His­tory in good hands

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - MATTHEW PUR­CELL

FROM floods to snow, drought, fires and ev­ery im­por­tant mo­ment in the his­tory of the Gran­ite Belt, the Bor­der Post has been there.

Those mem­o­ries, im­mor­talised in print, will live on. On Tues­day, the Bor­der Post handed over nearly 60 years worth of old news­pa­pers to the Stan­thorpe Her­itage Mu­seum and gave some old pho­tos to the Stan­thorpe Li­brary.

The mu­seum now has copies of the Bor­der Post from 1877, five years af­ter its start, un­til 2019.

Not want­ing to miss one last op­por­tu­nity to pe­ruse the old pa­pers in the Bor­der Post of­fice, former colum­nist Enid Hamil­ton popped in for a look.

Ms Hamil­ton, now 98 years old, worked for the Bor

der Post for a lit­tle over 22

years.

Her col­umn, In Touch, kept lo­cals up to speed with the goss.

Her daugh­ter, Lorene

Long, cu­ra­tor of the her­itage mu­seum, will be one of many tasked with restor­ing the old news­pa­pers.

“She was never late get­ting her copy in, even when she was on hol­i­days,” Ms Long said about her mother’s time at the pa­per.

“She worked for Peter

Whit­ton.

“Peter’s brief was she’d find some­thing to write about be­cause they didn’t have a so­cial page at that stage.

“There was a bit of an out­cry when she stopped writ­ing.”

There were changes in man­age­ment and Ms Hamil­ton got older and de­cided it was time to call it a day.

“They didn't want to ac­cept copy in run­ning writ­ing and I couldn’t type,” Ms Hamil­ton said.

“When I was out some­where I’d look around and think ‘oh that needs some at­ten­tion in the pa­per’.

“I en­joyed the writ­ing. I didn’t go away to school or any­thing and I just sat there at a desk and wrote things.

“I just en­joyed English and read­ing and mak­ing it into some­thing.”

Ms Long said the mu­seum is de­lighted to have such a his­tor­i­cal back cat­a­logue cov­er­ing more than 140 years of the Bor­der Post.

“We’ve got the best record of news­pa­pers as far as we know in the state.

“I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to keep the his­tory,” she said.

WHEN I WAS OUT SOME­WHERE I’D LOOK AROUND AND THINK ‘OH THAT NEEDS SOME AT­TEN­TION IN THE PA­PER’. ENID HAMIL­TON

Pic­ture: Matthew Pur­cell

Former Bor­der Post colum­nist Enid Hamil­ton with some old pa­pers at the back of the news­pa­per of­fice.

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