Well known Narooma author and historian, Laurell Pacey has been honoured for 2019 Queen's Birthday Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to community history.
"I started pursuing my interest in history and places, where they are and what makes them tick when my children were young," she said.
With a degree in Agricultural Science and journalism under her belt, Ms Pacey then did a Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History and started as working as a freelance journalist which she did for about 15 years.
"I was frustrated when I moved to Narooma in 1989 that there was nothing that really explained the area's fascinating history and so my digging began," Ms Pacey said.
Ms Pacey has to date has published 10 books about the history of Narooma, Montague, Bodalla and Tilba.
"The books are constantly evolving as I find more pieces to the jigsaw. As one sells out I add more and publish a revised edition.
"What has been so absolutely wonderful is finding that so many others share my fascination with the area's history, hence the sales of my books.
"I am quite overwhelmed that someone appreciated what I do so much that they nominated me for an OAM. It is really is very humbling," she said.
Ms Pacey is also a founding member of the Narooma Historical Society and now their president.
Since 2000, Laurelle has been at keen member of the Rotary Club of Narooma holding down many positions, currently that of Bulletin Editor and Club Historian.
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