Kete Selwyn aims to be a vibrant and lively online community that works together to capture the memories and stories of Selwyn District’s past and present. With over 1700 images, audio and descriptions - all Creative Commons licensed - Kete Selwyn is certainly making their community’s content easier to find, share and use!
Glen Walker, Selwyn Libraries Manager, says Kete Selwyn has "...been a labour of love". Glen did some careful budgeting and was able to create a short term position for a knowledgeable and experienced Heritage Librarian.
Heritage Librarian, Lynda Seaton, catalogued cabinets crammed full of "misc" history stuff, and digitised as much as possible as she went.
Glen says they are particularly proud of the Soldiers of Selwyn collections which is the first time that accurate information has been brought together about every single WW1 soldier listed on a memorial in the Selwyn area.
Now working in a different library Lynda is still volunteering her time to add to Kete Selwyn and is about to start WW2 soldiers - which is very exciting!
Kete Selwyn was publicly launched in December 2009 and they are planning on new ways to work with the Selwyn community to add more content.
They have big plans for Heritage Week this year and next ANZAC Day they will promote the Soldiers of Selwyn collection to local schools. It is hoped the schools will use the collection to create new content experiences that will commemorate the sacrifice of their community's soldiers.
Congratulations Kete Selwyn and welcome to DigitalNZ!
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I recently researched 9 soldiers whose names are on a Methodist Church memorial board at the Tai Tapu library. Would you be interested in the files?
Hi Judith, feel free to send throught more information regarding your research, and we will see what we can do for you. Our email is: email@example.com. Thanks, Ting.