‘History of Bingara Health Services’ proves popular

July 13, 2010

The eagerly awaited launch of the book “History of the Bingara Health Services 1889 – 2010” was held in the Activities Room of the Bingara MPS last Thursday week, July 1. The book was produced by the Bingara Hospital History Group.

The launch was attended by a group of nearly 60 people. Judy Abra, Group coordinator, opened proceedings and introduced Mr. Mark Coulton, Federal Member for Parkes, to officially launch the book.

Mr. Coulton agreed the book is an important historical document and said he looked forward to reading his copy.  Group member and President of the Bingara District Historical Society, Peter Jones, proposed a vote of thanks, and presented Mr. Coulton with a copy of the book.

Those present then enjoyed a splendid morning tea supplied by the United Hospital Auxiliary and friends, while many took the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book.

First off the mark to buy was Ron McConnell.

The book was produced to record and thus preserve the history of health services in Bingara over the past 121 years. It has been hard but very rewarding work for the six members of the Bingara Hospital History Group.

The project proceeded after gaining a grant from the Royal Australian Historical Society and has enjoyed the support of the Bingara United Hospital Auxiliary. All proceeds from the sale of the books will be given to the Hospital Auxiliary to use for the hospital.

It soon became apparent to the group during the production of this book that the Bingara community has always been the driving force behind the Hospital.  The book can be purchased for $30 at the Bingara Museum or by contacting any member of the Bingara Hospital History Group. It will also be on sale at the Orange Festival. There has already been very positive feedback and it is commended to all as an enjoyable and informative read.

It is hoped that someone will continue to collate historical records into the future.