CELEBRATING WITH MUSIC: Casino and District Historical Society president Bob Moran, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis and vice-president Barry Dennis congratulate author of Around Casino for Three Pence, John Hendley, who received a grant to publish his book.
CELEBRATING WITH MUSIC: Casino and District Historical Society president Bob Moran, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis and vice-president Barry Dennis congratulate author of Around Casino for Three Pence, John Hendley, who received a grant to publish his book. Samantha Elley

What could be more fun than a ride around Casino in a car?

DURING the years around the First World War, a car was a real novelty.

So much so that Coraki farmer Mark Yabsley would take his car around Casino and charge people threepence (2 cents) for a ride.

This early entrepreneurial business gave author John Hendley the title of his soon-to-be published book, Around Casino for Threepence.

"The book is a history of Casino during the First World War," Mr Hendley said.

"I did plenty of research with old newspapers, using the Trove website and talking to locals whose families were around here at that time."

With the help of the Casino and District Historical Society and volunteer Mary Battis, Mr Hendley applied for a grant through the Ministry of the Arts.

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis announced their success, with a grant of $3000.

"The money will go towards the printing and publishing of the book," Mr Gulaptis said.

The idea for the book came to Mr Hendley one miserable-weathered morning when he was at the society's museum and he found an old photo of local soldiers in Egypt. "I realised that no one alive may have seen this photo," he said. "And I wondered how many stories were out there."

It is hoped the book will be published on Remembrance Day 2014, ahead of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.



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