UNLOCKING THE PAST: Cessnock Library hosts History Detectives workshop to identify people, places and events in local studies photograph collection

FASCINATING: Cessnock Library's local studies librarian, Kimberly O'Sullivan, with some of the photos from the library's extensive collection. Picture: Krystal Sellars
FASCINATING: Cessnock Library's local studies librarian, Kimberly O'Sullivan, with some of the photos from the library's extensive collection. Picture: Krystal Sellars

One of the most loved parts of the Local Studies collection at Cessnock Library is our photograph collection.

Its the type of record that people most ask about and its where we have the most requests and rightly so. Its an extraordinarily rich collection of images which record celebrations and festivals, tragedies and accidents, sporting and cultural events, big political moments and intimate family get-togethers.

Physically our photos run the full gamut. Some are enormous, some are just tiny snapshots, some are well preserved and others have come to us in a very fragile condition. They are all a very precious history of the Cessnock local government area.

One of the photos

One of the photos

Currently there are 1,416 digitised photos on the Cessnock Library catalogue freely available for everyone to use and download.

Over the years many photographs have been donated to us with little or no information attached.

Sometimes they come from a local deceased estate, or the person donating the photographs knows only a little, or nothing, about the image other than it records life in Cessnock.

Can you help us to identify these photographs? Wed love to pick the brains of long-time locals who may well recognise the people, places or events recorded in these photos.

To help you help us weve created a free, fun and fascinating event here at Cessnock Library called Be a History Detective!.

Its on from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday, April 14. A complimentary morning tea is included.

Please join us! RSVP to the library on 4993 4399.

Kimberly O’Sullivan is the Local Studies Librarian at Cessnock City Library. Email kimberly.osullivan@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

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