The Koroit and District Historical Society wants your photos to help build its bank of local images

Old: The owners of the former Free family grocery store in Commercial Road Koroit, in a photo believed to date back to the 1870s.
Old: The owners of the former Free family grocery store in Commercial Road Koroit, in a photo believed to date back to the 1870s.

The Koroit and District Historical Society wants your photos to help build its bank of local images. 

President Andrea Lowenthal said the photos would help to preserve and document the region’s history. 

She called for photos from “all the little hamlets around Koroit” including Kirkstall, Southern Cross, Crossley, Warrong and Yarpturk. 

“We’re trying to enlarge our photograph collection of Koroit and district photographs,” Miss Lowenthal said. “We’re asking people to bring in photos that depict Koroit events. Perhaps there was a family reunion or a wedding and even a wedding from the 60s. It doesn’t have to be 1860 it can be 1960.” 

Miss Lowenthal said the photos would be scanned at a session this weekend and photos of Miss Koroit Showgirl winners was one area that was missing from their collection. “Surely there’s some old showgirl girls out there who had a photo taken and could bring it in we’ll put it in our show society file.” 

She said people didn’t think their photos were of historic value but they helped depict days gone by. “We want to have photos of this more modern era. We’re happy to have the 1850s, 60s and 70s but we’re also happy to have the 1960s, 70s and 80s. 

“We do like photos of all sorts of things because they tell a story, whether it’s an old house or a house being demolished. It’s an interesting addition to our collection.” 

Miss Lowenthal said the number of photos showing the district’s history may continue to decrease with the move to digital photography. 

“One of the problems today is people are taking digital photos and they’re not printing the photos out. “Photos have been such a wonderful part of our family histories and history of what we’ve done for the last 150 years.

“But in another 50 years our children aren’t going to have those photographic memories unless they’ve got a memory card and where are they going to put it?” 

To share photos or albums take them to the Koroit Theatre foyer on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm where they will be scanned and returned.

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