I have finally managed to get hold of a digital image copier, which I don’t think accurately captures what the device does. It doesn’t copy digital images, but copies slides and film (or scans them) to make digital images/photos.
I have quite a number of old slides that belonged to my grandfather, that I am now hoping to scan before they are forever ruined. Many have been damaged my moisture over the years – so I am not completely sure just how many I can save. I’m hoping to save at least some of them.
I now have a lot more storage room for my digital files (including photos, videos, etc) – in fact I have a whole terabyte of space. This means I can store something like 200 000 photos, or 250 000 MP3s, or 120 hours of HD video.
I have been reminded once again of how much Australians neglect our past. I have thought this for a long time and my visit to the Nabiac/Failford Cemetery reconfirmed my thoughts on the matter.
In the case of cemeteries the state of a cemetery quickly betrays this state of mind. Generally the lawns are very poorly maintained and most of the older (and a good number of the younger) graves are very poorly maintained. If there are gardens and/or lawn plantings – these also will be neglected.
When it comes to trying to read a headstone, generally speaking, the older the headstone the more difficult it is to read. Most of the older headstones are in varying degrees of decay (so to speak).
This neglect is not limited to cemeteries. In my travels around the country I have seen many examples of our heritage being allowed to fall into further ruin through neglect.
I really do think that the majority of Australians do not appreciate our heritage and history. Perhaps we are still too young as a country.