Kiama and District Historical Society is delighted to welcome Bruce Elder on Saturday, September 21 at 2.30pm in Kiama Family History Centre to talk about Aussie towns. In 1988, when Bruce began writing a guide to Australian towns, there was no internet. He drove to towns in Australia collecting books, brochures, and information. Rewriting and updating the guide he has found, to his delight, that the internet now has everything ... literally everything.
It can tell a researcher the true origin of the word "Ulladulla" and allow an assiduous researcher to discover which "King" gave his name to Kings Canyon near Uluru in the Northern Territory.
In the talk he will give to the Historical Society, Bruce Elder will describe the challenge of writing about the history and attractions of 1,333 towns around Australia and explain how, over the past five years, he has written over 2.2 million words (he still has about 150 towns still to write) and how his Aussie Towns website is used by over 1.8 million people each year ... many of whom make significant contributions to the understanding of the places of interest around the country.
Bruce Elder has been involved in the writing over 60 books and he has worked as a print and radio journalist in both London and Sydney. He is an award-winning journalist (Geraldine Pascall Prize for Critical Writing - 1996) who worked as both a freelance and full time employee of the Sydney Morning Herald for 25 years.
As usual this is a free event followed by afternoon tea.