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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

World Class Decoration for National Trust Flagship

27 July 1997

The restoration of Ayers House in Adelaide is one of 17 heritage projects of national significance to receive funding of $481 000 from the National Estate Grants Program.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says a grant of $50 000 to the National Trust of South Australia will enable Ayers House to be restored to its original condition and increase the site's cultural significance.

"The National Trust will use the grant to help uncover the original painted decoration to the walls and ceilings of the nationally significant heritage building.

"There are few examples in South Australia of the kind of internal painted decoration which exists at present in only one room at Ayers House, although many rooms were once decorated.

"When completed, Ayers House will contain the best example of world-class decoration in South Australia and serve as a showcase for conservation technology and expertise.

"Other projects I am announcing today include the conservation of Ballarat's Eureka Stockade monuments, Fremantle Prison's Anglican Chapel facade, the historical Wool Scour at Blackall in Queensland and Norfolk Island's St Barnabas Chapel.

"Five grants, totalling $119 975, will help identify or conserve significant indigenous heritage places such as the Byrock Rock holes in New South Wales.

"A grant of $20 000 will assist the Hobart Hebrew Congregation to carry out urgent restoration on Australia's oldest synagogue which dates back to 1843."

Ayers House is a grand 19th-century residence listed in the Register of the National Estate. Construction of the house began in 1846, and it became the home of seven-time South Australian Premier, Sir Henry Ayers, and his family from 1855 to 1897.

The National Estate Grants Program is a Commonwealth program which provides financial assistance for projects which identify, document, conserve or educate people about Australia's National Estate. The program is administered by the Australian Heritage Commission.

A list of the projects announced today is attached.

Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Louisa Eastmead (Communication Section) 06 217 2113
Jane Foulcher (Register Section) 06 217 2176
27 July 1997

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