Wright collection on display in Byron library
ENTHUSIASTIC amateur historians were at Byron Bay library last Friday to see a display of photos from well-known Byron Bay historian Eric Wright.
Mr Wright passed away in 2005 and his wish was to see his vast collection displayed at the library. The project had to wait while the new library was built.
Among the crowd poring over the newly digitised prints were Mr Wright's children, Robyn Faulks and David Wright, current mayor of Ballina.
"This is what our father wanted. I feel he is here today with us," Robyn said. "It was his dream to have all his photos donated to the library.
"We are very grateful to Pat Kranz from the library, the Byron and Brunswick Heads Historical societies and NORTEC for the enormous amount of work they have done."
Pat Kranz, from the library, said that aside from the vast amount of visual material, there was also roughly 800 hours of audio tapes yet to be catalogued.
"Our father had the sense that what people were doing was real history and that everybody's story was worth telling," David said.