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Blue Mountains Historical Society's Publications

A PLACE CALLED WEATHERBOARD
Reminiscences of Wentworth Falls
By Mindah Duvollet

This publication of various aspects of life in the mountains was years in the making as efforts were made to verify stories passed down through families etc. The manuscript was completed in 1984 but not published until 2001. It covered from the Weatherboard Hut to 1980s. It was reprinted twice.
Text, original and additional foreword, author Mindah Louise Duvollet, photographs and extensive index.
Manuscript completed 1984, First published 2001, 2nd edition March 2016, 83 pages.
ISBN 9780994468802
Price $12
OLD KATOOMBA
The 1860s to the 1900s
By M. D. McLaurin

Old Katoomba is the text of the first paper read to Blue Mountains Historical Society at the original meeting in December 1946. Dorothy McLaurin, as she was known, was a school child at Katoomba before 1900 so personal and family information is woven in to the text.
Text, foreward, M. D. McLaurin, map, photographs added, origin of photos, extensive index.
First published 2016.
ISBN 9780994468826
Price $10
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TOWNSHIP
OF WENTWORTH FALLS
By J. Austin, B. Craven and G. Silvey

The original 1996 text has been digitised and reprinted including the references thus providing clear text, and better quality photographs. In addition there is a Foreword and very useful index.
Text, foreword, photographs, references, map, notes on figures and an index.
First published 1996, Second Edition 2016, 25 pages.
ISBN 9780994468819
Price $8
BLUE MOUNTAINS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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THE McLAUGHLINS OF TARELLA 1890-1988
By Susan Warmbath

The story of the Irish McLaughlin family who left Ireland in 1851 for NSW; the lives of John and Ada and their four children in their Wentworth Falls holiday home, Tarella.
Text, photos, map, bibliography, newspaper articles, family tree.
Published 2009, 28 pages.
ISBN 9780958683753
Price $10

DEAR EM
Major Geoffrey McLaughlin's letters to his family 1914-1917
Compiled and edited by Susan Warmbath

Geoffrey, the second son of John and Ada McLaughlin, enlisted at the outbreak of WW1. The first letter, dated 19.10.14, was from S. S. Argyllshire in Neutral Bay, Sydney Harbour thence to Albany and on to Port Said and to Mena Camp for further training and eventually to Gallipoli. The letters reflect the changes as reality sets in at Gallipoli and later on the Western Front. Major McLaughlin served with distinction but his life was cut short when he was gassed in his sleep on 2nd November 1917 and died 2 days later.
Text, introduction, contents, photographs, maps, movements of the 1st Australian Field Artillery from August 1914 to January 1919, and names of some of the men mentioned in Geoffrey's letters.
Published 2015, 390 pages.
ISBN 9780953791

Price $28
THE HEALING MOUNTAINS
Tuberculosis in the Blue Mountains 1882-1959
By Gwen Silvey

Covers the time T.B. sufferers were treated in private homes, to the development of sanatoria in the Blue Mountains including the Queen Victoria Home for Consumptives, Bodington Sanatorium and smaller centres including Oberlin, Shalvah, Tregothan, Lisieux and a Rehabilitation Centre.
Text, B&W photos, end notes, index.
Published 2009, 75 pages.
ISBN 9780958683760
Price $15
SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
Achievements in history's war on tuberculosis
By Brian Craven

A history of tubercular disease, theories over time, diagnosis and treatment to end of 19th Century, tuberculosis in Europe, USA and effects in Australia, NSW TB in the 20th century, and TB in the mountains.
Text, Bibliography, Commonwealth Year Book TB statistics, appendix and index to names and dates of notable people.
Published 2010, 214 pages.
ISBN 9780958633
Price $15