Back in November 2019 the call for submissions to Victorian Local History Grants went out. Held annual since 2001, this is allows community groups and organisations who are looking at preserving Victoria’s history in numerous ways, to apply for a grant of up to $15.000 to help with their project.

The recipients of the 2019-20 Victorian Local History Grants have just been announced, and this year 53 community groups share in over $330,000. The projects vary from archiving, digitising, storage, apps, publications, website, signage, heritage trail, oral and video histories and more.

Congratulations to the following organisations listed below, it’s great to see more of Victoria’s history being recorded in so many ways.

Alphington Bowls Club
The First Hundred Years
Awarded $7,000

Beechworth Cemetery Trust
Beechworth Public Cemetery Website and Branding Project
Awarded $9,005

Bellarine Historical Society Inc.
Displays of Agricultural Industries and Rural life
Awarded $4,233.35

Bendigo Youth Choir Inc.
Sing, Dream, Belong, A History of the Bendigo Youth Choir
Awarded $15,000

Buninyong and District Historical Society
Digital preservation of oral and video histories
Awarded $1,299

Business & Tourism Creswick Inc.
A Goldmine of History – a pictorial history of the Australasian No 2 mine

Care Leavers Australasia Network Inc.
Geelong Care Leavers talk back to historical records of the Children’s Welfare Department
Awarded $13,800

Charles Sturt University
Mayday Hills and Beechworth Cemetery Virtual Tour
Awarded $6,067

Chiltern Court House Committee of Management
Chiltern Courthouse History Panels Project: presenting stories of the courthouse
Awarded $7,000

Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria Inc.
Making Chinese-Australian travel records publicly available: An online database
Awarded $11,000

Cottage by the Sea
Cottage by the Sea Archive Management System and storage equipment
Awarded $879

Dandenong Ranges Historical Council Inc.
Digitise Ferntree Gully News 1940-1947
Awarded $4,915.68

Darebin Libraries
Darebin Heritage Assessment Study
Awarded $5,000

Deaf Children Australia
Cataloguing Deaf Children Australia History Collection – 1862 – Present Day
Awarded $14,885

East Gippsland Family History Group Inc. (EGFHG)
Preserving East Gippsland
Awarded $3,500

Eureka Australia Descendants and Supporters
Eureka in Melbourne Walking App
Awarded $3,980

Friends of St. Brigid’s Association
Preserving the history of St Brigid’s Crossley. Stage 1.

Geelong Regional Library Corporation
Significance Assessment Report and Perspectives Plan for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Materials in the Geelong Heritage Centre Archive
Awarded $9,500

History Monash Inc.
New archival storage shelves and archival preservation materials
Awarded $3,870

Kooloonong Natya Landcare Group
Kooloonong-Natya-Boundary Bend Centenary of Soldier Settlement 1920-2020
Awarded $12,475

Korong Historical Society
E-publication with text and over 800 photographs of significant heritage sites
Awarded $3,280

Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place within GEGAC Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd.
Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place: lockable display cabinets and archive quality prints
Awarded $4,076.91

Landcare Victoria Inc.
Landcare Voices – an Oral History Phase II
Awarded $7,050

Leongatha & District Historical Society Inc.
Equipment project
Awarded $1,000

Merino Progress Association Inc.
Merino Township Historic Signage
Awarded $8,728.80

Mildura Rural City Council
100 years of Soldier Settlement
Awarded $14,994

Morwell Cricket Club Inc.
Morwell Cricket Club Public Display Records
Awarded $915

Musculoskeletal Australia
Digitisation and Cataloguing of MSK’s Photographic Collection
Awarded $7,200

National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
Our Land, Your Law: Case Studies of Aboriginal Incarceration at Old Melbourne Gaol
Awarded $15,000

North Cyprus Community of Victoria
Muslims of Victoria: Our stories of belonging, community and homemaking
Awarded $10,862

Nullawil Historical Society Inc.
Auchmore museum collection archiving
Awarded $5,035.45

Numurkah & District Historical Society Inc.
Display of, and signage for, tools and farming items currently in storage
Awarded $7,600

Pammessinian Brotherhood Papaflessas Ltd
Messinia To Victoria Oral History
Awarded $2,000

Phillip Island Historical Society
Oral Histories of Phillip Island
Awarded $7,000

Scout Heritage Victoria
Conservation and Storage of Textile Event Pennants
Awarded $2,925

St Arnaud & District Historical Society Inc.
St Arnaud Mining History Discovery Trail
Awarded $9,280

Stawell Historical Society Incorporated
Implementation of a Digitising Project for cataloguing records of Museum Objects
Awarded $2,000

Strathbogie Tableland History Group
Strathbogie Heritage Trail
Awarded $6,190

Tetoora Road Community Centre Committee of Management
Oral History of Tetoora Road Area
Awarded $4,720

The Albanian Australian Islamic Society
Melbourne’s First Mosque- Albanian Mosque Celebrating 50 Years
Awarded $5,984.45

The Cancer Council Victoria
Eighty years of the Victorian Cancer Registry, 1940-2020
Awarded $7,754.50

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Ltd (RASV)
Celebrating Victoria’s Rural Heritage – The Frank Johnson Photography Collection
Awarded $6,050

The Sovereign Hill Museums Association
Pioneer Women of Ballarat Project
Awarded $14,926

Torquay Museum Without Walls Inc.
Digitizing Torquay’s Civic History
Awarded $1,987

Victorian National Parks Association Inc.
Park Watch: 70 years of protecting Victoria’s National Parks and reserves, 1952 – 2022
Awarded $15,000

Werribee River Association Inc.
WRA’s 40 Years of Waterway Protection
Awarded $5,500

Westgate Concert Band
Westgate Concert Band Digital Archive
Awarded $1,050

Whitehorse Historical Society Inc.
Purchase and installation of display units for the Whitehorse Historical Society
Awarded $3,902.80

Willaura Modern Inc.
Precious Objects: shared memories of our collective past
Awarded $2,900

Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum
Wimmera Mallee Pioneer Museum-Significance Assessment
Awarded $7,500

Winchelsea and District Historical Society
Becoming Digital
Awarded $3,246

Woods’ Farming & Heritage Museum
Ball Gown Preservation
Awarded $4,800

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
Culture Chats – Gathering Stories
Awarded $4,170