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Blue Mountains History Brought to Life with Latest Round of NSW Government Funding
The Woodford Academy is set to receive $3,245 to publish the 1910-1912 diary of Henrietta McManamey of Woodford Academy. The diary will be published by the Academy Management Committee with a transcript of the contents, explanatory notes, and images from the Woodford Academy Archives, available in print and as an e-book.
The Blue Mountains Association of Cultural Heritage Organisation will meanwhile receive $980 in funding which will be used to publish the latest edition of the local specialist historical interest journal.
The Cultural Grants program is a multi-year (2016-2018) Create NSW funding initiative administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS).
Through the program’s 2018 round, 21 organisations from regional NSW, Western Sydney and metropolitan Sydney will share a total of $50,000, with the recipients using funds to explore a diverse range of research topics including dairying communities, saddlery and Indian sub-continent migrants.
This research will also pave the way for new walking tours and the digitization of a variety of exhibitions and information.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said that the Cultural Grants program offers an important opportunity to expand the knowledge and understanding of local history and heritage across the state.
“NSW has a rich history and it’s through projects like these that we are able to unearth and share fascinating insights across the State, often for the first time.
“This round of funding will provide essential help for a great number of skilled historians across NSW and I’m excited to see what comes out of the respective projects,” he said.
Mr Mallard commented, “These are two fascinating projects for the local community that will add a great deal to the existing published history of the region.
“I’m eager to see the outcome of the project and look forward to helping the public learn more about our story, heritage and identity that have defined our community.”
Currently in its third year, the fund offers a total of $50,000 through grants of up to $5,000 per project to assist local historical societies and similar bodies to undertake historical research and create new publications.
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