“Living on the Tolmie Plateau – the first hundred years and beyond” is a new book which will be launched at the Tolmie Sports on 11th February, 2017. Researched and compiled by Linda Terry on behalf of the Tolmie community, the book is a follow on, from a small publication called “Tolmie…the first hundred years”, written by the Tolmie Sports committee 30 years ago.
Much of the content from the original booklet has been reproduced in this book, but with the addition of considerable new content, expanding it to 160 A4 pages. The opening chapter provides background to the Ned Kelly story and the impact that the shooting of the three policemen at Stringbark Creek had on the development of the Tolmie plateau and the township. Then follows detailed background, photos and stories of many of Tolmie’s pioneering families and much on the history of the schools, shops, hotels and commercial aspects of the town, as well as the timber industry and agriculture over the years. The book is peppered with interesting personal memories and experiences of those who lived and earning a living off the land and of the hardships endured and the pleasures of the simple life enjoyed.
Linda Terry says “I set out to just update the original booklet by adding some stories for the years since 1985 when it was written, but the more I talked to people, one fascinating story led to another. In particular, I wanted to capture as many of the family stories as I could before they were forgotten, and over the period of two years, the project morphed into a whole new, much bigger book than first planned! There is so much more I’d still like to research and add, so I hope the stories will keep coming in and a second edition might follow in a few years’ time”.
“Living on the Tolmie Plateau” will be selling at a number of venues on Sports Day and then at a selection of local shops and the Mansfield Historical Society and through the Tolmie Mechanics Institute and Recreation Reserve Committee. Cost $25.