Gunnedah’s sesquicentenary book may receive new life this year.
The Gunnedah Historical Society is weighing up whether to reprint The Way We Were or look at doing an updated version.
Society president Bob Leister said a decision would be made at its AGM on February 18 after Gunnedah Shire Council resolved at its ordinary December meeting to allow a reprint.
The Way We Were was a collaboration of the society and council and was written by former NVI journalists Ron McLean and Marie Hobson. In more than 300 pages, the book covers Gunnedah’s history from 1856-2006.
““It’s almost certain that it’s in the works,” society president Bob Leister said.
“We’re yet to decide whether we just do a reprint of The Way We Were as it was in 2006.”
Mr Leister said the society still received requests for the book 12 years later.
“We’re still getting enquiries for the book and it’s been advertised on Facebook or some of these other markets on the internet secondhand and they’ve been offered up to $130 for the original $50 book,” he said.
The society has seen great success with the recent print run of The Final Curtain, Triumph and Tragedy, Hope and Heartbreak in the Life of Gunnedah.
The book was written by Ron McLean and details the lives of Gunnedah and district residents who have lived and died in the town and district over the last 150 years.
The initial print run sold out in three weeks and the society is waiting on another delivery, with a consignment going to the Gunnedah Newsagency and Second Edition Book Store, as well as the Gunnedah Water Tower Museum.