December issue of South Coast history magazine ‘Recollections’ out soon

The December issue of the popular South Coast history magazine “Recollections” will be officially launched on Friday, December 1 at a morning tea at Batemans Bay Library.

This  issue of Recollections includes articles on the challenges of reaching the South Coast by sea, by road and later by air, the story of how and why war memorials were erected, or not erected, in the case of Moruya, from World War I onwards.

Then there is the tale of a South Coast ghost and a shady character it protected, the history of a World War II American Army “Rag Tag Fleet” that included numerous vessels seized from Greenwell Point near Nowra and from Eden, and details about Benjamin Boyd’s blackbirding practices.

It also contains an interesting pictorial spread of historic photographs from the Bemboka area.

The magazine will be available from all Eurobodalla Shire and Bega Shire libraries from December 1.  It is free.

“Recollections” is also available in PDF format from the South Coast History Society by simply emailing “send Recollections” to southcoasthistory@yahoo.com

The formal launch of the latest issue of Recollections will be followed by a discussion including two local historians about the area’s fascinating past. 

Myf Thompson, the curator of Batemans Bay’s Old Courthouse Museum, and Ewan Morrison, the president of the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society, will be joining Peter Lacey, president of the South Coast History Society, to recount their favourite stories about the area’s past and to reveal what is currently fascinating them historically.

And then everyone attending the function will be invited to join in the discussion.

“This is usually the most interesting part of the morning,” Mr Lacey said. “We have absolutely no idea what locals are going to reveal, and often they tell some quite unusual stories about our past that absolutely fascinate everyone in attendance.”

“At the launch of the last issue of Recollections, for example, we discovered how a significant amount of lead flashing was stolen from the roof of a heritage building near Eden, and about how those responsible were eventually tracked down.  The story was actually so intriguing that it has been included in this December issue of the magazine.”  

Seating at this discussion about local history and launch of “Recollections” can be secured by phoning Batemans Bay Library on 4472 5850.

“Recollections” is a free community-oriented magazine that is compiled and issued every second month by the South Coast History Society.  It aims to share some of the most interesting stories from the region’s past and also aims to publicise some of the little-known historic treasures that are still to be found in the area.

“Recollections” is provided to local high schools for use as a teaching resource and copies of each issue are distributed to local hairdressers, doctors, physiotherapists, hospitals and vet clinics for placement in their waiting areas.

Past issues of the magazine and further information about “Recollections” are available at southcoasthistory@yahoo.com.

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