History now just a click away at Geelong Heritage Centre

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Visitors to the Geelong Heritage Centre can now use the services of an online image library, which was opened today by Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine.

“The Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria’s largest regional archive and already holds a unique collection of public and private records,” Dr Napthine said.

“With the development of the Geelong Heritage Centre Online Image Library, many will now be able to connect with the past, discover their ancestry and access the recorded history of their regional towns and cities.

“Communities are increasingly searching for their heritage and seeking to determine why their lives have been shaped in a certain way. The information at the centre gives access to a wide range of materials that help to fulfil these investigations.”

Dr Napthine said the new library consisted of photographs, slides, cinema advertisements, paintings, plan drawings, real estate notices, parish maps and other artefacts, which will entice many historic enthusiasts to visit the Reading Room.

“As a website, the Online Image Library is available to anyone, anywhere in the world, giving access to public records and images of historic interest. It also brings additional insight for tourists visiting the region,” Dr Napthine said.

“Anyone researching the region’s history will not only appreciate the visual side to the area, but will also gain a greater understanding of why we cherish such locations as Eastern Beach, Barwon Heads, Lorne and, of course, the Great Ocean Road.

“Research has shown that access to online material often inspires people to visit the actual item. The new Online Image Library will give many people the chance to view such points of interest and follow up by visiting specific regional locations.

“This initiative is just one way the Coalition Government is showing its commitment to creating new prosperity, more opportunities and a better quality of life for regional Victoria,” Dr Napthine said.