What makes the school archives so special are the smaller collections.
The Camberwell Girls Archives collection has been recovered from various locations around the School and this process, commonly referred to as the ‘archaeological dig’ has provided much joy for our new School Archivist, Melissa Campbell. This year, Melissa has enjoyed discovering what treasures the School holds. “So far what makes the Archives special are the smaller collections found within, including the Memory Collection,” says Melissa.
The Memory Collection was created through the research of former Deputy Principal and History Teacher, Rosemary Barkley. “When writing the School’s History Book, In Deeds Not Years, Rosemary gathered many inspirational memories from former students and staff,” says Melissa. The Image Collection, including thousands of original photos spanning over almost 10 decades, as well as the collections of personal papers donated by the School community also make up a significant record for the School History.
Melissa says that many great stories can be found.
“I recently discovered that three of our six Principals had an association with the School at the same time. Miss Louisa Taylor was Head Mistress, Miss Dorothy Hall was a teacher and Miss Barbara Sutton was a student,” she confirms. Melissa is currently working hard to recover specific gaps in the Collection. “Right now I’m focussed on recording and collecting the past fifteen years of the School’s building development. I also want to strategically digitise elements of the collection to create greater access for the School community.”
We look forward to watching Melissa grow and curate this vital component of the School’s rich history.