Char­ac­ters re­vealed

NEW BOOK LOOKS AT WELL-KNOWN AND NOT-SO WELL-KNOWN RES­I­DENTS

Shepparton News - - SNNEWS - By Tara Whitsed

The peo­ple and char­ac­ters who make up Shep­par­ton have been doc­u­mented in Ge­off Alle­mand’s new book Shep­par­to­ni­ans.

Launched at a book sign­ing this week, Mr Alle­mand of ‘Lost Shep­par­ton’ said the idea to do a new book arose about nine months ago.

‘‘I sur­veyed the Lost Shep­par­ton fans about what they would like to see and the ma­jor­ity said peo­ple,’’ he said.

Work­ing along­side Queens­land-based au­thor Mar­garet Marlow, the pair put to­gether the book in just four months. ‘‘It was a roller­coaster,’’ Mr Alle­mand said. While the book is photo-based, Mr Alle­mand said it was the first of his pub­li­ca­tions, of which he has seven, with so much text.

‘‘It has a spread of well-known peo­ple and con­trib­u­tors to Shep­par­ton, to more un­known peo­ple,’’ he said.

Start­ing from Shep­par­ton’s early years, the book pro­gresses to the present day.

One par­tic­u­lar story high­lighted was about Leo Houli­han who of­fers driv­ing les­sons for Afghani mi­grants.

‘‘He uses my other book with Aussie slang as his bi­ble,’’ Mr Alle­mand said.

Well-known cou­ple John and Agata An­der­son, who ran An­der­son Phar­macy for 39 years be­fore fin­ish­ing up this year, also make an ap­pear­ance.

The book also in­cludes im­ages taken in Shep­par­ton’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict dur­ing the 1950s.

‘‘There was a pho­tog­ra­pher who used to sit at the site of Bul­lion Bar and take can­did pho­tos,’’ he said.

‘‘He used to give them a ticket and they could pur­chase the pho­tos.’’ ● Ge­off Alle­mand will be sign­ing books to­day at Fo­cus Cards and Gifts in the Maude St Mall from 10 am to 1 pm where copies of the book can be bought.

Doc­u­ment­ing char­ac­ters: Lost Shep­par­ton’s Ge­off Alle­mand has re­leased a new book, Shep­par­to­ni­ans.

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