Take a step back in time on festival tour
DID you know that this district has a connection with the family of Gregory Blaxland, one of the explorers who crossed the Blue Mountains?
Or that a NSW Premier once resided in this district? Did you know famed aviator Bert Hinkler landed his Avro Baby at the Childers Showgrounds?
Warren Martin is a fourth generation resident of the Isis district and has harnessed his passion for history into creating an entertaining and informative history tour, which will be presented as part of the upcoming Childers Festival celebrations.
Warren, who retired from teaching after 40 years, has put together a 75-minute guided tour that incorporates a 3km bus ride around the streets of Childers, with informative commentary on the history of the area and the heritage buildings, concluding with entry to the Soldiers Memorial Room and surrounding precinct.
“The main street was the original path used by bullock teams hauling logs from the Isis Scrub and was also the scene for a couple of devastating fires, including the 1902 fire, which destroyed much of the main street business area and the tragedy that was the Childers Backpacker Hostel fire in June 2000,” he said.
“There are some interesting characters associated with our town, including the Grand Hotel’s resident ghost ‘Luke the Spook’ and, of course, the legendary buck-toothed Australian country singer Chad Morgan.
“There is a rich Aboriginal history associated with this community, including that of Queen Maria.
“The story of the Kanakas who were responsible for such a dynamic influence on the sugar industry that now flourishes in the region is a compelling tale.”
The tours are scheduled to run on Saturday, July 30, departing Crescent St, adjacent to the CWA building, at 10am and 1pm. Cost is $8 per person.
Tickets are available by heading to childersfestival. com.au or get further information on the tour by contacting Warren Martin on 0455 656 133. It’s sure to be a tour worth taking.
INTERESTING PAST: Warren Martin a guided tour of Childers.