There is a hidden part of the library service staffed by six dedicated council volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that our vast collection of local history is sorted, catalogued and preserved.
As well as the work volunteers do to maintain and improve the collection, they also provide research assistance to the general public both locally and interstate.
With each volunteer specialising in their unique area of expertise, our local history section thrives.
Jeanne was born in Port Adelaide and has lived in the area for most of her life. For the past five years, her primary focus is assisting with research which is aided greatly by her vast first-hand knowledge of the area.
Meredith and Margaret work on sorting historical documents and archiving them in the best possible way. Their work is vital in ensuring that things are sorted sensibly and can be found by the public and historical researchers.
Jo assists with typing up and indexing information to capture historical details and transfer written documents into digital form. This includes sorting photos and collections into suburb and categories making them easy for the public to search.
Willi sorts the vast library of photos and ensures they are correctly archived and captioned. This assists greatly in the digitisation of images for projects such as the publically accessible "Passengers in History" database created by the Maritime Museum.
Claire focusses on scrapbooking and preservation. She can generally be found with a pair of scissors in her hands, looking through the newspapers and cutting articles ready to be added to the collection. When not clipping articles and photos, Claire spends her time preserving historical items.
John primarily works on World War One research which includes war history and ensuring the capture of service records of local residents. He does this with the help of the local RSL.
Sue spends her time carefully repairing and restoring books and other historical items to ensure they are preserved for future generations to access.
The dedication of our volunteers allows the local history department of the library to achieve things that simply wouldn't be possible without their help.
For more information about volunteering with council please click here or call 8405 6600.