of our latest publication
Our latest book, A Long March from Lithgow
was launched on 9th November 2014 at Club Lithgow (Lithgow
About 150 people gathered for the launch and
the MC duties were carried out by Mr Phil Cram a former manager of
the Emirates Resort in the Wolgan Valley and now the owner of Stoke
House Bed & Breakfast and Teapots Café at Carcoar.
The society’s President Eleanor Martin
welcomed everyone and spoke about the society before asking the MC
to start the program.
Guest speakers were The Honourable John Cobb,
Federal Member for Calare, Mr Paul Toole State Member for Bathurst
and Minister for Local Government, Helen Taylor author of the book
and Mr Denis Chamberlain of Bathurst, a military historian who
launched the book.
Performances were carried out by local artists
Martin Doherty and Leigh Birkett who had added music to the poem ‘Marching
Feet’ written by Society member Cecily McCarten.
Jim Low from the Blue Mountains then sang a song that he had
written about a WW1 soldier, Private William Shirley, and called ‘The
Mr Cobb spoke about the impact WW1 had on the
local area and also about the amount of work and research that had
gone into the book.
Mr Toole spoke about the importance of
preserving the history of these men and women and of educating young
people of today about the sacrifices that were made.
Helen Taylor spoke about the War Hero Project
that had lead to the writing of the book ‘A Long March from
Lithgow’ which contains 673 pages of biographies of 1307 men and
women who served in WW1. The information was taken from their
service records and from many other sources and includes photos,
newspaper clippings and memorabilia as well as other local history.
Helen also thanked the members of the Lithgow & District Family
History Society for their help and support during the project.
The Last Post was very ably played on the bugle
by Bill Childs from the Lithgow City Band and the Ode of Remembrance
was read by Amy Muir representing Lithgow High School and Brody
McLean representing St Stanislaus College at Bathurst. Denis
Chamberlin then declared the book to be officially launched.
Copies of the book can be purchased from our
Resource Centre on the corner of Tank & Donald Street, Lithgow
on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 9pm or Fridays from 10am to 4pm. The
cost is $60. An order form can be downloaded here
and the postage is $13.40. Copies are also available at the Lithgow
Tourist Centre and at the West End Newsagency in Lithgow.
words of this song have been taken from a beautiful poem by Cecily
McCarten. It was recorded at Brays Lane Studios, Wallerawang NSW by
Martin Doherty and Leigh Birkett. Marching Feet has been
created at the request of the Lithgow & District Family History
Society Inc. to celebrate the launch of the book A Long March
from Lithgow by Helen Taylor. It was sung live by Martin
and Leigh at the launch and the CD is available for purchase from our rooms.
Photos taken during the launch are on our Facebook