Snapshots of his­tory now on­line

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Hun­dreds of im­ages show­ing the rich past of the City of Kar­ratha area are be­ing loaded on­line for the pub­lic to ac­cess and browse more eas­ily.

A large sam­ple of Kar­ratha Li­brary’s lo­cal his­tory photo archive is be­ing up­loaded to its on­line cat­a­logue for the first time, in a move al­low­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to view snapshots of the area’s his­tory from the con­ve­nience of their com­puter.

Li­brary staff have been digi­tis­ing pho­tos for sev­eral months and started load­ing the first set on to the cat­a­logue in July, with sev­eral hun­dred avail­able so far.

Im­ages of old build­ings, sta­tion life and ma­jor cel­e­bra­tions in the area are some of the high­lights part of the col­lec­tion.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said it was an ex­cit­ing project which would al­low more peo­ple to en­gage with the area’s past, in­clud­ing those liv­ing out­side the city area. The City has a mas­sive col­lec­tion of lo­cal his­tory im­ages, which we want to share with the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Our lo­cal his­tory and li­brary staff are cur­rently un­der­tak­ing the huge task of digi­tis­ing our lo­cal his­tory cat­a­logue so im­ages are more ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic.”

The lo­cal his­tory cat­a­logu­ing project is on­go­ing and lo­cal his­tory staff are aim­ing to add more im­ages on a weekly ba­sis.

Mr Long said li­brary staff were keen to build the im­ages archive with more con­tri­bu­tions from com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“We’d love to build our col­lec­tion even fur­ther, so if you have any im­ages to share please get into touch with our friendly lo­cal his­tory and li­brary staff,” he said.

You can view the lo­cal his­tory of­fice’s archive im­ages on­line by go­ing to the cat­a­logue via kar­­braries.

If you have any his­tor­i­cal pho­tos, in­for­ma­tion or arte­facts from the lo­cal area that could add to the lo­cal his­tory data­base, con­tact Kar­ratha Li­brary on 9186 8660.

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