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"Amazing stories" at Miner's Cottage

Friday, 8th April, 2011

LOCAL HISTORY: Broken Hill and District National Trust treasurer Roger Norton in the Miner’s Cottage. LOCAL HISTORY: Broken Hill and District National Trust treasurer Roger Norton in the Miner’s Cottage.

The Heritage Festival has begun and locals have been sending in some "amazing stories" to the local branch of the National Trust.

The festival will run until April 19 and is in its 29th year, making it the largest and longest running community festival in the State.

Locals were asked to write an "amazing story" about their lives and the chairman of the local National Trust, Fran McKinnon, said that although the number of stories submitted were low the quality was exceptional.

She said they included tales about life on the "dingo fence", stories from the time when President Kennedy was assassinated, and when everyone used to flock to theBelair Drive In on the racecourse road.

There were also stories from proud children about their parent's achievements. "All are great records of how life was in the past years and we are very pleased with the quality of the entries," Mrs McKinnon said.

"We hope people will have a read of these entries and be inspired to write their own story," she said. "If we can gather together some more 'amazing' stories we willconsider putting them together as a permanent record of our history."

On April 17 the winning entry will be announced and awarded a prize courtesy of City Traders.

Treasurer of the local National Trust, Roger Norton, said anyone who would like to read the stories may do so at the Miner's Cottage, located at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum, between 1pm and 5.30pm while the festival was running. "Judging time is fast approaching," Mr Norton said.

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