FINALIST: William David Mason, Archivist, Beaudesert Museum, Historical Society of Beaudesert Inc
David Mason is a volunteer Archivist with the Beaudesert Museum, Historical Society of Beaudesert Inc. He has been a dedicated member of the Society for a number of years, during which time he has used his training and abilities as a former professional at the State Library of Queensland to greatly enhance the work of the Museum within the community.
One of David’s greatest achievements has been the indexing of thousands of the Museum’s files, both as paper records and as a searchable online document – over 1,600 pages are regularly updated and accessed by historians, students, and family history researchers. David has also researched and written a 363-page book and numerous historical booklets on topics relevant to the Beaudesert region.
David has been a tremendous asset to the Beaudesert Museum in promoting the importance of recording local history, and ensuring that the Museum provides a safe repository that can be accessed by the community and future generations. His generosity in sharing his experience and expertise has inspired other volunteers to assist with the mammoth task of indexing the Museum’s collection.
David’s research and publications, such as his book containing the records of over 600 soldiers and nurses from the Beaudesert area who served in the First World War, have not only generated income for the Museum but leave a valuable legacy for the community.