Grant to pre­serve cul­tural ar­chive

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ A col­lec­tion of record­ings, doc­u­ments and ob­jects of Yind­jibarndi cul­ture could be recog­nised as na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant — at least that’s what ar­chiv­ists from the Ju­luwarlu Group Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion are hop­ing.

The group has col­lected thou­sands of hours of tapes, au­dio and su­per 8 footage from the 1960s on­wards as well as old po­lice and colo­nial sec­re­tary re­ports from the 19th cen­tury.

Ju­luwarlu was last month awarded a Fed­eral com­mu­nity her­itage grant, worth $6265, which will fund a visit by for­mer Na­tional Ar­chives Aus­tralia as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Jen Ford to as­sess the col­lec­tion.

Her de­ci­sion will dic­tate the im­por­tance of the col­lec­tion, which will open up the doors to more grants to in­crease the col­lec­tion and help fund pro­cesses like digi­ti­sa­tion.

Lor­raine Cop­pin, who helped form Ju­luwarlu as an or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing Yind­jibarndi cul­ture, said the grant would sup­port ef­forts to pre­serve the ar­chive.

“While the grant pro­vides the funds, the work­shop of­fers the ex­per­tise to help us pro­tect our col­lec­tion and make it ac­ces­si­ble while it re­mains in the lo­cal con­text,” she said.

There were 75 grants dis­trib­uted around Aus­tralia this year, worth a to­tal of $438,710.

Ju­luwarlu ar­chiv­ist Noe­lene Har­ri­son also got to at­tend a three­day in­ten­sive preser­va­tion and col­lec­tion man­age­ment work­shop at the Na­tional Li­brary, the Na­tional Ar­chives of Aus­tralia, the Na­tional Mu­seum of Aus­tralia and the Na­tional Film and Sound Ar­chive in Can­berra af­ter re­ceiv­ing the grant in Can­berra.

Min­is­ter for the Arts Mitch Fifield said hav­ing the big in­sti­tu­tions in­volved in the pro­gram was vi­tal.

“Aus­tralia’s na­tional col­lect­ing in­sti­tu­tions play an im­por­tant lead­er­ship role in the pro­gram by build­ing the ca­pac­ity of the sec­tor through pro­vid­ing preser­va­tion and col­lec­tion man­age­ment work­shops where ex­perts share their in­valu­able knowl­edge … with their peers from lo­cal, re­gional and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said.

More than $5.7 mil­lion has been spent on the grants pro­gram since 1994.

Pic­ture: Ju­luwarlu Group Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion

Mem­bers of Ju­luwarlu with their grant cer­tifi­cate.

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