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GLORIA was in seventh heaven at Boolarong Press’ Salisbury office yesterday, surrounded by softbacks and hardbacks of the freshly printed Tom Hurstbourne.

Bookophiles claim that authors’ (in our case, editors’) signatures add value to the tome, so signing a carton was a sure way of enhancing Tom Hurstbourne’s cultural worth for generations to come.

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Tom Hurstbourne is available for purchase onlineAFTER 145 years, not only is Tom Hurstbourne published and printed, but as from today, it is available for purchase online!

While there will be a variety of bookshops stocking the soft cover (with flaps) edition of the book, at this stage the hardback edition will only be available on the Boolarong website.

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View of Bega from the front verandah of Yarranung HouseTHE OFFICIAL INVITATIONS have gone out for the 2010 Wood Family Reunion in Bega, New South Wales.

Taking place on Saturday, 13 March 2010, around 50 will be attending, if not more as the word spreads. It will be held at St John’s Church of England Hall between 10am and 5pm. Catering will be courtesy of the Church Women’s Guild. Scanner/copier/laptop equipment will available on the day, so attendees are urged to bring their memorabilia to display.

There will be an optional excursion to nearby Yarranung House, once the residence of Peter Horsman Wood and family. PH Wood is commemorated by the plaque in St John’s Church.

Visitors to historic Yarranung House will travel up its oak-lined driveway (possibly planted by PH Wood) and enjoy the spectacular view of Bega from the front verandah (as pictured).

Memorial for Peter Horsman Wood, Bega

As so often happens with such events, the word gets around in the most remarkable of ways, as organiser Kaye Jauncey explains:

We tracked down the family of Edward Lancelot quite by accident. Sandra from the Bega Museum was sitting on a fence overlooking Perth while at a conference and got talking to the woman sitting next to her – and mentioned Bega, as one does.

The woman said that she was from Bega originally and asked did Sandra know the Hylands and Woods? We had given up all hope of finding them. Another contact made, courtesy of Coincidence!

The oak-lined driveway to YarranungAttendees are keenly anticipating seeing copies of the 1865 novel called Tom Hurstbourne or A Squatter’s Life, which was written by John Clavering Wood, PH Wood’s elder brother who headed for Queensland in the early 1860s. The book, considered Queensland’s second novel, will be launched in Brisbane a fortnight before the Wood Family Reunion.

The publisher, Boolarong Press of Brisbane, is claiming a ‘Queensland first’ for Tom Hurstbourne, since Queensland’s first novel (1862) was printed in London.

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