Thursday, 24 September 2009

The Avenue Story -- Eastern Avenue and its people through two centuries!

A few weeks ago I went to a community event on Eastern Avenue for the launch of a book about the same road. There was an interesting exhibition made up of extracts from the book, which covers two centuries of the Avenue's history. The exhibition included: illegal tree felling, the plugging of the Avenue, historical people from the Avenue and much more.

Here is some of the blurb about the book from the author Philip Vaughan:

"The Avenue Story is the first history of Eastern Avenue that has been written. Research began in early 2009, working through the resources of libraries, archives offices and the Internet, supplemented by original documents in the possession of many people living in the Avenue.

The resulting book is now in its final draft. The text is validated throughout with full reference to the primary or secondary sources used, and illustrated with maps, plans and photographs. Chapters include:

The prehistory
From farmland to the birth of the suburb: 1840 - 1861
The Avenue takes shape: 1861 - 1901
The twentieth century
Remarkable residents
The South Park conservation area
Tree protection orders"

I will try and get a copy for Palmer Park library.

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