Local Historical Photographs Now More Accessible

A public launch is soon to be held for a recently completed first phase of the photo digitisation project, which now allows widespread access to 600 of the extensive local historical photographs held by the Lithgow Library.

At the recent opening of the new rotunda at Portland, Mayor Stephen Lesslie asked those present to look through their cupboards and storerooms for those old boxes of photographs that everyone used to keep.

“Should anyone find old photographs of historical interest such as street parades or old buildings that have since been demolished then please let the Lithgow Library know so that they can be preserved,” Cr Lesslie said.

Historians and researchers, or anyone with an interest in Lithgow, can gain a valuable glimpse of what life was like in Lithgow’s early 19th and 20th century history through historical photographs. By making these photographs accessible through the online catalogue anyone can access them, even when the Library is closed.

A selection of almost 600 photographs from the extensive Lithgow Library and Lithgow District Historical Society collections has been digitised and uploaded to the Library catalogue record which makes access to the photographs possible outside of Library hours.

The launch will be held on Wednesday 24 January starting at 11:00am and will include a morning of talks based on the history of photography in Lithgow. Included are talks on;
· The library digitisation project—Sharon Lewis
· Historical Lithgow photographers—Mark Langdon
· Lithgow camera club and photography in the 1980s and 90s—Norm MacFarlane
· Photography and the Lithgow Mercury—Len Ashworth

The event will be followed by a light lunch. Bookings are preferred and can be made by contacting the Library on 6352 9100.

If you are interested in browsing through the photographs head to the Library webpage at http://library.lithgow.com/. Access is via the catalogue link and the best way to find the photographs is to use the advanced search option and select photographs from the collections box.

Stephen Lesslie
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364

Terry O’Keefe
Library Coordinator