Historical Society presents a book of old times for old-timers

PAST TIMES: Howard Eastwood displaying the Historical Society's latest book, 100 years from Meade Street to Buccarumbi via the Gwydir Highway and Old Road. Photo: Nicholas Fuller
PAST TIMES: Howard Eastwood displaying the Historical Society's latest book, 100 years from Meade Street to Buccarumbi via the Gwydir Highway and Old Road. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Wondering what to give the grandparents for Christmas?

The Glen Innes & District Historical Society’s latest publication – a book of old times for old-timers – may be just the ticket.

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The fourth in the society’s historical records of business, people, and events covers Meade Street to Buccarumbi via Gwydir Highway and Old Road: 100 Years.

“It's ideal for older people,” editor Howard Eastwood said.

“Grandpa and grandma remember a lot of these things that go back then to those times. What can you buy an older person? Well, you can buy them memories.”

Meade Street starts over near the racecourse on the western side of town, crosses the railway, parks, Grey Street, and goes up the hill past Centennial Parklands and the Water Treatment Works.

The book also tells the story of the Old Newton Boyd Road, which became the Gwydir Highway.

The book contains nearly 100 pages of rare photographs, newspaper clippings, and interviews with pharmacists, publican’s daughters, showies, and people who worked on the highway.

Earlier volumes cover the main street and Ferguson Street.

Mr Eastwood and and Annette Fearnley at the Historical Society have spent every Tuesday for five years working on a page of the series.

The first volume took two years to put together; this only took a full year.

The book can be bought for $65 from Old History House, Carelles Young World, and Whan’s Corner Store.

The other volumes are also available for $50 each.