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e-BULLETIN No. 125 – 16 May 2014


Hon Editor, Dr Ruth S. Kerr



1) Australian Heritage Strategy released


2) Commonwealth Budget 2014-2015 outcome for history and heritage


3) Tasmanian engineering history finds a new home


4) Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission


5) Conference at Araluen Centre, Alice Springs


6) Marita Bardenhagen Memorial Award for Local History


7) Digitisation of newspapers by National Library of Australia


8) Dancing encouraged by Captain Cook



1) Australian Heritage Strategy released

On 14 April 2014, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment launched a draft Australian Heritage Strategy for public consultation. The draft Strategy has a central vision of our natural and cultural heritage being valued by all Australians, protected for future generations and cared for by the community.


The aim of the Australian Heritage Strategy is to provide a framework for leadership, partnerships and community engagement. It will support the work of individuals, organisations, and governments by providing a common direction for the recognition and protection of Australia’s heritage and build on the existing management arrangements for heritage.


The Department’s website contains the draft Australian Heritage Strategy: .
The Minister encourages all Australians to participate in public consultation on the draft Strategy. In particular the Government is seeking comments on the proposed actions and relevant priorities and identifying strategic partnerships for implementation.
Public consultation on the draft Australian Heritage Strategy is now open. The consultation period will close on Monday 9 June 2014.


Details on the public consultation are available from the Department’s website: .


The Minister stated that heritage is central to the Government’s Plan for a Cleaner Environment and is a fundamental pillar of the Government’s vision for Australia - clean air, clean water, clean land and heritage protection.


(Source: Department of Environment, Heritage Division - email - 23 April 2014)



2) Commonwealth Budget 2014-2015 outcome for history and heritage


Under the new Community and Heritage Icons Programme, the Government will provide $1.4 million over three years from 2014-15 to support historical and cultural groups across Australia in the conservation, development and interpretation of local cultural heritage, including grants of up to $10,000 to local historical and heritage groups ($1.0 million in total) over three years, replacing the GVESHO Program, which has been discontinued.


FAHS will receive $80,000 per year for three years which fulfils the dedicated advocacy of Presidents of FAHS over several years with the Ministers for Environment and the current Minister, Hon Greg Hunt MP. FAHS Council has already developed a plan to utilise the funding productively for our constituency.


Further information can be found in the press release of 4 November 2013 issued by the Minister for the Environment.


(Source: Department of Environment - Budget 2014-2015 Portfolio Statement - 13 May 2014)



3) Tasmanian engineering history finds a new home


The Redwater Creek Steam & Heritage Society has recently taken delivery of its newest exhibit - a 1922 Marshall Instructional Steam Engine.  This follows the society’s successful acquisition of the engine at the auction of remaining equipment from the Casey’s Steam World Collection in Dover at the beginning of April 2014.


The engine was especially built to educate students at University of Tasmania was used to study various engineering and thermodynamics laws.  It was removed from the University of Tasmania in 1989 and found a new home at Casey's Steam World.  It is known that the University of Tasmania’s Thermodynamics laboratory was copied in the late 1920s by Melbourne’s RMIT who later purchased the same equipment as the University of Tasmania.


Initial research has indicated that the engine is one of three known to exist worldwide. It was built to the requirements of Tasmanian University and utilised contemporary cutting edge steam technology.


The engine weighs approximately 4 ½ tons (4.57 tonnes) is complete and in working condition. It will now be used to train future generations of steam engineers through the annual Steam Training Weekend run by the Redwater Creek Steam & Heritage Society.


Each year participants come from the mainland and intrastate to be trained and by so doing, keep alive - and hopefully pass on - the now almost forgotten skills of running and maintaining steam equipment.


The Marshall Instructional Steam Engine is an excellent addition to the collection at the Redwater Creek site and may be viewed in the shed on open days on the first weekend of every month and for the period from Sat 19th of April to 26th of April during Mural Fest.


For further information please email your query to either

Ian Larcher  or

Chris Martin or

phone on 0429 418 739.


(Source: Christopher Martin - email - 17 April 2014)



4) Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission


The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, or ACNC, is the regulator for charities and the intention was that it eventually become the regulator for all not-for-profits.


The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014 in the Commonwealth parliament seeks to repeal the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012, thereby abolishing the ACNC.


