Did you know there is a fast and free way to convert your printed photos into digital files?
Park Ridge Connect has been providing a photo digitisation and scanning service to the Logan West community for the past 12 months.
The free service, which was supported by Division Eight Councillor Jacob Heremaia’s community benefit fund, can turn stacks of printed pictures into digital images on a USB in just seconds.
84-year-old Bill Jones has been using the service to convert thousands of personal and family photographs taken since 1918.
His current project of sorting photos into chronological order for his children and grandchildren had become a hobby which helped him get through the Covid lockdowns.
“It’s a passion … it means everything to me,” Mr Jones said.
“You feel like you’ve achieved something, with the help of someone that understands.”
Logan West resident Melinda Sampson used the service to digitise childhood photographs for her sons’ 18th birthday collage.
“I had done this for my other children, so I knew scanning them all in was going to be a huge job,” she said.
She decided to use the photo scanning service instead and was able to convert a heap of photographs at once.
“I was so amazed at how quickly the machine scanned through the images,” she said.
“It saved me so much time … great quality scans too.
“This is such a great service being offered to our community.”
Local resident Francelle Little, who was one of the first residents to use the scanner in 2020, had gotten married just before the era of digital photography.
She saw the advertisement and was able to get her pictures digitised so she could finally have some large photos and canvasses made.
“Trying to sort through the tiny negatives to find which photo to print was going to be a big job,” she said.
“Now having them digitally scanned, its so easy to pick photos, and more importantly I know they are safe from fire or damage.
“To be able to store old photos safely is a wonderful peace of mind.”
Several community members have used the service for a number of other purposes, including;
- Collecting photos for funerals and memorial montage videos,
- Scanning photos to upload to Ancestory.com records,
- Collecting local history images for Park Ridge History Connect,
- Digitally archiving lifetimes of photographs for children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Over 3000 photographs have been scanned for residents so far.
The service is available most Tuesday mornings from 9-11am at the Park Ridge Coolabah Tree Café.
To book a spot, visit the Park Ridge Connect Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ParkRidgeConnect or contact Paul to arrange a time on 0410 583 291.