SHAP delivers for hunting archive
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.”