Goulburn Mulwaree Library will be hosting the launch of a locally written book that covers much history of Lake Bathurst area.
The book – A War Legacy – by Colin Dennett gives a historical account of the impact of war through the study of honour rolls and memorials.
Although the focus is on the village of Lake Bathurst, the book provides a fascinating story into life in the first half of the 20th Century.
Apart from working in the Commonwealth Public Service and managing small local businesses, Mr Dennett has focused on tourism and hospitality over the last 20 years.
This provided an opportunity to explore his interest in Australian history.
He has written many articles and papers on local historical subjects. His latest publication embraces some interesting and significant topics he has discovered over the years.
“The impact of memorials, in all their various forms, reveals much about communities and how they lived,” Mr Dennett said.
“Behind each name on an honour roll is a link to the history of a family.
“The social history within Lake Bathurst tells us even more, as is true for many other early settlements throughout Australia. This book is a study of that history from the first half of the 20th Century and a little beyond.”
Mr Dennett has had a property in the village since the early 1990’s.
“We owned the Tea Rooms for many years. We met a lot of people and started doing tours,” he said.
“I started to get to know a lot of the local history – families that contributed greatly to the area, such as the Gores, who settled at the property, which is now Gilmour Inn – in 1835.
Captain Graham Gore and his father, Rear Admiral John Gore, played an important role in the world’s naval exploration. They are buried in St Saviour’s Cemetery at Goulburn.
“The Reynolds and the Shoemark families have also been out here since the 1850’s,” he said.
“I have become the custodian of a lot of information from people who have passed on and I felt a duty to get it down and publish it because it would be a shame for this information to be lost.”
Other stories covered in the book include the story of the top secret, submerged fuel tanks at Lake Bathurst built during WWII and how they fitted into a broader picture of Australia’s defence at the time.
There is also some information about Lake Bathurst itself, which is not far from the village.
“It was a popular water sports area in the 1950’s and I speak about that,” he said.
“I have tried to bring everything up to date. I have also incorporated information about Woodlawn Mine and also how Heron is starting to mine out near Lake Bathurst again.”
The talk in next Tuesday, October 16 from 12.30pm in the Goulburn Mulwaree Library.
Copies of A War Legacy will be available for purchase on the day.
The session is free, but bookings are essential and can be made online at https://www.trybooking.com/XTHN, in person at the library, or by calling them on (02) 4823 4435.