Book details town’s growth, ups and downs

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Mary Elgar with her new book A Mere Country Village.
Camera IconMary Elgar with her new book A Mere Country Village. Credit: Supplied

To celebrate Bridgetown’s sesquicentennial anniversary, a new book will be released which details the town’s history.

The book titled A Mere Country Village is written by Mary Elgar, who is a member of Bridgetown’s Historical Society.

She said the title of the book came from a letter written by Thomas Campbell-Carey.

“He wrote a letter saying it would only be a mere country village and so we only need 56 lots and that was so quickly surpassed by the turn of the century the town had already quadrupled in size,” she said.

Mrs Elgar said Bridgetown was a unique place to write about.

“It is a very old town as far as WA is concerned and it is also a very strong community and it has been through some really adverse events,” she said.

“These events included the fall in the apple industry, the decline of rural farming when stock prices went down and the closure of the railway line.”

The book is broken down into different interviews with members of the community and also has Mrs Elgar’s voice throughout.

“We made 100 hardback copies and we’ve sold just over half of those, the paperback copies will be made for people indefinitely,” she said.

“All the profits that we make from the book sales will go straight back into the historical society.”

Those interviewed in the book and anyone else who helped out will be given the chance to obtain the book on November 28.

The rest of the community can buy a copy from December 8.

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