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Jim Poulter Author of Books on Aboriginal Culture and Child Protection
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New Book on Templestowe History

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Templestowe - A Folk History		

Templestowe - A Folk History

Local History told from the inside

The 2015 Revised Edition of 'Templestowe -A Folk History', by my mother Hazel Poulter and which I edited, has now arrived. It is now available to purchase from me at only $20 a copy. Just see my contact details.

Templestowe -A Folk History was first published in 1985 when I edited my mother's history notes into a book for her 70th birthday. It proved immensely popular and sold 4000 copies. Apparently most local histories are lucky to sell a couple of hundred copies.

Following my mother's death in 2005 I inherited all her notes and the additional research she had done in the 20 years since the book was first published. On starting to browse through Mum's many scribbled notes I realised that I had to rewrite the book and bring it up to date. The 2015 edition of 'Templestowe -A Folk History' is therefore extensively revised and extended with a lot of new material included. It has ended up more than double its original size.

As in the original edition, the book uniquely documents many anecdotes, events and personal experiences of pioneer families in the Manningham area, of which Templestowe was the first settled area and Township. As a descendent of one of the earliest settlers in Manningham, my mother, Hazel, was privy to a rich oral history of pioneering times and has herself passed these stories on within the family.

As well as the pioneer and frontier stories however, Hazel has added a detailed account of day to day life during her childhood in the early 20th century. These recollections add a warmth and charm to local history that is not readily achieved by academic historians.

Both informative and entertaining, the book achieves the author's desire to help new residents appreciate and feel part of the rich history and heritage of Templestowe.

Scheduled for publication in January 2015 and to be formally launched in May 2015, this book is available now.

For more details see Templestowe - A Folk History.

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