Back Block Bards Book
  • Back Block Bards - A Collection of Bush Verse by Bush Bards is part of a fundraising campaign for The Dementia Australia Research Foundation.

    The book launch and art exhibition in Hillston on Saturday 13 October was a great success raising more than $27,000 for research into early onset dementia.

    Former Western Lands Commissioner Geoff Wise officially launched the book. "Despite severe drought throughout the Hillston district, and a town population of only 1,400 people, $27,000 was raised on the night. A huge achievement", Mr Wise said.

    This book by a group of related poets is a contribution to the rich history of bush verse in Australia. All the poets featured were born and bred in western NSW and their verse is largely based on experiences from this area. Being from a number of different authors, readers will observe different styles and content in the poetry. The illustrations have been done by artist Joan Vagg, who also has poetry featured.

    Recently, our family has been affected by the cruel disease of early onset dementia. While dementia is all too common in the elderly, it's showing up more frequently in younger people. This book is part of a fundraising campaign for Dementia Australia Research Foundation, that also involves artwork sales and other activities throughout 2018.

  • Results of Auctions and Club 300 Raffle

    Item Details Name
    "Window to the Outback"       $3,500             Ellen McMaster
    Auction of first book $520 Gus Hodkinson
    Club 300 1st Prize Joe Rose
    Club 300 2nd Prize Lyn Death
    Club 300 3rd Prize Sharon Salas
    Club 300 4th Prize Rajesh Gupta

    Books can be ordered online.