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

Fremantle Prison's Chapel Gets a Helping Hand

27 July 1997

Restoring the facade of the Anglican Chapel at Fremantle Prison is one of 17 heritage projects to share in funding of $481 000 from National Estate Grants Program.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says a grant of $45 000 to the Western Australian Department of Contract and Management Services will assist vital restoration work on the historic chapel's facade.

"Fremantle Prison's Anglican Chapel was built in 1855 and its heritage significance was recognised in 1978 when it was listed on the Register of the National Estate, along with the old sections of the Fremantle Gaol.

"The conservation work will also protect convict murals on the interior of the chapel by preventing damp in the walls.

"Behind the chapel are the punishment cells, while directly in front and across the courtyard, is the massive gatehouse with its twin two-storey towers and clock set in a central, rounded parapet above the gate.

"The complex is an important Fremantle landmark, the historical associations of which evoke a powerful sense of the past.

"A grant of $12 000 to the Mogumber Heritage Committee will fund landscape conservation at the former Mogumber Mission, as part of a larger program of works which aims to conserve the mission and promote Aboriginal heritage and tourism.

"Other grants will support work to conserve the Norman Lindsay Gallery in the Blue Mountains, the Eureka Stockade Memorials in Ballarat and Ayers House, the former home of seven-time South Australian Premier, Sir Henry Ayers.

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

"With a grant of $32 000, the Australian Council of National Trusts will conduct an audit of 20 Trust properties with a view to improving disabled access."

The National Estate Grants Program is a Commonwealth program which provides financial assistance for projects of national importance which identify, document, conserve or educate people about our 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 (Australian Heritage Commission) 06 217 2113
27 July 1997

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