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Beyond the Black Forest by Sylvia Boxshall

Beyond the Black Forest

By Sylvia Boxshall
$27.50
From the author of Name, Rank and Number, They Went to War and Our Men at War comes this wonderful book on the early settlement of Woodend and the surrounding district. Sylvia tells the story of the area’s development from 1824 to 1900, from indigenous Australians’ first encounters with European explorers to the start of the 20th century. The book is illustrated with maps and photos.

 

Name, Rank and Number By Sylvia Boxshall

Name, Rank and Number

By Sylvia Boxshall
$39.70 $20
Australia stood beside Britain in World War II just as it had done in World War I, but this time Australians had to defend their homeland for the first time. This book tells the stories of the men and women from the Newham and Woodend shire who fought so bravely for king and country.

 

Time Gentlemen, Please! By Jannyse Williams

Time Gentlemen, Please!

By Jannyse Williams
$39.70 $20
A well-researched and fascinating look at the over 50 hotels of the area. Included is a full index, a list of publicans, and details of inquests and court appearances. Each of the hotels is accompanied by a beautiful pen-and-ink drawing connected to its story.

 

They Went to War by Sylvia Boxshall

They Went To War

By Sylvia Boxshall
$39.70 $20
Lavishly illustrated, this important publication depicts the life of the people of the local community during World War I. Life at home had to continue regardless of the ever growing list of casualties and deaths.

 

The Walkers

The Walkers

Various contributors
$35 $17.50
When two Hesket ladies decided to go for a walk every Tuesday in the mid 1970s little did they know that the “Walkers” would still be doing the 10am to noon stint for over thirty years. Others joined them and the walk was always from the home of that week’s hostess. Nothing deterred them, not rain, gales, snow, heat or fences. Within these pages are the contributions of those walkers and the unforgettable years of companionship, laughter, nature observations and physical fitness that they enjoyed.

 

Echoes of the Past: A History of Newham and Cobaw By Jannyse Williams

Echoes of the Past: A History of Newham and Cobaw

By Jannyse Williams
$29.70 $15
This excellent publication is fully illustrated and indexed. Drawing on years of personal research and the extensive records of our Local and Family History Resource Centre, Jannyse has produced an entertaining and detailed account of the history of these two important areas. It will be of interest to all who have links with the district now covered by the Macedon Ranges Shire.

 

Our Men at War: Letters and stories of the men from the Newham and Woodend district who served in the Boer War

Our Men at War: Letters and stories of the men from the Newham and Woodend district who served in the Boer War

By Sylvia Boxshall
$20 $10
This is a part of our history that few are conversant with. Sylvia Boxshall manages to not only explain complicated manoeuvres by the combatants but to bring to life the story of the eleven young men connected to the Newham and Woodend district who volunteered to serve in South Africa alongside the British.

 

In Search of Ashbourne

In Search of Ashbourne

By Jane Holth
$24 $12
Jane Holth gives us a glimpse into the beginnings of a small rural hamlet, allowing the character of those that live and lived there to shine through in their own words. This is a fascinating look at a lifestyle that is quickly passing from our collective memory.

 

Shirley's Story

Shirley’s Story

By Shirley Wakefield
$12 $6
Through her story Shirley has enabled us to share the joys as well as the tribulations of her life from World War II until 2009. Originally Shirley wrote a short piece entitled “Our Arrival in Woodend” for Heritage News. The reaction from the readers was immediate and people would stop her in the supermarket to ask when the next episode would be out. In view of this response Shirley was urged to continue to write her memories of a long life.

 

A Woodend Walk

A Woodend Walk

By Janet Hawkins
$4 $2
Contains illustrations and a brief history of 27 buildings and houses of interest in the Woodend township. It includes both district and town maps and although it does suggest a walk through the town, it will also be of interest to those seeking an introduction to the main features of Woodend.

 

Forging History: A History of Blacksmiths in the Newham and Woodend District

Forging History: A History of Blacksmiths in the Newham and Woodend District

By Jane Holth, Illustrated by Joycelyn Moreland
$39.70 $20
When Jane began searching for information about blacksmiths who had at one time worked around Newham and Woodend, she had no idea how many she would find! A fascinating and delightfully illustrated account of a mostly-lost art, and stories of the many smithies who once plied their trade in this area.

 

Miss Sim Remembered

Miss Sim Remembered

By Neil MacLean
$5 $2.50
Miss Sim taught at the Woodend Primary School from 1927 until 1951.An exceptional teacher, firm but well respected, she has remained in the memory of her former pupils. Neil has collected some of these memories to provide a fascinating account of school days during these years. The booklet also contains a collection of Woodend Primary School photographs.

 

Walls Two Feet Thick

Walls Two Feet Thick

By Janet Hawkins
$15 $7.50
The first St Mary’s Anglican Church in Woodend was built in 1859, but by 1864 a decision was made to replace it with a more substantial bluestone building. This detailed work tells the story of a much-loved building, and of many of the people who have worshipped there over many years. It also records all the monuments and plaques and the changes to the furnishings of the building from 1859 to the present time. See the index here.

 

Hanging Rock Memories and other Poems

Hanging Rock Memories and other Poems

By Denis Fitzgerald
$6.60 $3
Denis Fitzgerald was born in Springhill in 1877 and spent most of his life as a farmer. An extremely well read man, he also had a great love of the Australian bush and in this collection of his poetry he has caputured the life and times of early last century in this district.

 

Memories of Newham

Memories of Newham

By Various contributors
$39.70 $20
This interesting compilation begins with a plan of the Newham township around the beginning of the last century. It also contains relevant sections of the the parish map and a number of photographs. See the index here.

 

My Side of the Mountain: Hesket, Cherokee and Kerrie

My Side of the Mountain: Hesket, Cherokee and Kerrie

By Betty Jean Barned
$15 $7.50
A useful illustrated history of the Hesket, Cherokee and Kerrie districts, reprinted by the W & D.H.S. in response to public demand. Originally published in 1983, it contains reminiscences of many early residents of this area. In addition to photographs, this book includes a useful map showing the position of buildings such as schools and churches long since gone.

 

Woodend on the Five Mile Creek

Woodend on the Five Mile Creek

By Betty Jean Barned
$12 $6
This illustrated history of Woodend is a useful compilation of material from various sources. Its major focus is on the Woodend and Newham area, but it also contains some material relating to Ashbourne, Hesket, Springfield (North Woodend), Macedon and Carlsruhe. Following a general history of the area, chapters cover such topics as early transport, local busineses, buildings, organisations, schools and churches. There is also a large section on early pioneers and local families.

 

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