This Sunday’s meeting of Narooma Historical Society (18 March) promises to be particularly interesting with guest speaker Cr James Thomson.
Above: Cr James Thomson
James will talk about ‘Eurobodalla: My Sense of Place’ will range from his rich family history to heritage matters in the shire.
James’ family has lived and worked in this area for many generations. He is the fifth generation to own a farm at Belowra and the eighth member of the Bate-Thomson family to serve on Council.
‘What is historically significant for one person may be meaningless to someone else and this can and does cause some conflict in our shire,’ he said.
‘I am particularly interested as a councillor in what cultural and physical heritage we identify and preserve, and how we preserve the integrity of our stories and oral and written history.
‘One of the things I constantly advocate for on council is to consider our rural and fishing heritage when considering new developments.
‘It would be very easy to lose the very thing that attracts people to live here, namely scenic rural vistas, beautiful shore lines, friendly country towns and a way of life steeped in history, both indigenous and non-indigenous.’
The Society meets on Sunday at 2pm at the School of Arts’ Studios behind the BP and Kinema.
Everyone is welcome.