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81 grants were announced on 7 May 2010 by the Hon. Peter Batchelor, Minister for the Arts. 


Alexandra Football/Netball Club

A History of the Alexandra Football/Netball Club

Awarded: $3,740

To publish a book containing a written and pictorial history of the Alexandra Football/Netball Club, detailing events since the club’s beginning in 1884.


Anglican Parish of Bacchus Marsh and Bacchus Marsh & District Historical Society Inc

Cataloguing and digital preservation project

Awarded: $4,000

To catalogue and digitise an extensive collection of records of family and community history of the parish of Bacchus Marsh extending over 150 years.


Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (Bendigo) 
Searchable mining database

Awarded: $2,000

To produce a searchable computer database of mining claims in the Bendigo area from 1863-1933.


Australian Railway Society (Victorian Division) Inc

Print the book VRRS Vol 2: Mechanical Weighing Machines

Awarded: $3,000

To publish “Vol 2 Mechanical Weighing Machines” in the second edition in the Victoria Railways Reference series.


Australian Red Cross

Heritage Collection cataloguing and conservation

Awarded: $8,000

To undertake a conservation and collection management program to conserve the archives and memorabilia of the Australian Red Cross in the lead up its Centenary Year celebrations in 2014.


Axedale Our Town Our Future Inc

Preserve Axedale History Records

Awarded: $2,500

For cataloguing and storage of original records relating to the history of Axedale.


Bahgallah Memorial Hall Inc

Historic Community Photograph Display

Awarded: $1,100

For a public display of an extensive collection of historic photographs relating to the community of Bahgallah, collected on the occasion of the Hall’s 85th Anniversary celebrations in 2007.


Ballarat Base Hospital Trained Nurses League Inc

Ballarat Base Hospital Nurse Training School 1888 – 1988

Awarded: $1,500

To produce a CD containing information on the history of the Nurses Training School and Ballarat Base Hospital, including photographs, memorabilia and a searchable database of names and dates entered from the nurse training school registers.


Beeac District News’ – Sub-Committee of Beeac Progress Association

The History of Beeac – 150 Years of European Settlement

Awarded: $6,000

To publish a book telling the stories of the people of Beeac and district over 150 years of European settlement using photographs, historical documents, memoirs older members of community and old newspaper reports.


Bendigo Easter Fair Society Inc

Bendigo Easter Fair – A Book

Awarded: $5,000

The Bendigo Easter Festival will celebrate its 140th year in 2010. In the lead up the society will publish a book that details the history of the Bendigo Easter Festival.


Bendigo Regional Archives Centre

Bendigo Regional Archives Centre (BRAC) Website

Awarded: $8,000

To develop a website for the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre to enable wider public access to the archive’s collections and to feature local stories and exhibitions on Bendigo’s history.


Berriwillock Community Development Group

The Berriwillock Memory Bank

Awarded: $4,850

To collate, appropriately store and make available online and in public displays, the records relating to the history of Berriwillock including oral histories, photos, documents and artefacts.


Bestchance Child Family Care

Bestchance, Burwood and Beyond – Over a century of caring for children

Awarded: $6,000

To catalogue, preserve and digitise the heritage collections including records, photographs and multimedia stories of Bestchance Child Family Care and develop a website to enable past families and clients to access information and share their local historical stories.


Birregurra District Historical Centre Inc

“Birregurra Businesses of Now and Yesterday”

Awarded: $4,000

To publish the book Birregurra Businesses of Now and Yesterday, detailing the history of the businesses in the Birregurra area.


Blackwood District Historical Society

Viable Viewing

Awarded: $2,014

For the archiving of the society’s collection including photographs, textiles and maps and plans.


Box Hill Historical Society Inc

Publication The natural history of Whitehorse

Awarded: $2,100

To publish a book on the natural history of the Whitehorse area, as it was at European settlement.


Bright & District Historical Society Inc

Document Rescue

Awarded: $3,000

To catalogue and archive copies of Alpine Observer newspapers to ensure their ongoing preservation.


Buchan Bush Nursing Association Inc

Buchan Bush Nursing 1911-201

Awarded: $5,627

In 2011 the Buchan Bush Nursing Centre will celebrate its centenary. In the lead up the association will research, write and publish a book detailing the history of the Buchan Bush Nursing Association.


