The saying ‘Australians will bet on two flies crawling up a wall’ was truer in the 1920s than it is today. Every community that had a few houses, a pub, a church and a hall, also had a racecourse.
Frank Oakden, first General Manager of Kandos cement works, is not memorialised on any street or park in Kandos and so his biography does not appear in the publication Streetwise: Finding History on the Streets of Kandos.
Miss Alice Solomon, a Kandos identity. But how to sum up her life? How is she remembered? Was she admired?
I think the urge to write a book is in many of us. So I give you a list of the books that have helped me write memoir and history.
Over the years as a community retells its history it sometimes relegates a pioneer to the basement or the magins.
A nineteenth century town on the banks of a tranquil river and a twentieth century town beneath a stunning mountain range.
Three army huts, to provide accommodation and dining facilities, were purchased, dismantled, transported and erected on company land near the works site. The new residents were refugees and displaced persons from Europe.
Does the entrepreneur who promoted the Kandos cement industry deserve to be remembered as 'founder of Kandos' - or was he just good at buttering up the press?
Street names are a signpost to the uniqueness and cultural significance of a town. They give clues to our history.
Following this, eight hundred children assembled in the hall for the Governor’s words of wisdom. “If you accept mental and physical discipline,” he told them, “you’ll be able to accept the responsibilities of adulthood.”