Mayor Jenny Dowell with librarians, SCU experts and Nimbin’s Aquarius generation at the Aquarian Archive website launch.
Mayor Jenny Dowell with librarians, SCU experts and Nimbin’s Aquarius generation at the Aquarian Archive website launch.

Hippie history saved: Aquarius age goes online

DOCUMENTATION relating to the famous Aquarius movement of the 1970s, which remains synonymous with Nimbin today, has now been made into an online collection.

The Aquarian Archive website was launched last week by mayor Jenny Dowell and the Aquarian Archive Committee at the Nimbin School of Arts.

The online collection was created using a $30,000 NSW State Library development grant, which enabled Lismore City Council to digitise documents from the Aquarian Archive. The archive is now in the custody of the Lismore Library Local History Collection.

Containing a large number of documents relating to the North East Forest Alliance, the collection includes records of conservation groups and environmental campaigns since the famous Terania Creek protests in 1979.

There is also documentation from the Peter Hamilton collection concerning the New Settlers movement.

The original hard-copy archive also contains material that was not digitised, such as Benny Zable's collection of placards, fabrics and banners, Graham Irvine's collection of audio tapes and documentaries, and a general collection.

"The archive contains a huge amount of documentation and to have it all online rather than having 60 boxes of old paper sitting in storage is a great improvement," council's records management co-ordinator Tim Robertson said.

"There is a rich and unique history around the Aquarius movement with lots of political and cultural 'firsts' and environmental actions ... this archive will hold special memories for many people, and we hope having it online will allow people to use and enjoy it."

Visit the website at www.visitnimbin.com.au.



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