Retro tech for Local History

Whilst doing a tidy-up in the Local History storage area we came across some soon-to-be-historic tech. Equipment items that were in regular use only ten years ago are now becoming retro and are already unfamiliar to some of our younger staff!

Cassette dictaphoneThe basic cassette dictaphone which was often used for oral-history recording is now obsolete, replaced by much smaller, cheaper and better quality digital devices. We would even struggle to find cassettes to use in it these days.

IMAG1329Beta camera recordings of the Civic Park Spectacular are even stored here, alas the equipment to use them is now almost non-existant. A prime example of the challenges faced for storing digital materials in an ever changing digital world. If we don’t copy from obsolete formats regularly these memories may be lost forever. You can read about these challenges here and some suggestions on the State Library of NSW website here.

About Time: SA’s History Festival

It’s almost here… There’s only 3 weeks left until May, which means History Month in SA!
About time: South Australia’s History Festival runs from Thursday 1 May until Saturday 31 May with almost 500 events occurring across the state.

The Library is holding three key events during this time, starting with Kidstory History on 1 May. You can join David our Local Historian, for an interactive story time designed especially for kids aged 3-5. Theses sessions will take you back in time to three key eras in Tea Tree Gully’s history through stories and objects from our Local History collection.

roller dicso BWDay-Glo, Go-Go and Roller Disco: TTG in the 1980s, is a feature event looking  at the growth in the Tea Tree Gully area during the 1980s from the development of the O-Bahn to the expansion of Golden Grove, but does it in the form of a roller disco! Immerse yourself in the 80s, the music, the images and the history! Roller skates provided. WARNING! Event may contain traces of Duran Duran!

highercombe BWOur final and  largest event is the Community Archaeological Dig at the Highercombe Hotel Museum starting the week Monday 19 May. The Local History Service, Highercombe Museum, TTG Historical Society and Flinders Archaeological Society are joining forces to conduct an archaeological dig and the public are invited to help! If you can dig, photograph or help us catalogue-we want you. What will we find?

All events require bookings and all details can be found on our website.

You can check out the huge range of events across the state on the About Time website!

Community Archaeology @ Highercombe Museum

Hotel smallBudding archaeologists, this month in conjunction with the National Trust, the Old Highercombe Hotel Museum and Flinders University, we will be launching our first community archaeology event!

On March 17, 19 and 21, we’ll be conducting an archaeological survey of the Highercome Hotel Museum grounds, using specialist tools including survey equipment and a magnetometer. This survey is standard practice in preparation for History Month in May when we will be breaking ground and conducting a dig at the site!

Check our website for times and booking details. You can book a spot in any of the six sessions during the week. Fedora and leather jacket are optional.

Recent history

Whilst recently cleaning up  folders on my hard drive I came across some photos of the Library from 2007. It’s amazing to see what has changed in such a short time. This was pre-Toy Library days and featured the old photocopier alcove, Local History Office, and the Library workroom (where all the cataloguing and processing occurs) was a garage!

Check the before and after photos below.
The directors garage became the Library workroom.








An internal view of the garage and now the Library workroom.









The Local History Office is still in the roughly the same location, however the Local History collection was moved, and the photocopier alcove demolished to make way for the new Toy Library.

If you have any photos or memories of the region, we would be very happy to find out about them. You can also see our range of books, photos, maps and other items on the history of the region in our Local History collection.

Family History Course for Beginners

Anstey the Echidna researches his family tree

Have you ever thought about starting your family tree? Interested in where you came from but not sure where to start?

Come along to our Family History Course for Beginners. This course will be run every Saturday morning for four weeks by our Local History team. Over the four sessions you will be taught how to find information about your family, and how to record the information you find.

Dates: Saturday 6, 13, 20, 27 August
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am
Venue: City of Tea Tree Gully Library Local History Area
Cost: Free

There are limited spaces available for this course, so book now!

The Family History Volunteers Rack Up 1000 Enquiries for 2010/11!

The Family History Volunteers have been counting down for the last couple of weeks but on Thursday the 9th of June (that’s D-Day+3 for those of us who are historically minded) the team cracked their 1000th customer for the 2010/11 financial year.

Tim Perkins of Para Hills was the lucky 1000th. Tim is a semi regular customer of the service and he was very pleased to receive his celebratory copies of Haystacks to Cul de Sacs and From Paddocks to Plaza!

Tim was introduced to us through a Family History Course put on by the Local History Service and his win was celebrated by the volunteers also.

While Tim was the winner, the volunteers did the hard work. A session with a Family History volunteer can often run for over an hour (conditions approving) which means that Local History tasks aside the Vollies here have achieved anywhere between 1000 and 5000 hours of successful service.

The Local History Service simply could not cope without them.

If you see Pam, Barbara, June, Helen, Lyn, Geoff or Faye please congratulate them on their milestone!