The history of Wauchope is alive and well and thriving online.
It's thanks in part to the enthusiastic response from the local community to a Facebook group called 'Wauchope History'.
With Wauchope as the central hub, the group covers an area from Telegraph Point in the north to Laurieton and Kendall to the south, Gingers Creek and Comboyne out west, and Port Macquarie to the east.
The focus of the group has been to showcase the region’s history by way of photos and comments from its members, some of which have ties back to the early settlers and first land grants in the area.
Initially founded by Jeni Ballard, the group has thrived since January 2018. Group co-ordinator, Chris Rogan puts this down to the avid participation of its members in providing photos to the group’s library collection where wonderful memories and scenes from yesteryear can be found.
"A large number of local people want to share their photos from back in time, but they don't want to donate or give away their treasured albums and memories forever," said Chris.
"Others just aren’t sure how to go about producing a digital image from an old photo.”
That's where Chris and the group come in. As the group photo archivist, he can visit you at home and create a digital copy of a photo for sharing on the spot, while your family will still retain possession of those treasured family albums.
Chris says ‘Wauchope History’ is an excellent resource for school projects, amateur history buffs, or those just wanting to browse back in time, the way we were.
Wauchope History can be easily found on Facebook, and Chris Rogan is contactable for help with photos, either there, or by phone on 02-65852925.