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Bathurst Remembers

‘Bathurst Remembers’ Project grew out of a combined filmmakers and local government initiative to preserve historical films and videos that had been shot on Bathurst and surrounds especially over the past four decades.   During this period Bathurst had been fortunate to have a government Media Unit which circulated all over the State producing a weekly television program and resources on great things happening in schools, education and communities.

When the government closed the Unit in 1996 there was strong agitation that the master tapes should not be lost or destroyed.  From negotiations with the Department of Education , local MP’s and Bathurst Regional Council, Bruce was successful in having the materials stored in the Bathurst Region Library for restoration purposes.

Bruce had been doing extensive research into the viability of storing materials on DVD and authoring them into Interactives. With the growth of his production house AVAMS and the continued functioning of CARP Inc. the stage was set to begin a restoration program in 2001.
By 2005 a number of programs  had been restored and a special promo film prepared outlining the potential of the project.  The time was right to launch the Project at the Bathurst Metro Cinemas and invite the public to attend.   It was a most successful launch and also brought together Schools, Charles Sturt Uni Communication Students and TAFE Media Students. The occasion was also filmed by media  students and made into an introductory DVD on the project.  Whilst a basic coverage it’s certainly worth looking at by all those interested in filmmaking, education and history.

By mid 2010 ninety DVD’s have been produced.  As well as restoration of educational programs they also contain records of recent community and educational events re Bathurst and surrounds including, ‘Bandtown’ prepares for the 2000 Olympics’, ‘Centenary of Federation’, ‘Chifley and the Chifley Engine’, Bathurst Tourism, Motor Racing, community and cultural activities

The notable and valuable restorations are ‘Paddlewheelers and Rivermen’; Bicentenary ‘Women of the West’, ‘Bathurst in the Eighties’, ‘People and Times Past’; ‘Aboriginal Heritage’, ‘International Year of Peace’ and how it was commemorated through western and southern NSW; ‘Education Week Specials’ featuring  education highlights in schools over a period of a year.

Extending the project much further than Bathurst is our aim because the master collections of both the Media Unit and CARP cover most of NSW. Thus the series can for example, become Cowra Remembers, Broken Hill Remembers, Tibooburra Remembers etc. 

Another exciting initiative is linking our project with the Bathurst Community Website, since some of the web technical and educational experts like Waifung Ng have been helping CARP and AVAMS to get their websites operational and investigating streaming selected  community  education and filmmaking programs to the Internet thus providing the potential of a worldwide audience.  At the time of upgrading this Website we are now at the stage of establishing a Portal where shortened 3-8 minute snippets of the most relevant and appealing ‘Remembers Programs’ will be featured on the Internet.  To gain access to these you should go through the Bathurst Remembers Portal or Bathurst Regional Library..

for more information on the Remembers Project contact Bruce on 02 6332 1247 or ryanbphj@bigpond.com.

To view Remembers DVD’s you should contact Bathurst Regional Library where the master collection is held.