LOCAL HISTORY COMES ALIVE THROUGH COMMUNITY GRANTS

Friday, 27 August 2021

The Victorian Government is supporting community history projects across the state, making our rich local history more accessible for all Victorians.

The latest round of the Local History Grants saw 52 projects share $350,000 in funding under the program run by Public Record Office Victoria to support community and history organisations to preserve, record and share Victoria’s local history.

This year’s successful grant recipients include five projects across the north east, including:

 

  • Kilmore Historical Society will receive $1536.00 to transpose cassette audio tapes into MP3 format.
  • Murchison & District Historical Society Inc. will receive $1850.00 to produce Art Captured: an eBook.
  • Nagambie & District Historical Society Inc. will receive $11,408.00 to digitise Nagambie Times.
  • Benalla Historical Society Inc. will receive $15,000.00 for the digitisation of Benalla Standard newspapers 1932 – 1940.
  • Wooragee Landcare Group Inc. will receive $5,952.00 for the Wooragee Landcare Oral History and Digitisation Project.

Other successful projects will help Victoria’s history reach everyone in the community through interactive online exhibitions, podcasts, e-books, history apps and oral histories.

Applications were open for up to $15,000 per project, with the program focusing on acknowledging community organisations telling stories about the past and shining a light on the future.

A full list of recipients is available at prov.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes 

“I congratulate all this year’s successful projects which reflect the diversity, innovation and creativity of community groups and local historians across Northern Victoria.”

Maintaining local history is also an important driver of jobs and tourism and it’s important that we continue to support our attractions both big and small.”

Quotes attributable to Public Record Office Victoria Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood

“Public Record Office Victoria is delighted to support these projects and the fantastic work of local historians through our Local History Grants.”