Katoomba launch of New South Wales and the Great War

Megalong Books invites history buffs, teachers, and students to an afternoon at Katoomba Falls Kiosk with Katoomba local Dr Naomi Parry and Sydney University’s Professor Stephen Garton, two of the four authors of New South Wales and the Great War.

NSW Governor David Hurley has described the new book as a "visually arresting and authoritative account of NSW during and after the Great War”.

Katoomba resident Dr Naomi Parry

Katoomba resident Dr Naomi Parry

When the Great War began in August 1914, the people of New South Wales took up the call to arms. NSW sent more people than any other state to serve overseas and many more worked and volunteered to support the war effort. But the economic, political and emotional strains of war, and the loss of so many young men, and some women, in the service of their country, fanned social and political divisions and wrought lasting changes to the society to which serving men and women would return.

New South Wales and the Great War tells this story. It is drawn from the collections of the Anzac Memorial, the State Library of NSW, NSW State Records, the NSW Department of Education and the University of Sydney, as well as collections from Bourke to Gilgandra and Newcastle to Lithgow.

It is the official publication of the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Committee and over summer it was distributed, free of charge, to all public and Catholic schools in New South Wales and to most libraries.

This event is an opportunity to meet the authors and learn about the writing of this important publication. It will be held at Katoomba Falls Kiosk on Sunday, April 30 from 2-4pm. Refreshments provided. Entry by gold coin donation.

Megalong Books will be selling copies on the day.