A Woman in Red

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.

A Day at the Bylong Mouse Races

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.

Staking a Claim for Dunns Swamp

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.

Kandos Origins: Boom or Bust?

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.

Obituary for Kandos Race Club

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.

Man on a Mission Frank Oakden

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.