Early Bunbury: People and Places by Phyllis Barnes OAM
The Author, Bunbury, WA, 2018
255 pages with photographs, illustrations and maps
Phyllis Barnes OAM is a Bunbury based author who has published several books on local history. In 2001 Marlston Hill and All That appeared but so much more material is now available that it needed to be updated.
Co-ordinates are given as proof that the first ship the Elberg anchored behind a ‘protruding point’, now Casuarina Point in 1668 and covers people and places here before 1900, but in many cases continues their story to the present.
As a past Secretary, President and now Life Member of the Bunbury Historical Society (Inc.), she has had access to facts, photos and maps that have been essential to the story of Bunbury. It also covers a wider area bringing to attention the importance of settlers along the waterways who so affected the growing town.
The book is aimed at older students and those who love to read about their city, but footnotes provide where to look for further information.
It is of great concern to the author in this digital age, that so much present news and images will only be available through the press, radio and television so that the story of our city may well be lost with changing technology.