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Local history gets helping hand

By Corowa Free Press

Rutherglen Historical Society, Rutherglen RSL and the Wahgunyah History Group will be part of a new program to help preserve cultural heritage in Indigo Shire. 

From military memorabilia through to important art works, Burke Museum staff are giving a helping hand to the local community groups as part this new program.

Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor said the Collections Assistance Program would make a real difference to the preservation of our historic objects and stories.

“Indigo Shire is fortunate to have many community groups such as museums, historical societies, RSLs and

clubs that house historically significant collections and stories,” Cr O’Conner said.

“We value our cultural heritage and the work these community groups do to preserve it. We also understand that many of the collections are managed by volunteers who are short on time and resources to undertake projects, so it is vital we are able to offer this assistance.”

Burke Museum and Cultural Heritage Manager Cameron Auty said the program recently kicked off with visits

to the Beechworth RSL sub‐branch and Chiltern Athenaeum.

“At Beechworth RSL we helped President John Eldrid and volunteers to photograph and catalogue a collection of peacekeeping memorabilia related to Beechworth’s veterans. It’s now available to the public on Victorian Collections, a free, publicly accessible collections website for anyone to look at,” Mr Auty said. 

“We also trained volunteers in exhibition skills and filmed an oral history interview with John about the importance of the RSL.

“At Chiltern Athenaeum we worked with volunteers to clean and refresh their art exhibition, which features

important works by AW Eustace and Henry Handel Richardson. 

“We also helped the committee to draft new policies and procedures, building a more sustainable and professional organisation.

“It’s so important to be able to preserve this history for generations to come. 

“We’re looking forward to getting out over the next 18 months and visiting museums and community groups across the shire to provide support on projects such as exhibitions, digitisation and conservation,” Mr Auty said.

Nine museums and community groups were chosen through an expression of interest process in 2019 which include:

Beechworth RSL.

Chiltern Athenaeum.

Yackandandah Museum.

Rutherglen Historical Society.

Stanley Athenaeum.

Chiltern Courthouse.

Tangambalanga History Group.

Rutherglen RSL.

Wahgunyah History Group.

For more information go to www.indigoshire.vic.gov.au/culturalheritage. Organisations interested in taking

part in this program in future should email burke_museum@indigoshire.vic.gov.au