Friends Of Bella Vista Farm Receives NSW Government Grant

The Friends of Bella Vista Farm will be able to digitise and collate their photographic collection after receiving support funding from the NSW Government’s Cultural Grants program.

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said $1160 will be provided to the Friends of Bella Vista Farm under the 2016 program, which is being administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government.

“I am pleased that funding is being provided to support the [local history society]’s work, which helps members of the community, particularly our younger generations, gain greater awareness of local, state and national history,” Mr Elliott said.

Friends of Bella Vista Farm President Graham Rawstron said the funding would provide a valuable opportunity to preserve the history of the farm.

“By digitising our documents, we can ensure these records are maintained for future generations and not lost to the ravages of time,” Mr Rawstron said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the Friends of Bella Vista Farm is one of 24 historical societies and community organisations that have been allocated funding under the Cultural Grants program.

“The themes of the projects being funded by the 2016 Cultural Grants program revolve around community history, how local institutions fared during the two World Wars as well as the history of significant of local landmarks,” Mr Grant said.

“These grants support research being carried out by local historians and the publication of their findings as well as the preservation and digitisation of publications that have chronicled local happenings and events over many decades.”