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