10,000 glimpses of past posted online

By Amie Hickland

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The Wairarapa Archive has finally hit the jackpot and can boast having 10,000 images in its online database.

Archivists have been uploading images to Picture Wairarapa for about seven years and spent weeks anticipating the 10,000th upload which was done late last week.

Archivist Gareth Winter said there were over one million photos so it was unlikely every one would be included.

"There would be no other archive in any town our size that would have anything like the number of photos we have online. I think it's pretty cool."

While there isn't any preference to what gets uploaded, some photos are more likely to go digital than others.

Mr Winter said any photos which are scanned for the public are uploaded, and they have made sure every school in the region is in the database at least once.

The archivists have also made sure photos from a variety of towns are included in the database.

"That's the sort of thing people are often interested in."

Although he was unsure how many people have used the database, Mr Winter said the archives is one of the most popular sections on the Masterton District Council website.

Digital and social media expert Adam Simpson said some photos can take much longer to upload than others.

"That can be a nice, quick, job or it can be frustrating fight."

He said they were watching the site carefully to monitor when the 10,000th photo was put up.

The photos, which have been scanned, are ready to be uploaded to the database, but won't be until information - such as names - has been checked and added.

"We were about 14 away and then about 100 came through all at once," he said.

The website is free - find Picture Wairarapa at http://bones.mstn.govt.nz/picture - wairarapa/search.html/

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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