RSLs get help to preserve military history

Published on 29 August 2018

Priceless military objects such as medals, war diaries, art work, military equipment and uniforms will get a new lease on life with Beechworth and Rutherglen RSL Sub-Branches announced as successful candidates for the Veterans Heritage Project.

The Veterans Heritage Project is funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The project gives ex-service organisations funding and training to help protect, preserve and increase access to their military history.

Beechworth and Rutherglen RSLs will each receive $5,000 in funding and ten days of training and support to preserve their collections.

Indigo Shire Council’s Burke Museum and Cultural Heritage Manager Cameron Auty said we have significant collections in North East Victoria.

"This is a big win for Indigo Shire. The Veterans Heritage Project will provide grant funding, training and on-site collection management assistance to the RSLs to help them care for and digitise their memorabilia collections.”

 “The RSLs have done a great job protecting and displaying the objects, some of them since the First World War. Participating in the Veterans Heritage Project will bring the objects to a much wider audience by sharing them online and ensure that the RSLs have best practice advice and equipment going forward,” Mr Auty said.  

Previous participants in the program have unearthed wonderful stories and significant artefacts, and the project often brings hidden objects out into the public view for the first time in a century. 

Mr Auty will take part in the projects with the two RSLs, ensuring that Indigo Shire Council continues to provide support to local community collecting organisations.