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Community Heritage Grant Success for Lithgow Library

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Lithgow City Council Library Service is thrilled to be a recipient of a Community Heritage Grant for its Local Studies Section.

The funding will be used to undertake a preservation needs assessment of the Local Studies collection to ensure that nationally significant material will be available for future generations.

A Significance Assessment conducted by Roslyn Russell in 2016 found that: “The nationally significant story of Lithgow as the ‘cradle of Australian industry’ is well represented in the Lithgow Local Studies Collection, with records of coal mines, the railway, iron and steel works, meat works, pottery and brickmaking, a woollen mill, and the Small Arms Factory. The collection also holds records of workers’ organisations such as the Eight and Six Hours Day and Labour Day Committees and the Amalgamated Engineering Union. Australia’s involvement in war is also featured in the collection, which includes significant records relating to Indigenous serviceman Douglas Grant, and an officer’s training notebook compiled by Lieutenant Frederick Brown MC in 1917.”… Read more

SOURCE: Lithgow City Council – Council Connections Community Newsletter