York photo workshops a way to share history


Old photographs supplied courtesy of the Wallis Mavey Collection.
York photo workshops a way to share history
Old photographs supplied courtesy of the Wallis Mavey Collection.

FREE photo-sharing workshops of family portraits, weddings and mission life will take place at York Community Resource Centre next Thursday.

The May 18 event, hosted by the Community Arts Network and Storylines, the State Library of WA’s online archive, will feature photos with Aboriginal communities from across WA.

Visitors will be shown how to browse through the library’s digital galleries to find long-lost photos of friends, family and places.

Community Arts Network general manager June Moorehouse said previous photo-sharing days had led to some extraordinary discoveries.

“Some community members have been able to identify people previously unnamed in the photos, and some community members have come across photos of their families they have never seen before,” she said.

The collection includes a selection of photos of people and places in York, Northam and other Wheatbelt towns.

The workshops are co-ordinated as part of the Rekindling Stories on Country program to help communities find, preserve and share history.

Visitors may bring photos, share stories and hear about local Noongar history over tea from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and 4.30pm to 6pm.

For more information, contact Jessica on 9226 2422 or Jessica@canwa.com.au.

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