How embracing technology is keeping Nanango's history alive
KEEPING Nanango's history alive by preserving its stories is important to Kate Perrett.
That's why the captain of Nanango State High School agreed to become the narrator for Nanango's audio tour through the town on the Soundtrails app.
"It is good for locals to learn the history of town where they are living because not everyone has been here forever, but most people have and it would be nice for them to hear the stories of some iconic people in the town before things change or the future takes over,” Kate said.
"I think there are a lot of good stories to be told because a lot of the families that are here now have been here for a really long time or come here.
"Keeping the history alive - I think that is the most important thing and the aim of it, to keep Nanango's iconic history and keep those stories being told.”
The Nanango audio walking guide starts at the RSL and is one of 13 on the app which informs listeners about the history of the town as they walk to the landmarks.
Kate often hears about the history of the town from her grandfather, Tom Perrett, and said she was looking forward to more people discovering what happened in his day.
"Everyone knows everyone, like if you mention Reg McCallum everyone knows a story about him or my grandfather,” she said.
"We are a really positive town with lots of old-fashioned traditions and stories of adventure.”
The decision to make an audio guide was an initiative of the Nanango History Room, its members assisted by Hamish Sewell.
Nanango History Room's Mary Green said she hoped everyone enjoyed the experience to discover more about the town from fellow residents.
"Over the years the demographic of the town has changed and we put a request out for people to do interviews with Hamish,” she said.
Mrs Green said she believed more people were stopping in Nanango since the opening of the South Burnett Rail Trail, and events like the Heritage Nanango Country Muster, and she hoped would make the most of the app to learn more about Nanango while in town.
To learn more about Nanango's history, download the Soundtrails app from either the Apple App Store or Google play on Android.