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Funds to Highlight Australian 'Greats'

1 July 2010 at 11:14 am
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Seven 'great' Australians to be recognised for their contribution to Australia in the inaugural $100,000 Commemorating Eminent Australians program funding.

Staff Reporter | 1 July 2010 at 11:14 am


Funds to Highlight Australian 'Greats'
1 July 2010 at 11:14 am

Mary MacKillop and Governor Lachlan Macquarie are among seven great Australians recognised for their contribution to Australia in the inaugural $100,000 Commemorating Eminent Australians program funding.

Federal Heritage Minister, Peter Garrett, says funding will be used to conserve, interpret and restore memorials to eminent Australians and will help draw attention to those who have made a significant contribution to Australia's history.

As part of this program, $20,000 will go towards developing content for a computer-based interactive educational program on Mary MacKillop’s achievements.

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens, says that the investment is particularly timely in light of the upcoming canonization of Blessed Mary MacKillop later this year.

Minister Garrett also announced funding for two different projects celebrating the legacy of Governor Lachlan Macquarie to mark 200 years since Governor Macquarie arrived in Australia.

The first grant is for works to Macquarie’s tomb on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, the second is for interpretative signage at the Major General Lachlan Macquarie statue located at McQuade Park, Windsor.

Grants have also been made to undertake repairs, perform restoration work and enhance the memory of explorer John McDouall Stuart, sporting legend Les Darcy, Prime Minister Ben Chifley, astronomer John Tebbutt, as well as the restoration of the Corridor of Oaks at Faulconbridge commemorating Australia’s Prime Ministers.

Approvals for the first round of Commemorating Eminent Australians program funding include:

Governor Macquarie (1762-1824). Funding of $10,000 for the conservation, interpretation and access to Governor Macquarie’s tomb, Isle of Mull, Scotland. Macquarie was Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821, and has been described as “The Father of Australia”. Funding of $7,710 to install interpretive panels at the Governor Macquarie statue located in Mcquade Park, Windsor.

John McDouall Stuart (1815-1866). Funding of $11,323 to restore John McDouall Stuart’s grave and prevent water damage to his grave site in Kensal Green cemetery, London. Stuart was one of Australia’s greatest inland explorers, who completed the first European crossing of Australia from Adelaide to Van Diemen Gulf in 1862.

John Tebbutt (1834-1916). Funding of $11,112 to preserve the original roof of John Tebbutt’s 1894 Observatory which housed his telescopes, as well as restoring the floor. Tebbutt was an internationally recognised astronomer who constructed several observatories on the family property, the Peninsula, at Windsor.

Mary MacKillop (1842-1909). Funding of $20,000 for content development for interactive computers installed in the Memorial Chapel and Museum of Mary MacKillop in North Sydney.

Ben Chifley (1885 –1951). Funding of $8,767 to restore paving at former Prime Minister Ben Chifley’s home in Bathurst. The Chifley Home contains the original furnishings and many personal effects of Ben and Elizabeth Chifley as well as significant memorabilia of the Chifley era.

Les Darcy (1895-1917). Funding of $9,090 to conserve boxing legend Les Darcy’s burial vault in Maitland Catholic Cemetery, including reconstruction works, drainage and restoration of lettering and the cross on his monument.

Corridor of Oaks (1934 – ). Funding of $16,345 to restore the Corridor of Oaks at Faulconbridge NSW, which honours 25 Australian Prime Ministers. Each Prime Minister has an oak tree and plaque to commemorate their leadership. The project includes landscape restoration, reconstruction and specialist care of the trees.

The second funding round of Commemorating Eminent Australians is now open for applications until Friday 13 August 2010.

Visit for details about the program, guidelines, and list of funding recipients.

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