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Memories to sort

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October 06, 2017

John and I have decluttered a lot of stuff and started packing to move in two weeks.

We’re downsizing — just up the road, but it still means lock, stock and barrel.

Then we will place our house on the market.

Now, the question is, what do I do with all of my memorabilia? My 33 years’ of newspaper writing clippings, photos and Seymour’s 150th anniversary papers?

Seymour will be 175 in two years and I hope someone, or a committee, can help it celebrate this milestone.

I wrote The Avenel Activities from 1984 to 1991 and The Seymour Social Scene from 1990 to 2000 under the name Diane Laverie.

I have been going through my clipping scrapbooks, and the memories of all I’ve written about or taken pics of has come flooding back to me.

I have at least 20 years of content on Seymour, and 12 years of cuttings in scrapbooks, and some years of cuttings in folders.

Things have changed since Marg Rea (advertising lady at The Telegraph) and I worked hard each Saturday afternoon at the office preparing our work for the following week’s paper.

There were no home computers or emails then, just working on a cybergraphic machine to Shepparton or sending hard copy pictures or ad work to that office for printing.

I married John Grant in October 2000 and continued to write the District Diary for Seymour, and received my 15-year McPherson Media Group award.

I have been doing the social news for Nagambie since 2001 for local papers, while also dabbling in bits of news for Avenel and Seymour when I can.

I was also a major contributor to Puckapunyal army magazine The Boomerang, serving as editor from 2004 to 2012.

What to do with nine years of those printed booklets? Should I leave them at the Pucka library for posterity?

Also, what to do with my newspaper clippings of scribblings?

I asked Seymour and District Historical Society’s John Jennings if the Seymour Museum would take my 10 years of scrapbooks, and I asked the Nagambie and District Historical Society if their museum would take the 16 years I’ve done here so far.

John and Nagambie’s representative said yes.

So my work is not wasted, and historically all the hatches, matches, dispatches, anniversaries, thousands of stories of local groups, Australia Day, ‘someone special’ awards, festivals and all sorts of news will be kept for posterity.

Now it’s time to start on my thousands of photos. Wish me luck.

I will still do some writing and pics, and my celebrant work. So I will still be around.

●Di Grant is a long-time contributor to the The Telegraph.

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