Roll Back the Years
The inaugural projects of the Society when it was established in 2008 were to republish the 1980s Central King Country historical magazine Roll Back the Years and to be in the driving seat for the publication of From Low Gear to Overdrive, an ambitious but achievable project covering the trials and tribulations of the local trucking fraternity.
By 2015 all the old magazines had been republished in the six volume Roll Back the Years set and trucking stories had filled three volumes of From Low Gear to Overdrive.
The idea to produce a trucking book came out of the highly successful Taumarunui & District Road Transport Reunion of October 1987 and from a special edition of Roll Back the Years which only skimmed the history of the industry but was enough to whet the appetite for an in-depth publication. One would think three books would cover it but there is still material to make a fourth at some time in the future.
It wouldn’t be the King Country without sawmilling being a focus and the Society handles the books of the late Ken Anderson as well as continuing where he left off with the 2014 publication of Tringamoot.
Several local histories have been successfully published in recent years, mostly the result of school or other reunions. The individual groups involved utilised the local expertise that had developed over the period of Roll Back the Years but had also needed a lot of determination and faith in the success of their final publications to complete the projects.
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In 2016 the Society is running a competition for people to write stories of local events or places they, or their family, remember. The eventual aim is to gather enough material to publish Roll Back the Years Vol 7
Go to the competition page for information and entry details
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