$150,000 For Maritime Heritage Grants

4 February 2014

Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, today congratulated the 31 organisations across the country that will share in more than $150,000 to help care for and promote Australia’s maritime heritage

“The successful recipients of grants through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme will assist in the preservation, collection management and conservation of an important part of our history,” Senator Brandis said.

“These grants also ensure that expert academic knowledge and professional skills can be brought into organisations and assist in the development of public and education programs.

“Maritime museums and historical societies play an integral role in preserving our cultural heritage and these grants will assist them to safeguard maritime material.”

Since the scheme began in 1995 more than $1 million has supported many community and not-for-profit organisations across Australia with many maritime enthusiasts offering their time and expertise to preserve Australia’s diverse maritime heritage.

The scheme—which includes grants of up to $10,000, internships and in-kind support by museum experts—is administered by the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) with Australian Government funding.

“The ANMM is one of Australia’s key national collecting institutions and its support for regional and community organisations through this scheme ensures our maritime heritage is available now and for future generations,” Senator Brandis said.

Projects to receive support include the:

  • Dictionary of Sydney Trust to document the history of Sydney Harbour’s islands;
  • Cairns Maritime Museum in Queensland to engage a specialist maritime archaeologist to help develop an online museum about ghost ships and lost treasure;
  • Narryna Heritage Museum in Tasmania for conservation work on a significant oil painting in its collection;
  • Broome Historical Society and Museum in Western Australia to develop an exhibition about state ship services;
  • National Trust of South Australia for conservation work on the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse Lantern Room;
  • Rotary Club of Kincumber in New South Wales to build a shipbuilders’ memorial walk; and
  • Echuca Historical Society in Victoria for expert museum curatorial advice for its Save the PS Murrumbidgee project.

For a full list of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme grant recipients visit www.anmm.gov.au/mmapss.