Pioneer life laid bare in book

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

PIONEER tales of the Bur­nett have been doc­u­mented in a new book by Gayn­dah au­thor Jill Slack.

A World Away: Ash­ton/Sylvester Fam­ily in the Bur­nett 1892-1956, was launched in Rockhampton last month and tracks the life of the pi­o­neer­ing fore­bears of her mother, Elsie Storey.

The 152-page book also delves into the of­fi­cial and anec­do­tal his­tory of the dis­tricts they set­tled, in­clud­ing Degilbo, Biggen­den, Coal­stoun Lakes, Bin­jour, Se­lene, Mulgildie and Monto.

“The sto­ries tell of the big fam­i­lies, world wars, early schooldays, so­cial life, swag­men and POWs,” Mrs Slack said. “(It tells of) scratch­ing a liv­ing from vir­gin land, of slab homes and mak­ing do, of daily rou­tines, big pic­nics at the river, bush dances and mu­sic-mak­ers, of lo­cal leg­ends, home reme­dies and hawk­ers’ vis­its.”

The book is a fol­low-up to Mrs Slack’s 2009 publi­ca­tion, which tracked the his­tory of her fa­ther’s fam­ily, the Barnes-Storey Clan.

A World Away can be found in North Bur­nett li­braries, the Biggen­den His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, or by phon­ing the au­thor on 4161 1670.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

A WORLD AWAY: Lo­cal au­thor Jill Slack with her new book.

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