This got me thinking about how we are now bombarded with information to the extent that, speaking for myself, I hear the news and the next day often can't remember what I listened to. But then along comes events like the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley flash floods, the Brisbane floods and now the mega-cyclone in North Queensland which will stay in our memories forever. Not to mention Victoria's floods and Perth's bushfires. We will hook events in our own lives to January 2011. It's remembering the "humdrum" events which make up our own history that is important. Some of us are better at doing this than others. Years fly by and sometimes we just picture it all as a blur. How can we keep these precious memories? The old fashioned diary idea should not be sneezed at and what about actually printing those photos you have on your computer and putting them in an album with dates and some detail? especially the names of the people in the photos!! It is the story that goes with the photo that is the most important part. Storing important photos along with relevant notes in cyberspace keeps them safe from flood and fire as long as you can remember your password!!!
It is frustrating as a family historian to be shown wonderful photos but nobody knows who the people are. I have also been guilty ol this but now I'm more aware of what details should be recorded. Now I wish I had asked my mother more questions about her relatives and how they fitted into her life. Of course, the same goes for my father whose family was far distant.
The flash floods in the Lockyer Valley have happened before. My mother lived on her brother's farm at Helidon around 1930 and she used to speak of children being washed away on their way home from school with no warning - it hadn't been raining locally and the water came out of nowhere. There's another story I could have gathered more details about..... if only.
So how about it. Do you have any ideas to share to help with the preservation of memories?