The group deals with historical aspects of the north-east section of the shire, with detailed research culminating in many publications over the years, and the installation of five plaques at historic sites of significance.
Wowsers, Bowsers and Peppercorn Trees is a new collection of Ariah Park and District History compiled by editor, Nigel Judd. The book contains all material from an earlier publication “Looking Back” in 1988.
This new History Book was launched at the 2007 Ariah Park Centenary Celebrations by feature writers, Jessie Seymour and Jim Davey.
“Wowsers, Bowsers and Peppercorn Trees contains chapters on the early days of Ariah Park, the History of Local Government, Business, Churches, local organisations and sporting groups.
Some 22 “Unforgettable Characters” are mentioned, while a number of historical accounts of the ‘the good old days” and past events are a feature of the book.
Copies are available from the Editor, Nigel Judd at 1 Coolamon Street, Ariah Park, NSW 2665 phone (02) 6974 1026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Price - $25
Looking Back is a collection of history and stories from the Ariah Park and district (now also included in Wowsers, Bowsers and Peppercorn Trees, detailed above).
Looking Back was compiled and published by the Ariah Park Community Association as a bicentennial project in 1988, while Nigel Judd was responsible for the compilation and editing of the publication.
The book was not produced as a definitive history, but used to record what was available at the time, and stimulate further discussion and research to contribute to future publications.
The 1987 publication is described as an account of the settlement at Broken Dam (Ariah Park NSW); its people and its progress.
While Broken Dam no longer exists, through the pages of Beehive and The Broken Dam, local historian Bill Speirs has preserved the story of the microcosm of early settlement for all time.
Price - $15
The idea of publishing a pictorial record of the early days of Ariah Park was conceived by Pastor Kemsley, after great interest had been generated in a slide production presented at the Jubilee celebrations of the Baptist Church in 1962.
It is said that To Live Again was not intended to present a detailed account of the history of Ariah Park, but rather to give a very brief outline to accompany the pictures that in themselves can convey far more than words could ever tell.
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