Heritage work

Much appreciated grant for window restoration

On Friday 26 May, 2017 at Footscray Town Hall, Hon Marsha Thomson (State Government of Victoria) announced two local projects to be funded by Victoria’s Living Heritage Grant 2017. In addition to $200,000 for the City of Maribyrnong to restore the Town Hall portico, Footscray Historical Society has been granted $45,000 to conserve Ercildoune’s windows. President Bill Horrocks expressed the society committee’s gratitude.

The Living Heritage Grants Program is an initiative of the Victorian Government and will support the repair and conservation of ‘at risk’ heritage places and objects identified as being of state significance, and included in the Victorian Heritage Register under the provisions of the Heritage Act 1995.


“A grant of $45,000 has been awarded to undertake urgent works to address the rotting cedar window frames at Ercildoune. Originally built for the National Bank of Australasia in 1876, the building is now owned and managed by the Footscray Historical Society, and public access is facilitated through tours, exhibitions and research opportunities. The works will mitigate further deterioration to the building’s original fabric, and will improve the insulation, and health and safety conditions of the building’s interior. . . “A river punt, a water tower, a theatre and a gun battery are among the significant heritage places from across the state receiving heritage grants through the first contested round of Victoria’s Living Heritage Grants Program. Round 1 of the Contested Grants Stream (2016-17), will provide a total of $1,650,000 for urgent conservation works or studies for 20 significant heritage places across Victoria.”


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