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BOOKS

Manning Valley Historical Society is proud to publish a wide-range of books written by local historians as well as its own outstanding researchers. The  publications we offer provide a unique insight into the people, places and events that have shaped the history of the Manning Valley.

Want to learn more?

Books may be purchased at Wingham Museum or ordered online. Come in and take a look around or browse through the list of publications below.

 


A History of Mt George

Compiled by Narelle Smith

Narelle has taken the history of Mt. George and produced a collection of stories touching many different facets of the community’s establishment and evolvement over time.

Softcover
115 pages with photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
printed 2017
cost  $24

 

A Peaceful Revolution

Helen Hannah

This book records the history of the Bulga Plateau during the period 1970 to 1995.  It is essentially an oral history that allows the inhabitants to tell their stories  about life in an alternative community on the Bulga Plateau.

Softcover
153 pages with photographs and maps
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2011
Cost: $25

At the Going Down of the Sun

A Manning Valley Remembrance – Volume 2: 1939 – 2014
Edited by Maurie Garland

This is the second of two volumes commemorating the sacrifices of young men and women from the Manning Valley in the campaigns of war. This volume covers the period from 1939 to 2014.

Softcover
96 pages with photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2014
Cost: $15

At the Going Down of the Sun

 A Manning Valley Remembrance – Volume 1: 1885 – 1918

Edited by Maurie Garland

Dedicated to those from the Manning Valley who served in conflicts and wars commencing with the Sudan in 1885, and especially those who gave their lives in some foreign field.

This is the first of two volumes commemorating the sacrifices of young men and women from the Manning Valley.

 

Softcover
82 pages with photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2014
Cost: $15

Back to Lansdowne 1985

Paul and Di Elger

This book is the story of  pioneering families in Lansdowne, one of Australia’s better rainforest areas and of people concerned with the betterment of all through community involvement.

Softcover
80 pages with photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
cost $20

Bow Bow Creek School 1859-1967

Its Neighbouring Community, its History, its Churches, its neighbouring schools and its Families.
Compiled by Glenda May Smith

Bow Bow Creek School (now known as Bo Bo Creek) was the fourth National (public) school to be established in the Manning Valley.

Softcover, spiral bound
208 pages with photographs
21 cm x 29.7 cm
Printed in 2014
Cost: $30

Bringing Prosperity to the Valley

A History of the Manning Valley Dairy Industry

Bill Beach

This book is a history of the Manning Valley dairy industry from the 1890s to the present.

Softcover
138 pages with photographs and maps
21 cm x 29.5 cm
printed 2017
cost $25

Children of the Circus

by John Ramsland with Mark St Leon

Chap 1 – The origins of the Australian Circus
Chap 2 – Circus Children in the Colonial Period
Chap 3 – Circus Children 1901 -1924
Chap 4 – Circus Children 1925 to 1980’s

Softcover
114 pages
14 cm x 21.5 cm
First published 1993
Cost: $8

Cricket in the Manning 1893-2015

Les Eastaway

This book has a tribute to John Martin, early history of cricket in the Manning, cricket clubs, grounds and ovals,  curators, cricketers, and a photo gallery. There’s a great deal about cricket including stories, fibs, articles, folklore, club records, statistics, and much more.

Softcover
248 pages with photographs, index and bibliography
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2015
Cost: $30

Des West and Cars What Else is There

Ruth West

In a motor racing career of forty years, begining in 1953, Des West has done it all, including the 1953 Redex “Round Australia” Trial.  There is also a blow by blow description by Des of him driving laps round the Mount Panorama (Bathurst) track in his 327 Monaro in 1968.

Softcover
96 pages
14 cm x 21 cm
First published 1993: Reprinted 2011
Cost: $15

Diary Of A Country Hall-Killabakh 1907-2007

Killabakh Community Association Inc.

 This book is dedicated to all people of the Killabakh Valley – past and present- who have volunteered their time, energy and other resources for the betterment of their Hall and their community.

Softcover

107 pages

21 cm x 29.5 cm

printed 2007

cost $10

Down To The Sea in Ships

Produced by Manning Valley Historical Society

Edited by Penny Rich

The book details the proud record of ship building, in the Manning Valley, from the 1830’s when William Wynter built the Tarree right down to the craft built by Steber and Linton today.

It also contains the details of every boat built on the Manning River as well as over 60 photos.

Softcover
64 pages
21 cm x 29.5 cm
First published 2002
Cost: $10

Forest of Dreams

and Other Journeys of The Red Road

by Roderick Williams

“Rod gives us another superb helping of his ingenious poetry and short stories in a way only Rod can serve it. He writes of characters and places within this Great Southern Land, with words which can be as gentle as the breeze through a gum tree, or as potent as the bite of a tiger snake.”
Neil McArthur

Glossy pages, illustrated with photographs – a beautiful book.

Softcover
122 pages
14 cm x 21 cm
First published 2006
Cost: $20

Frogs and Dogs and Kids

Rhyming Performance Poetry for Children

by Roderick Williams
Illustrations by Sophie Glascott

“This book was written mainly for Primary school children, but some of the poems will have a wide appeal and I’m sure Sophie’s lovely drawings will thrill all eyes. The likes of ‘The Battle in the Garden’ – ‘A Secret Place’ – ‘The Liverpool Street Honker’ – and ‘My Blue Mate Jessie’ are performed to the delight of both children and adults.”
Roderick Williams

Softcover
64 pages
20 cm x 25 cm
First published 2002
Cost: $15

Gold on the Manning

revised by Maurie Garland and Glenda Smith

The story of the search for gold in the Manning mirrors the rise ad fall of the area’s eonomic prosperity  In prosperous times there was little interest in the search, however in periods of recession 1860’s, 1880’s-90’s and 1930 there was a lot of effort and money spent.  Our story focuses on the two best paying fields on the Manning.

Softcover
36 pages
14.5cm x 21 cm
first ed. 1997
second ed. 2002
cost  $8

Historic Wingham and the Upper Manning

Mal Rattray & Maurie Garland

The editors have been producing a weekly historical article for the Wingham Chronicle since 2003.

With over 200 photos on glossy paper, the book gives a smorgasbord of Wingham’s history with more written detail behind the photos gleaned From The Archives of the Manning Valley Historical Society.

Softcover
72 pages
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2005
Cost: $15

History of the Manning Valley Sawmills – Book Five

Researched and written by Arthur Cooper

Arthur’s fifth book includes an extensive collection of excellent photos with journal and newspaper extracts that support his description and history of sawmills in the Manning.

In Book Five Arthur explores the history of sawmills in the Lansdowne, Hannam Vale, Moorland, Johns River, Crowdy Head and Harrington areas.

This fifth book in the heptalogy of sawmilling in the Manning Valley and hinterland is a must for the collector and family history buff alike to ensure a complete collection.

Softcover
96 pages with photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2016
Cost: $25

History of the Manning Valley Sawmills – Book Four

Researched and written by Arthur Cooper

Arthur’s fourth book again contains a rich history of sawmills supported by wonderful photos, journal and newspaper extracts.

In Book Four Arthur explores the history of sawmills in the Mount George area and Marlee.

This fourth book in the heptalogy of sawmilling in the Manning Valley and hinterland is a must for the collector and family history buff alike.

Softcover
93 pages with photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2015
Cost: $25