Take a step back in time on fes­ti­val tour

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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