In recognition of their commitment to preserving the rich and unique history of our region, the Linton and District Historical Society has been selected as a recipient of the Victorian Government's Local History Grants Program.

The Society has received a grant of $7,238 for their Grenville Standard Digitisation project. This initiative aims to digitise the local newspaper, the Grenville Standard, which ran from 1895 to 1942, contributing to the ongoing legacy of recording Victoria's unique and fascinating history.

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its support for the preservation and celebration of Victoria's local history with $423,000 to be provided for the next round of the Local History Grants Program and Victorian Community History Awards. This announcement coincides with the unveiling of the 2022/23 round of Local History Grant recipients.

Administered by the Public Record Office Victoria, these programs play a crucial role in providing substantial contributions and recognition for history projects throughout the State.

The 2022-23 round of funding sees a total of 42 community groups being awarded grants as a testament to the vitality of Victoria's local history initiatives.

The Victorian Community History Awards, a collaborative effort between the Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, have been a cornerstone of historical recognition since 1998.

These awards encompass a variety of categories, culminating in the prestigious Victorian Premier's History Award, which offers a grant of $5,000. The call for entries for the 2023 awards will open soon, inviting all history enthusiasts to contribute to the ongoing narrative of Victoria's past.

For further information about these initiatives, eligibility criteria, and application details, please visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson

“It’s important that we preserve our past and celebrate our history – it helps guide the way forward.”

“Grants and awards recognise the amazing work that local groups and historians are doing every day and we’re proud to support them.”

Quote attributable to Member for Ripon Martha Haylett

“The Local History Grants Program is all about supporting our local historians and community groups. I am delighted the Linton and District Historical Society has received this grant which will showcase and share our rich local history for generations to come.”

Quotes attributable to Linton and District Historical Society President Dr Jill Wheeler

“This Local History grant for $7,238 will mean that we can get part of The Grenville Standard, Linton’s newspaper from 1895 to 1942, digitised. The years 1915-1918 are the only ones already digitised and available on Trove, the National Library of Australia's online newspaper collection.”

“With the assistance of this grant the years 1897-1908 and 1910-1914, which are only available at the present time on microfilm masters in the State Library, will be digitised, and available for everybody to access on Trove. This will increase the local history information that is accessible to history scholars as well as the general public.”

“Thank you to you and the State Government Local History Grants program for awarding this grant to our Society.”