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Gunnedah and District Historical Society Inc. (Marie Hobson)
‘The Last Word’ a book which turns the lens on around 750 Gunnedah and district residents who have lived and died in the town.
The book provides a snapshot of those who helped to create the community through sharing of local family history so that people know who they are and where they have come from and how history has shaped who they are now and the towns’ development.
This program contributes to improving linkages, mutual acceptance and co-operation as people develop a deeper appreciation of other residents through shared stories and examination of how their lives have overlapped. Storytelling has been shown to facilitate the development of stronger bonds between people as they begin to understand the challenges faced by others and the contributions that have been made to their shared community.
The project also contributes to building a life-enhancing, inclusive ethos by demonstrating that the town community is interdependent and built on mutually beneficial relationships. It shows that the civic contribution made by individuals benefits others and the town as a whole.