Historical funding to help trace your ancestors

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke.

The Cowra Family History Group is set to embark on a new historical research project thanks to new funding from the NSW Government, announced today by Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin.

The group will receive $3,525 in funding to publish the transcribed entries of St John's Baptisms, Marriages and Burials register from 1879, enabling families with early connections to the Cowra district to access information not formerly available due to the registers being held by the church.

This research will also pave the way for new walking tours and the digitisation of a variety of exhibitions and information.

“This is a fascinating project from the Cowra Family History Group that will add a great deal of colour and depth to the existing published history of the region,” Ms Cooke said.

“I’m eager to see the outcome of the project and look forward to helping the public learn more about the stories and heritage that have helped define our vibrant community.”

The Cultural Grants program is a multi-year (2016-2018) Create NSW funding initiative administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS).

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said that the Cultural Grants program offers an important opportunity to expand the knowledge and understanding of local history and heritage across the state.

“NSW has a rich history and it’s through projects like these that we are able to unearth and share fascinating insights across the State, often for the first time.

“This round of funding will provide essential help for a great number of skilled historians across NSW and I’m excited to see what comes out of the respective projects,” he said.

Currently in its third year, the fund offers a total of $50,000 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.