Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey with the Bundaberg Genealogical Society's Rhonda Harris and Margaret Scott.
Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey with the Bundaberg Genealogical Society's Rhonda Harris and Margaret Scott. Ron Burgin/News Mail

Group is having fun with history

THE Bundaberg Genealogical Society has taken people back more than a century with the release of a set of books focusing on the region’s history from 1862 to 1903.

Society secretary Margaret Richardt said she learned a great deal about the area in helping to compile the books.

“You don’t realise the hardships — there were a number of fires especially in the main street, and they didn’t start with cane. They had maize and corn before they eventually moved to cane,” she said.

Mrs Richardt helped co-ordinate the society’s members in compiling the 16-volume set, which features nine books on Bundaberg, five on the Burnett region and two on the Isis region.

“We did this to try and give an eye on the time as to what was happening at the time in the area,” she said.

Mrs Richardt said the group used the microfilm of newspapers from the period to help assemble the books.

The group first started to compile the books once they had received a $10,000 grant from the Q150 fund in December last year.

Mrs Richardt said the work was at times hard on the eyes, but many members would often find themselves distracted by an interesting article they had read.

The society donated two complete sets of the books to the Bundaberg Regional Council Library, where they will be available for public use.

Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey officially launched the book in front of about 80 people at the society’s rooms on Saturday.

“It was great to be able to see the final product, which they have been working on for the past 12 months,” he said.

Mr Dempsey said he had a great time flicking through the books.

Those wishing to grab their own copy of the book had best move fast, as the society was only able to print 25 copies, which Mrs Richardt said had almost sold out.

A complete set will cost $200 or the books can be purchased individually or in small sets according to the region. The books are available from the Bundaberg Genealogical Society’s rooms, in Kendalls Road.



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