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Thirroul talk on the Tom Thumb

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Matthew Flinders

GUEST speaker and illustrator Christine Hill has produced a new book about a much loved Australian tale of courage and adventure from the colonial days of NSW.

Christine’s description of the 1796 journey of Matthew Flinders & George Bass in the small boat, Tom Thumb II, is retold using Flinders’ journal & a series of sketches & paintings.

The story details the exploration of the NSW coast from Sydney to Lake Illawarra so has special appeal for those interested in local history.  Christine has captured the thrill of the discovery of an unknown land with her stunning illustrations of local landscapes including Towradgi Beach, Lake Illawarra’s entrance, Bellambi and the ‘Coalcliffs’.

The talk is on Wednesday March 9 starting at 5pm at Thirroul District Community Centre & Library and refreshments will be available. The event is suitable for both children & adults.

Bookings are essential via Eventbrite at our Library website or contact Thirroul Library on 02 4227 8191. For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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