Old films and photos added to the archive

Community Access Library (CAL) in Bidyadanga

Community Access Library (CAL) in Bidyadanga

The start of 2016 has seen the number of photos in the archive reach 50,000, which is a great achievement. Amongst the latest photos to be included is a collection donated by John and Gwen Bucknall.

John and Gwen were school teachers at Strelley School and have donated over 350 photos taken at Strelley School and in the community during the 1970s & 1980s to KJ. Gwen has been extremely generous with her time, working hard in the archive to name people in photos and add interesting details to individual photos. There will be more photos to come from Gwen and John, which is very exciting.

The start of 2016 also saw two films donated by Peter Pinkus lodged with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA).  NFSA will digitize these films to keep them safe and provide a copy for the KJ archive.

Peter was a patrol officer for the ‘Department of Native Welfare’ in 1963 and was one of the people that brought in a group of Martu from Parnngurr rock hole. These films should have footage from this time, and so there is much excitement around them. Peter Pinkus is also going to try and obtain some photos from this time and donate them to KJ.