ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0298 Royal Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation ACT Regional Division Records

Call Number

HMSS 0298

Collection 

Royal Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation ACT Regional Division Records

Date Range

1985-1998

Quantity

0.54m (3 manuscript boxes)

Access Conditions

open

Copying conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

 

The Royal Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation (RAIPR) was founded in 1926 as the Victorian Tree Planters' Association. it provided a meeting place for local government park curators and a means of drawing attention to the importance of parks and recreation facilities in mostly urban areas. Annual conferences were held to provide a forum for discussion of issues.

It went through a number of name changes, the most significant of which came in 1962 when the organisation became a national body, following the founding of Regional Divisions across the country.

Prior to the ACT Division's establishment, a number of Canberra members prepared a submission in 1966, for the establishment of a course in park administration a the future Canberra College of Advanced Education (now University of Canberra). A course similar was established in the late 1960s.

The ACT Regional Division was founded in May 1970. The key players were the then RAIPR national President, David Shoobridge, and Harry Oakman who was the founding President of the Division.

The Division was very active in in its 28 years. Membership reached almost 100 at its height. its achievements included the organisation of a number of a national conferences, forums and workshops in Canberra, the mounting of a large number of local public forums and field trips for the discussion of key issues, the granting of awards, the establishment of a Weston Memorial Fund and the publishing of several books.

The division existed until 1998 when the national body merged with another national organisation to form Parks & Leisure Australia. Despite opposition from a number of senior RAIPR members, the decision was made not to have an ACT Region of the new body.

The records in this collection do not include the period 1970 to 1985. The donor, Dr John Gray, feels it unlikely that the material continues to exist. A summary history for the period 1970-1983 is on file in the ACT Heritage Library.
 

BOX LIST

BOX
NO.

DESCRIPTION

QTY

DATE RANGE

 

 

 

 

1

Records of Annual General Meeting
includes minutes, agenda and reports

1 file

1994-1998

1

Records of Meetings
includes draft and circulated minutes, agenda, reports and correspondence.  Both committee and annual general meeting records are included

5 files

1981-1986
1986-1991
1991-1993
1994-1995
1992-1997

1

Financial Records
Includes some audited accounts

2 files

1994-1996
1996-1998

2

Membership and Fees

1 file

1994

2

Weston Memorial Award

1 file

1977-1987

2

Commonwealth Park Book
arrangements, sales

3 files

1996-2000

2

RAIPR Conference Canberra, 1995

1 file

1995

2

Newsletters

1 file

1989-1994

2-3

Correspondence
both inward and outgoing correspondence, not well arranged with some overlap between files.

7 files

1987-1988
1989
1991-1992
1991-1992
1992
1992-1993
1994-1995

Memorundum and Articles of Association and By-Laws, Royal Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation   1 vol 1995