The Mt Lofty Districts Historical Society in association with Wakefield Press has pleasure inviting you to a special evening with best-selling author Liz Harfull, celebrating the Adelaide launch of her much anticipated book
Almost an Island: The Story of Robe
Friday 21 February, 7.30 pm
Coventry Library, 63 Mt Barker Road, Stirling
Come and hear Liz talk about the historic seaside town of Robe on the Limestone Coast and some of the surprising discoveries uncovered during more than six years of research and writing. Liz also plans to share some of the remarkable images uncovered from private and public collections as she worked to bring to life the fascinating history, stories and memories of a small village that has played a remarkable roll in Australian history.
In what turned out to be a brief, golden heyday as one of southern Australia’s busiest ports, during the 1850s it witnessed fine clipper ships bound for London with loads of wool, the arrival of thousands of Chinese on their way to the Victorian goldfields, and the hijinks of partying pastoralists. Fifty years later Robe cast off the doldrums to reinvent itself as a seaside health resort, lauded for its natural beauty, and the beneficial qualities of its cooling sea breezes and salt waters. And fifty years after that, the first surfers arrived, establishing one of the world’s oldest continuous surfing competitions.
Adelaide Hills author Liz Harfull is passionate about telling the stories of rural Australia. Growing up on a small farm near Mount Gambier, she decided to become a writer when she was only ten, encouraged by Robe author, the late Kathleen Bermingham who wrote the last major publication about Robe more than 50 years ago. Liz and her family have a close connection with Robe – her great grandfather operated a carrier business in the South East during the late 1850s/early 1860s and guided Chinese from Robe to the goldfields; and she and her sisters own one of the town’s historic cottages, the School in Rotten Row, which the family bought in the early 1970s. Liz is also the author of two bestselling books – The Blue Ribbon Cookbook (Wakefield Press) and Women of the Land (Allen & Unwin).
Please RSVP by Monday 17 February to help with catering arrangements – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 8339 8236
Entry by gold coin donation.
Wines generously donated by Fox Creek Wines. Books will be available on the night for purchase and signing, thanks to Matilda Bookshop