The Bill, if passed, would abolish the ACNC, but it would not take effect until the enactment of a second Bill which will provide the actual details of the arrangements for replacing the ACNC.  The second Bill has not yet been released.


On 27 March 2014, the Senate referred the Bill to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report.


(Source: Mills Oakley, solicitors, Sydney - email - 17 April 2014)



5) Conference at Araluen Centre, Alice Springs


24-26 September 2014.


Australia is currently going through an unprecedented period of change in its attitude to Indigenous peoples and their cultures, opening up new possibilities for everyone. The quality of this change, and the extent to which it is embraced by the population at large, depends in the first instance upon reliable information about what has been attempted in the past, both what has succeeded and what has failed. Drawing upon the extensive resourcesof the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs, supplemented by the holdings of institutions in the capital cities, the conference will offer those attending challenging new information, new approaches, and new perspectives.  Papers by experts of many years’ experience will cover the areas of language, literature, forensic linguistics, religion, health, history, story-telling, anthropology, employment, missions, and cultural mapping, stimulating new ways of viewing old themes and developing new understandings by bringing together matters often viewed in isolation, or dominated by special interest groups.


The cost of attendance for three days is $300 + GST (=$330) (no online payments available).  People interested in attending may pay cheque, payable to Strehlow Conference, to 19 Nairne Road, Woodside, SA 5244 or by paying direct into their account no.  287915605 BSB 015 881. The cost of the trip to Hermannsburg ($50) is not included and must be paid separately.


Email enquiries and notification of direct payment should be addressed to John Strehlow at


(Source: Historical Society of the Northern Territory - email - 22 April 2014)



6) Marita Bardenhagen Memorial Award for Local History


This Award has been sponsored by the National Trust of Tasmania (Australia), the Launceston Historical Society, the Tasmanian Historical Research Association, the State Government, and the Professional Historians’ Association of Tasmania. It commemorates the contribution to the study and writing of local history in Tasmania by Dr Marita Bardenhagen (1961‐2012). The Marita Bardenhagen Memorial Award for Local History is a biennial prize acknowledging outstanding original research in the field of local history with significant Tasmanian content.


Award: $1,200 (at present) and citation.


Eligibility: Entries are to be in the form of a published work appearing in the three years preceding the year of the award. For the inaugural award, entries will be accepted for a published work appearing in the five years preceding the year of the award.


Selection Criteria:

entries must
 have significant Tasmanian local history content
 be a published work of high standard
 be fully referenced and include an index and bibliography.


Please use the following link to access the further conditions, the application form and addresses for submission:


Marita Bardenhagen Award for Local History


Closing date for applications is 14 June 2014.


(Source: Dr Dianne Snowden - email - 12 May 2014)



7) Digitisation of newspapers by National Library of Australia


The National Library of Australia has announced further digitisation of newspapers, newly added to Digitised newspapers and more on Trove.


New South Wales

* Digitisation of these titles has been supported by the State Library of NSW as part of the Digital Excellence Program, funded by the NSW Government.

South Australia



Through Trove, the national resource discovery service, there is now free online access to over 12 million pages from over 650 Australian newspapers. All of the digitised newspapers are fully text-searchable and users can enrich and enhance the data through subject tagging, text correction and annotations. To find out the latest titles which have been added to Trove, subscribe to one of the NLA's Web feeds – to do this, go to the current list of digitised newspaper titles on Trove and click on the orange 'Newly added issues’ or ‘Newly added titles’ at the bottom of the page.


(Source:  Dr Hilary Berthon | Manager, Australian Newspaper Plan | National Library of Australia | Canberra ACT 2600 | e: | t: +61 2 6262 1642 | f: +61 2 6273 2717 |- email - 24 April 2014)



8) Dancing encouraged by Captain Cook


Here is Heather Clarke's latest offering in Australian dance research.


Boscawen's Frolick - the first in a series of historical dances relating to Captain James Cook.

This dance was probably written to celebrate Admiral Boscawen's last victory, the Battle of Lagos in 1759. At the time, the young James Cook was serving in Admiral Boscawen's Fleet.


"Once Cook had his own command, he encouraged his crew to dance, contributing significantly to their health and good cheer whilst circumnavigating the globe.  They also danced to entertain the native people they met on their travels."


The above is the latest update to the site, which is devoted to the history of dance in the early colonial period in Australia.

(Source: Heather Clarke - email -15 May 2014)