Updated: Apr 1, 2020
One of the objectives of the ‘Book Spaces’ project is to record lesser known libraries dedicated to servicing specific client groups. Over the past few months I have had access to such a space. I have been documenting the library of the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC). The library holds data and information pertaining to family history research. It contains a comprehensive collection of about 20,000 titles and many thousands of microforms, including all available Birth, Death and Marriage (BDM) indexes of the Australian States, a vast collection of Australian and Overseas Cemetery records, Monumental Inscriptions and Parish records.
The exercise of photographing the library was challenging and rewarding. While the library facility is small and difficult to photograph, the collection and associated artefacts are extraordinary. The site provided a wealth of photographic opportunity. My final portfolio is an eclectic array of documentary (archival), architectural and still-life images.
My thanks to the Councillors and Officers of the Society who agreed to the library being photographed. Also, my heartfelt thanks to the volunteers, members and visitors to the library who assisted so enthusiastically in the project.
HAGSOC website - https://familyhistoryact.org.au/index.php