Funding keeps Anzac story alive

MEMORIAL: President of the Proserpine Historical Society Don Kurowski and secretary Gay Gillies welcome a $14,000 grant to the Proserpine Museum.
MEMORIAL: President of the Proserpine Historical Society Don Kurowski and secretary Gay Gillies welcome a $14,000 grant to the Proserpine Museum. Peter Carruthers

THE Proserpine Historical Museum Society has been recognised as an icon which will preserve the Anzac spirit for generations.

This is why it made the cut as one of 16 organisations across Queensland to qualify for a $14,000 grant.

It was awarded through round three of the Queensland Anzac Centenary Spirit of Service grants program.

The grant will allow the Museum to review World War I memorabilia and provide additional volunteer training.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the support would provide a more engaging historical experience for tourists and local people.

"The Queensland Government is helping communities reflect on 100 years since the First World War, as well as recognising other significant military anniversaries,” she said.

"With the help of this funding, this local organisation will also be able to complete database updates and install exhibition interpretation boards to better inform and engage museum visitors.”

North Queensland Museum Development Officer Ewen McPhee said the funding would help inform people on how World War I unfolded on a local level.

"The ability to actually interpret these (memorabilia) will allow us to not only talk about the people who went to fight in the First World War, but what was happening in and around Proserpine in 1914-1919,” he said.

"Its about recording and preserving the important stories of the first World War I whether they are photographs, personal items and all sorts of other significant stories around that as well.”

Mr McPhee's role is to visit Museums across North Queensland and train volunteers on best museum practice.

"That includes how to look after new displays and how to store objects and artefacts appropriately,” he said.

Round six of the Lasting Legacies grants program, offering grants between $20,001 and $80,000 to commemorate the Anzac legacy, is also open and application will close January 28 2018.

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