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Recipients of funding in Round 4 of the LHGP and were announced on two occasions by John Thwaites MP, the Minister for Victorian Communities on 10 December 2004 and on 2 August 2005. 


Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne

“A Living History – Preserving The Past and Present For The Future”

Awarded: $6,200

The development of an historical web-site of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne. This website will build on the existing 10 year history written in 1998 bringing it up to date in an exciting and accessible manner that will be maintained into the future.


Arapiles Historical Society Inc

The Arapiles Archive Project

Awarded: $4,851

This project will catalogue and document material held by the Arapiles Historical Society in a digital format in order to preserve the material and make it more accessible to the broader community. The project will also involve the training of Arapiles Historical Society members to enable ongoing updating and maintenance of the catalogue.


Australian-Polish Community Services Inc

Polish Community Settlement in Victoria in the 1940s & 1950s

Awarded: $11,650

To collect all oral histories of Polish migrants who arrived in Victoria as displaced persons following the Second World War and their contribution to the Victorian community. This will be published as a bi-lingual book.


Ballan Shire Historical Society Inc

Local newspaper binding project

Awarded: $400

Professional binding of five annual accumulations of the local Ballan weekly newspaper.


Ballarat and District Genealogical Society Inc

Ballarat Petitions and Memorials Database 1860-1863

Awarded: $1,500

A CD with a searchable database will provide research access to names, occupations and addresses entered from a set of 80 Ballarat petitions and memorials from VPRS 2500 Unit 7 Public Record Office Victoria.


Beaufort Historical Society Inc

Newspaper Collection

Awarded: $750

Binding of ten years of Riponshire/Pyrenees Advocate hard copy newspapers to further preserve our newspaper collection.


Birchip Historical Society Inc

Birchip Cemetery Records 1891-2004

Awarded: $2,200

To collate records from the Birchip Cemetery Registers, headstones and plaques, and Birchip newspapers to publish a book “Birchip Cemetery Records 1891-2004”; reduce damage to original Registers.


Boort Development Committee Inc

Shared History from Godfrey’s Journals – Boort District

Awarded: $9,860

Publish an invaluable local history book of some depth drawing on a rich collection of unpublished memoirs, journals, letters etc – covering the first white settlement (1846-1853) of the Boort district.


Bush Dance and Music Club of Bendigo and District Inc

The Merry Country Dance

Awarded: $8,000

The Club’s purpose is to record and preserve the dances and their music (both pioneer and contemporary folk dances) so that they can then be respectively revived or handed onto future generations.


Camperdown and District Historical Society Inc

Restoration and Preservation of Historic Film

Awarded: $3,500

To restore and preserve deteriorating 35 mm movie film taken in Camperdown c1928, and conversion to video format for public availability.


Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation

Casey-Cardinia Digitising Project

Awarded: $5,300

Digitising local history collections held within the Casey-Cardinia region to create an online searchable database for the wider community. Twelve heritage groups and their collections will be involved as well as the Library Corporation.


Castlemaine Cemetery Trust

Preserving Dead Records

Awarded: $1,125

To repair and rebind the registers of this heritage listed cemetery and to microfilm the registers to preserve them for the future.


Castlemaine Historical Society Inc

Celebrating 150 years of Local Government – “drunken party or bun fight”?

Awarded: $2,400

To research and record the role of and changes in Local Government entities within the Mount Alexander District from first establishment in 1855, and to prepare and mount an interpretive exhibition entitled, “Business, Bun-fights and Brawls” and produce a brochure based on the research material.


Charlton Golden Grains Museum Inc

Charlton Lithograph

Awarded: $715

Conservation, treatment and reframing for 1890 lithograph of Charlton.


Chewton Domain Society

Chewton’s History acknowledged and celebrated

Awarded: $1,500

Promotion of Chewton’s historic past, the legacy of the Forest Creek Goldfield and the development of the town of Chewton using a sequence of information brochures.


Churchill and District News

“Looking Back” – an Oral History of Churchill and District

Awarded: $2,000

Collection and recording of personal accounts (and photos) of the establishment, building and settlement of the township of Churchill by its first residents, for publication in book form.


Darebin Libraries

1888 – 1908 The First Twenty Years of the Northcote Leader

Awarded: $1,198

To convert the first twenty years of the Northcote Leader from microfilm to CD.


Deans Marsh Community Cottage Inc

Deans Marsh Local History Documentary

Awarded: $11,000

Create an interactive multimedia documentary of the rich local history of the Deans Marsh district covering the pre-colonial Wathaurong period, through its early pioneering days, second wave settlement to the present.


Eaglehawk Secondary College


Awarded: $1,155

This project will allow young people at Year 9 and 10 level to explore their own family history and working with local community to explore the stories of people in the local community (or family). They will then document these stories using media technology to create an ongoing resource for families, the school and the community.


