Mem­o­ries to sort

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Di Grant

John and I have de­clut­tered a lot of stuff and started pack­ing to move in two weeks.

We’re down­siz­ing — just up the road, but it still means lock, stock and bar­rel.

Then we will place our house on the mar­ket.

Now, the ques­tion is, what do I do with all of my mem­o­ra­bilia? My 33 years’ of news­pa­per writ­ing clip­pings, pho­tos and Sey­mour’s 150th an­niver­sary papers?

Sey­mour will be 175 in two years and I hope some­one, or a com­mit­tee, can help it cel­e­brate this mile­stone.

I wrote The Avenel Ac­tiv­i­ties from 1984 to 1991 and The Sey­mour So­cial Scene from 1990 to 2000 un­der the name Diane Laverie.

I have been go­ing through my clip­ping scrap­books, and the mem­o­ries of all I’ve writ­ten about or taken pics of has come flood­ing back to me.

I have at least 20 years of con­tent on Sey­mour, and 12 years of cut­tings in scrap­books, and some years of cut­tings in fold­ers.

Things have changed since Marg Rea (ad­ver­tis­ing lady at THE TELE­GRAPH )andI worked hard each Satur­day af­ter­noon at the of­fice pre­par­ing our work for the fol­low­ing week’s pa­per.

There were no home com­put­ers or emails then, just work­ing on a cy­ber­graphic ma­chine to Shep­par­ton or send­ing hard copy pic­tures or ad work to that of­fice for print­ing.

I mar­ried John Grant in October 2000 and con­tin­ued to write the District Diary for Sey­mour, and re­ceived my 15-year McPher­son Me­dia Group award.

I have been do­ing the so­cial news for Nagam­bie since 2001 for lo­cal papers, while also dab­bling in bits of news for Avenel and Sey­mour when I can.

I was also a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to Puck­a­pun­yal army mag­a­zine The Boomerang, serv­ing as editor from 2004 to 2012.

What to do with nine years of those printed book­lets? Should I leave them at the Pucka li­brary for pos­ter­ity?

Also, what to do with my news­pa­per clip­pings of scrib­blings?

I asked Sey­mour and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s John Jen­nings if the Sey­mour Mu­seum would take my 10 years of scrap­books, and I asked the Nagam­bie and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety if their mu­seum would take the 16 years I’ve done here so far.

John and Nagam­bie’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive said yes.

So my work is not wasted, and his­tor­i­cally all the hatches, matches, dis­patches, an­niver­saries, thou­sands of sto­ries of lo­cal groups, Aus­tralia Day, ‘some­one special’ awards, fes­ti­vals and all sorts of news will be kept for pos­ter­ity.

Now it’s time to start on my thou­sands of pho­tos. Wish me luck.

I will still do some writ­ing and pics, and my cel­e­brant work. So I will still be around.

Di Grant is a long-time con­trib­u­tor to the THE TELE­GRAPH.

Change of scene: Di Grant has been a long-time con­trib­u­tor to The Tele­graph.

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