Though Moruya and the South Coast might well have a rich past it is only via the passion of just a few who ensure that history is captured and preserved for coming generations. We are incredibly fortunate to have local historical museums and groups that cover the region and we are more than fortunate to have the many volunteers who devote countless hours to archiving and researching. In addition we have local authors who capture the stories of our past and celebrate the many lives and adventures that add to the very fabric of the towns we live in today. Behind every older facade of our local towns there is a story to be learnt and through the efforts of local authors and passionate historians we can learn these and appreciate that we too are just passing through the history of the region. Many in the Moruya township know Norm Moore. At 89 Norm has been in the area for donkey's years. Norm has a passion for the town and a passion for its granite. And the story of Moruya's famous granite begins with the Louttits.
Video: Moruya Historian Norm Moore"The Forgotten History of Louttit's Quarry and Construction of Captain Cook's Monument"March 14th 2019
Back in 2017 Norm approached the Beagle and asked if he might be able to do a series of articles on the Louttit family that would unfold the history of the region by its telling and also reveal to a wider audience the story of Moruya granite and early colony architecture and design. This Friday, March 15th will see Norm launch his book "The Forgotten History of Louttits Quarry and Construction of Captain Cook's Monument"
The launch will be this Friday, March 15th at 5:30pm at Moruya's Waterfront Hotel to many from "Clan Louttit" gathering in Moruya for a family reunion. .
With just 100 copies printed it will be snapped up by the many clan members. At a cost of $37.50 Norm is covering his publishing cost and then adding $5 to the purchase price to be donated to the Moruya Hospital Auxilliary where Jesse Pollock, now aged 101, and the oldest member of the Pollock clan has volunteered for forty years. If you wish to obtain a copy please send a text to 0405100257