Elwood/St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Roomers: A Fixed Address

Awarded: $3,100

Roomers: A Fixed Address will document and maintain the experiences, memories and words of Rooming House and Private Hotel residents from the City of Port Phillip. This conservation process will also make the material far more accessible to the broader community via the ACMI Memory Grid and the web.


Friends of Castlemaine Library

Digital reproduction of Verey Photographic Collection

Awarded: $11,250

Create a digital reproduction into a CD format of the glass plate negatives taken by the Verey Photographic Studio in Castlemaine from the mid 1880s to the 1950s. The collection includes images of Chinese miners and their families, World War One soldiers and thousands of ordinary residents of the district.


Friends of the St Arnaud Library

Microfilming of St Arnaud Mercury 1957-1977

Awarded: $4,910

To continue reformatting the local paper ‘The St Arnaud Mercury’ to microfilm.


Golden City Pipe Band, Bendigo Inc

The Sound of the City – History of Golden City Pipe Band Bendigo Inc 1951-2001

Awarded: $4,324

Publication of The Sound of the City – a written and pictorial history celebrating fifty years of the unique characters and events of the volunteer community organisation – Golden City Pipe Band Bendigo (1951-2001).


Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative

Ebenezer Mission: Interpretation of Mission-house Archaeological Traces

Awarded: $10,800

Interpretation of the remains of the former Moravian Mission-house at the historic Ebenezer Mission site, recently exposed by archaeological investigation, will help visitors understand how the building operated as the heart of the mission, housing Moravian missionary families and Aboriginal people. This site provides a focus for current (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) community interest, and interpretation will greatly enhance the public’s experience and understanding of the site.


Great Western Progress Association

Great Western Heritage Trail

Awarded: $2,165

Print and erect signs at historic buildings and sites within the historic wine village of Great Western. Produce a brochure with a map highlighting the location of the historical sites to guide people around the heritage trail.


Greentail Associates Group Inc

Stringybark Express Community History Project

Awarded: $3,500

To retrieve and preserve the history of the Wahgunyah Railway in relation to its surrounding community and the North-East region in general.


Guildford Progress Association Inc

Guildford Photo Preservation Project Awarded: $2,741

Guildford’s unique collection of historical photos on display in the Public Hall is fading. We want to make copies for display, preserve the originals and create a searchable database of all archived items.


Holy Trinity Anglican Parish

Preservation Survey of the Records of the Anglican Parish of Bacchus Marsh (1851 to present)

Awarded: $1,100

The purpose is to commission a professional conservator to conduct a conservation survey of the Parish records and provide us with a report on their significance, preservation needs and how the records can be made accessible to the local and wider community.


Inglewood District Historical Society Inc

History Revisited

Awarded: $910

To purchase a microfilm of the Inglewood Advertiser Newspaper (1860-1960) that contains valuable information on Inglewood district.


Jamieson and District Historical Society Inc

Jamieson Heritage Walk

Awarded: $5,000

Develop a self-guided heritage walk around Jamieson, highlighting 26 historical sites. Develop a complementary glossy colour brochure that will include town walking map.


Katandra and District History Group Inc

“Hope and Hardship”

Awarded: $4,289

To produce a book bringing to life the optimism and reality of the 1919 and 1927 Farm Settlement Schemes at Katandra.


Kyneton Fire Brigade

Preservation rehousing of identified photographs from the Kyneton Fire Brigade collection

Awarded: $4,275

Preserve the Kyneton Fire Brigade collection of memorabilia dating back to its inception in 1884.


Landsborough and District Historical Group Inc

A Hundred Years in Landsborough

Awarded: $2,562

A collection of photos depicting 100 years, 1901-2001, of this small Wimmera township will be collated in book form.


Maldon Museum and Archives Association Inc

An Index to the Tarrangower Times 1858-1908

Awarded: $2,018

To index the first fifty years of Tarrangower Times, the local Maldon newspaper and so make these valuable resources more accessible to researchers.


Milawa Parents and Friends Association

Milawa Community-A Proud Heritage

Awarded: $2,800

The research and publication of personal life histories of the individuals listed on the Historical World War 1 Honour Board in hard copy and on the Milawa Community Webpage.


Moe and District Historical Society Inc

A Brief History of Moe/Newborough

Awarded: $330

To write and publish 200 copies of a brief history of Moe/Newborough.


Mount Alexander Heritage Advisory Board, Mount Alexander Shire

Miners’ Cottages of the Goldfields

Awarded: $4,000

Research the fragile historic cottages remaining in the district, their rarity value, how original they are, what physical state they are in and what are the most common causes of deterioration.


Murchison and District Historical Society Inc

Reproduction and archiving of rare photographs

Awarded: $2,600

This project will ensure preservation of 100 rare and valuable photographs which are a vital component of our collection and have particular local importance.


Narre Warren and District Family History Group Inc

Transcribe and photograph monuments and memorials in Casey/Cardinia

Awarded: $3,150

We will record all of the community monuments and memorials including foundation stones, honour boards and church memorials. Once transcribed and photographed the information would be published in book.


