Booking a place in history

By JULIA ILES

julia.iles@dailyexaminer.com.au

GENERATIONS of future Graftonians may benefit from a proposed history book that will document 150 years of settlement in Grafton.

The idea stemmed from the president of the Clarence River Historical Society Frank Mack, who contacted Clarence Valley Council with his brainchild.

In a report presented to council on February 21, it also stated that constant requests were being made by students, genealogists, visitors and the Grafton Branch of the Clarence Regional Library for a new Grafton history book.

It is proposed the book's launch would coincide with Grafton's 150 anniversary in 2009.

The proposed budget in the report was $150,000 over three years, which would include employing a long-term historian and editor.

The council considered a cheaper option, $75,000, which would involve council officers in establishing the project.

The proposed price of the book is set at $76.95 for the hardcover and $54.95 for the soft cover.

Director of community and cultural services Jill Napier said the future of the project was uncertain as its budget had to first be approved by council.

She said before the book was drafted it would have to go through various levels of committees, which were yet to be established.



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