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Library marks success of online local history resource during History Week

By September 2, 2022September 13th, 2022Library, News

This History Week, Central West Libraries is celebrating the success of the Recollect Central West website, which has received more than half a million hits since it was launched six months ago.

History Week is an annual celebration organised by the History Council of NSW and will be held from 3-11 September with the theme Hands On History.

Recollect Central West was established to capture and share the history, heritage and stories of our region. It provides easy online access to a rich store of heritage material relating to the Central West, its people, places and events.

HANDS ON HISTORY: Recollect Central West has received more than half a million hits in the first six months of operation.

The free community resource contains significant items from Central West Libraries’ local history collections including images, publications, photographs and maps, as well as a growing selection of the Central Western Daily newspaper’s negative collection, which was donated to the Orange & District Historical Society.

Since it was launched in March, the collection has grown to include 7558 items, including 767 documents and 6646 photographs.

Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair, Cr Mel McDonell says the online resource is continually evolving as new material is added and more people share information relating to items on the site.

“Recollect Central West has been a popular and unique historical resource for the community, especially those interested in our social history, heritage and family history.

“Everyone is encouraged to register with the site, become a member and start contributing photos, stories and memories about the Central West.”

The 10 most viewed subjects are:

  1. CWD Negatives
  2. Orange & District Historical Society
  3. Tourist Hotel
  4. Construction of Orange Olympic Pool
  5. Summer Street
  6. Emmco Cadet Engineer
  7. Maps and Plans
  8. Celebrating Orange 75 years of Orange as a city and 175 years of Orange as a village
  9. [email protected]
  10. Orange Small Schools Association presents 2013 OSSA Schools Spectacular Mamma Mia, Not Another Musical

Central West Libraries is progressively adding new material to the website, with new additions including the Orange Civic Theatre Collection, Banjo Paterson Writing Award Winners and the mayors of Orange.

The Orange & District Historical Society, with support from Orange City Library, is working to digitise more of the Central Western Daily’s negative collection, which dates from 1955 to 2000, to make it accessible to all.

Click here to visit Recollect Central West.

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