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The first round of the small-scale community grants was launched in September 2003 through direct mail and advertisement in The West Australian newspaper. Applications closed on 21 November 2003 and successful applications announced by the Premier on 29th December 2003 as part of the launch of the 175th anniversary program.

The objectives of this round of grants were to :

  • Promote public awareness of our history and heritage;
  • Celebrate the achievements of all sections of the Western Australian community;
  • Recognise the diversity of our population;
  • Encourage balanced debate about the past, the present and the future for Western Australia;
  • Educate the public about our heritage; and
  • Foster a sense of ownership and pride in our State.

The 175th Anniversary Grants were awarded to small scale projects of up to $5000 that leave a legacy of ongoing significance, eg publications, research, exhibitions. They were not available to fund salaries or to support celebratory events.

14 projects were funded for total cost of $65,565


  1. Andrew Gentile
    To produce a book in the form of a photographic record of the Swan River's upper reaches from Guildford to its beginnings in Walyunga National Park, including the town of Guildford. Book will record wild life, bridges, landscape, people, architecture, as it is today, and in the process talk about the early exploration of the Swan and its historical importance in the settlement of the Swan River Colony.
    Amount: $5000
    Completion Date: October 2004

  2. Australian Railway Historical Society
    The production of a series of display panels to mark the history and impact of the railways on WA in the year of the Centenary of the WAGR Workshops in Midland, the 125th Anniversary of the completion of the first Government railway in WA (Geraldton to Northampton), the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of the first mainline diesels in WA and the commencement of services of the last large batch of imported passenger carriages.
    Amount: $1265
    Completion Date: July 2004

  3. Australian Women's Land Army (WA Branch)
    Collection and organisation of historical information about the Australian Women's Land Army (Western Australian Branch). Material will include listings of personnel, photos, gazettes, letters and oral histories. Collection will be exhibited through the public library system.
    Amount: $5000
    Completion Date: October 2004

  4. Cue Outback Festival
    To assist in the writing and production of a new dramatic work, Spinifex and Sand, David W Carnegie's celebrated account of five years spent on the goldfields and in the far interior of Western Australia (1892-1897). This will be performed as part of Qfest 2004.
    Amount: $5000
    Completion Date: October 2004

  5. Dr Patrick Bertola and Dr Pamela Sharpe
    Curtin University and University of Western Australia. Transcription book of oral history interview undertaken in the eastern goldfields communities of Gwalia and Leonora. The project interviewed people who lived in the community prior to the closure of the first Sons of Gwalia mine in 1963. Interviews were carried out by a professional oral historian and are now awaiting transcription and will be available in local libraries and museums.
    Amount: $5000
    Completion Date: April 2004

  6. Gnowangerup District High School
    The students and teachers have developed a Bush Tucker Garden and as a part of the Centenary of the Shire in 2004, they will develop the garden into a visitors' site providing information for the general public on the plants but also on other features and historical information about the area. They plan to encapsulate a history of the town from both Aboriginal and Pioneer points of view.
    Amount: $5000
    Completion Date: September 2004

  7. Irwin District Historical Society
    The construction of an exhibition area at the rear of Old Police Station Museum. The exhibition will feature "Lost Trades" - farrier, fettler, tank maker, blacksmith, craypot builder, hand shearer, and tinsmith - all necessary trades in the early European settlement of the Irwin District.
    Amount: $5000
    Completion Date: September 2004

  8. Kalannie Community Telecentre
    To record the history of the Kalannie Community which will be 75 years old in 2004. The project will feature oral histories of some of the early identifies of the area.
    Amount $5000
    Completion Date: October 2004

  9. Lesmurdie Primary School
    To undertake the production of a mosaic wall mural involving all children from the school and depicting the various activities that have been undertaken in the community from the beginning of the suburb through to the present day. It will highlight the achievements and the contribution of migrants in the area, significant landmarks and the flora and fauna of the area.
    Completion Date: July 2004

  10. Louise Lodge
    A program of painting, drawing and photography excursions in summer and sprint 2004. Working with artist Louise Lodge, the group will focus on key river sites and parks around the Swan River. The program will enable participants to explore the significance of our natural environment through art, to develop skills and to share the discoveries with other through an exhibition of all participants' work at the conclusion of the program.
    Amount $5000
    Completion Date: November 2004

  11. Mundaring and Hills Historical Society
    Chidlow is one of a dozen villages that grew up along the route of the former Eastern Railway through what is now the Shire of Mundaring. Chidlow was also the last stopping point, prior to entering Perth, for the Governor's train carrying WA's first constitution and the promise of responsible government in 1890. The project involves the design and construction of a public artwork and associated landscaping to mark the 175th anniversary and Proclamation Day 2004.
    Amount: $4800
    Completion Date: October 2004

  12. New Norcia Education Centre
    To develop a display focussing on the Aboriginal people at New Norcia (the Yuat people) and food. The exhibition will have tell two complimentary stories - on one side the story of the bush tucker of the local Yuat people and on the other side, that of the food during New Norcia's time as an Aboriginal Mission from 1846 to 1970.
    Amount: $5000
    Completion Date: September 2004

  13. Swan River Pioneers
    To produce a CD database of Western Australia's first arrivals in the Swan River Colony between 1829 -1838 including early shipping passenger lists. To produce a CD database of early government records. To produce a CD database containing a full transcription of the 1833 Perth Gazette with a database of names and subjects.
    Completion Date: December 2004

  14. The West Australian Quilters' Association
    In September the WAQA will hold an exhibition called "Women's Work". It will be held at the City of Melville's Heathcote Museum and Gallery. This will be the first ever exhibition of WA's quilt history. In conjunction with the exhibition a catalogue containing the history of quilt making in Western Australia and photographs and descriptions of the quilts as well as the social history of the women who made them.
    Amount: $5000
    Completion Date: September 2004


Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.