Rylstone District Historical Society’s Cottage Museum has available copies of a book written by a former Rylstone resident Jack Turner and his daughter Jacqui Halpin. The book, called ‘A Long Way From Misery’ was inspired by Jack’s father’s stories which always began with “Down on Misery…” Misery was the farm his father grew up on.
The co-author Jack Turner was born in Rylstone in 1926, the eldest of 10 children. In his own words – “I never had an education – at least not one from a classroom. I got me education in the bush…”
His daughter Jacqui is a children’s author whose stories have won prizes. Her fathers’ knack for telling stories inspired her own love of storytelling.
A Long Way From Misery takes you on a rollicking journey through the Australia of yesteryear. It’s a great read and is available for just $20 at the Cottage Museum. It’s full of local history and memories, lots of photos. The Cottage Museum is open every Sunday from 10am to 3pm.
(Source: Mudgee Guardian, accessed 25 October 2016, http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/4037125/former-rylstone-resident-tells-tales-of-yesteryear-in-new-book/)