Magazine launched for rural community

‘Freemantle Road Connections’ was launched by On The Stone on the weekend for landowners and residents who live on and off Freemantle Road, Bathurst. The magazine will be published on a quarterly basis to inform people about the historical significance of this region and to provide a voice for the local residents. You can download the Autumn issue by clicking on this link: Freemantle Road Connections. For further information, email connections@onthestone.com.au

Release of Shooting at the Moon Podcasts

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Cambodian Peace Process During 1993, I travelled independently to Cambodia to conduct a series of oral history interviews  documenting Australia’s involvement in the UN peace process and the running of the country’s first free and fair elections after years of civil war, and genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge. The self-funded project, resulting in more than 70 interviews, aimed to ensure the contribution of Australians working in Cambodia during that time was not forgotten. The interviews were published in my book Shooting at the Moon which was launched by Gareth Evans...

Historical fiction brings to life early Parramatta history

Historical fiction brings to life early Parramatta history

Click here to buy the book. Click here to look inside. Angela Sanderson’s historical fiction,‘The Vineyard’, brings to life the history of Parramatta’s first free settler farm and its grand colonial home demolished for a carpark in the early 1960s. Her story starts with the German free settler, Phillip Schaeffer, who with his young daughter arrived in Port Jackson on the Lady Juliana, on 6 June 1790, having survived the ill-fated voyage on the convict transport ship, HMS Guardian. Schaeffer was given the second land grant of 140 acres by Governor Arthur Phillip, making him the first free settler to...

Community voices silenced by closure of local newspapers

By OTS publisher and writer, Marje Prior John B Fairfax, shareholder and chairman of Rural Press once told me over a media presentation lunch that ‘the day rural communities started publishing their own local newspapers was the day that he would go out of business.’ We were speakers at an event hosted by Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. He spoke on the role of Rural Press in country NSW, while I spoke about the emergence of community-owned newspapers in rural and remote communities filling the gap for local news and content that was left by his publications. It was the...

A waller and writer share their passion for stone

When social historian, Marje Prior, decided to call her publishing house, On The Stone in 1995, it had a double meaning for her Canberra based business. The first related to her early years as a journalist when hot metal type was still assembled ‘on the stone’ by some printers. The other was the challenge she faced in developing her bush block on a rugged, steep ridge of volcanic rock at Killongbutta. She says attending an early dry stone walling workshop run by Master Craftsman, Geoff Duggan of  Geogenic Landscapes, in 1999, gave her an understanding of how to work with...

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