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Our Publications

The Society has produced a number of publications relating to the local area and family history research. These can be ordered using the attached order form.

A full list of publications (and order form) can be view by clicking on the
following link:  Our Publications

"Tile Tales"

Does your family have a connection to the Port Macquarie Pool Tile Wall?  

Check the Pool Tile Index (pdf) to see if your family is listed.

About the Book:
In 1965, ceramic tiles were sold to support Rotary in raising money towards the building of the Amenities Block for the new Port Macquarie Memorial Swimming Pool in Gordon Street.  Each tile was sold for £5 ($10) and were bought by residents, business representatives and owners, Service and Sporting Clubs, and even visitors to Port Macquarie. They were made into a mosaic and put on the outside wall of the Amenities Block, facing Gordon Street.

There are 493 tiles in total. From those, we have written 375 individual stories about local pioneering families, modern families, local trades, businesses (past and present), sporting groups and local icons. It covers many areas of Australia with the common link being Port Macquarie. The stories encapsulate the social history of Port Macquarie at the time.

This hard-covered book has over 700 glossy pages, is fully indexed and has over 600 black and white photographs. Each story includes a family history, immigration details and a comprehensive bibliography. The tile names are alphabetically indexed in a numbered grid map to allow tiles to be easily located on the wall. The book weighs around 2kgs packaged and would make a very useful reference book. Limited print run of 300 - don't miss out on your copy!

"Cemetery Trail"

About the book:
The Port Macquarie-Hastings Cemetery Trail is a new publication by the Society and is supported by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council as a 2018 Bicentenary Project. The 224-page full colour book contains notes about the history of each cemetery, maps to help you find all of them, date range for the known burials in each cemetery, as well as contemporary and historic photographs and many interesting stories about a random selection of the people buried in each cemetery.

Cemeteries are increasingly popular destinations for photographers, students, historians, archaeologists and writers because they provide very touchable history and can silently reveal information about historic events, lifestyles, religious convictions, poetic interests as well as family history.

The Cemetery Trail is divided geographically into six areas so that you can explore an area and find cemeteries close by –

 CBD (Allman Hill, Port Macquarie Historic Cemetery, St Thomas’ Church)
 Inner West (Port Macquarie General, Innes Gardens)
 North (Telegraph Point, Rollands Plains)
 West (Wauchope, Crossroads, Beechwood)
 Outer West (Comboyne, Ellenborough)
 South (Laurieton, Kendall, Herons Creek)

c. PMDFHS 2019
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