The Tailem Bend Historians (TBH) have met regularly over the past six months at the Tailem Bend Library and are about to launch their plans to preserve the town’s local ans railway imagery, documentation and associated artifacts.
Staring from humble beings as a Tailem Bend Historic Rail Trail tasking group, the Coorong District Council’s Anna Del Rio with Tailem Bend’s Geraldine Dickson, Don Green, Peter and Bob Connolly have witnessed the TBH grow to 10 passionate volunteers.
Working closely with the Tailem Info Station, the Coorong District Council and other groups, the TBH have been able to bring the town's historic imagery together into one data file.
With multiple back ups, the town's irreplaceable images have been collected and stored by TBH, Angie Tomkinson and Glenn Power both of Tailem Bend, in an easily accessible digital format with images grouped and named to maximise online searching results on the proposed revised Tailem Bend Library website.
"We started with over 15,500 images, but after removing duplications from years of copying and sharing from various sources we now have a strong bank of about 5,500 historic digital images," Glenn said.
"I love doing this work, I often have a chuckle as I come across yet another great shot the collection is remarkable, I can't wait to see them all on the library website for all to see and share."
Glenn and Angie hope to see the collection continually grow with the occasional drop in at the library and a proposed annual TBH Image Road Show, possibly held each year at the town's renowned Tailem Bend Primary School Fair.
With TBH Digital Memoirs being recorded, post cards and prints in the pipeline, some of the group are hoping to set up their own picture framing facilities near the Library to help keep TBH production costs to a minimum.
The group has also discussed a Family Heritage Gallery, Guided Bus and Walking tours, to name just a few ideas and if you've been about the traps in Tailem Bend for some time be ready you may be receiving a personal invitation to participator in your very own TBH Digital Memoir.
If you would like to become a 'Friend of Tailem Bend Historians' why not come along to the inaugural TBH AGM to be held at the Tailem Bend Library, 10am on Friday March 24, 2017.
For more details phone Angie Tomkinson on 0437 329 454 or drop into the library for a chat.