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

28 September 2001

Memorials to Honour Brilliant Careers


Memorials to honour the brilliant careers of early indigenous cricketers and creative artists are to be funded by the Commonwealth Government.

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage Robert Hill today announced funding for eight memorial projects in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and in the Coral Sea.

Funding comes from the Commemoration of Historic Events and Famous Persons Program, a program established to provide small grants to commemorate nationally significant people and events in addition to maintaining graves of former Australian Prime Ministers and Governor-Generals.

Senator Hill said funds would assist the West Wimmera Shire Council to mark the interment places of four members of Australia's first international cricket team that toured Britain in 1868.

"All members of this team were Aborigines and four came from the West Wimmera Shire," Senator Hill said.

"They were known as Johnny Mullagh, Tarpot, Red Cap and Dick-a-Dick and the memorials will acknowledge their historic contribution to Australian cricket."

Senator Hill also announced grants under this round of the program for memorials to celebrate the artistic contributions of two of Australia's finest creative talents of the last century. Writer Miles Franklin, who authored the novel My Brilliant Career, and Australian landscape artist and member of the famous 'Heidelberg School', Sir Arthur Streeton, will both be honored.

"Miles Franklin is a nationally important writer who wrote 18 novels, numerous short stories and articles. One of Australia's most prestigious literary prizes bears her hame - the Miles Franklin Award. Commonwealth funding will help the Hurstville Council to celebrate the achievements of Miles Franklin and to mark the fact that she spent some of her working life in Hurstville," Senator Hill said.

"Similarly, the Blue Mountains City Council plans to commemorate the outstanding artistic contribution made by Australian landscape artist, Sir Arthur Streeton. He substantially influenced the development of Australian art both individually and through his work with the Heidelberg School. The Blue Mountains has a special connection with Sir Arthur as he organised a number of bush camps for artists, many of which were held in the Blue Mountains."

Details of funds being allocated through this program are:

September 28, 2001

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