Book launch held Saturday 5 December
A highly successful and well attended function was held on Saturday evening to re-launch the new edition of the book They Came to Murramarang by Bruce Hamon. Two years before Bruce passed away, he wished to have his book reprinted, and gifted the rights to the Kioloa Coastal Campus of the Australian
National University. Kioloa Advisory Board member and academic sociologist, Alastair Greig, was keenly interested in becoming involved in the production, as he is well acquainted with the original version. Alastair met regularly with Bruce and Margret Hamon (Bruce's daughter) to revise the old edition
and make any changes that Bruce wished. They sourced additional photographs for inclusion in the new edition. Additional chapters written by Alastair relating to Bruce's life were incorporated to bringing the new edition up to present day. Sue Feary (also a researcher and academic archaeologist) wrote
the crucial indigenous history section, which is something Bruce always wished to have included but did not feel qualified to write. Both academics edited the book with Alistair collating and co-ordinating the entire process.
Our very sincere thanks go to Alastair for his infectious enthusiasm in carrying out this challenging task. Eminent historian Dr. Nicholas Brown, with his keen interest in the social changes and history of the east coast of Australia, also proof read the book and kindly accepted the offer to launch
the book with a wonderful speech that was followed by speeches from Alistair (pdf 23KB) and Margaret (pdf 53KB). A champagne toast by Professor Tim Senden, Chairman of the Kioloa Advisory Board, concluded the formalities. A late afternoon tea was provided for all, providing an opportunity for mingling
and discussing. Guests at the launch were also able to purchase the book (pdf 800KB).