Ramada turns back the clock
By DAWN COHEN
PETER BARLOW thought he was just collecting Ballina postcards.
Turns out he was preserving history.
The Ballina-born 58-year-old and about 20 other locals brought photographs and memorabilia of Ballina to a meeting at the Ramada Sales office in Fawcett Street last Thursday.
Ramada developer, Slipway Properties, is collecting material for an historical exhibit to be located in the hotel. Construction begins on the site of the old Ballina Slipway next month.
"A mate in Sydney who collects postcards for a living has been sending me ones of Ballina for 12 years," Mr Barlow said.
"There would be a couple of hundred now."
Margaret Kennedy, of the Alstonville Historical Society, will scan the cards, with their views of tugboats on the water and early pictures of River Street hotels, for permanent preservation.
Phyllis and Bill Jung, who brought along rare images of Ballina in the first half of last century, remember when their West Ballina home was surrounded by cane fields and slaughter yards.
"The neighbours are too close now," said 74-year-old Phyllis.
"There is no way round change," said Mr Barlow, whose earliest memory is of gravel roads leading to his Tamar Street home. "But they have to keep the height restrictions on new developments in Ballina, if it's going to stay being a good place to live."
To contribute to the exhibit, call 0424545005.