Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Keeping Tabs on History Important

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Keeping Tabs on History Important

Article excerpt

IN A previous job, I compiled and edited a book of photographs spanning more than a century.

It was a big task and it was made more difficult by the fact that many of the photos provided by that newspaperCOs readers had no accompanying information.

Despite being lovingly tucked away in photo albums and bedside drawers, the people who left these photos behind had not marked them with names, locations or dates Co perhaps thinking they would always remember that happy moment captured for posterity.

I had several people bring me photos they had found while cleaning out their parentsCO homes, of smiling couples arm-in-arm, bonnie babies, and beachside picnics.

C[pounds sterling]I found this with my mumCOs letters, but I donCOt know who it is or when it was taken,C[yen] they would tell me sadly.

C[pounds sterling]I guess we will never know now.C[yen]

It made me realise the importance of recording our family history.

But it seems future generations may suffer an even worse problem. …

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