Apart from Blue Mountains Journeys, I have two previous published histories on the Blue Mountains community: the National Trust award-winning Hazelbrook and Woodford: a story of two Blue Mountains towns and Mountains Springtime: a History of Blue Mountains Grammar School.
I have had a long association with the Blue Mountains, beginning with regular family holidays as a child. My wife and I bought a cottage in the lower mountains at Springwood in 1961.
Tawau:The Making of a Tropical Community
The story of Tawau and its people is only around 130 years old. People alive today, including this author, have known those who were present at the very start of a recognisable settlement at the mouth of the Tawau River. Ken Goodlet's interviews cover around 21 linguistic groups in those early days, making this record of Tawau rainbow-coloured in its diversity. The book shows that Tawau has had at least two natural advantages: its location and its natural wealth.