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The Digital Repatriation of Kimberley History - In an effort to build up a regional archive, to make our own collections more accessible to all, and seeking out other Kimberley History Collections, most of which are locked up in "GLAM Sector" collecting institutions in the south of Australia, as well as many other collections around the World.
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My first news item about Digital Repatriation this was some years ago (See KHS News). On recent Social Media posts I've been using the keyword (hashtag) #KimberleyHistory to start 'gathering' all and any Kimberley History references in one place, to make Kimberley Related Collections more "#Discoverable" & using the "#DigitalRepatriation" of Kimberley History from any other institution - Please help to make your Kimberley Collections more discoverable!
Please Post references to any of your (newly digitised ;^) Kimberley related collections on Twitter Facebook Flickr etc. and please use the 'Hashtag' #KimberleyHistory to allow later data harvest.
Here in remote regional Australia! (3,000km+ from Perth & 800km from Darwin in the far north of Western Australia) it has been crucial to digitally repatriate collections, which we have done for many years on trips to Perth or to use it for any Kimberley History posts!
This is the first attempt (March 2017) to seek out Kimberley Collections via Social Networking. All of this 'good' social networking leads to making collections more 'discoverable', so if you are on Facebook & Twitter try following some of our followers and check out the Kununurra Museum's Twitter 'Likes' - These are Posts of Images and things I've liked (not unlike the likes on FB :^) - As well as #KimberleyHistory (Always include 1st) eg. in a Facebook Post about any Kimberley related history, also use the Town, Community, Mission or Station eg #BroomeHistory - #DerbyHistory - #FitzroyCrossingHistory - #HallsCreekHistory - #KununurraHistory - #WyndhamHistory - #ArgyleStationHistory etc. - Will then make these more discoverable individually! Join the New KHS - @KimberleyHistory 'Group' on FaceBook (for all who love ALL Kimberley History! :^)
#KimberleyHistory - Project Aims
This project hopes to achieve it's aims by the use of social media, in particular, Facebook, where we have had a presence for some few years and Twitter, which the Kununurra Museum only signed up to in February 2017. Initially signed up to 'Follow' Trump and as I did not really know much about what Twitter was, thinking it was mainly for mobile phones, whereas the web view of Twitter is far superior (especially on HD 1920x1080 screens) which we use at the museum. I soon realised that Twitter is basically 140 characters (not words - So does not take much thinking about - Probably why World Leaders like it! ;^) to get a point across to followers.
What I realised was, I soon got sick of Trumps posts and started to follow the real leaders of my world, the "GLAM Sector" of course! I then started following Museums and Archives from all over this Solar System, even to our miniature living 'drone' of a museum, following the European Space Agency Astronaut, Thomas Pesquet, and others up there, on the International Space Station, hence Solar system rather than 'world!' Thomas had posted a photograph of the flooding Lake Argyle, which I added to one of our "Flickr Galleries" (You can only 'make' a "Flickr Gallery" with other people's photographs - not your own).
This photograph was taken from the International Space Station in February 2017 - See the Kununurra Museum's 'Lake Argyle' Gallery from...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/khs-museum/galleries/72157677612819774/) or Click Image to go to Thomas Pesquet's Flickr A/C.
By use of various online platforms, we as a group can demonstrate that the '"#KimberleyHistory" Discoverability Project' will have a sustainable use of all of our own available resources (this website, + over 2,000 digitised images on Flickr (fully documented with EXIF and full IPTC Metadata in JPGs :^), a YouTube Channel as well as our social media presence, to which any new resources can be added. In fact there is little USE of resources to carry out this idea, with the aim being to uncover new unknown archives, to make them more discover-able, hence accessible for ALL!
This project with the aim of 'Making #KimberleyHistory More #Discoverable' (hence More Accessible! for ALL! :^) does in fact exceed current standards of museum practise in the sense that this project by the Kununurra Museum, makes us a " #MuseumPioneer " for this form of "Discoverability," generally not a priority of Museums, or collecting institutions, however for remote regional Australian collections generally, I believe this sort of approach is crucial, because of how difficult archives are to access when living so remotely.
That is why I strive to build up a local collection of resources for Kimberley History that are spread all over Australia in Government AND many Private Collections, I can think of WA Historians and Book Producers who have masses of Kimberley History, however inaccessible to all, as well as hundreds, maybe thousands of collections around the globe, will be lurking snippets of #KimberleyHistory with very little here on the ground in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia! Please get involved and for ANY Kimberley History Collections that your institution may have - Please get them into the digitisation queue!
