Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced $5,000 in support for Rylstone and District Historical Society Inc’s project to publish a new local history of the Rylstone district.
This project is one of 18 projects funded by the NSW Government through the 2022 Royal Australian Historical Society Cultural Grants Program round.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said that the funding for Rylstone and District Historical Society Inc’s project will ensure an important part of Rylstone’s heritage is remembered.
“We are delighted that the NSW Government is investing in the preservation of Rylstone’s story by acknowledging this unique part of our local history,” Mr Toole said.
The Royal Australian Historical Society Grants General Manager Suzanne Holohan said the program empowers local volunteer organisations to research and share their histories.
“These grants are vital in supporting local communities to promote the history of the people and places of NSW,” Ms Holohan said.
“They benefit the volunteers in the history sector, increasing the understanding of history in NSW, and building community involvement in the practice of history. It energises and engages communities through building new skills, sharing information, creating authentic stories that help develop stronger communities.”
Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said the funding will support greater access to and engagement of history projects across NSW, creating new opportunities for professionals in the field.
“The NSW Government is proud to invest in the State’s rich cultural history. By supporting our local history and heritage experts to undertake research, conservation and publication of their skilled work, we continue to safeguard NSW’s incredible past and share our unique stories for generations to come,” Mr Franklin said.
Currently in its sixth year, the fund offers a total of almost $60,000 through grants of up to $5,000 per project to assist local historical societies and similar bodies to undertake historical research and create new publications.