IN MEMORY of her father Max, Linda Oliffe is one step closer to opening up the region's past for the present.
The Blackwater history buff, and long-term local, has finally got the go-ahead to start a historical collection at the former QCWA Hall in town, and said the Historical Society will host a meeting on Saturday for anyone interested in contributing.
"We've got the hall, and now we can get started on putting things together," Linda said.
"I'd been holding back a bit, because we weren't sure how things would go, but now we've got it in writing and we're looking forward to it."
Linda said the hall will house a number of items from her own family, and plenty of others.
The hidden gems, which have been locked away for years, will be on display for locals and travellers.
She said the group will get started as soon as possible.
"If possible I'd like to start, as soon as the name gets registered, it will take a couple of months, and it will be transferred over," she said.
"I'll be pushing from now on to get it up and going.
"The quicker we get going, the quicker people will see action."
She said the Historical Society has seen a number of new members eager to sign up, and Linda encouraged anyone who held anything historical to contribute it, for the short term or long term.
"If people want to put things in for a few years, that's fine," she said.
"You can take it back, if you'd like to pass it on to family members.
"If anyone has any ideas or if people have anything to contribute... I won't say no to anything, even if I've got to put it on the roof," she said with a laugh.
She said the hall will be a historical hotspot and great for grey nomads.
The meeting will be held at the hall from 9.30am.
All are welcome.
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