forrest will be restored with an $18,000 grant to Inner South Canberra Community Council, while Red Hill Primary School Parents and Citizens Association will be able to stage an open day to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary of Red Hill Primary School during the 2020 Heritage Festival, thanks to $5450.
Tidbinbilla Pioneers Association has received two grants. The first of $9700 is for Rock Valley Homestead interpretation, a plan to guide the development of Rock Valley Homestead as an interpretive hub. The second is for $7000 for an interpretation of the historical eucalyptus oil production industry in the Tidbinbilla area.
The Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre has received $7500 to establish an archive for long-term curation of the records of Thomas Southwell of ‘Parkwood’ and his brothers.
The Australian Apollo 11 Anniversary Committee will be over the moon at receiving $10,300 to create an Apollo oral history, consisting of interviews commemorating the role of key people involved with the ACT tracking stations during the 1969 moon landing.
Out at Tharwa, $17,600 to Alexandra Wass will see the continuation of upgrades to the internal path network at Cuppacumbalong Homestead.
The National Trust of Australia (ACT) also gets two grants: $5000 will go to the National Trust Urban Polaris for a seven-hour navigating and cycling event where teams find their way to heritage-listed checkpoints, while $4000 will be used to digitise audio recordings of people who influenced the development of Canberra.
Canberra Modern received $8500 to stage its Canberra Modern Festival that celebrates and promotes conservation of mid-century heritage of Canberra.
Sandra Pires will produce The Yesterday Stories, seven ACT-focused videos for Canberra Tracks featuring histories for heritage conservation, tourism and education, thanks to a grant of $26,000.
The Friends of Flea Bog Flat will use $12,000 to interpret a remnant section of the old Weetangera Road known as ‘Flea Bog Flat’, that runs through native bushland in Bruce.