You can also Contribute ANY #KimberleyHistory - Bibliographic Entries in our Zotero Group (for this purpose) See http://www.zotero.org/groups/kimberleyhistory [Open - Public - JOIN! - Started April 18th 2017]
Then Follow Kununurra Museum on Flickr & Twitter (see below) to get the most recent Posts and Updates of #KimberleyHistory - Use the TAGs! - JOIN... the @KimberleyHistory Group on [f] - (http://www.facebook.com/groups/KimberleyHistory on FaceBook :^)
#KimberleyHistory Group for all of the Kimberley Region's Past & Present.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/KimberleyHistory/ or [secure - If Logged in?] https://www.facebook.com/groups/KimberleyHistory/
Web and Email Address [For the #KimberleyHistory Group on Facebook]
Share this link to help people find your group.
Email: KimberleyHistory@groups.facebook.com - Facebook Group Email - Emails sent to this address will appear as posts in the group.
(at present a 'Private' Group) and the...
#KimberleyHistory Group or 'List'on [T] (http://twitter.com/KununurraMuseum/lists/kimberleyhistory on Twitter :v)
#KimberleyHistory - Project - Inclusion (via #Discoverability! = More #Accessible for ALL! :^)
I think there can be little doubt that the idea of this project is to make #KimberleyCollections More Discoverable, and if successful, we will be adding new diversity to known Kimberley History Collections and it is hoped, these newly discovered collections will become, it is dearly and sincerely hoped, more accessible for all!
The inspiration for this project started by going to (haunting :^) the Leah Jane Cohen Reading Room at the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA)'s great Battye Library of WA History and the State Records Office of Western Australia (SROWA) to photograph Kimberley records, in efforts to digitally repatriate them back to the Kimberley, whenever I managed to get to Perth (3,000 km away).
This should really be done for us by these and other institutions of our State Government, knowing the great tyranny of distance involved for one of us to do this. I do applaud the SROWA's recent digitisation on demand initiatives, which should be offered under concession by the State Government, for community groups in remote regions, wishing to repatriate their own history! Perhaps something the new McGowan Government might be prepared to look at. Likewise, our Federal Government institutions like the National Archives of Australia (NAA), the National Museum of Australia (NMA), our wonderfully connected National Library of Australia (NLA), the National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA), the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), the National Maritime Museum of Australia and others, should ALL be encouraged by whoever will come to power at the next election (because this Government has decimated heritage funding and unlikely ANY change there! )^:
Heritage funding has been decimated by this Government unless you have a Nationally Heritage Listed "place," then there is funding available! This Government used a pathetic legal loophole to STOP all funding to Australian Heritage organisations.
ATTENTION - All Archivists & Cultural Heritage Workers & Volunteers in Australia's Collecting Institutions
The beauty is that the control over this is down to your level the GLAM sector, hands on, so no need for any form of Government backing for this, as YOU can choose what is digitised and when at collection level. Please feel free to get involved simple and easily to help out a very remote and wonderful place to live! North Australian Development in a NEW town (1961) created as a National Development Project, for the Ord River Irrigation Area.
As all involved closely, including, Roy A. Hamilton, Engineer for the construction of the Ord River Diversion Dam (1960-1963) and later long-term resident until 2003, and Sir Charles Court, who both agreed that the Ord will never be thoroughly successful until it is developed to the full 3/3/ potential into the Northern Territory. At that time in the 1970s until around 2006 to 2008, the start was Green Swamp, developed by a local group of farmers involved in the Sugar Industry to 2007, when the South Korean company Chiel Jedang pulled out of the Ord because they could not get their half million tonne quota [?], Until then ONLY one third (1/3) of the potential irrigable land in the Ord River Irrigation Area had been developed. Since then a new Chinese based Company, Kimberley Agricultural Investments (KAI) have been busy in recent years to develop the 'second third', which is a work in progress. Originally sugar was the intended crop but mills aren't cheap and so now cotton may be the focus.
The ultimate machine tool of #HistoryDiscoverability for Australia is the incredible and crucial TROVE History Search Engine (Keep your hands off #Turnbully! :^) - TROVE, a search engine which returns results of your search in TABs under the following titles - Books - Pictures, Photos and Objects - Journals, Articles & Data Sets - Digitised Newspapers & More - Government Gazettes - Music, Sound & Video - Maps - Diaries, Letters, & Archives - Archived Websites - People & Organisations - Trove Lists (created by Users like YOU! :^), each a separate TAB of your Search Results neatly organised for further filtering from within teach Tab. @TROVE Australia is unequalled for history research (though we aim to be 2nd! ;^) - Did you know that all of our 2,000+ photographs on Flickr have been added to the Flickr Group - Trove: Australia in Pictures - 350,519 items (KHS has contributed 0.63% or 2,225 of all the photographs on Trove via Trove: Australia in Pictures Group on Flickr (on April 2nd 2017) - Aim to get that to 1% = 3,510 photographs at this point in time though! :^) - If you are on Flickr - You Too can add your photographs to be searchable on Trove.
