Journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams will share intriguing stories from their Grave Tales series including the research undertaken for their soon-to-be-released book Grave Tales: Bruce Highway at Emu Park Library next week from 10am.
Grave Tales: Bruce Highway, supported by Arts Queensland, gives forgotten events, heroes and community member’s life again by tracing the journeys that lead to their final resting places.
Stories include how two nurses in Maryborough in 1905 gave their lives to save a town from an outbreak of pneumonic plague; the migrant who created his dream and shared it with generations; how gold fever changed life into the north; the Rockhampton couple that gave rise to a renowned national brand; and the 13 RAAF members who came to rest permanently in Townsville, to name a few.
The series of novels are researched and written by Helen and Chris with years of experience in newspapers, radio and television production and reporting between them.
“Prior to writing the books, we were tombstone tourists,” co-author Helen said.
“We love the history and the peacefulness of cemeteries and since starting the books, we have met many cemetery lovers that share our interest.”
“We have always loved current affairs and history, the hunt for a good story and uncovering facts – writing Grave Tales brought it all together. We are also so lucky to have amazing resources at our fingertips like the State Library of Queensland, the many Cemetery Trusts and libraries through Queensland, and Trove (National Library of Australia).”
Co-author Chris Adams agrees.
“All that has gone before us, is history, so it is important to know what happened on the streets we still walk on, the houses we still live in, at the places we see around us every day,” he said.
“Cemeteries are alive with history and many of our subjects were unwilling participants in history but have been immortalised by it.”
Libraries, Arts and Culture Councillor Pat Eastwood encouraged residents to come along to the fascinating presentation, which will be followed by a morning tea where participants are welcome to ask Helen and Chris questions.
WHAT: Grave Tales: Bruce Highway presented by Helen Goltz and Chris Adams
WHERE: Emu Park Library, Hill St
WHEN: Tuesday 26 June, from 10am – 11am