History in the Making – Creating A Covid-19 Archive for our Community

This is a very important time in the history of the world and indeed of our own community. SDHS is launching a project to collect material from its members, volunteers, local businesses, community groups and local residents (to name a few) on the impact of Covid-19 on our community.  We will create and publish a historical archive for access by current and future generations.

We are keen to collect photos, videos, brochures, journals, voice recordings etc documenting changes brought upon our local area by Covid-19.

 Some members have already started collecting photos of local notices at churches, businesses and of course of the historic closure of local beaches and playgrounds. We would also like to hear of the various ways the community, young and old, has coped with such significant change to our lives and those of our loved ones.  There is much kindness and humour arising and it is important that we capture that as well as some of the frustrations and anxieties we may be experiencing.

SDHS covers Sandringham, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Hampton and the portion of Highett and Cheltenham west of the railway line.  That is not to say that we are not interested in input from bordering areas so please feel free to donate

A few important points to note:

Items from the SDHS Covid-19 collection will be made available to researchers and the general public at the SDHS  Centre and via its online catalogue published on eHive or successors. Items may be used in future SDHS exhibitions, publications or in other ways that become available in the future.  In donating an item to the Covid-19 collection, you are granting Sandringham & District Historical Society an irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive and royalty-free licence to use, display, publish, copy, modify or adapt, or otherwise disseminate the work (in whole or in part) for any purpose.

As a historical society, we hold an important archive for future research. For this reason, we ask that you provide some information that will enable future researchers to zone in on their particular interest.  If appropriate, we would like to tag your contribution as being say from a primary school student, a family with school aged children, an elderly long-term resident, a cafe, sports group etc.  Please provide background information of this type.  For photos and videos please be sure to state photographer, date and location.

Our privacy policy is located at:

We acknowledge the support of Sandringham Community Bank in providing partnership funds to enable us record and share local contemporary community history.

Items can be donated to the Covid-19 collection by email to:

Hard copy items should be retained until we are able to accept them at our Centre, 62 Bay Road, Sandringham.

Comments or queries can be directed to the Secretary on this email address or by submitting an enquiry through our website

Please share this call for donations to your own local networks and social media groups.

Thank you for reading this far and for your future donation!  Keep safe and well.

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