"We often come across old ruins when we are out walking: slabs of timber, old fences, bits of iron. We know they are the remnants of people’s lives and we sometimes speculate about the stories behind the weathered remains lying in the grass."
In this monograph Colin McAlister has documented the rich history of twelve of the sites at Glenburn and Burbong and fleshed out the stories so that we can image the schoolroom with the wind whistling through it or the merry dancing at the bachelors’ ball.
NPA ACT is pleased to be associated with publication of this work because the area is coming under increasing pressure for development and significant changes are being planned. If we don’t care for these sites we risk losing not only a noteworthy bit of our own history but also an awareness of how people lived and what was important to them, things like a sound education for their children as well as having a really good party from time to time. Colin McAlister’s work reminds us that the preservation of our history is in our own hands.