Buloke Shire Council

Strong Roots – Resilient Communities

Awarded: $8,000

To develop a travelling exhibition celebrating the contribution made by early residents to the social fabric of Buloke.


Buninyong & District Historical Society

Identifying Buninyong’s Early History

Awarded: $2,000

To erect interpretive and informative signs at historic sites around Buninyong.


Bunyip & District Newsletter (Incorporating the Bunyip Historical Society)

Preservation of the Bunyip & District Newsletter

Awarded: $870

To digitise copies of the ‘Bunyip & District Newsletter’ to ensure its ongoing preservation.


Castlemaine Historical Society Inc

Castlemaine Mails 1931 – 1983

Awarded: $3,350

To purchase film copies of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper between 1931-1983 to enable access for local researchers.


Cavendish Townscape Association

The John Mackersey diaries – Cavendish 1857 – 1871

Awarded: $7,000

Transcribe and publish the diaries of pastoralist and local identity John Mackersey which record daily life on the pastoral lease “Kenilworth”.


Cockatoo Neighbourhood House

Ash Wednesday Reflections – ‘Baked Apples on the Tree’

Awarded: $6,800

To collate and publish a book of personal stories written by those involved in the Ash Wednesday fires.


Cornish Association of Victoria Inc

The Overland Trek for Gold in early 1850’s

Awarded: $2,250

To research, develop and make available online, a collection of information resources relating to the conditions experienced and routes taken between the copper mining areas of South Australia and the Victorian goldfields in 1851 and 1852.


Creswick & District Historical Society and Creswick Museum

Creswick & District Stories

Awarded: $6,500

To publish a book on the history of the town of Creswick and surrounding district.


Dingee Progress Association Inc

Create a history of Dingee

Awarded: $3,500

To produce and mount plaques in prominent areas throughout the township that provides a written record of the families who have played a major part in contributing to the history of the Dingee community.


Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Kooyoora Booklet

Awarded: $3,883

Publish a detailed and fully illustrated interpretation of how we believe our ancestors may have used a wonderful piece of country now known as Kooyoora State park.


Donald History & Natural History Group as part of the Donald MLA Society

“In the Pipeline”

Awarded: $5,698

To publish a book on the history of water supply in Donald and District titled In the Pipeline written by K.J. Rye.


East Gippsland Historical Society Inc

Housing of Negative Collection

Awarded: $4,740

To appropriately store and preserve a collection of negatives of historical significance to the East Gippsland Community.


East Loddon Historical Society Inc

Framed Photo Restoration

Awarded: $1,200

To conserve photographs and certificates of local historical significance within the society’s collection.


Echuca Historical Society Inc

Digitise photo negatives c1940

Awarded: $3,940

To digitise, archive, catalogue and produce a searchable database of photo negatives of the Riverine Herald newspaper.


Edrington Park History Research Group

Displaying Our History

Awarded: $1,309

For the purchase of display equipment to exhibit the group’s collection to the local community.


Everton Hall & Sporting Complex Committee

Everton District Local History Book

Awarded: $1,000

To produce and publish a book on the local history of the Everton District and its community members.


Footscray Community Arts Centre

Koorie Digital Quilt of the West

Awarded: $10,000

To collate, record and produce an interactive video of the oral histories of members of Melbourne’s western suburb’s Koorie community.


Friends of the Hamilton Botanic Gardens Inc

Interpretative Signage in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens

Awarded: $3,800

To erect interpretative and informative signs in the Heritage Listed Hamilton Botanic Gardens, indicating historic features.


Geelong Historical Society Inc

In Perfectly Safe Hands – a history of local government in

Awarded: $2,500

Geelong and district

To publish a book entitled In Perfectly Safe Hands: a history of local government in Geelong and district since 1836, to commemorate the centenary of the township of Geelong becoming a city in 1910.


Girgarre Living History Group (sub-committee of Girgarre Community Group Inc)

The Centenary of Closer Settlement

Awarded: $5,000

In 2011 the Girgarre Living History Group will celebrate the centenary of Closer Settlement in the district. As part of this celebration the group will publish a book and accompanying DVD documenting the history of the district and its people.


