Left to right, Cr Paul Tully; Leah Bell, President IGGS Old Girls’ Association; Robert Krause, President, Marburg Show Society.; Libby Rawlings, President, Ipswich Kindergarten Association, Cr David Pahlke.

THREE projects have been named as the recipients of this year’s Viva Cribb Bursary.

The announcement was made this week to coincide with this year’s Queensland Heritage celebrations. Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke congratulated Ipswich Kindergarten Association, Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School Old Girls’ Association and the Marburg Show Society on being named as this year’s bursary recipients.

Cr Pahlke said the projects to be undertaken by these three long standing community groups would continue to preserve some important aspects of Ipswich’s past records for the future. “It is important for us to able to capture the stories which make up Ipswich’s past to ensure these memories can be accessed in years to come. “Through the bursary up to $5000 is made available in grant funds to assist with the costs of a project to document, record or publish a significant aspect of the local history of Ipswich. “Bursaries are awarded each year to projects that focus on a local history topic, such as the preparation and writing of a book, an oral history, a web-based resource or digitisation project.” Cr Pahlke said it was the fifth year of the bursary which is made in honor of the late Viva Cribb who dedicated her life to the preservation of Ipswich’s history.

Ms Cribb was the great granddaughter of Benjamin Cribb who was the founder of Cribb and Foote Department Store established in Bell St Ipswich in 1849. She passed away in June 2006, aged 86, but her memory is living on through the Viva Cribb Bursary on offer from Ipswich City Council through the Ipswich Library and Information Service. “The Viva Cribb bursary aims to foster an appreciation of the city’s local history and heritage, by encouraging individuals to document areas of historical significance to Ipswich and to make this information accessible to the community,” Cr Pahlke said.

“The Viva Cribb bursary contributes to the development of the local history collection of the Ipswich Library and Information Service by preserving material of historical significance to Ipswich through the encouragement of research and writing on a local history topic. “The projects being undertaken through the bursary are also helping to increase the Ipswich community’s understanding and appreciation of the city’s cultural heritage and making local history information more accessible.”

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