This project has evolved over some years but only formulated here in March 2017, having started during holiday periods in Perth, by going to the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) and the State Records Office of Western Australia (SROWA) to photograph Kimberley records. These photographs taken have been in an effort to digitally repatriate records of interest back to the Kimberley.
What is fascinating to me about this latest initiative is that we may be able to digitally repatriate from here, via Social Media, without the need for a 6,000+km round trip to do so. This would truly be a great thing if this works, even slightly.
Beside the participation from other collecting institutions and the general public, the 'original idea' of the two word hashtag (not my idea to join two words as a hashtag and and not a fan - prefer inverted commas "Kimberley History" but this is the #HashTagWorld we are in on #SocialMedia) - So this '#HashTag' "#KimberleyHistory" has become the single necessity, for what we hope will be the successful outcomes of this concept for the 'digital repatriation' of items of ANY Kimberley History.
I write this of course thinking of records to do with the Ord-Victoria Region, near us here, by the "GLAM Sector" "WA- "NT border, however I write fully with all other Kimberley based collecting institutions in mind. With the idea that through this project we can all benefit. Our closest neighbouring town, Wyndham has the Wyndham Museum, run by the Wyndham Historical Society, who we have annual get-togethers with as well as commemorations like the March 3rd Wyndham Air Raid Commemoration for the sinking of the MV Koolama at the Wyndham Wharf on March 3rd when we commemorated 75 years since these events. There is the wonderful work being done by the Sisters of St John of God in Broome with their archives and hope they will be supportive of, as contributors, and may benefit further from this project. The Broome Museum under the guidance of the Broome Historical Society is another important group here in the Kimberley, as are Shire Collections that must exist, at least as State Records that must be cared for, in all of our towns. I know that the Halls Creek has a very good deal of Derek Keene and others history collections and has done well to get these online. Another that comes to mind is the Kalumburu Aboriginal Community and Kalumburu Mission, who we have repatriated to and from, assisted with and have collected online history for, and cooperated with on various projects. Last year recording an oral history with Vernon Gerard and providing a digital history collection (of online resources so far collected by me) to Vernon's daughter Doreen, to share with the Community there. Later in the year assisted with the repatriation of a photograph of the late Kevin Waina and wife Bernadette on their wedding day, from the New Norcia Archive, located thanks to prior research at SLWA, and repatriated to the Community just before Kevin passed away, a great old friend of mine since 1996 - RIP Kevin. If I have not mentioned other Kimberley Collections you may know of, please send an email with others to mention - Please feel free to invite people you know who may be interested.
[Add photograph - Paste the story to Facebook to share with Kalumburu]
We believe this can be made to be very engaging on Facebook and Twitter aided by interesting photographs, fascinating articles and comments, so that an effective program of 'engaging' visitors at our museums, is extended to the general public online, but particularly, by aiming this at other collecting institutions in Australia, it is hoped that this interesting, creative project that has cost $0 (NIL) will be seen to very innovative in a meaningful way!
The focus over past years has been in actively collecting from former residents, as well as breaking ground in 'Digital Repatriation' of Kimberley related records for a local research collection, to be preserved for generations of Kimberley Residents into the future, and accessible on the ground or online. We have placed over 2,000 photographs on our Flickr site - http://www.flickr.com/photos/khs-museum/collections and also available from our website, at http://www.kununurra.org.au, as well, YOU can, follow our online presence via http://twitter.com/KununurraMuseum or on http://www.facebook.com/Kununurra.Museum/. You can also see some #KimberleyHistory on the Kununurra Museum YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/KununurraMuseum - Coming to a YouTube Cinema Near You SOON!
Here is our latest YouTube DV - Editing was finished on April 1st 2017, but did not quite get it there for the day! - Went Public on the Kununurra Museum's YouTube page in a new Channel, for this group to Follow, the Kimberley History Channel - Started April 2nd 2017, with my tribute to @Wragge (on Twitter), former NLA Trove Director, Tim Sherratt, who we belive was very close to the culprit wanted in connection with the Hacking of the Australian Government Hansard!
