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Armidale and District Historical Society receives Stronger Communities Funding

Armidale and District Historical Society receives Stronger Communities Funding

Armidale Regional Council has approved funding of $3,970 for the Armidale and District Historical Society to publish an index to the journals published by the Society.

The funding support has come from Council’s Stronger Communities Grants program which was a one-off allocation from the State Government provided to Councils that have undertaken mergers in NSW.

Armidale Regional Council Administrator Dr Ian Tiley said that the funding will not only benefit the Society directly, but will also bring cultural, historical and economic benefits to the region.

“The Society has produced an annual journal since its formation in 1959,” Dr Tiley said. “This is a hugely valuable historic reference publication for the district. An updated, comprehensive index is an invaluable guide to accessing content.”

The project to publish a current third edition of the index will continue the development of historical research and reporting of the Armidale district - increasing the greater social and cultural understanding of our community. It has been compiled and made ready for printing and publication by a number of professionally trained volunteers.

The publications are distributed locally and also to organisations and libraries across Australia. They are a valuable resource for schools and other educational institutions, and a tool for the community to access historical information.

“Council is keen to be able to support worthwhile community projects and especially those which bring long-term lasting benefits,” Dr Tiley said. “This project will contribute to the preservation of history in Armidale and the surrounding district – a community priority for many years.”

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the index would help knit together a greater understanding of the state and the region’s early years.

“From the tens of thousands of years of Anaiwan history, to European settlement from 1832, the Armidale district has an important place in the development of the route to Brisbane,” Mr Marshall said.

Understanding our community better will help locals and those who are interested in the early years of squatters and land leases.

“This index of journals will make the rich research published by the Armidale and District Historical Society much easier to access, and hopefully further our understanding of our region’s history.”

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