Historical society digitising old files
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!