We should not forget that Australian citizenship has a murky past.
Zena Hayes Hairdressing Salon, next door to the Angus Memorial Hall, was blushing with excitement and crushed with white ball gowns. Twenty trembling young ladies powdered their noses, checked bouquets, adjusted straps and smoothed hairdos while an assembly of 350 guests arrived in their glamorous evening wear for a glorious night.
How do you hold a mouse race so that everyone can see, so that the mice don't escape into the crowd, and so you can lay your bets knowing you won't be diddled? All my questions were answered when we watched the first race in one of two very large tents.
Dunns Swamp Ganguddy is a place to watch water fowl fly above the lake, hear lyrebirds scratch in the undergrowth, discover a bed of wild violets or be mesmerized by the humming of cicadas.
The universal and nostalgic appeal of picnics has been captured again and again in art, film and literature.
There was to be only one hotel in Kandos because every other block of land sold by the company had a caveat on the title forbidding its use as a hotel. A cunning move by the directors. By selling a monopoly, they created a bidding war.
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.