THE BOWER BIRD
Metaphorically speaking, when it comes to collecting and collections, I am a bit like a bower bird. I hang onto things for a long, long time and create frustration in others when I won’t tidy up, throw out, or give away items that I have collected.
Among the collectables I have kept are the following:
All my annual diaries from 1970 onward – there is a gap here in there but they’re mostly intact.
Copies of letters that I sent to people over the years as we were working in rural and remote parts of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. They are a good record.
The various trip diaries I compiled when we were travelling overseas and interstate.
Albums of coins, especially those appropriately cast for commemerative reasons.
Chronicles of teaching and administrative materials that I acquired over the years, in order to assist others and also to stimulate writing on educational subjects, something I do in retirement.
Collections of slides and photographs of places that we have seen, worked in, and lived in, over the years. (These need to be converted).
In terms of collection I have given a great deal of material to the Northern Territory Archives, because as I get older it becomes of less used to me and if it’s not given a way where it may be useful for research purposes in years to come, it may well finish up at the rubbish tip when our house is cleared
Copies of articles I have contributed to publications over many years. Included is the volume of 300 columns I wrote for the Northern Territory News in a weekly column “ Gray Matters” for nearly 6 years after my retirement. (I have never written for remuneration .)
I also have a great deal of material that is saved online, including photographs, written materials and so on.
I really use LinkedIn as a source where by written material is retained in a collectible manner.
I blog and have over 2000 pieces of written and .saved material.
Collectibles ultimately translate into a trove of quite wealthy information.