Having just clicked the reply button on an email granting permission to the State Library to archive this blog for perpetuity, I guess you could safely say I've got history on my mind.
I'm very honoured to have been added to their archive, but slightly terrified that my future grandchildren could be reading this one day.
Hi, guys! I am your ancestor and I don't much care for snakes. Stay in school!
Anyway, when the email from the library requesting permission to archive came in, I was busy poring over this map, which Joyce sent me after her visit the other day.
It shows the area as it looked when it was originally settled, right around 1880 I believe. I can see where our place is and a lot of the names around about are still living around here today.
While I'm a little wary of having my ramblings locked away forever, maps like the one above remind me of the value of preserving records of our way of life for future generations to look over in years to come.
I'll be visiting the Laidley Pioneer Museum soon to see what else I can find. I would SO LOVE to find a photo of our place as it looked in its heyday.