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

Norman Lindsay Gallery Gets Helping Hand

27 July 1997

The conservation of the Norman Lindsay Gallery in the Blue Mountains is one of 17 projects to share in funding of $481 000 from the National Estate Grants Program.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says a grant of $36 000 to the New South Wales branch of the National Trust of Australia will help conserve and manage the famous Norman Lindsay Gallery and etching studio at Faulconbridge.

"The considerable heritage significance of the gallery, Lindsay's house, studio and grounds, was recognised in 1993 when the site was listed on the Register of the National Estate.

"A nationally famous and controversial artist, whose life was explored in the feature film Sirens, Norman Lindsay lived and worked at Faulconbridge between 1912 and his death in 1969.

"The house also has associations with the original owner, Francis Foy of the prominent Mark Foys Sydney department store family, who originally developed the property in 1900.

"A grant of $8 000 will enable the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to protect and interpret the culturally significant water holes in the western New South Wales town of Byrock.

"Other grants I am announcing today will help conserve heritage places such as the Anglican Chapel at Fremantle Prison, the Blackall Wool Scour in Queensland, St Barnabas Chapel on Norfolk Island and Ayers House, the former home of seven-time South Australian Premier, Sir Henry Ayers.

"A grant of $20 000 will assist the Hobart Hebrew Congregation to carry out urgent conservation work on Australia's oldest synagogue which dates back to 1843."

The National Estate Grants Program is a Commonwealth program which provides financial assistance for projects of national importance which identify, document, conserve or educate people about our National Estate. The program is administered by the Australian Heritage Commission.

A list of all the projects announced today is attached.

Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Louisa Eastmead (Australian Heritage Commission) 06 217 2113
27 July 1997

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