Kununurra is 3,000 km from Perth and 800 km from Darwin, we are in the far north of WA, surrounded by the unique, rugged beauty of the ancient Kimberley landscape. A landscape that has taken much of the thirty two years I've lived in Kununurra to get a real handle on, to know how the country lies, to know the history and where it happened, which is crucial when interpreting thr masses of local Kimberley History that abound. Many a Kimberley History mystery has been demystified, using local knowledge (and Google Earth! ;^), which I hope to share some (hi)stories about on the KHS website, and on the #KimberleyHistory FaceBook Page and Twitter.
USE these and other "Hashtags" to allow later 'data harvesting' - Please use these in any Posts you make about Kimberley Collections (of photographs, documents, diaries, manuscripts, in fact ANYthing you find that is relevant! These will show up HERE - Even if you don't post to the Group - So this is another place to view resources already, being just the "Hashtag" of Facebook - See - or the #KimberleyHistory hashtag on Twitter from
You can help ("#CrowdSourcedKimberleyHistory" :^) "#DiscoveredKimberleyHistory"- Whether your own collections, or others from anywhere in the World - Does your Gallery, Archive, Library, Museum or other Collecting Institution have "#KimberleyHistoryCollections" from Western Australia's remote and rugged Kimberley Region.
The focus over past years has been in actively collecting from former residents, which has been bringing in well over 100 new archives for the Kununurra Historical Society Archive, each year in the past half dozen years. As well as breaking ground in "Digital Repatriation" of Kimberley related records for a local research collection, to be preserved for generations of Kimberley Residents into the future, and accessible on the ground or online, as the aim.
We have placed over 2,000 photographs on our Flickr site - http://www.flickr.com/photos/khs-museum/collections and also available from our website, as well you can, follow our online presence via http://twitter.com/KununurraMuseum or on https://www.facebook.com/Kununurra.Museum/. You can also see some #KimberleyHistory on the Kununurra Museum YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/KununurraMuseum - Coming to a YouTube Cinema Near You! Read some interesting stories from the Kununurra Museum's Research Pages from http://www.kununurra.org.au/Research.
Kununurra is 3,000 km from Perth and 800 km from Darwin, we are in the far north of Western Australia and surrounded by the unique, rugged beauty of the ancient Kimberley landscape. A landscape that has taken much of the thirty two years I've lived in Kununurra to get a real handle on, to know how the country lies, to know the history and where it happened is a wonderful thing.
Knowing the landscape when interpreting history is crucial and many a Kimberley History mystery has been demystified, using local knowledge (and Google Earth! ;^), and my intention is to share on this website, some of these researched 'Kimberley History Mysteries' from a forthcoming book.
#KimberleyHistory Project - Get Involved (Does YOUR Collection have ANY #KimberleyHistory ? :^)
What is fascinating to me about this latest initiative is that we may be able to digitally repatriate from here, via Social Media, without the need for a 6,000+km round trip to do so. This is truly a great thing if this works even slightly.
By periodically checking these URLs below, which just go to the 'accumulating' #KimberleyHistory keywords. Same could be done for the Towns and other places.
[Flickr - No # (hashtag) Required when Adding Tags]
1st tried tonight (2 IV 2017) works already (1,261 results - should be more - ADD that tag to ALL 2000+ KHS images on Flickr) - Hashtags Work!
[f] - [Facebook]
PLEASE GET INVOLVED to 'Make YOUR #KimberleyHistory MORE #Discoverable' - (#DiscoverableKimberleyHistory = MORE "#AccessibleKimberleyHistory" for ALL :^)
[OR back to where you were? The text mentioning - IPTC Metadata (in JPG Images :^)
[The 'International Press Telecommunications Council' (IPTC), who many years ago invented, for us, the ability to embed hidden information in the form of many text fields to describe images, which can all be embedded within a .jpg image, having originally been designed for Press image transfer information. - Use Free software IrfanView (DL) to download ANY KHS photograph from Flickr, as all contain this embedded information within the jpg image - In IrfanView use the 3rd (File - Edit - "Image") drop down menu from left - Then in that select the first item Image (menu) - "Information" - Then select "IPTC Info" at bottom left of Popup requester. - All metadata can be added in a Batch using IrfanView (because we contacted the software author and asked for that in 2011 - Thanks to my friend, software author, Irfan Skiljan! :^) Keep an eye on the Kununurra Museum YouTube Channel for a Video Tutorial on how to add meaningful metadata to your collections simple and easily! Soon on the Kununurra Museum YouTube Channel - Coming to a YouTube Cinema Near You SOON! ]