These Grants, which are awarded from time to time for projects related to South Australia’s history, make possible projects that might not otherwise even get off the ground. The Historical Society of South Australia actively strives to support projects that promote the study, recording, writing and exhibition of South Australia’s stories.

The HSSA Grants Scheme has been in abeyance for a few years but was offered again from 2022. Applications are open for 2023 and will close on March 31. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2023.

A sample application form is available here.

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Grants for history projects 2022

The Historical Society of SA was very pleased to be able to reinstitute its Annual Grants Scheme for 2022. The nine applicants were all awarded the amounts they requested, to the total of $8534 and all have been notified of their success.

Their projects and requests are:

  • the social and ecological transformation of the Renmark district (Erawirung country) through orange-growing in the post-war period, 1948 to 1971; the topic (Amanda Wells, University of Newcastle PhD candidate).
  • the publication of a monograph, Encounters, that explores accounts of Indigenous sovereignty and includes accounts of water culture in the lower Murray River and research into the Kaurna people (Karen O’Brien, University of Sydney).
  • assistance for editing, layout and image fees for the book Dr John Woodforde … and six parrot puddings. Dr John Woodforde died in 1866 (Robert Kirk, Yankalilla).
  • towards publication costs of South Australia: 1919– Essays from the Professional Historians Association (SA) (Professional Historians Association [SA]).
  • towards a commissioned history for the 100th anniversary celebration, A Bold Story Well Proven (Knights of the Southern Cross (SA) Inc).
  • towards travel and archival research costs for the publication of Johann Ferdinand Mueller’s (1813–1891) autobiography (Samuel Doering, Truro).
  • for copying and reproduction expenses for an exhibition in the south-west of Adelaide for the 2023 History Festival called ‘Re-imagining Burford Close: a Housing Trust Community’ (City of Adelaide Local History Group).
  • for digitising ‘The History Project’, 1970 to 2000, by a professional archivist to meet Trove and State Library of SA standards. The records are of the Old Town of Hindmarsh: Bowden, Brompton, Ovingham, Croydon, West Hindmarsh and Hindmarsh village (Hindmarsh Residents’ Association Community Archive Inc.).
  • support for writing a biography and exegesis, ‘Women in leadership/commerce: colonial businesswomen 1834 to 1901, Adelaide, SA’, including questions about Kaurna women’s trading (Ani Peters, Christies Beach)

HSSA Council, April 2022