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History now recorded

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February 24, 2017

Local history: Dookie and District Historical Society members Gaye Sutherland and Peter Shields are happy to be able to access the Dookie and Katamatite Recorder.

An important part of the histories of Dookie and Katamatite has been preserved thanks to the efforts of Dookie and District Historical Society.

The Dookie & Katamatite Recorder newspaper ran from 1902 to 1920 and has successfully been digitised by the National Library of Australia, which worked with Dookie and District Historical Society on the project.

‘‘It was the only link for many of those communities back in those days,’’ Dookie and District Historical Society president Peter Shields said.

Society member Gaye Sutherland said she did not know why the newspaper only ran for about 20 years, but now that it had been added to resource search engine Trove it was available to everyone.

Ms Sutherland said before the project the entire newspaper was only available at the Shepparton and Melbourne libraries on unindexed microfilm.

‘‘(This) made using and/or searching this valuable resource difficult and time-consuming,’’ she said.

‘‘The newspaper is such an important part of our heritage that captures moments in time, and will assist in family research projects into the future.

‘‘I am very proud that this history of Dookie and district is now accessible for all of Australia and the world to see.’’

The Dookie & Katamatite Recorder has been available through Trove for about three weeks and was made possible thanks to the Victorian Government and a grant from the Public Record Office Victoria.

Mr Shields said the preservation of the The Dookie & Katamatite Recorder would enable people to easily research their family history.

‘‘They can go on Trove and link their name to past people who lived in the area and it will show up straight away,’’ he said.

●To see the Dookie & Katamatite Recorder, go to www.trove.nla.gov.au/article/result?q=Dookie+%26+Katamatite+Recorder

—Sionnie Kelly

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