A NEW book about the history of the Manning Valley was launched last week. 'Town and Country, a History of the Manning Valley,' is by Sydney author Max Solling who has spent a lot of time locally and has relatives in the area.
Publisher's Halstead Press describe the book as thoroughly researched and said the book describes the rich history of the Manning Valley, "a hidden gem tucked away on the eastern coast of Australia." Said to paint a vivid picture of Australia before and after settlement, the author tells stories of characters who left barren homelands to start a new life on the other side of the world. The book also comprehensively covers the ecological and geographical history of the Wingham Brush, the last remnant of ancient wilderness in the region.
Maximillian Solling is a passionate advocate for local histories whose previous work, a comprehensive and colourful history of Glebe was released to great acclaim. He has a masters degree in history from the University of Sydney, and teaches law part time.
The book is available locally from the ManningValley Historical Society at the Wingham museum and Manning Valley Books. "It's a nice book," said president of the historical society, Barbara Waters. "It is well illustrated and will be a nice addition to local resident's history collection," she said.