SHAP de­liv­ers for hunt­ing archive

Field and Game - - NEWS EXTRA -

A $40 000 grant to make Aus­tralia’s hunt­ing history more ac­ces­si­ble is the first pos­i­tive out­comes from the Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion Plan.

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment grant to the Wet­lands En­vi­ron­men­tal Task­force will en­sure the Aus­tralian Na­tional Hunt­ing Archive, Aus­tralia’s most com­pre­hen­sive and valu­able collection of works on the so­cial history of hunt­ing, is dig­i­tally in­dexed and ac­ces­si­ble.

The collection cur­rently con­tains more than 4500 books and 20 000 paper and elec­tronic doc­u­ments that demon­strate the role hunt­ing has played over time in the Aus­tralian so­cial fab­ric.

Vic­to­ria’s first game man­ager, Max Downes, has worked tire­lessly over many years to ac­cu­mu­late the im­pres­sive collection and is pas­sion­ate about en­abling the pub­lic to bet­ter un­der­stand the eco­log­i­cal and so­cial role that hunt­ing wildlife has had in the history of Aus­tralia.

The Archive doc­u­ments the ex­pe­ri­ence of Arthur Bent­ley BEM who au­thored the de­fin­i­tive text on Wild Deer in Aus­tralia in 1967 and who was recog­nised for ser­vices to Aus­tralian hunt­ing in the Queens Birth­day Hon­ours List in 1975. It also in­cludes the works of Otto Ruf, one of Aus­tralia’s best known taxi­der­mists.

Sup­ported by Field & Game Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian Deer As­so­ci­a­tion, the fun­da­men­tal pur­pose of the archive is to pre­serve im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal records for the study of hunt­ing as part of Aus­tralia’s en­vi­ron­men­tal history. “The Aus­tralian Na­tional Hunt­ing Archive is a project for all Aus­tralians who un­der­stand that hunt­ing has been and re­mains an im­por­tant part of our na­tion’s so­cial, cultural and tra­di­tional her­itage,” Vic­to­rian Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford said. “The fund­ing is part of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion

Plan which is a $5.3 mil­lion in­vest­ment to sup­port and guide the game hunt­ing in­dus­try’s long term growth.”

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