January 30, 2014

VIM Small Grants: 2013 winners announced

Stuart Spragg, Click go the Shears, 2009

Lockhart Museum Art displayed at the Gunyah Museum.
M & G News

Here are some quick stats to whet your appetite for applying this year:

  • 22 of 43 applications were successful
  • $51,436 allocated
  • The funds will support the work of an estimated 585 volunteers across 21 local government areas in 11 regions of NSW. 
VIM Leg-up grant is currently open.
VIM Skills Initiative grant is currently open.

Read on for the complete list of the VIM Grant winners for 2013.

VIM Development Project Grants – up to $7000
  • Australian Scout Museum – Strategic Plan development
  • Deniliquin Historical Society Museum – capacity building and collection care
  • Murrurundi Museum – Significance Assessment
  • Tongarra Museum – capacity building and documentary film development
  • Willoughby Museum – exhibition development
VIM Small Grants – Up to $2000
  • Australian Country Music Hall of Fame – archival hat boxes
  • Great Lakes Historical Society Museum – construction of display cases
  • Greens Gunyah Museum – conservation treatment
  • Illawarra Museum – archival and textile boxes
  • Lawrence Museum – textile storage shelving and materials for outdoor vehicle storage 
  • Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum – exhibition development
  • Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park and Museum – exhibition development
  • Maclean Bicentennial Museum – costume storage boxes
  • McCrossin’s Mill Museum – collection management database
  • Morpeth Museum – interpretive panels for exhibition
  • Moruya Museum – textile storage boxes
  • Mullumbimby Museum – conservation treatment
  • Museum of Walcha District Historical Society – textile storage boxes and mannequins
  • Nambucca Headland Museum – signage purchase
  • Narromine Aviation Museum – LED lighting upgrade
  • Nowra Museum – storage shelving
  • Old Courthouse Museum, Batemans Bay – AV equipment for exhibition
  • Port Macquarie Historical Museum – metal shelving for textile storage area
  • Rockley Mill Museum – MOSAiC database
  • Snowy Scheme Museum – equipment for the upkeep of vehicles in the collection
  • Snowy Scheme Museum – outdoor lighting
  • Sulphide Street Station Railway & Historical Museum – posters for public program display
  • Thredbo Ski Museum – MOSAiC database
  • Tinonee Museum – showcases
  • Tinonee Museum – archival materials
  • Wyalong Museum – storage shelving cabinets
  • Wymah School Museum – display cases
  • Yamba Museum – exhibition Development
VIM Leg Up Grants – Up to $500
  • Clyde River & Batemans Bay Historical Society – Significance Assessment workshop attendance
  • Dunera Museum – Access to Funding event attendance
  • Fort Scratchley Historical Site – Certificate IV Museum Practice Course at Newcastle TAFE for curator
  • Griffith Pioneer Park Museum – Access to Funding workshop participation
  • Golden Memories Museum – Oral histories and the digital age workshop attendance
  • Golden Memories Museum – MOSAiC database training
  • Gulgong Pioneer Museum – MOSAiC database training
  • Hay War Memorial High School Museum – IMAGinE awards event attandance
  • Holbrook Submarine Museum – Standards Mid Program Workshop attendance
  • Holbrook Submarine Museum –  Standards Debrief and Celebration event attendance
  • Kempsey Museum and Cultural Centre – IMAGinE awards event attendance
  • Mid North Coast Maritime Museum – IMAGinE Awards and the Regional Stake holders Forum attendance
  • Tenterfield & District Historical Society – Royal Australian Historical Society Regional Conference attendance
  • Wollondilly Heritage Centre – Newcastle TAFE for Cert IV Museum Practice course 
  • Yamba Museum – Connecting with the History Curriculum workshop hosting costs
  • Yamba Museum – IMAGinE Awards event attendance
  • Yeoval Historical Museum – MOSAiC database training

January 29, 2014

Bathurst District Historical Society Newsletter

Lots more from Bathurst including a full report and photos of the Ben Hall Raid Weekend Festival.

