Small Museums Meeting Useful, Say Historical Society Attendees

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MEMBERS of the Capricorn Coast Historical Society recently attended the SE Queensland Small Museums Conference at Eumundi.

This event is especially useful as it focuses on information and ideas for smaller country volunteer groups like ours. Two of our members were assisted by the Regional Arts Development Fund and this allowed us to send four volunteers Co the most that have attended.

Eumundi was the perfect place for the conference as the area strongly supports its heritage. Their tourist information centre, which hosted the event, is also the home of the local museum. The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has voted to impose a levy of $5 per rateable property per year to fund preservation and promotion of the region's historic sites. Local groups can apply for grants from this fund.

The papers presented included the benefits from cooperation between groups, significance assessment of our collections, case studies of local success stories such as the Lower Mill Site at Cooroy, digital storytelling and other online projects, oral history variations, and how historical societies and museums can support the school history curriculum. This last paper was boosted by the presence of students and history teachers from the Nambour Christian College.

The group attended the annual Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) at Caloundra on the Friday night. They honour special work done by museum bodies in professional and volunteer fields, and the Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association received a special commendation for the establishment of the Country Hospital Museum at Rockhampton's Heritage Village. We enjoyed being able to applaud Yvonne Kelley when she accepted the award.

We also dropped in at the famous Eumundi markets. These covered acres of parkland and stalls are set up along the streets with wonderful variety. The group returned laden with plants, sweets, honey and more. There was also a very good second-hand bookstore and a wide range of local eateries where delegates had Sunday lunch.

We came back full of enthusiasm to continue our work and, in this case, to lobby Rockhampton Regional Council to introduce a heritage levy for the support of our history and heritage places and the training of people to care for them.

Shortly the CCHS 2011 Calendar with more old Capricorn Coast photos will be in the shops for $10. Local businesses have assisted with the cost. Look out for it.

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