Cat­a­logu­ing the his­tory

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JODIE DIXON

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.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

OLD PHAR­MACY: Vol­un­teer Tracey Heard en­joys giv­ing vis­i­tors a tour of the Old Phar­macy in Childers.

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