Our latest books
Our Parklands Home – History of the Riverside Centre
In the early 1970s Bloomfield Hospital moved people with intellectual disability from its psychiatric wards into their own buildings on the other side of the campus which was later called ‘Riverside’. That same year the first postgraduate course in mental retardation was introduced for psychiatric nurses by the government. The first part of this book documents the history of disability in NSW and the nursing profession that cared for the people who lived in these state run institutions. The second part tells the story of the Riverside residents adjusting to life outside the ‘mental wards’ then finally, moving into their own group homes in Orange and Bathurst.
Researched and authored by Marje Prior, this history was published by On The Stone for the Department of Family and Community Services. Launched in June 2016, it can be downloaded for free from this website. A hard copy is available for staff, families and friends of residents by phoning the Riverside Centre on o3 6393 4835.
Through Catherine’s Eyes – Stories of Mercy Ministries since Vatican II
This book was published by On The Stone for the Sisters of Mercy to celebrate their 150 years of serving Bathurst and beyond. Authored by Sisters Patricia Powell rsm and Paula Smith rsm, it contains many photos of their early ministries, profiles of the Sisters and culminates in Mercy life today and the Rahamin Ecology Centre. Launched in late October 2016, tt can be purchased at Books Plus Bathurst or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Thickening of Water
Self published through On The Stone by Richard B Sappey in 2015 this book is about friendship. Set in a middle size town in country Australia during the 1980s, Bill and his friends are confronted by ageing, aloneness and subtle changes in their world.
Bill inherits an old house on a few acres and a large sum of money from an old friend with a shady past. When established institutions such as their sporting clubs and families seem to be confusing and are hurting them, they search for alternative ways of living their lives, including turning the house (Harry’s place) into a sanctuary.
Ageing and a weakening of family links through dementia, death and the drifting away of children open the question of how to live well through friendship yet independence.
It can be purchased from the author email@example.com