Port Stephens Family History Society saddened by loss of valued long standing member Medowie & Tilligerry News Of The Area Tilligerry Peninsular by News Of The Area - Modern Media - November 27, 2018 Lorraine (left) with fellow researcher Gwen Clarke at their home base at the Old School Site in Lemon Tree Passage. PORT Stephens Family History Society was saddened recently by the news that one of their longest serving stalwarts had passed away. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or firstname.lastname@example.org Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE Lorraine Cottom (1935 – 2018) was a dedicated member and filled the role of president for ten years. She also served on Port Stephens Council’s Heritage Committee. The Society has published some ten books, the most well known being ‘A History of the Tilligerry Peninsula’ (1996). It has been in print for over 20 years, selling 1100 copies in two editions and will soon be available as a CD. Apart from her leadership and initiative, Lorraine will be best remembered for her efforts in bringing to life a book about an almost forgotten wartime camp at Bob’s Farm. It was here that some 600 Timorese were resettled after fleeing the invading Japanese in 1943.In tandem with Yvonne Fraser, Lorraine provided important research material for the book and even travelled to Victoria to interview a 92 year old nurse who had worked at the camp. ‘Bob’s Farm Cadre Camp; Refugees from Timor to Port Stephens during World War II’ was the result of their efforts. Lorraine had been in poor health for several years. Current president, Denise Gaudion praised Lorraine’s contribution over such a long time, “Her positive attitude, leadership and dedication will be remembered by all of us.” “It’s a shame that she is not still with us to help put together our new book on historic Tanilba House,” she said.