View/download newsletter here 

January 28, 2014

HERITAGE, Newsletter of BMACHO - Jan-Feb 2014

Governor to open Locomotive Depot museum at Valley Heights 
by John Leary, OAM 

LONG GONE is the excitement of the steam train, like a great steel monster white steam gushing from its nostrils, as it pulls out of Sydney Central, quickly passing the back yards of another generation’s dwellings of the western suburbs, then racing at what in those days was considered a break-neck speed across the Cumberland Plains much of it then still farmland until the noisy loco and its train reached Penrith, then a small country town soon to develop as the hub of a satellite city with new suburbs housing a considerable population.
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‘For the cricket tragics’  
By John Leary, OAM
ANY of our readers have probably spent considerable time during the 2013 - 14 festive season, watching grown men throw a usually red leather covered ball at three sticks, which another player seems to protect, while others on the field stand by in silly mid on and in slips seemingly with little to do.

It seems there have been five tests this summer between England and Australia and the uninitiated must wonder why so many examinations for what seemingly is a simple sport. 
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Lesser known accounts of early and mid-19th Century journeys over the Blue Mountains

by Peter Rickwood
The diaries of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth relating to their discovery of a route over the Blue Mountains in 1813, of Evans in extending that route to Bathurst in 1814, and of Cox in building the road, all predate the type of journey that is of concern here.
Well known, and often cited, are the descriptions of journeys over the Blue Mountains road that were collated by Mackaness in his “Fourteen Journeys”1. Amongst these are accounts of travel on the ‘road’ by Antill (1815), Macquarie (1815), Quoy, Guadichaud and Pellion (1819), Hawkins (1822), Field (1822), Lesson (1824), Dumaresq (1827), Backhouse (1835), Darwin (1836), Meredith (1839) and Stanger (1841) - many published long after the year of their journey. Accounts by ‘celebrities’ such as Louisa Meredith2 and Rachel Henning3 have recently been followed by John Low’s discussion of the travels of Mrs Mary Elizabeth Martindale.
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January 18, 2014

Capturing Memories: Oral History in the Digital Age Workshop

Capturing Memories:
   Oral History in the Digital Age
         22 February 2014 
Saturday  22 February, 2014
                  9.30 am –       4.30pm
  Venue:  History House, 133 Macquarie Street,
                 Bookings essential limited to 30
  Cost:     $105
                 Oral History NSW & RAHS Members
                 All prices include GST

  Workshop fee includes morning, afternoon tea, and resource notes. Bring lunch or purchase

  This very popular and practical workshop will be led by experienced oral historian FRANCIS   GOOD  2013 winner of the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History, and ANDREW HOST who has been working with sound for over 30 years, particularly the transfer of analogue to digital.

  It is also an opportunity to enjoy meeting others who share your interest in preserving memories of the past.

For registration contact RAHS   9247.8001
 Download Registration Form

Enquiries:  Oral History Assoc NSW
  Tel: 8094.1239  

January 13, 2014

Central Arts Support Program - 2014 winners

In co-ordination with Arts NSW and the NSW Government, Regional Arts NSW is delighted to announce the successful funding applicants of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) for 2014.

Local winners include:

Women's Hub Rylstone/Kandos - $2,997 for their Project 'Eight Lights' which will be a puppet lantern making, electronis and performance workshop for girls aged between 10 and 14 living in Kandos.

Lyndhurst sub-branch RSL - $1,500 for their Project 'A Tribute on canvas to those who Served from the Carcoar district' which will involve the community of Carcoar, both children and adults

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January 12, 2014

International Museums Day 2014

International Museum Day’s values
International Museum Day is a celebration that is held worldwide each year on or around 18 May.
From America and Oceania to Europe, Asia and Africa, International Museum Day aims to increase public awareness about the role o museums in the development of society.

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