Colleen and Terry bought a house in Kandos in 2003. She wanted to connect with ancestors. He wanted to connect with the golf course. Colleen discovered her ancestors in early newspapers, local history collections and museums. At the same time, she came to appreciate Kandos’s significant history, its unique architecture and fine facilities (including its golf course). Her search resulted in the following publications. These can be ordered via this website or from local outlets.


Henbury 2
$12 plus p&p $8

Henbury, the Early History of a Country Golf Course
When two women had an argument on Kandos Golf Course, one of them started a new golf course, Henbury. That is only part of the story of how an eighteen-hole, architecturally-designed, championship golf course was created in the small town of Kandos and why it is such a great course to play.

Henbury, the Early History of a Country Golf Course was shortlisted by The Society of  Women Writers NSW Inc. It is available from the author via this website.


$5 plus p&p $5

Beneath a Moving Ropeway: Architectural Landmarks of Kandos

Beneath a Moving Ropeway gives the history and architectural features of eighteen distinctive buildings in Kandos.
This 22-page booklet complements the free brochure “Come for a Walk around Kandos”. Beneath a Moving Ropeway is available from the author via this website and at Kandos Museum and the Cottage Museum.


STREETWISE cover copy
$25 plus p&p $12

Streetwise: Finding History on the Streets of Kandos
contains the biographies of many of the pioneers of Kandos and gives a history of each of the 40 streets, 25 parks and 18 subdivisions of the town. It includes historical maps, photos and news articles and has a detailed index. If your ancestors are not here you will find clues to discover them. And you will learn about the town in which they lived and worked.

Streetwise was supported by a grant from the Royal Australian Historical Society. It is  available from the author via this website and also at Kandos Museum, the Cottage Museum and Kandos Newsagency.


Day Dawn
$15 plus p&p $8

Once a Day Dawn
Using a blend of memoir, biography and history, Colleen tells the story of her grandfather, who left home at 14, spent 14 years on the goldfields of Western Australia and, with his brothers, established the first butcher and baker shops in Kandos.

Once a Day Dawn explores: horse racing at Kandos and in the Central West; freemasonry at Rylstone and Kandos; life on the Murchison gold fields of Western Australia; migration to Nelson New Zealand; the towns of Kandos, Cadia, Portland and Gloucester; butchering in the early twentieth century.

Once a Day Dawn reveals the truths behind an early Kandos scandal and an amassed fortune.

Other Publications

Your publications about the Kandos Rylstone area.

Contact the author if you would like your local history publications promoted on this website.