Eric Clarke at Lennox Head.
Eric Clarke at Lennox Head. Contributed

Bring out those old photos

DO you remember when there was a diving platform at Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head?

Were you around when the tea tree fence was built on Seven Mile Beach?

Did you enjoy cracker night bonfires on the beach during the 1950s, or did your family drive the car up to the dunes for summer camping trips?

If so, the Lennox Head Heritage Committee is looking for you and your photographs.

The group already has an amazing collection of historical local photos, but new committee member Erika Taylor says their "grand plan" is to collect "every old photo- graph in Lennox Head".

"It's a big goal, but it would be absolutely fantastic," she said.

"We've currently got about 1000 photos from the 1890s right up until today.

"Some of them show the caves at Skennars Head and there are also images of the gold mining and sand mining."

Ms Taylor grew up in Lennox Head and has recently returned home after a long stint in Sydney.

A museum curator by trade, she worked for the Powerhouse museum for six years.

Now she is a freelance digital heritage specialist, but donates her time to the heritage committee and right now her priority is to bring it into the new technolo- gical era.

"The committee has done a great job of cataloguing and archiving the photos," Ms Taylor said. "Now it's time to get them out there for the wider community to enjoy, because they belong to the community.

"A lot of people - the younger generation in particular - won't bother coming into the library to look at the hard copies of the photos. But we're going to put them on the internet and a lot more people will have access."

Ms Taylor said there were also concerns that old photographs would be lost forever when elderly residents of Lennox Head died.

She wants young people to understand their historical importance.

"We don't want those memories to be lost," she said.

"So I'll be using the internet and social media to get more people interested in our local history."

Another dream is for the heritage committee to host a pop-up museum-style exhibition later this year. Check out some of the Lennox Head Heritage Committee's photos at flickr.com/photos/lennoxheritage.



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