New book puts focus on Campbelltown’s historic buildings

September 15, 2018 by  

Turning the pages of the new `More than Bricks and Mortar: Remembering Campbelltown’s Lost Buildings’ is set to take readers on a journey of discovery about the area’s colourful history.

Published by Andrew Allen, a local historian, with the assistance of the Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society, the book took about 18 months to research with the final product revealing many of the Campbelltown area’s greatest old treasures.

Printing services would have proved invaluable as Allen set out to amass a history of some of the old buildings that have played an important role in Campbelltown’s past.

Allen said the end result is a truly nostalgic collection of historic buildings saying:

“There’s information about who lived in each building and when it was demolished.”

The editorial details in each story are accompanied by historic photographs.

Allen said the research process was captivating and revealed many intriguing tales, including the history of the Wheelwright Arms pub which operated on the site now occupied by the Campbelltown Police Station. He added:

“There was a bloodstained handprint on the wall that they were apparently never able to remove. It was quite the mystery and the pub was the site for some filming in the 1950s. It was demolished in the 1960s.”

Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the book can do so from Campbelltown’s HJ Daley Library, the Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre and Glenalvon House.