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Souvenir of Emu Park - Home Away from Home

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Since its birth as a town Emu Park has been a holiday destination.

From its earliest times holiday makers would arrive, particularly from the west but particularly with the advent of the train, from Rockhampton and Mount Morgan.


These holiday expeditions would often last several months while summer was at its height, hence the subtitle to the souvenir booklet, ‘Home Away from Home’.

The Most Tragickal Tale of Elderberg Spillikins

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What is love?

Abandoned by his parents and living in a hole under a concrete path, Elderberg Spillikins searches for love in all the wrong places.

A Gothic poem of tragic proportions.

In 2021, The Most Tragickal Tale of Elderberg Spillikins, a work by poet, Mark Svendsen, was designed, laid, printed, and bound by fine letterpress artist Derek Lamb. The book was printed on an 1887 Notting demy Alexandra Press at The Officina Athelstane studio at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre in Rockhampton.

This edition is a digitally reproduced version of the original work.

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We are very pleased to share a review of Island of the People by Dr Michael Rowland of James Cook University.

Clearly written, great photos, comprehensive, balanced, well referenced etc. Congratulations!


The quality of the production is exceptional -the paper quality, the layout, the vignettes, the number of photos, appendices, references etc.

I have seen a few local history books of various quality and this is certainly a number one.

Further reading

If you are interested in further reading about Woppa/ Keppel Island, look into Cruising the Queensland Coast by Greg Luck. The most recent 2023 edition is available here.

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