History on the shelf

AN extensive history of Gatton and District, written by Don Talbot, has been presented to the Gatton branch of Lockyer Valley Libraries.

‘Growing Together – A History of Gatton and District 1824–2004', in two volumes, covers a history of Gatton and settlements in the Lockyer Valley.

The Manager, Libraries and Cultural Services, Linda Canning, said the new books would be placed in the reference section of the library at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.

Volume One, with more than 370 pages, covers Aboriginal history and white settlement, and outlines the founding of Gatton, agriculture, immigration, coaches and the importance of the railway.

What happened in the Valley during the wars makes interesting reading.

Nineteen chapters take readers through history in a chronological order recording the development of business life and the progress of organisations, education and arts and entertainment.

Volume Two, with an equal number of pages, tells of government, religion, tourism and more about businesses in the Lockyer Valley including minerals and sandstone.

Articles which were provided by individuals, companies and organisations in the Lockyer Valley are referenced to assist readers carrying out future research projects.

Each volume of ‘Growing Together – A History of Gatton and District 1824–2004' has a bibliography and an extensive index.

The author, Don Talbot, resides in Toowoomba.


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