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Local History  (for details on the availability of Lynley's publications click on BOOKS above)

'I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.'

                                                                                                                              Peter de Vries



The history of a baroque theatre considered in its heyday to be the most spectacular in Australasia. Buildings, performances and anecdotes decade by decade since 1906 profusely illustrated with photographs and theatre posters.


Published by I.C.C. for the Southland Sesquicentenary.


'Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out.'




Fold-out covers of historic photo collages contain an idiosyncratic mix of historic facts, memories and nearly forgotten stories. Here are in-depth articles, poetry, local art, cartoons, vintage and contemporary photographs.


Published by Morepork Press.



'This book brings the south to life, touching something in us all.  A community is warmly and wonderfully defined by Lynley Dear.’

                                                                                                                                  Southland Times


'The Book contains a host of historic photographs put together as fold-out collages as well as throughout the text. Artwork and cartoons by the author, Lindsay Hazley, John Husband and Shaun Yeo, add to this collection of articles which are a personal tribute to the country's southern-most city. Here is community warmly and wonderfully defined by Lynley Dear'.

                                                                                                                                  Southland Times

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