South Coast History Day 2017 to shed light on local history

LOOKING TO THE PAST: Historian Peter Lacey. Picture: Melanie Leach

LOOKING TO THE PAST: Historian Peter Lacey. Picture: Melanie Leach

A major one-day seminar focusing on the colourful history of the NSW South Coast is to be held in Bega in February.

A joint initiative of the new South Coast History Society and the University of Wollongong Bega campus, it is being promoted as South Coast History Day 2017.

“The South Coast has an unusually interesting history which has resulted in some absolutely amazing stories being bequeathed to us from our past,” historian and one of the organisers of South Coast History Day Peter Lacey said.

“So those who attend are sure to learn of many things they never previously knew about the area and will hear some absolutely intriguing stories about our past.

“Put simply, South Coast History Day is intended to be of interest to anyone who lives on the NSW South Coast and to anyone who has any interest at all in our past.” 

The South Coast has an unusually interesting history which has resulted in some absolutely amazing stories. - Historian Peter Lacey

The keynote speaker will be Glenn Mitchell, senior lecturer in History at the University of Wollongong, who will set the scene for the day by reflecting on the importance of local history and the impact that local history can have locally, nationally and internationally.

Mr Lacey said one aim of South Coast History Day 2017 was to highlight significant factors and events that influenced the area’s history, so the day will be a journey from the times predating European settlement through to at least to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s when significant numbers of “sea-changers and tree-changers” moved into the area.

“Another of our aims is discover things about our past that may have previously gone unnoticed or have been forgotten, so we will be encouraging those who attend to share their relevant knowledge of the area with others at this South Coast History Day, and we will be providing ample opportunities for all attendees to ask questions of the speakers and other attendees,” he said. 

The history day will be on February 25 at University of Wollongong Bega campus.

Pre-booking a ticket is essential. To do so email southcoasthistory@yahoo.com or call 0448 160 852. 

Tickets are $15 and include lunch, morning and afternoon teas.

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