You’re probably wondering what on earth property, possums and a Chinese Protector could possibly have in common? These are all topics that that have been contributed recently on the PROV Wiki.
Take a walk through time in East Street
The Case Study brings to life a section of East Street in Ballarat East and explores the history of eight different properties. It demonstrates the power of the Wiki in its ability to draw together different records. It show that property research often takes you beyond bricks and mortar, and leads you to records about the lives of people, streets and even communities.
Conservation of Leadbeater’s Possum
Taking on what he thought was a small project on the PROV Wiki, Dean Haywood’s research has snowballed and taken on a life of its own. This fascinating account of a possum’s rediscovery includes maps, reports and correspondence from colourful characters such as Journalist Norman McCance and conservationist Des Hackett.
Transcription of W.H. Foster’s Diary
The Letterbook, Reports and Diary of William Henry Foster, the first Chinese protector appointed to Ballarat in 1851 has now been transcribed on the Wiki. This diary documents the life of a government official living and working on the Ballarat goldfields.
Would you like to help transcribe historical records? We have a number of records on our Wiki page which require transcribing. Check them out here.
Olympics Photos on the Wiki
Last but not least, the PROV Wiki now displays approximately 25,000 images in our Olympics and Public Transport Corporation photo collections.
Take a look at this new page featuring a story from past Olympian Albie Thomas. Albie tells his story of how he had bought tickets to watch from the stands, but ended up competing on the track instead!
If, like Albie, you have further information to add to any of our Olympics photos, it is now easier to contribute on these photo pages. Just click on the link next to the image which says ‘Edit this page’ to share your knowledge of the image.
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