spreads (14).gif

Bushfire Stories, Black Summer 2019-20

New Years Day 2020, a day many people living in the Bay area will never forget. Although the bushfires raged around the South Coast for many weeks, on that day the fires had an impact on our community, which is still felt today.

There was a letter in the Sydney Morning Herald saying that people in dire circumstances needed to tell their stories. Many did.

Margaret Stratton a Northern Illawarra U3A member decided to use the U3A network to collect those stories from South Coast residents. With the help of money sent by a U3A friend in New Zealand, Margaret collated and published 20 stories in a book

" Bushfire Stories, Black Summer 2019-20 "

The authors of the stories, many from the BatemansBay area, give their own experience and perspective of those terrifying days.

From a narrow escape in Rosedale to a letter to a grand daughter in Canada. From a fire fighters story to a reflection one year after the fires. Also included is a poem by the Reverend Ken Foster called " Surrounded by Fire"

The book launch, organised by Ms Penny Bonnell, to a Covid friendly full house, was recently held at BanksiaVillage in Broulee. Several authors spoke and added to their written stories.

Batemans Bay U3A was living up to it's reputation by providing afterwards a scrumptious afternoon tea.

The book is available for purchase and cost $ 20 plus $5 for postage.

Contact Margaret :

From L to R : Authors Geraldine Schirmer and Rev Ken Foster, publishers Margaret Stratton and Cath Philps.

COMMENTS : Due to the risks associated with comments from unidentified contributors that expose The Beagle to possible legal actions under the NSW Defamation Act 2005 No 77 anonymous or Nom de Plume comments will not be available

NOTE to those wishing to comment: Tell us your name. First and second name. Make a comment and own it. Have a conversation but let the other person know who you are. No name - no publishing of your comment - simple. 

If you need anonymity email us via our normal or encrypted email accounts. 

Please note that if you are looking for a previous comment that is no longer visible please contact us.