At our next meeting we will be joined by James Nicolas, an author and historian.
His love of history and heritage has been with him throughout his life, starting from watching ‘This Fabulous Century’ and ‘Ask the Leyland Brothers’ as a child.
Much of his writing has centred on the area around Canterbury. His first book was a history spanning 135 years of the Canterbury Football Club. He has also written a short history on Canterbury in the 1970’s and 1980’s, followed by a book on the Centenary of Scouting in the area. He has also written a biography of a Western Districts pioneer, John Hyland. One of James more recent publications is ‘The Mystery of Fairyland, Kew’.
In 1965 in Kew, 88 year old Grace Tabulo passed away at her 1860’s home, Fairyland. This ended more than 20 years that Grace and her Gallipoli veteran husband, Jim made their home a tourist attraction for children from around Melbourne.
With exhibits, stories, concerts and celebrations, Fairyland was featured in newspapers and magazines in Melbourne and overseas.
It was a unique place in a more innocent time that has a profound effect on all those who went there. What motivated this couple to dedicate their lives to their community? And what are some of the mysteries that lie behind this story?
At this Tuesday's meeting James will tell us more about this tale and the mysteries behind it.
Interested? Come along!