What it takes to win! Local History Grant recipients in profile
The Bayside Library Service and Stonnington History Centre were both awarded Local History Grants in 2013-2014 to digitise newspapers for publishing through Trove, the National Library of Australia’s online newspaper database.
The National Library of Australia undertakes paid newspaper digitising projects by community groups and organisations. The Local History Grants awarded to the Bayside Library and Stonnington History Centre have given the organisations the opportunity to digitise the Brighton Southern Cross from 1896 to 1913 and the Prahran Chronicle from 1882-1906.
The Brighton Southern Cross: bringing a whirlwind of history into the 20th Century!
There aren’t many Brighton residents who will remember the cyclone which ripped through the area early in the afternoon on Saturday 2 February, 1918. The cyclone brought down houses and giant trees but amazingly, only killed two people. The Brighton Southern Cross newspaper, which is already available on Trove from 1914-1918, includes numerous accounts of lucky escapes, injured people, overturned boats and damage caused by flying debris from the cyclone.
Just imagine how many more stories will be unearthed with the inclusion of the years 1896 to 1913 – made possible thanks to a Local History Grant.
The project to digitise the Brighton Southern Cross newspaper from 1896 to 1913 was initiated and will be overseen by members of Bayside History Network representing the following local historical community groups: Sandringham and District Historical Society Inc, Brighton Historical Society Inc, Friends of Black Rock House, Brighton Cemetorians, Friends of Cheltenham and Regional Cemeteries and the Bayside Library Service.
The Bayside History Network’s next goal is to have the first decades of the paper digitised, from 1879 to 1895.
The Prahran Chronicle: chock-full of vintage gems to rival those found at the Chapel Street Bazaar!
Prahran is renowned for its beautiful architectural landmarks and swish shopping emporiums. Many of these buildings are still used commercially and most are heritage listed. Did you know a large fire destroyed one of the most renowned stores, the Colosseum, in 1914? Damage was estimated at over £100,000 and according to a January 1914 Prahran Chronicle article, the massive fire broke out due to an absence of watchmen. The Colosseum was replaced soon after by the more imposing structure which stands today.
The digitising of the 1882-1906 Prahran Chronicle newspapers will begin soon. This has been made possible thanks to a Local History Grant.
The project to digitise the Prahran Chronicle has been initiated by the Stonnington History Centre.
The Local History Grants Program
The Local History Grants Program provides small grants to community organisations to support the cost of projects that preserve record or publish Victorian local history. The program is administered by Public Record Office Victoria and will distribute several small grants for projects in the 2014-15 financial year.
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Written by: Lee Hooper, access services officer