Capturing Mooroopna’s past

December 08, 2017

Local historian Geoff Allemand and fourth generation local Kaz Corbo proudly hold up copies of Mooroopna Past and Present.

Local historian Geoff Allemand shows a copy of Mooroopna Past and Present.

It was all hustle and bustle outside Mooroopna post office when photo historian Geoff Allemand and Kaz Corbo launched their book detailing the town’s history.

People crowded around a small table to buy a copy of Mooroopna Past and Present, which showcases a wide variety of current and historic photos connected to the town.

‘‘I think it’s great for the town to have a record of their history,’’ Mr Allemand said.

‘‘There’s been some really good written history books about Mooroopna, but I’m trying to do it through photographs.

‘‘It’s a good record and celebrates the history in a coffee table book approach.’’

Mooroopna Past and Present took about three months to create and includes more than 100 photos.

For former Mooroopna residents Joyce Miller and Betty McInnes the book plays a significant role in preserving memories.

Although the sisters now live in Essendon and Shepparton they still feel a great deal of pride for Mooroopna.

‘‘This book is fantastic,’’ Mrs Miller said.

‘‘I look at the names and I smile, it brings back a lot of memories.’’

An interesting characteristic of the book is it includes the old nicknames of many Mooroopna residents.

‘‘Mooroopna is one of the main towns that we’re aware of that has nicknames for most of its residents,’’ Mr Allemand said.

Mrs Miller is no exception and was known as Dood.

‘‘That stuck right up until I left the town,’’ she said.

Mr Allemand said the cover of Mooroopna Past and Present was eye-catching and blended modern times with the old days and its use of Australian slang helped preserve a language that many young people would not know.

Mooroopna Past and Present is for sale for $20 from Mooroopna Post Office, the Lost Shepparton Shop and Focus Cards and Gifts.

It can be ordered online through the Lost Mooroopna Facebook page.

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