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Just the ticket

Wednesday, 16th November, 2011

 By Erica Visser

The Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum has received a $6000 grant that will go towards assessing the valuable items from the Silverton Tramway Company that it holds in its collection.

The money will pay for an assessor to determine how to best preserve the items which include scrolls, trains and railway equipment.

Secretary Treasurer, Christine Adams, said that the grant was the first step in ensuring that local history was preserved.

“I realised we needed assistance in preserving our important maps and so on,” Ms Adams said.

“The assessor will tell us how we can go about doing this.”

Ms Adams said the next step was to apply for another round of funding in order to implement the assessor’s recommendations.

“It’s very encouraging for the next grant,” she said. 

“The fact that we’ve been given this grant recognises that we’ve got items of historical importance to protect.”

Ms Adams spent part of last week in Canberra participating in workshops in paper preservation.

She said her intention for the non-for-profit organisation was for it to be recognised as historically important at a national level.

The museum, which was once the city’s central railway station, is now a popular tourist attraction.

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