The independently produced local history book, “Queanbeyan – City of Champions”, has been awarded a Queanbeyan Council Heritage Award.
Published last year as part of the city’s 175th anniversary celebrations, the award was presented to author Nichole Overall, photographer Trudy Taylor and designer Dana Stewart-Thompson for the book’s contribution to the promotion of local heritage.
“Of all the wonderful feedback we’ve had about the book, this award is the most significant because it comes from within the community for whom we wanted to create it in the first place,” Nichole says. “We’re even more delighted that the award will now enable us to donate books to our local schools’ libraries.”
Produced and funded by the three women, “City of Champions” was five years in the making and is a social and pictorial history of Queanbeyan’s development – with 264 pages, 50,000 words and more than 330 images.
“Originally it was not going to be quiet so comprehensive,” says Nichole. “As I started to research and write though, I knew that to do Queanbeyan justice, it had to be provide more of a complete overview of the city.”
“This award is a wonderful acknowledgement that the book has achieved what we set out to do – that it’s a reflection and showcase of this city we love as well as revealing something of its journey and its place in history.”