Unlock Camden turns the key on region's history

Celebrating Camdens community and heritage was the order of the day last Saturday at Unlock Camden.

Camden Council and the Camden Council Heritage Advisory Committees teamed up to host the inaugural event in the foregrounds of the Macaria Building in John Street.

Despite gale force winds forcing the closure of other community events in town, the day went ahead with more than a dozen community groups showcasing their heritage and contribution to the community.

From Girl Guides in historic uniforms and the Country Women's Association with their home made jams and chutneys, to family history research with the Camden Family History Society and the Camden Scouts who have been in the community for more than 100 years, the day was a celebration of the people and organisations that make up the Camden community.

The Camden Heritage Walking tour and brochure were relaunched and Historical Society Members were there to provide more information on the self guided tours that can be conducted year round.

Chief organiser and Heritage Advisory Committee member Laura Jane Aulsebrook said that the purpose of the day was to celebrate what we love about Camden and unlock something new about the history that surrounds the community and town that we live in.

Many people walk by these buildings on a daily basis and know in the back of their minds about the community groups existence but do not really know the stories behind them," she said.

"This was a chance to learn more about their history and why they are so important to the fabric of the community.

The Camden Community Band and local duo The Honey Sippers provided entertainment on the day along with the Alan Baker Spring Exhibition on display.

Ms Aulsebrook said of particular excitement was the reveal of the #mycamdenstory artwork.

The hitching post outside Macaria was adorned with 100 images of Camden residents and local places.

Anyone who used the hashtag #mycamdenstory over the past few weeks had the chance to be included as a way of sharing the people and stories that make up the Camden history and community today she said.

Residents are encouraged to keep using the hashtag across social media to continue sharing images and stories that celebrate the community and history of Camden.

The #mycamdenstory hitching post is still on display outside the Macaria building on John Street, Camden.