Nhill and District Historical Association Inc

Early Nhill Settlers

Awarded: $2,000.00

Our project will place the names and location of properties recorded in the Shire of Lowan Rate Books held by the Society onto CD.


Nobelius Heritage Park and Emerald Museum

Emerald in Photographs: The First Hundred Years

Awarded: $8,286

This project will produce a book containing reproductions of about 160 black and white photographs depicting the first hundred years of Emerald’s history (early 1860s to 1960s).


Norlane Neighbourhood House Inc

Norlane: A Social and Cultural History

Awarded: $7,000

This project will train and support a group of community volunteers to develop and produce the stories of Norlane to produce a social and cultural history of the area.


North Central Rural Youth Services Inc

A Living History: Celebrating St. Arnaud’s 150 Years

Awarded: $4,472

The project is about teaching young people video making skills, research, writing and communication skills. The finished product will be a digital video recording of the history, people and events in St Arnaud over the past 150 years.


Oakleigh Youth Club Football Inc

Through Football, Better Citizens: The Oakleigh Dragons’ first 40 years

Awarded: $4,200

This project sets out to produce a social and pictorial history of the Oakleigh Dragons Juniors Football Club in the club’s 40th year and to consolidate and preserve the club’s photographic collection.


Omeo Historical Society Inc

Omeo Justice Precinct Interpretation Plan – Implementation

Awarded: $7,850

The project will implement the Interpretation Plan for the Omeo Justice Precinct (Victorian Heritage Register). It involves preparation and installation of nine interpretive panels and directional signage.


Orbost Historical Society Inc

Orbost Slatter Barns Project

Awarded: $1,820

Documentation of the old slatted drying barns of the Orbost/Lower Snowy River district. The project involves site studies, photography, drawings, site plans, oral history, visual display and pamphlet.


Port Fairy Historical Society

Shipping Arrivals and Departures, Victorian Ports 1856-1860 (Vol 3)

Awarded: $5,950

The collection, verification and indexing of all known shopping movements to all Victorian ports between the years 1856 to 1860 inclusive.


Portland WorkSkills Inc

Naming Hamilton and District

Awarded: $2,000

Produce and publish a book outlining the origins and history of the place names of Hamilton and its district.


Pyalong Restoration Group

Back to Pyalong Revisited

Awarded: $2,696

To republish a 1968 Pyalong history book and to incorporate updated family histories and the Pyalong Cemetery Burial Registers.


Rainbow Community Learning Group Inc

Rainbow Heritage Mural Trail

Awarded: $935

Creation of the 16th Heritage Trail and production of Rainbow Heritage Mural Trail colour brochure for visitor information.


Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Victoria’s Landmarks Brochure

Awarded: $9,334

The brochure will provide text and images depicting the history of Victoria’s icons – eg. major buildings, geographic features and public facilities.


Shire of Melton

Melton Heritage Trail

Awarded: $5,230

The Melton Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour of significant cultural and historical sites throughout the Melton township and to develop an interpretive brochure component of this project.


Strathmerton Lions Club

Strathmerton Local History

Awarded: $700

To gather, collate and transfer all available local history recorded on movie films to DVDs.


Travellers Aid Society of Victoria

Pier to Station

Awarded: $3,500

An exhibition showing how global events over the years impacted on Melbourne and Victoria leading to the formation of The Travellers Aid Society of Victoria in 1916 and charting the changing social and welfare needs and development in Victoria.


Valencia Soldiers Memorial Hall Inc

Valencia Soldiers Memorial Hall – Historical Film Preservation

Awarded: $3,000

Preservation of 8mm film featuring agricultural practices and local community activities from 1950’s – 1960’s onto DVD medium. Approximately 8 hours of film taken at Valencia Creek, Maffra and Sale areas. Preservation of slides of 1950’s onto computerised database.


Victorian Deaf Society

History Bringing Together the Deaf Community

Awarded: $5,000

Convert Victorian Deaf Society owned 8mm film dating from 1920’s to 1970’s to DVD format.


Waranga News Inc

Recording of photographs and history of former Whroo residents.

Awarded: $9,550

To create a database and record a collection of photographs and histories of former residents of the Whroo district during the goldrush era.


Waranga Regional Tourism Inc

Rushworth and District Electronic Photo Album

Awarded: $4,630

This project seeks to develop a photo history of the area from pre-settlement through to the present time. The project will have two parts – the town and community’s social history in both hard copy research album and a DVD/TV presentation.


West Gippsland Genealogical Society Inc

West Gippsland Pioneers and Settlers Pre 1900 Volume 2 and West Gippsland Early Settlers 1900-1925

Awarded: $5,000

To produce two books with the above titles, to recognise and record the lives of the early pioneers and settlers of our district.


Wodonga Historical Society

Wodonga Heritage Trail

Awarded: $5,689

To establish a Heritage Trail that identifies various significant interpretive signs on site in West Wodonga that reflects the notable events, movements and people linking us to Wodonga’s past.


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