Saturday, 6 April 2013

Online historian an award finalist

From the Central Midlands & Coastal Advocate newspaper of 4 April 2013:

Andrew Bowman with a postcard designed for the Joint National Conference of Museums Australian and Interpretation Australia at which he presented an abstract in 2011

Online historian an award finalist

ANDREW Bowman, creator of the Carnamah Historical Society website, has been listed as a finalist in the Western Australian Heritage Awards.

Mr Bowman is a finalist in the ‘Outstanding Newcomer: The Professor David Dolan Award’ category and will be among 20 regional and 30 metropolitan finalists vying for the titles which will be announced on April 16.

Now resident in Perth, Mr Bowman grew up on a mixed farming property in Carnamah and said he has always had a natural interest in history, fostered by his family connections with the town.

His great great grandparents had the tearooms in Carnamah.

The extensive website has been a work in progress for the past decade with most work uploaded in the past five years.

In the past three months, a virtual museum has been added which features high quality photography and information on the exhibits.

The website also contains an extremely comprehensive database listing past residents of Carnamah, Three Springs and Coorow.

The Carnamah Historical Society sourced a grant worth $100,000 to engage virtual volunteers to help with much of the indexing work that now forms the database as well as a listing of those buried in the cemeteries at Moora, Winchester, Perenjori, Three Springs and Mingenew.

The entire Mingenew cemetery is now online including photographs of every headstone.

“We made use of many information sources including electoral rolls, school registers, registers of births, deaths and marriages, newspaper articles, minute books from the agricultural society and sporting clubs, the Government Gazette, War Graves Commission and shire records,” Mr Bowman said.

 “Many of the volunteers that helped out had been past recipients of historical society work and were more than willing to give something back.

“The database extends beyond Carnamah to Coorow and Three Springs because it puts the greater community into context.”

The 21st annual Heritage awards recognise leading contributors to heritage conservation, promotion, tourism and interpretation in WA.

The 50 finalists were chosen from 81 nominations across 11 categories.

Other local finalists include Jenny Edgecombe from the Toodyay Historical Society, Toodyay’s Newcastle Gaol, the Shire of Northam, the Shire of Toodyay and within the residential category, The Residency in Northam.

Heritage Minister, Albert Jacob congratulated all finalists.

“Their work has resulted in significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of our rich cultural heritage,” he said.

Related blog post: Finalist in 2013 Western Australian Heritage Awards

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