Publication: "Port Macquarie's Last Convicts"
About the book:
In 1847, Port Macquarie went through the most significant change since the region was thrown open to civilian settlement in 1830 - the Convict Establishment (originally for recidivists, but since 1830 predominately comprised of invalids) was broken up and the remaining convicts returned to Sydney.
The documents transcribed in this book tell the story of a colonial bureaucracy determined to cut cost regardless of the impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. These documents (over 150 of them) include three lists of the convicts on the establishment at Port Macquarie in 1846, one of the lists describing the medical condition of 183 of them.
The book also attempts to firmly identify all the convicts (almost 250) mentioned in the documents, not always easy given the inaccuracies in the colonial records.
Cost: $20 plus $12 postage
Publication: "Tile Tales"
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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!
Cost: $60.00, plus $15.00 postage
Publication: "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.
"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)
Cost: $30.00 plus $5.00 postage