TEA GARDENS local historian Janis Winn can now claim the title of prolific writer with the upcoming launch of her fourth book on the history of the Myall region.
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Entitled ‘Hawks Nest a Bird’s Eye View’, it took Jan years of research to compile the book of almost 300 pages and to collect over 800 photos.
“There was a lot involved, a lot of knocking on doors, I’m sure many people got sick of me,” Jan told News Of The Area.
“When you start you don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”
“It starts with the AA company which came to Tahlee in 1826.”
“They had sheep and a grant for a million acres.”
But they found what they were doing with sheep wasn’t suitable so they moved west.
Jan’s memory is remarkable.
Her research and discoveries equally so.
“There’s a lot of history about Yaccabba and its shipwrecks.”
In fact she worked her way through the streets of Hawks Nest.
Jan’s other three books can be found in the NSW State Library and this one will join them.
IGA at Hawks Nest was only too happy to sponsor the book.
‘Hawks Nest a Bird’s Eye View’ will officially be launched at the Baptist Church on Myall Street in Tea Gardens on Saturday 17 March at 1.30pm.
Following the launch there will also e a fundraiser for the local Historical Society with a display of private collections of old wares and an afternoon tea.
Jan Winn said, “It’s quite an achievement when you finish.”
“This one was really hard work but I loved meeting all the people.”
By Margie TIERNEY