Work to preserve our community history for generations to come in Nuggety has begun, thanks to the support of the 2019 Local History Grants Program.

Nuggetty Landcare Group has received $7,200 for collection of local oral histories as part of the Nuggetty Landscape History Project.

This project will enable commencement of the transcription of oral histories recorded as part of the Nuggetty Landscape History Project. This began in 2013 with the aim of engaging local landowners in sharing individual knowledge, developing an archive of their connection to the land and charting changes over time.

Previous work has included photography of the landscape and current land use, compilation of photos, maps, rainfall charts, diaries, family histories, and the production of calendars for 2017 and 2018. Thirty-three oral histories have been recorded, the crucial step of transcribing the recordings requires purchase of equipment and the employment of a professional who has the capacity and relevant local knowledge to ensure robust transcriptions of the oral histories.

On completion, a substantial archive will be deposited with Maldon Museum & Archives (MMAA).

The Nuggetty Landcare Group was one of 49 community groups which shared in $350,000 worth of local history grants.

The Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge has also received funding for their work to document, preserve and display celebrating 70 years since the first billy cart race at Monument Hill

The Local History Grants Program is part of the Public Record Office Victoria’s ongoing support for community organisations and volunteers who work to preserve, record or publish our shared local history.

A full list of grant recipients is available at

 “The Local History Grants Program is all about helping dedicated community organisations do the important job of collecting and preserving Victoria’s fascinating history for future generations.”

“The broad range of activities being undertaken by these groups shows that our stories can be shared in innovative and accessible ways, for the ultimate benefit of all Victorians.” 

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP