THERE was standing room only at the Family Research Centre in Tea Gardens last week at the launch of the Group’s Trove Project.
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Trove, for those not familiar with the website, is an online research tool of some staggering 459,035,016 online resources, books, images, newspapers maps, music archives, the list goes on.
The Family Research Members have been tasked with digitising the early copies of the NOTA dating back to 1970.
“It has been in the minds of members of the Family research group since we received the papers from the Progress Association, but it seemed like a pipe dream we would never be able to finance,” Anne Shannon told the gathering.
“There are currently 22,863,264 newspaper pages and 2,026,782 gazette pages digitised and available to view in Trove, now we will add as many as we can, as we raise the funds. Nota will be in good company,” Anne said.
$20,000 dollars is needed to convert the microfilm to a digital format, money that many of the community groups and individuals have been happy to donate.
Among them, the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Progress Association, Tea Gardens Country Club and Hawks Nest News Agent, Hugo Elstermann
“It’s one of those things that the community needs to do, it’s our history that could be potentially lost if we don’t,” Hugo Elstermann said.
While they’ve raised a third of the amount through grants and donations there’s still a long way to go.
”This is our special project for 2019 and we ask you all to join in promoting it in our community, with publicity as well as donations,” Anne said.
The Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Family Research Centre is located at Shop 3 Masonic Centre, Myall Street, Tea Gardens.
New members are always welcome.
By: Margie TIERNEY