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LOCAL newspaper archivists Rod and Wendy Gow have released a new local history book titled “Krambach – Chronicles of 1937 to 1950”.
This local history book, compiled from newspaper articles from 1937 through to 1950, follows on from their earlier local history book “Krambach chronicles of the early days 1856 to 1938”, covering Krambach, Dyer’s Crossing, Tipperary, Firefly, Wang Wauk, Bulby Brush, Bucca Wauka, Larry’s Flat, Bunyah, Cucumbark, Karkatt, Kundibakh, Willina, Belbora, Avalon, Tahpit and surrounding districts.
Commencing at the lowest economic point of the Great Depression in 1937, through the years of World War II, and continuing after peace was declared, in the years of austerity to 1950, these newspaper articles highlight the efforts and determination of these communities in such tough times to live a normal, if frugal, lifestyle.
They came together and assisted those less fortunate than themselves. They held sporting events and entertainments that brought enjoyment into their lives, and quite a few still successfully operated businesses and farms, most kept their household economies afloat, being the sons and daughters of pioneers who had been through the 1890s depression, they excelled in making life more bearable.
Those on farms generally fared better than the general populace, being able to grow their own food, and the excess was donated to those in less fortunate circumstances. Some dairy farmers managed well enough to be able to purchase motor vehicles, a commodity generally out of the financial reach of most families.
These gallant men and women turned tragedies into triumphs and established a productive and supportive society. They also managed to glean enough money from their savings to build new churches, halls, and sporting grounds. Community was everything – support your neighbour when they needed you – and keep the family afloat, being their main objectives.
Many obituaries have been included, as these give interesting details of the pioneers and descendants life and achievements. These articles shed light on the family history of great interest to the following generations. Likewise many marriage reports are also in great detail and highlight the connections between the many pioneering families who moulded this district with their untiring efforts.
Copies of the Gows’ latest local history book are available at Cundletown Museum, (Soldiers Memorial Hall), Main Street, Cundletown.
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