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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Sound Preservation Association Of Tasmania?

Sound Preservation Association Of Tasmania?s 20th Anniversary Concert - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania has celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a concert highlighting its unique role.

Arts Minister Lara Giddings, who attended the concert, said the Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania has played a vital role in the collection and preservation of old style phonographs, wirelesses and 78s, LPs and cylinders since it was formed in 1985 by the late Gwen D?Emden.

From the original meeting place in Gwen?s home, the Association has moved and grown, and it now resides in the old Bellerive Post Office.

The work of the Association and its many volunteers is vital to the development of a distinctive and authentic Tasmanian voice,? Ms Giddings said.

?The significance that small museums, historic sites and other collections play in the formation of the Tasmanian identity should not be underestimated.

?Members of the Association, all of whom volunteer their time and expertise, not only protect that past but also ensure that we all have access to it ? and assist with its understanding.?

Ms Giddings also paid tribute to the founder of the Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania, Gwen D?Emden.

?We were all saddened to hear of Gwen?s passing last year, but the legacy that she has left is one that will be appreciated for generations to come,? she said.

?It is a legacy not only tangible through the continuation of the Association, but also intangible in that spirit of giving that she embodied.?

This initiative is part of the State Government?s commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 11 ? Have Tasmania recognised nationally and internationally for its innovation, pursuit of excellence and creativity in arts and culture.


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