Website digitises our city's rich history

Looking back: Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and councillor Dai Lee launched the Fairifeld City Heritage collection website on Friday. The site enables users to save and share historical items on social media. Picture: Simon Bennett
Looking back: Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and councillor Dai Lee launched the Fairifeld City Heritage collection website on Friday. The site enables users to save and share historical items on social media. Picture: Simon Bennett

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the new Fairfield City Heritage Collection archival website will give residents a chance to learn about the city's "hidden treasures" and explore maps, listen to oral histories and view photographs dating back to the 1800s.

The website, which provides a digitised catalogue of significant and rare object collections housed at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, also gives a snapshot of Fairfield's evolving boundaries from the mid-1850s to today.

"Every year Fairfield City Heritage Services and the Museum respond to public requests for historic items like building plans, images of streetscapes or street maps of where residents or former residents and their ancestors once lived. These requests require hours and sometimes days of digging through records, archives and collection databases," Mayor Carbone said.

"This is a great way to learn about our history, show our children what Fairfield was like in the past, and reminisce about the old days."