It was interesting to read about the Flinders Shire Historical Photographic Project which I stumbled across when searching Trove (National Library of Australia) for content recently.
I was looking for online content already posted about Hughenden to share in our social media training group for mid-February.
The project involved the local community donating images from personal collections, the Hughenden District Historical Society and Flinders Shire Council, all working together to assemble a collection of more than 1,000 images showcasing the district, early settlement, people, industry, businesses, buildings and community events. Sponsored by Regional Arts Development funding, the project included the provision of detailed descriptions and additional research to verify that the contents were accurate for every image.
The result is a magnificent collection of early images of Hughenden and district, all assembled in the one place which are now available to view by theme, tag or decade. The outcome of this project is the distribution of a wonderful set of Queensland images and content being shared with a wider Queensland audience.
Even the families of the Shearers Strike of 1891 are represented in the collection of images, but what is particularly poignant is the image of the tree blaze marking the location of the Shearers camp situated somewhere on the banks of the Flinders River, Hughenden which was later destroyed in a fire in 1944.
To the community of Flinders Shire, thank you! The digital collection of images now available online as a result of this project is truly worth sharing! State Library of Queensland has a collection of 1.5 million images in the John Oxley with approximately 70,000 of them digitised for wider community access, which includes 200+ more images of Hughenden and district in the Flinders Shire. We look forward to discussing your project during the delivery of social media training planned for mid-February in the region.
Anne Scheu – Distributed Collections Coordinator, State Library of Queensland