Stories behind the names on the external front wall of the Port Macquarie Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool.
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.
Tile Taleswill be launched in Port Macquarie at the CC Mac Adams Music Centre at midday on Monday 2nd July 2018. The cost of the book is $60 (with postage an additional $15 per copy). However, the PMDFHS is providing a special price of $50 for all pre-orders lodged and paid in full by 2nd July 2018.