A wonderful book about life on the early farms in the Woodhill district will be officially launched this weekend.
Up in the Hills: Farming Days in Upper Brogers Creek has been written by Heather Foster.
The book was produced with the support of a grant from Create NSW, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society.
This local history, an important part of the history of the Shoalhaven, was created from the accounts of the grandchildren who grew up on the farms of the early settlers, and whose stories were captured on tape by the Berry and District Historical Society in 1978 and 1994.
It's a unique record of farming life in an isolated valley in the 19th and early 20th century, and is full of interesting, even hair-raising, anecdotes from those sometimes wilder times.
The Berry and District Historical Society will host the launch on Saturday, November 16 at 2pm in St Luke's Church Hall, Berry. Afternoon tea will be served.
Author Heather Foster will tell some of the stories from the book, and descendants of the early settlers will recount some of the exploits of their relatives.
It will be an opportunity to hear about the realities of early farming life, and it forms a complement to Gillian Shadwick's work, Family, Farms and Faith, about the Strong families and their Kin.