Not everyone approved of co-operative stores, particularly business owners in competition.
“For better or worse the new mining township has been christened ‘Candos’...The plan of survey of the proposed new cement town at Coomber, to be known as ‘Candos’ was laid on the table by the clerk showing the streets and other details.”
Kandos and District Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool is a hidden gem. Clean, private, and largely unpeopled, it sits above the main road, prepared to unlock its splendour only to those who visit.
Pioneers have an important place in our history. They confirm our beginnings and give us role models. Over the years, as a community retells its history, it sometimes relegates a pioneer to the basement or the margins.
At the same time as Mrs J B Simpkins, wife of Councillor Simpkins, switched on the lights at the sub-station in McDonald Street Kandos, my grandfather’s four-year old daughter Josie, sitting on her uncle’s shoulders, reached over and switched on the lights in their home.
What did it take, I ask myself, to create a town and industry at the beginning of last century?
Suddenly through the night air came the thrilling sounds of a brass band “marching in from the back blocks”. It drew crowds to the main street. It drew children with their own tin-can band.
The Kandos Progress Association helped build much of Kandos. Yet there is no visible testimony. Thankfully there is plenty of evidence in newspapers of the time.
A hall built by visionaries to suit a town built by visionaries. A building that has shaped our community, provided a focal point and improved our quality of life.
There will always be questions I forgot to ask my mother but there’s a good chance I’ll find some answers in the Mudgee Guardian. They say nothing is as dead as yesterday’s newspaper. But I say at least you can dig up your ancestors.