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Norfolk Island to receive National Estate Grant from Federal Government



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[Michael Ronaldson. Parliamentary Secretary] [Departmental]

R e l e a s eTHE HON ALEX SC Minister for Regional Development, Territories and 1 5 March SI 8/98

NORFOLK ISLAND TO RECEIVE NATIONAL ESTATE GRANT FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The Territories Minister, Alex Somlyay, said today that he was pleased to hear that a grant o f $20,000 will be made to stabilise two Second Settlement buildings at Longridge Outstation, Norfolk Island.

"The buildings at Norfolk Island are amongst twenty-nine heritage places throughout Australia to receive grants from the Federal Government under the 1997-98 National Estate Grants Programme recently announced by the M inister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill", M r Somlyay said.

These two Second Settlement buildings are included on the Register o f the National Estate and are situated on private land. The cookhouse was built around 1839 and it is believed to be the earliest surviving building o f the Longridge agricultural establishment. The ration store and bakehouse was built at about the same time and is built o f rubble and calcarenite with massive calcarenite sills and headstones. It is divided into two rooms, the northern room being the bakehouse and the southern room the ration store.

"The success o f this application by the Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area M anagement Board follows on from the grant o f $38,000 to St Barnabas' Chapel on Norfolk Island to assist with the restoration and conservation o f the stained glass rose window and lancet window," Mr Somlyay said.

The National Estate Grants Programme is a Commonwealth Government programme that provides financial assistance for projects which identify, document, conserve or educate people about our National Estate. The Australian Heritage Commission, the Government's adviser on conserving the National Estate, administers the Programme.

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