Stroud and District Historical Society is open to new volunteers

Rodney and Bailey Gorton demonstrate the blacksmiths forge as part of a Locals Day.

Rodney and Bailey Gorton demonstrate the blacksmiths forge as part of a Locals Day.

As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Stroud and District Historical Society is on the lookout for more keen volunteers to join the family.

From history buffs to those looking to give back to their community, society president Rod Gorton said there's a role suited to anyone.

"There may be some people who think 'I don't know much about the society or history but I'd love to be involved'," Rod said.

"If you're not really into history or be able to remember the history of the town for a tour, don't worry, there's still a job for you.

"We have heaps of roles like gardening, cleaning or even looking after the Facebook page. It will give people the sense of community and if we can find people to share a bit of the load it can become easier for everyone," Rod said.

The society has become an integral part of the preservation of Stroud's history.

"When you look at the history of the State and Australia, you'll find that Stroud, Gloucester and all other places in the valley have a rich history," Rod said.

Rod is a prime example of the benefits of the society.

A strong group of inquisitive residents take part in a tour of Stroud.

A strong group of inquisitive residents take part in a tour of Stroud.

It wasn't until he started to look back at his family's history where the intrigue for local history began to grow.

"As you get older you start to ask questions about where you live."

One of the key areas the society prides itself on is the wide range of resources.

"We've had so many photos donated over the years," Rod explained.

Fellow volunteer Karen Moller is methodically scanning all resources to ensure they are kept in a digital platform.

"It's a huge undertaking, that's 200 years of photos, prints and stories," Rod said.

The society's Facebook page has become a haven for presenting the information and inquiring with the community about certain resources that may not come with a story.

"We are amateur historians so we might have people in the community who can contribute," Rod said.

"Facebook is a handy tool to put it out to the masses and it can help put some of the pieces to the puzzle together."

The society's 'locals day', last held in April, delves deep into the stories and memories of the town.

"We have people on the tours who don't know about the early days of the town but want to find out," Rod said.

"It's also great for the people who have lived in Stroud all their life and haven't seen parts of the town. We go on a tour of the town to see all the sites and buildings."

You'll certainly receive a comprehensive look at the town, even for those longtime locals.

"On one of the tours we had an 80-year-old man, who has lived in Stroud all his life, step foot into the courthouse for the first time. I just wonder how many other locals are doing the same thing," Rod said.

Interested volunteers can call the society on 4994 5400, email stroudhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or message them on Facebook.