Monday 9th October 2017
A major project being undertaken by Echuca Historical Society Inc (EHS) took a step further with the announcement of a funding grant of $14 927 from the Local History Grants Program.
For the past three years volunteers of EHS have been working on the project which aims to fully digitize archiving of the Riverine Herald.
Leader of the Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter visited the museum to congratulate President Dot Hammond on receiving the grant.
Mr Walsh said the funding will allow the society to digitize 6464 pages of the Riverine Herald which covers the period 1998 up to April 1999.”
“The preservation of the Riverine Herald chronicles the mysteries triumphs hardships and characters that make up the history of Echuca and is very important work.
“The grant also recognises the professionalism and ongoing contribution of the volunteers of EHS in preserving the history of Echuca for generations to come.
Ms Hammond said that the society has worked hard on this project and to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel was fantastic.
“For a long time we had no idea of the whereabouts of the films but working with Public Records Victoria State Libraries Victoria and NSW we were able to ascertain that NSW had them” she said.
To complete the digitization through to 2005 EHS will require approximately another $70 000 and Mr Walsh said he will continue to support EHS in sourcing the additional funding to finish the project.
The Local History Grants program is managed by the Public Record Office Victoria.
The Echuca Historical Society operates from the Echuca Museum in Dickson Street and volunteers are always needed. For further detail phone 54 80 1325.