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Central Coast Voices

By Central Coast Council Library Services
Posted: 27 Feb 2021
Alfred Wamsleys Travellers Rest Hotel Ourimbah circa 1885 Courtesy Central Coast Library Services.
Do you love history, have a good ear and want to be involved in a project that's making local history content accessible for future generations? You might be interested in Central Coast Voices, a joint project between Central Coast Library Service and the State Library of NSW.

In the 1980s and 1990s, multiple interviews were recorded with long-time residents of the Central Coast using extremely delicate cassette tapes. These tapes are so prone to breakage that the interviews were not listened to for up to 40 years - the mere act of playing them could result in permanent loss!

A recent Central Coast Library digitization project has helped unlock and preserve the content, allowing the voices of local identities, teachers, farmers, bullock-drivers and war veterans to once again be heard. In partnership with the State Library of NSW Amplify project, a selection of these fascinating stories can now be found at Central Coast Voices.

How can you get involved? We're inviting the community to listen to these interviews and help text-correct the machine transcriptions on a very-easy-to-use platform. This project will make these priceless recordings and the stories contained more accessible than ever before.

Central Coast Library Service thanks the State Library of NSW for its invaluable assistance in bringing this living history project to fruition. For further information contact the History Team

 
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