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The local stories, relics and memories that make up the history of hills will continue to captivate future generations thanks to two new Local History Grants.
Member for Gembrook said the Coalition Victorian Government was committed to the preservation of local history, and grateful for the hours contributed by historical societies in achieving that goal.

“The Cockatoo History and Heritage Group has received $4,729 to preserve Cockatoo’s existing oral, photographic and documentary history and make it widely available for the community. Funds will be used to transfer interviews from cassette tapes to CD, to have audio files transcribed and purchase archival supplies,” Mr Battin said.
“Emerald Community House and the Emerald Museum have received $6,400 to develop interpretive plaques for the Emerald Heritage Trail identifying significant historic sites within the district. The project will increase awareness of the history of Emerald, as one of the oldest towns in the Dandenongs, and serve as an important educational resource for tourists and the local community.
“The hills are made up of many communities, each with a distinct history and identity. It is essential that this history is preserved so that it is not lost to future generations.”
Premier of Victoria and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said 58 Victorian community groups would undertake important local history projects this year thanks to more than $340,000 in grants through the Victorian Government’s Local History Grants program.
The projects include writing and publishing books, developing displays and exhibitions, oral histories, heritage trails and multimedia projects.
“The Victoria of today has been shaped by the aspirations and actions of millions of people and groups with a range of backgrounds – all with a fascinating story to share,” Mr Baillieu said.
“These community-based projects are driven by volunteers, whether through historical societies, community museums, cultural centres or primary schools. These groups work hard to gather and preserve historical materials and memories, and are passionate about telling their local stories.”
A full list of grant recipients is available on Public Record Office Victoria’s website[1]

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