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Help with huge family archive purchased at auction
« on: Wednesday 16 October 13 09:16 BST (UK) »
Hi all .. I have just purchased a Job lot of four huge boxed of paperwork, pictures films & much more and when i have started going through it i have been amazed that it is of one family


now i do not know what to do with it as it has turned out to be loaded with information on the Watt family from the Orkney islands in the 1860's moving to Hobart Tasmania, got married to a local girl,  where he became an early photograph and president of the rotary club went on a world cruse in 1937 and filmed the trip on 16mm film,(2 massive rolls)  there is one album which has been fully filled with photos of both sides of the family with all there names DOB ect.. and much, much more

What should i do ?? also posted in the Australian section

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Re: Help with huge family archive purchased at auction
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 16 October 13 09:47 BST (UK) »
Hi Dooly

A number of things to do
1. find relatives of the family and offer the lot to them (cost of postage is generally okay to ask).
2. Review all the material and write a book
3. Offer the lot to the closest historical society to where the Watt family resided
4. Offer the lot to me and I'll do all 3 above.

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Dudley, Tipton, Worcestshire - ATTWELL, FISHER, RICHARDS, INCE, SHEERWOOD
Greenock, MANNERS, CAMPBELL, MONTGOMERY, LECKIE

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Re: Help with huge family archive purchased at auction
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 16 October 13 10:02 BST (UK) »
thanks for the reply .. I would love to get it to the right people but i paid over 100 for the lot and cannot afford to take the lose..

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Re: Help with huge family archive purchased at auction
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 16 October 13 10:04 BST (UK) »
and they were firm Tasmania .. so dont think posting would be a option






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Re: Help with huge family archive purchased at auction
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 16 October 13 10:57 BST (UK) »
Perhaps family will be willing to pay full costs - if they were my family I certainly would, but then I'm the family historian so something like this would be worth it's weight.

I suggest you find out the best way to protect the items for their long term future.

Would still make a great book. That way everybody would have access to the information. You still might need to locate family to get permission to publish anything that might be related to living people or are of a sensitive nature. Not sure about the films - contact your nearest State or Country archives and they will be able to suggest how best to care for them.

Good luck whatever you choose.

Dudley, Tipton, Worcestshire - ATTWELL, FISHER, RICHARDS, INCE, SHEERWOOD
Greenock, MANNERS, CAMPBELL, MONTGOMERY, LECKIE

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Re: Help with huge family archive purchased at auction
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 16 October 13 11:11 BST (UK) »
Might be of some help maybe

Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954)
Thursday 7 March 1946

 MR J. BUBGESS WATT, a prominent photographer in Hobart for 28 years, has retired becauso of ill-health. Mr; Watt was Governor of the G5th District ol; Rotary International iii 1937-38, 1943-44 and 1914-45, and this year is one . of thc committee of 15 drawn froiu all parts of the world en gaged on a study.of notary's part in the .post-war' period. He will live in Sydney.


Maybe his death index  ???
NSW death index
6924/1979    WATT    JOHN BURGESS-    father DAVID    mother MARY JANE

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Re: Help with huge family archive purchased at auction
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 16 October 13 11:15 BST (UK) »
What a great box   :)

Why don't you try contacting these people here:
http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ and see if they are accepting any acquisitions.

If they are not in a position to cover your costs they may be able suggest an alternative.

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Re: Help with huge family archive purchased at auction
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 16 October 13 11:18 BST (UK) »
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Re: Help with huge family archive purchased at auction
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 16 October 13 11:25 BST (UK) »
Have you tried contacting the Orkney Archives or the Orkney Family History Society.
The FHS, if they publish a journal, they may place details in one for you.
HTH,
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