In the 1980s Knox Historical Society began seeking out copies of photo collections held by local primary schools, secondary schools and kindergartens. The area was changing rapidly and preserving the community history that it encapsulated became a priority for the local history collection. Many schools were celebrating centenaries around this time, creating a high demand for school history. High quality copies of the photographs in negative form were acquired by a member of the Society.
An extensive indexing project of student and teacher names was also undertaken to make the 20,000 school photographs accessible to the community. Photos have been digitised and indexed into cataloguing software to create a searchable record and an electronic format that is stored offsite for preservation.
A number of the schools are now closed, or have altered significantly and the Society has become a central repository for their histories.
An added bonus of this high profile project has been donations of school memorabilia. Families have also donated material or allowed copies to be scanned so that the collection is always developing and being enhanced.
Knox Historical Society won a 2011 Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Award for this project.