ACT Heritage Grants 2014-15

Recipient Project Title Project Summary Grant

Southern ACT Catchment Group

Interpreting Aboriginal Heritage Places in Tuggeranong

Interpretation of significant sites of Aboriginal heritage in the Tuggeranong area through a series of six guided walks by Ngunnawal people in the urban landscape, three audio visual web pieces and an event in the 2015 Heritage Festival.


Telopea Park School

Conservation Works to WWII Memorial

Telopea Park School, entered on the ACT Heritage Register, is one of the oldest schools in Canberra (c.1923). The school’s war memorial commemorates the services of all students who served in the Second World War and the students who died in that conflict. This funding is for conservation works to ensure no further loss occurs to the original render.


St Paul’s Anglican Church Manuka

Conservation Management Plan

A new Conservation Management Plan will guide the ongoing and long term repair, maintenance and conservation of the heritage listed St Paul's Church building. The architecture and aesthetics of St Paul’s are of landmark quality and the church is in a highly visible location.


Cultural Heritage Management Australia

Prehistoric Aboriginal Archaeology along the Murrumbidgee

Two phases of archaeological investigation of an extremely well preserved Aboriginal site within the Lanyon Heritage Precinct and its interpretation relative to the prehistorical utilisation of the Murrumbidgee River. The interpretation of Lanyon will be expanded, with rare artefacts excavated to be used in displays and tours, including during the Heritage Festival.


Friends of ACT Trees

Bendora Arboretum Interpretive Walking Track

A walking trail with interpretive signage at Bendora Arboretum within Namadgi National Park. Bendora Arboretum and associated hut are entered to the ACT Heritage Register and survived the 2003 fires. This popular destination for walks will be part of the Canberra Tracks network.


Village of Hall & District Progress Association

Conservation Works to Hall School House

The original Hall School building requires conservation work as outlined in the Conservation Management Plan. The works will allow its continued use as a school museum which is regularly open to the public, and is of benefit to a wide audience.


Canberra Archaeological Society

Archaeological study of Springbank Island

The development of a cultural heritage management plan for 'Springbank', a site of European and Aboriginal occupation of Canberra, will raise awareness of the early European settlement of Canberra, with an open day to be held during the 2015 Heritage Festival.


Molonglo Catchment Group

Ngunnawal Walks & Talks

A partnership with local Aboriginal groups that will provide a program integrating social, cultural and environmental perspectives through a public lecture, walk and talk events, a boat cruise and bus tour.


All Saints Anglican Church Ainslie

Conservation Management Plan

All Saints Ainslie is of significant importance to the heritage of the ACT with its architecture and aesthetics of landmark quality. An updated Conservation Management Plan will guide future development and works.


Canberra Alpine Club

Mt Franklin Chalet Memorial Pad

The Mt Franklin Chalet site is entered on the ACT Heritage Register and which, prior to its destruction in the 2003 fires, was the oldest built ski lodge on the mainland. A Memorial Pad will assist in the preservation of the Chalet's footprint and offer an improved interpretation of what was and is the Chalet - to Canberra and broader communities. Regular open days are held on site including an event scheduled for the 2015 Heritage Festival.


Molonglo Catchment Group

Exhibition of Natural Heritage on Black Mountain

The project is in partnership with Friends of Black Mountain for a seven month exhibition of the natural heritage of Black Mountain on the lower ground floor of the Telstra Tower. The display will feature information on the heritage listed snow gums, small purple pea and the Ngunnawal use of plants that are found on Black Mountain.


University of Canberra

Reviving our Hidden Collections

This project is for an audit, significance and needs assessment of the Mineral and Economic Geology collection, unique to the ACT, which is located at the University of Canberra.


Jennifer Gall

Listening to the Past: Music in Historic Places

The project will produce a sound recording for Mugga Mugga, Calthorpes and Lanyon using sheet music and instruments belonging to each home, to recreate music that would have animated each place over the period of past occupation. The focus on WW1 music also ties well to the 2015 Heritage Festival theme Conflict and Compassion.


Ginninderra Catchment Group

Aboriginal heritage in the Ginninderra Catchment

Through a series of four interpretive walks at sites of significance, Ngunnawal guides will facilitate further public awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal heritage in the Ginninderra catchment area. Audio-visual productions of the walks will be published online.


National Trust of Australia (ACT)

2015 Heritage Festival Open Day at Mugga Mugga

Previous annual open days held by the National Trust as part of the Heritage Festival have been a key feature of the program, and well attended. This event provides an occasion for demonstrations, performances and stalls to be part of the Heritage Festival. The theme “Conflict and Compassion” is fitting (nursing), as it links to the last resident of Mugga Mugga ‘Sylvia Curley’.


Canberra & District Historical Society

Celebrating Local History

The Canberra & District Historical Society’s resources will be used to assist the Curtin community to celebrate its 50th anniversary by collecting oral histories, conducting a local history quiz, and conducting workshops for ACT teachers, showing how Canberra local history can be used in teaching the National History Curriculum.


Australian Railway Historical Society

Locomotive 1210 Protective Cover

Locomotive 1210, an important object of ACT Heritage, hauled the first train into Canberra in May 1914. It is 136 years old and is included on the ACT Heritage Register. A permanent covering is needed to protect it from Canberra’s climate and allow servicing.


Cultural Heritage Management Australia

Community based analyses of Aboriginal cultural material

The current storage facility for the assemblages is deteriorating and provenance may be lost. There is significant benefit to better understand the archaeological collections held by the ACT government. This project will enable a broader understanding of the values of Aboriginal assemblages, which are under recognised at present.


Peter & Kate Gullett

Lambrigg Homestead Conservation Works

Lambrigg Cottage (William Farrer's laboratory) is in urgent need of works to ensure its continued conservation and protection. The owners have undertaken maintenance and conservation works to the buildings over the past fifteen years and conduct a heritage walk around the Lambrigg property at their open garden days held in spring, visiting the graves of William Farrer and his wife, Nina (nee De Salis). This funding will ensure continued conservation works at the place.