Cataloguing the history
THE Isis District Historical Society was successful in its application for an Everyone’s Environment Grant from the Queensland Environment and Heritage Protection.
Childers Old Pharmacy collection is owned by the Bundaberg Regional Council and the IDHS manages the collection for the council.
Old Pharmacy volunteer and co-ordinator Bev Santacaterina said her team kept the council informed on work being carried out.
“One of our responsibilities is to work with the policy for collection management and to continue the established industry practices as per the standards review program with Museums & Gallery Services Queensland,” Mrs Santacaterina said.
“When we reported back to the Bundaberg Regional Council tourism development officer after official confirmation from EHP, staff at the time wanted to change what we originally applied for, so we tweaked the original application and the department was happy with that.
“This process held us up, taking four months to do.”
In May 2015 a consultant was invited to oversee the cataloguing of the Old Pharmacy collection.
“This was a mammoth task for the volunteers; they have been busy for the past six months,” she said.
The second stage was to engage a conservator to carry out a preservation needs assessment of the pharmacy, and workshops for volunteers.
“These are closed workshops and are for the volunteers who work at the Old Pharmacy and IDHS complex,” Mrs Santacaterina said.
“As volunteer and co-ordinator of the Old Pharmacy I find the position really busy and sometimes it’s a challenge, but in the big picture, we have a unique piece of history here in Childers and we have to look after this collection and promote its story to the visitors to Childers.”
OLD PHARMACY: Volunteer Tracey Heard enjoys giving visitors a tour of the Old Pharmacy in Childers.