|Posted by Mark @ Archival Access Victoria on March 19, 2012 at 7:05 AM|
A request from one of our subscribers wishing to know the extent and whereabouts of some old school records from the Kiewa Valley led us right to the source – the consolidated school that was formed back in the 1950’s from ten smaller schools in the district. The focus of my own research lies in this corner of Victoria so I was more than happy to hit the road and see what could be found.
Tucked in a cupboard in the school’s library was a family researcher’s treasure trove – pupil registers from the early 20th century from the closed schools, council minute books, mothers club meeting books and a series of old photos. Greeted with what could only be described as good old fashioned country hospitality, I was supplied with a hot cup of tea and a quiet space to peruse these wonderfully preserved records.
Armed with our trusty new Canon SLR Camera I took some shots of these records, and after a quick word with the school administration, arranged to visit again and digitise the entire collection. A great result in anyone’s books - having these wonderful resources made available to the wider community and maybe adding a bit more colour to the histories of families from the area.
Can’t wait to get back out there.
Cheers - Mark