LOCAL historian Stanley Cordwell passed away earlier this week, after a long illness. Stan, who recently published his latest book, was aged 87. His final book, Boyer and the Peg Factory, has been a runaway success.
A long-time Lachlan resident, Stan also had a long connection with the New Norfolk Historical Information Centre and played a key role in the transcription of old records to make them accessible to the public through the centre’s series of books.
A former technical specialist at ABC-TV, Stan had an aptitude for technology and he embraced computers at an early stage. He personally digitised thousands of photo negatives from the archive of newspaper journalist Joe Cowburn and these now form the JJ Cowburn Collection.
Stan died at the Royal Hobart Hospital on March 11, surrounded by family members. He is survived by daughters Maryanne and Kelly. A graveside funeral service will be held at Malbina Cemetery at 2pm on March 16. Donations to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation will be accepted at the service.