Pixel the Past: digital histories

In April 2017, Pixel the Past presented new digital media works in an exhibition at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) that explored nine heritage stories from the Ballina Shire. Alstonville High School students (years 9-12), members of the Plateau’s Historical Society – the ‘heritage buddies’ – and digital media creators Duke Albada, Susie Forster and Karenza Ebejer collaborated over nine months to research and create these works. Project participants attended a series of workshops, led by historian Kate Gahan, to inspire the stories. These are the creative outcomes from the project. 

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Pixel the Past has been supported by Ballina Shire Council, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Alstonville Plateau Historical Society and Alstonville High School.

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The Echoes of Lumley Park

This is the story of Lumley Park, from its origins as part of the Big Scrub to its vital restoration through the work of William Ambrose ...


Between These Walls

The former Bank of NSW, located on the western corner of main street Alstonville, is a gem of a building. It reveals some interesting and ...


The Changing Place of Newrybar

Today Newrybar is a thriving rural settlement located on the northern edge of the Shire. It is home to 460 residents – both long-term and ...


The Band Man: Neville Keevers

Music has been part of the NSW public school curriculum for many decades. Initially, vocal music was taught from the time Government ...


Fear Not - Archie's Story

In the early 1890s, the Wollongbar Experimental Farm was established by the NSW Colonial Government. Its aim was to experiment with ...


Carry On

Until recent decades, the influence of religion in shaping local communities was significant. The Christian traditions of Anglicanism, ...


Policing the Plateau

Built in 1902, the Alstonville Police Station has been an enduring government service in the town – both the police service and the ...


Searching for Andrew Connolly

In the Richmond River district, with the creation of towns and villages in the late nineteenth century churches and cemeteries were ...


Unlocking Sheroo

Along with Europeans, Indian families were among new settlers to arrive in the Richmond River district in the latter half of the ...


The Making Of

Making our Pixel the Past stories was a fabulous journey for all involved. We had a strong hunch at the outset of the project that this ...


Pixel the Past Blog

This project was as much about the journey as it was about the story outputs that were created.The Pixel the Past blog provides insights and ...

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