Golden Dragon Museum

DVD – 140 years of Chinese Participation in the Bendigo

Awarded: $10,000

Easter Festival – 1871 to 2010

To produce a DVD, recording the history of Chinese participation in annual Easter celebrations for 140 years.


Inverleigh Historical Society

Bannockburn Shire Rate Books Imaging Project

Awarded: $641

To transfer and index copies of the Bannockburn Shire rate books to CD for future preservation and research purposes.


Jeparit Heritage Walk Committee

Plaques for significant sites

Awarded: $3,000

To produce and erect informative plaques at sites of historic significance in Jeparit.


Keilor Historical Society Inc

Digital scanning of Keilor Historical Society newsletters

Awarded: $2,000

To digitise the society’s collection and make it available on CD and in booklet format.


Kent Road Primary School

Kent Road Primary School History Project

Awarded: $1,900

To produce a book outlining the history of the Kent Road Primary School including its establishment, achievements and special programs.


Kilmany Public Hall & Recreation – Centenary Sub-Committee

Kilmany Centenary Celebrations and Book

Awarded: $4,000

To produce information panels and publish a book commemorating Kilmany’s last 100 years in the lead up to the town’s Centenary in 2011.


King Valley Learning Exchange

History of the King Valley

Awarded: $2,100

To collate and appropriately store the various historical collections within the community, and make these accessible to the community through digital story telling.


Kuo Min Tang Society of Melbourne

Unlocking Melbourne Kuo Min Tang Society’s Historic Archives

Awarded: $9,600

To catalogue the archives of Melbourne Kuo Min Tang Society’s archives in order to enable and assist the Society to manage and provide community access to their collection.


Leigh Historical Society

Leigh Shire Rate Books Imaging Project

Awarded: $962

To transfer to CD and index the Leigh Shire Rate Books.


Maldon Museum & Archives Association Inc

Interpretive development of Maldon Museum’s Collection and Historic Building

Awarded: $5,000

To develop an interpretation plan for the museum’s collection.


Manangatang Improvement Group Inc


Awarded: $8,500

To research and produce a book containing community member’s stories about life in Manangatang and District from 1911 to 2011.


Merbein District Historical Society Inc

Training, Conservation Treatment and Storage project

Awarded: $7,751

To provide training to volunteer representatives from local Historical and Genealogical Societies, the local RSL and library staff to clean, preserve, maintain, and store items of historical significance.


Merton Landcare Inc

Merton Community History

Awarded: $3,500

To research, document, catalogue and display Merton’s historical relics, photographs and records.


Mission to Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers Archive

Awarded: $5,000

To purchase proper archival supplies to appropriately store the Mission to Seafarer’s collection.


Moonambel Arts & History Group

Heritage Walk Project

Awarded: $625

To publish a self-guided Heritage Walk leaflet illustrating sites of historic significance in Moonambel.


Mortlake & District Historical Society Inc

Publication of ‘Families of the Mount’

Awarded: $3,000

To publish a book about the early settlement of the Mortlake district, entitled Families of the Mount.


Museum of Chinese Australian History

Remembering pre-World War II Chinese Australia

Awarded: $7,850

To undertake an oral history project to record the life stories and memories of ten Chinese Australians in Victoria who arrived in Australia before WWII.


Nathalia Historical Society

Saving the History of Nathalia and District

Awarded: $6,413

To transfer from film to CD copies of the Riverine Herald and Nathalia Herald and produce a searchable index.


Nhill & District Historical Society

Saving our local newspaper

Awarded: $5,000

To digitise copies of the Nhill Free Press Newspapers.


Paynesville Maritime Museum Inc

Paynesville Maritime Resource Centre

Awarded: $3,000

To provide training to volunteers and purchase collection management software to catalogue the Museum’s collection.


Portland Family History Group Inc

Building a Port – the Worker’s Stories

Awarded: $5,350

To produce a DVD of stories from the people who worked on the construction of the Port of Portland between 1950 and 1960.


Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Inc

Queenscliffe Harbour & Fishermens Flat Oral and Visual History

Awarded: $3,175

To develop an interpretive tour and online education resource detailing the history of the Queenscliffe Harbour and ‘Fisherman’s Flat’ precinct.


Rochester Historical & Pioneer Society

Rochester and District Progress and History 1854 – 2004

Awarded: $2,900

To publish a book relating to the history of Rochester and District 1854- 1954 entitled “Prospering Still”.


Rosedale & District Historical Society Inc

Catalogue on computer

Awarded: $4,000

To transfer the society’s collection catalogue to computer and train volunteers in the use of catalogue software.


Royal South Street Society

Costumes and Collectables Exhibition

Awarded: $5,000

To produce an exhibition that celebrates 120 years of Royal South Street Eisteddford.


Simpson & District Community Centre Inc

The Heytesbury Settlement 50 Years on: Miracles, Memories & Madness

Awarded: $6,365

To publish a book celebrating the history of Heytesbury over the past 50 years.


St Arnaud Friends of the Library

Digitising Microfilm Copies of St Arnaud Mercury 1864-1900

Awarded: $5,760

To transfer from film to digital format copies of the St Arnaud Mercury newspaper.


Sunbury & District Heritage Association

Bulla School in Bygone Days

Awarded: $958

To preserve and archive a collection of records of the Bulla Primary School.


Swan Hill Genealogical & Historical Society Inc

Copy Swan Hill Guardians 1969-197

Awarded: $4,950

Transfer from film to digital format copies of the Swan Hill Guardian.


Taradale Historical Group

Taradale Town Walk

Awarded:  $5,000

The erect interpretive and informative signs at the local heritage sites along the Taradale Town Walk.


The Friends of the Collins Settlement, Sorrento, Inc

Port Phillip Personalities – the legacy of the 1803

Awarded: $3,000

Sullivan Bay Settlement

To produce a series of short DVD documentary biographies of people from the 1803 settlement at Sullivan Bay near present-day Sorrento.


The Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Significance Assessment of the Pern Collection

Awarded: $4,500

To undertake a significance assessment of the The Pern Collection comprising 700 items of ethnographic material collected from Australia and the Pacific region in the early 20th century.


Upper Plenty Mechanics’ Institute Hall Association Inc

Story board local history display

Awarded: $5,000

To produce a permanent on the history of Upper Plenty from settlement to the present time.


Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria

The History of the Volunteer Associations – Fire Brigades in Victoria

Awarded: $10,200

To research and publish a written history of the volunteer fire brigades associations in the State of Victoria.


Warracknabeal & District Historical Society

Digitising the Warracknabeal Heralds

Awarded: $8,000

Transfer from microfilm to CD copies of the Warracknabeal Herald Newspaper.


Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum

Community Volunteer Cataloguing

Awarded: $3,350

To upgrade the museum’s cataloguing system to improve management of and access to the museum’s collection.


Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation

“Whats your story”

Awarded: $10,040

To conduct workshops and information sessions to develop community member’s skills in family history research and assist them in producing a document on their connection to the Heywood community.


Wodonga Family History Society

Albury/Wodonga Pioneer Register

Awarded: $600

To index and publish in CD format the names and stories of pioneer families and businesses in the Albury/Wodonga area.


Wonthaggi & District Historical Society

Inmagic Museum Package Upgrade

Awarded: $1,885

To upgrade the society’s cataloguing system to improve management and community access to the collection.


Wycheproof Historical Society

Catalogue or bust!

Awarded: $4,500

To purchase software to catalogue the society’s collection to enable better access for the community.


Yarra Libraries

Digitisation of Fitzroy Rate Records 1958 – 1973

Awarded: $5,000

To digitise, index and publish on CD the Fitzroy rate records from 1958-1973.


Yarroweyah Memorial Hall Committee/ Yarroweyah Community Coordinators/ Koonoomoo Improvement Group

Gum Trees, Lagoons and Flat Plains

Awarded: $6,525

To research, write and publish a book on the history of Yarroweyah and Koonoomoo.


Yea & District Historical Society Inc

Yea Historical Society Cataloguing Project

Awarded: $2,200

To catalogue Yea Historical Society’s collection of photographs, documents, letters and articles.


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