BIRTHDAY BOOKS: Casino and District Historical Society members (from left) Robyn Nesbitt, Mary Battis and Joan Newman prepare b
BIRTHDAY BOOKS: Casino and District Historical Society members (from left) Robyn Nesbitt, Mary Battis and Joan Newman prepare b

History buffs? launch Casino birthday book

By MARY MANN

staredit@northernstar.com.au

JOAN NEWMAN, Mary Battis and Robyn Nesbitt just love their history.

It's no wonder they have members of the Casino and District Historical Society for more than 12 years.

"We're all history buffs here," Robyn said.

"We're very enthusiastic."

Last night, Casino's Sesquicentenary Committee launched the 150th anniversary publication for Casino and districts.

The publication, which was compiled by the historical society and the sesquicentenary committee, is a 164page hand-bound book.

It features a year-by-year account of Casino's history, from the early 1850s to the present day.

"We spent hundreds of hours compiling the book," said Joan, who is the society's president.

"We looked through lots of old newspapers and encouraged locals to submit any interesting photos and history they had."

A total of 600 books were printed, 394 of them personalised copies.

"Families, businesses and organisations sponsored pages or years within the book," Joan said.

"They received a gold cover page and personalised notation."

Joan said the anniversary publication was important.

"We haven't had anything about Casino in general published since 1980," she said.

"It is great to get the history of ordinary people recorded ? not just prominent people.

"It is extremely interesting to read about how they lived. I am really satisfied with the final product."

The books are being sold at the Folk Museum today, from 10am to 3pm, and on Sunday, from 10am to 12.30pm, or call Joan Newman on 66622893.



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