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...

Launch of Sisters of Mercy 150 Years History

Another great history published for the Sisters of Mercy, launched late October, 2016. Authors Dr Paula Smith rsm and Sister Patricia Powell rsm were a delight to work with in producing this book within a three months deadline. Pictured signing off on the final proofs of the book just two weeks before the launch. L-R: Sister Patricia Powell rsm, Dr Paula Smith and Sr Ann-Maree O’Beirne who provided the photo collection for the book. This book is for sale at Books Plus, Bathurst or you can email paula.smith@mercy.org.au for a copy.

Government launches Riverside History

Jim Longley, Deputy Secretary, Department of Family and Community Services, launched ‘Our Parklands Home – the history of the Riverside Centre’, at a private function while visiting a new group home in Orange on 29 June, 2016. Social historian, Marje Prior, was contracted to research and write the book which was published by her company, On The Stone. The comprehensive history starts with the early years of the Orange Mental Hospital and ends with some of the Riverside residents moving into their new homes in Orange and Bathurst. Mr Longley thanked the author for her dedication and compassion in writing a...