His­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety digi­tis­ing old files

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MAK­ING LIFE EAS­IER: Bright His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Jim Oastler shows off a por­ta­ble hard drive which now holds old news­pa­pers pre­vi­ously stored on mi­cro­film. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

THE Bright His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is con­tin­u­ing to make re­search­ing the past a lot less time con­sum­ing with a col­lec­tion of old news­pa­pers re­cently digi­tised.

The group which is based out of the Bright Mu­seum has had Alpine Ob­servers from 1894 to 1908 con­verted from mi­cro­film to dig­i­tal form.

Bright His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Jim Oastler said it now means no longer hav­ing to hook up film to old tech­nol­ogy to scroll through pages and pages of news ar­ti­cles.

“We get a lot of peo­ple com­ing in do­ing fam­ily re­search and things like that, they of­ten have dates but now it’s go­ing to be a much eas­ier and much faster,” he said.

“It’s quite a te­dious task (us­ing a mi­cro­film reader) and is a machine you have to take a lot of care with when op­er­at­ing, but now we can just plug in a hard drive and let peo­ple look by them­selves.

“It’s great, it’s so much more straight for­ward for peo­ple to search and pick out what they want.”

The his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety, who run on a limited bud­get, ap- proached the Ro­tary Club of Bright late last year about fund­ing the project, with the group agree­ing to do­nate the $5500 to have the 15 years of news­pa­pers con­verted.

“This was the sec­ond lot we had digi­tised af­ter get­ting our ear­li­est edi­tions dat­ing back to the 1870s, done a cou­ple of years ago,” Mr Oastler said.

“We sourced a digi­tis­ing com­pany in Mel­bourne who took about three months to con­vert the lat­est col­lec­tion.

“We have old news­pa­pers on mi­cro­film up un­til about 1960 or 1970 so the plan is to get the rest of those done in the fu­ture.” Do you reg­u­larly clean your home, yet still see cock­roaches crawl­ing along the kitchen bench? Our cock­roach pest con­trol takes that ex­tra step in pro­tect­ing you from one of the most dis­gust­ing house­hold pests! We use cock­roach gel around drains, crevices and cracks of com­mon cock­roach haunts. We also use our “Spi­der, Fly & Mozzie Treat­ment” spray to base spray the com­mon ar­eas of cock­roach traf­fic. So the com­bi­na­tion of both of these treat­ments is sure to erad­i­cate your prob­lem!

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