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I was contacted by Liz Virtue who runs the Glen Derwent tearooms in New Norfolk, Tasmania as her husband is a descendant of Pierce and Mary Collits. She ordered a whole box of books as she sells Australian History there. She put a posting on facebook about the book and to her surprise was contacted by another descendant who also lives in New Norfolk!
I gave a talk on 7th May for the Lithgow Heritage Festival. There is a Zoom link to that talk on the Media page.
Future talks in 2022 will be :
Springwood Garden Club on 11th August at 10.30
Queens Club on 17th August at 10.30
,Mosman Local Studies Group on 14th September at 7 pm
National Trust at Lindesay on 20th September .at 10.30
Sydney City Probus on 4th October at 10.3
For these talks I will focus on themes that are appropriate for the different audiences
I have mentioned in my book for those who have read it, that we found a fascinating item just beneath the ground on William’s house site on the block we used to own behind the Inn. This was a piece of silver metal, probably the handle of a powder horn, which had a picture of man and a hunter dog embossed on it. I said that unfortunately it had been stolen from the locked artefacts cupboard at the Inn. Ollie Leckbandt rang me, after reading that, to say that he had a photo of this in his book Heritage without Recognition and has now sent his book to me. Here is the photo – it wasn’t this colour but silvery metal As you can see it is a fascinating artefact to find in what in those days was a paddock we had ridden over many times.
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In 2007, we attended a special evening in Melbourne organised by Jonathan Harvey who had done an M.A. on the Collits’ Inn Operetta. He arranged for four singers from the Victorian State Opera to perform the songs, a local historian to write a linking script and Charles (Bud) Tingwall, one of Australia’s most well known actors to provide the narration. It was quite magical to hear those lovely voices singing several of the songs from the Operetta – some of which are quite beautiful. There is a chapter about the operetta in the book.
Please go to the Shop page for information re the DVD and a link to the producer if you wish to order a copy..
Books are so far available in the following libraries:
Canberra – National Library
Sydney NSW State Library,
I will update this when copies are available in other libraries