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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Media Release
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

20 April 2004

New funds for South Australia's pioneering heritage

Nine places evocative of South Australia's pioneering history, including the cemetery of South Australia's first official colonial settlement, will receive Australian Government funding to help conserve them for future generations.

Announcing this today, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said a total of $549,465 would be given to South Australian heritage site projects through the Australian Government's Cultural Heritage Projects Program (CHPP).

“This program is designed to give a financial ‘helping hand' to individuals, community groups and local governments who are working hard to conserve their important heritage places,” Dr Kemp said.

“South Australia is a fascinating state with a distinctive history. The places to receive funding reflect this heritage and can tell us many stories about the state's free settlement, its copper mining, winemaking, rail and river transport, and the life of its wealthier residents.

“One of these places is the Pioneer Cemetery at Reeves Point on Kangaroo Island . Reeves Point was the first official colonial settlement site in South Australia before the South Australian Company abandoned it in favour of Adelaide. Those associated with the cemetery include the mother of the first person to disembark from the barque, the Duke of York when it arrived in 1836.

“History tells us that a sailor aboard the Duke of York carried the child ashore and placed her footprints in the sand, making her the first settler to step onto the new settlement. $14,960 of CHPP funds will help to conserve and interpret the site.

“South Australia is well-known for its successful winemaking industry. This is a heritage of which the state can be justly proud as its story stretches back to the mid 1800s. One of the state's most historic wineries, the Stonegarden Winery at Eden Valley will receive $14,517 in CHPP funds to help conserve one of its most significant heritage structures. This winery was built in the 1860s for David Randall's South Rhine Estate winery. In 1945, it was bought by the Hamilton wine family which is credited with founding the wine industry in South Australia.”

Dr Kemp said one of the state's most well-known homes - Ayers House Museum on North Terrace in Adelaide - would also receive funding from the Australian Government.

“I am delighted to say that this elegant museum will receive $90,000 to help conserve its summer sitting room – one of a suite of rooms built underneath the main house as a retreat from the summer heat,” he said. “Ayers house is an outstanding reminder of the wealth and influence attained by some of the colony's early settlers. In fact, Sir Henry Ayers, who lived in this house with his family, served seven times as the colony's premier and was a dominant force in the colony's business, mining and political life.

“These grants will invigorate many of Australia's valued heritage places by providing resources to help protect them for future generations,” he said.

A list of CHPP projects is attached.

Cultural Heritage Funding Information

The CHPP is open to not-for-profit and community groups, local government bodies and private owners of heritage properties. Projects eligible for funding relate to the conservation of nationally significant places listed in the Register of the National Estate and the Register's Interim List, or on a state heritage register.

Other projects in South Australia that will receive this year's CHPP grants.

Commonwealth of Australia