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Annual Report 1995/1996 Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory



Annual Report 1995/1996 Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory

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Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




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Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin - A conservation management plan for Fannie Bay Gaol was initiated with a heritage architecture survey being undertaken by Troppo Architects; grounds maintenance was carried out by the Department of Correctional Services. The Residency, Alice Springs - Once the home of the Central Australian Administrator, was reopened on 9 February 1996 by the Chief Minister, Shane Stone MLA. Restoration work on The Residency by architects Woods Bagot Pty Ltd and McDougall and Vines won the prestigious J.G. Knight Award (Conservation) in the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture Northern Territory Architectural Awards in June 1996. Restored according to a heritage plan, the building was refurnished (using the 1928 government inventory as a guide to the furnishings) in a style reminiscent of its original use in the 1930s as the Government Residency. However, the building still contains evidence of other periods in its history of occupation, such as the lavatories installed for the 1963 Royal Visit. The restored Residency has proved popular with Alice Springs residents and visitors alike. Discrete displays give an insight into life in Alice Springs and at The Residency in the period before the war while a special display covers visits by the British royal family to Alice Springs. The Old Courthouse, Alice Springs - A draft Conservation Plan for the Old Courthouse was completed in November 1995, and MAGNT began planning for restoration work and upgrading displays for the Pioneer Womens Hall of Fame, which presently occupies the building. Connellan Hangar, Alice Springs - The Connellan Hanger is the last remaining heritage building on the site of the old Alice Springs airstrip, now part of the Araluen heritage precinct. The Hangar contains displays of central Australian aviation memorabilia. REGIONAL MUSEUMS Objective: To provide assistance and advice to community museums and keeping places through an active Regional Museums Program. Performance: The MAGNT Regional Museums Program provides assistance and expertise for the development of displays and exhibitions, application for grant funding, curatorial research, and conservation and collections management support and advice. Regional Museums Projects East Point Military Museum - MAGNT undertook major refurbishment and installation of new displays at the East Point Military Museum to house weapons drawn from MAGNTs Territory arms and armaments collection. The scope of works included the installation of air conditioning, air locks, electrical upgrade, refurbished floor and wall coverings, state of the art security system (the display houses D classification weapons), new reception and shop area and an innovative display on the history of armaments, including the development of the Owen gun, and the role of women in World War II. Funded by the Northern Territory Heritage Trail Program. Katherine Skillion Shed - MAGNT assisted with Curatorial research, refurbished interiors, transferred farming machinery display and installed interpretive panels at the Katherine Skillion Shed, where displays feature the contribution of pioneering families of the Katherine region to the growth of the pastoral and agricultural industries. Funded by the Northern Territory Heritage Trail Program. 19

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