The latest scan and share day at Dapto library (August 29th) was a success thanks to members of the local community who contributed and shared invaluable memorabilia. The items seen on the day ranged from photographs to diaries, books, medallions and soldier’s personal trinkets.
The contributors not only shared family-related objects but a range of items found in unexpected places, such as in the shed of a recently purchased house. One member of the public even offered take back a photo of a soldier once found, to his [the soldier’s] grave at Pieta Cemetery in Malta at their own expense.
Patrick James Gavin and his medallions
Michael Molkentin, spoke about his latest book Fire in the Sky and in greater detail about his most recent project.
The day was an overall success and the team are looking forward to future scan and share days. Keep an eye out on the Event page for dates of upcoming events and speakers.
Join us at Warilla Library on Tuesday 10 September for the next Illawarra Remembers Scan & Share Day.
Wednesday saw Illawarra Remembers host their first, of many, scanning day at Thirroul Library and Community Centre from 10am to 4pm. Despite the heavy rain the team was kept busy with 11 contributors sharing a variety of memorabilia, photos and records to scan and photograph.
Items seen on the day ranged from photographs to diaries and letters to ID bracelets, medals and a forage cap. All together 403 scans (259 og photographs and the rest documents) and 255 photographs of memorabilia.
Unexpected treasures were discovered on the day such as this book of sketches collected by WWI nurse E.Stewart at the 50th General Hospital in Greece signed 4.3.18. The sketches were done by patients at the hospital and bear their signatures on each page.
The day was a success and the team are looking forward to the next scanning day in the coming months. Keep a watch of the ‘Our Unknown Soldiers’ page for new material to be identified that was gathered at the scanning day.
Do you have family treasures from 1914 – 1918?
Would you like to share your precious family
stories, photographs or documents with the community?
Wollongong City Libraries has contracted a professional scanning company to assist us with collecting local information for our Illawarra Remembers project.
Our first public scanning day will be held at
Thirroul District Library
26 June 2013
10am – 4pm
We will also have a consultant present on the day who can advise you on the best way to preserve your heirlooms.
Future scanning days are planned for
Dapto District Library in August
and Wollongong Central Library in November