South Western Times

History buffs gather to hear the ‘B side’ of Bunbury’s story

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History lovers will come together tomorrow to connect over the stories that shaped Bunbury into the vibrant city it is today.

The Bunbury Heritage Forum will see local scholars, historians and those with a passion for the past mingle at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre to celebrate unshared memories.

Now in its third year, the forum will focus on untold stories to help form a deeper understand­ing of the city’s identity and all that contribute­d to it.

Event MC and Bunbury Oral History Group chair Brendan Kelly called on community members to share their untold stories.

“We want to hear from the B side of history,” he said.

“There are so many stories out there that tell Bunbury’s history, and it’s important we acknowledg­e them.”

Mr Kelly said the pandemic brought more people out because they started to look through old family belongings while stuck at home.

“People are more invested in history and heritage,” he said.

Heritage Advisory Committee chair Tresslyn Smith said history created a sense of place and identity.

“Bunbury’s history differenti­ates it from everything around it,” she said.

“The more forums we have, the better we understand the history.”

The free forum will take place from 10.15am and will see speakers and experts in their field share stories through interactiv­e websites, film and oral history and performanc­e.

 ?? Picture: Ailish Delaney ?? Bunbury Oral History Group chair Brendan Kelly and Heritage Advisory Committee chair Tresslyn Smith are encouragin­g the community to get involved with the forum.
Picture: Ailish Delaney Bunbury Oral History Group chair Brendan Kelly and Heritage Advisory Committee chair Tresslyn Smith are encouragin­g the community to get involved with the forum.

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