Sorensen’s com­puter help his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

THE DOU­GLAS Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety would like to say a huge thank you to the Sorensen Foun­da­tion which pro­vided a grant to pur­chase some much needed equip­ment.

Vol­un­teer ar­chiv­ist Gail Cock­burn is very grate­ful to use a new lap­top with up­dated soft­ware. Gail is presently cat­a­logu­ing his­toric pho­tos and doc­u­ments, a time-con­sum­ing but fas­ci­nat­ing job.

She deals with an enor­mous num­ber of email en­quiries from all over the world ask­ing for de­tails about lo­cal fam­ily his­to­ries, and is now able to call on her data­base to find an­swers.

The grant also helped to pur­chase a printer and soft­ware to sup­port a ma­jor project of the So­ci­ety which has been col­lect­ing de­tails of early farm equip­ment and farm­ing prac­tices around the Shire.

A new book on the sub­ject will be pro­duced in the near fu­ture.

So thank you to Jenni Sorensen and her com­mit­tee for sup­port­ing the So­ci­ety, which is run en­tirely by a small num­ber of en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers.

New mem­bers are needed and the So­ci­ety meets on the first Mon­day of ev­ery month at 2pm al­ter­na­tively at Port Dou­glas CWA or Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. The next meet­ing is on Mon­day, Au­gust 7, in Moss­man.

Vis­i­tors are al­ways wel­come at the Port Dou­glas Court House Mu­seum which is open on Tues­days, Thurs­days, Satur­days and Sun­days be­tween 10am and 1pm. Come along and meet the vol­un­teer at­ten­dants and learn about lo­cal his­tory.

Thanks again, Jenni, for your sup­port.

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