"WHO'S BEEN WORKIN' ON THE RAILWAYS?"
The Caloundra Family History Research Inc. have completed a CD-Rom from 12 microfilmed Queensland Railway Departmental Registers, with over 2,000 pages which contain more than 33,000 entries covering Departments, Branches, Stations and Railways listing clerical staff, engineers, mechanics, boilermakers and many more.
Indexing convenor Therese Black, and her team have worked for over 2 years on this monumental task. "A team of five travelled to the State Archives once and sometimes twice a month to transfer the data from the Registers to computers. I think we all learned a lot about the geography of the State and the development of the railway system in those early days," she said.
"Most of the handwriting was beautiful, but there were a few headaches trying to decipher some of it. The use of old-fashioned letters was a challenge, but we soon got used to it. As busy as we were, we sometimes were able to recognise people as they travelled from job to job."
"And there were sad entries, like those showing men had been killed in accidents, or nice ones where widows, because of their late husband's service, were given jobs as gatekeepers because a rent-free house came with the job," she said.
CD-Rom COST: $60 or pre-release price: $50.
LAUNCH: 1pm Saturday 8 September
VENUE: Guide Hut, Arthur Street, Caloundra