On Thursday 26 October, staff from the State Library of NSW traveled to Nimbin for a special event being held in partnership with the Richmond Tweed Regional Library.
The weather was wonderful and this exciting day started with the Mobile Library driving up street in Nimbin. Marquees were set up with PCs connected and ready to present Amplify to the world.
Some of the original interviewees from recordings collected in the early 1990s by the Richmond-Tweed Oral History Group attended the launch, which was kicked off by Alison Wishart, Senior Curator, at 11.30am. Immediately the PCs were in use with interviewees and members of the public accessing the digital audio records on the Aquarius Festival and life at that time.
Benny Zable, an interviewee and world-famous activist left the artwork he was working on in Allsopp Park, Imagine, and spent time editing his interview. Some of the original participants have passed but members of their family attended and listened to their stories.
While organising the launch a number of people had spent time trying to contact all interviewees to invite them along. Unfortunately not all could be contacted during this time but a wonderful coincidence occurred just before the launch. Walking up the street was Eddie, one of the original interviewees who did not know about the launch and was amazed his interview was now being made available for everyone to hear. It could only happen in Nimbin.
It is now over to everyone to listen to the records and edit any necessary changes (and it can be as simple correcting a spelling error). You can also take the opportunity to enjoy some beautiful photos of such a colourful period in NSW's history taken by Roger Marchant.
This unique oral history collection is a wonderful insight into life at the Aquarius Festival and Nimbin. Read, listen, edit and enjoy!
Amplify launch in Nimbin