Prom Country: A History – Launch by Alison Lester
Foster & District Historical Society presented its new book “Prom Country – A History” to an audience of over 90 people including the new Mayor, Councillor Jeanette Harding, at the Foster Museum, Sunday 16 November 2014.
Launching the book, noted local children’s author Alison Lester spoke of the importance of providing a perspective of history through the telling of family stories placed within a wider local history. Referring to the introductory essays by Gary Wallis, Mary Ellis and Cheryl Glowrey on the geological history of the area, the flora of the district and aboriginal activity, she commented on the changing landscape, the impact of farming and bush fires on the flora of the area and on the extraordinarily rich way of life led by the Aboriginal clans. Alison recalled her childhood memories growing up in the Prom Country, through the stories of her father Don Lester and through the tales and photos scattered throughout the book.
The editor of the book, Dr Liz Rushen thanked Alison, Mary, Cheryl and Gary for their detailed and thoughtful essays and the members of the Society, past and present, involved in the gathering of the oral and written histories that make a significant contribution to the book.
Apart from the introductory essays which provide a wider background, the book contains interviews and memoirs by a wide range of people throughout the Prom Country: Charlie Nicoll, Charlotte Leishmann, John Pocklington, Alf Lonsdale, Dorothy Williams, Bill Davies, Charlie Snell, F.W.Pilkington, Don Lester, Ken Clemson, A.D. (Dick) Selby, Frank Roberts, Norm Sparkes, Frank, Duilio and Nadia Stefani and Graham Whatley.
The book contains many photographs from the Society’s collection and celebrates the landscape and people of the Prom Country. It will appeal to all those keen to gain a greater understanding of this beautiful part of Victoria.
“Prom Country – A History” can be obtained from the Museum price $34.95 or by post adding $7.50 for one copy or $12.00 for two or three copies. See separate listing for purchasing via PayPal.
For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds will go to the upkeep of the Museum.
Alison Lester with Cheryl Glowery, Mary Ellis and author Dr Liz Rushen