HISTORIANS: John and Janice Groves and Anne Wensley.
HISTORIANS: John and Janice Groves and Anne Wensley. Contributed

Historian’s book explains streets

LOCAL historians Anne Wensley and John and Janice Groves set about to write a book on how each street name shares a story that pieces together a long, proud history for Caloundra.

And now, it's finally on the shelves.

Caloundra: Its History Through the Names of its Streets and Parks maps out a short pictorial history and will change the view all residents will have when they get in the car and drive around the region.

In her introduction local gem, Anne Wensley describes her love for Caloundra and her passion for bring the past to the present.

"Having holidayed in Caloundra since birth I lived here since 1965," she wrote.

"I have become fascinated by how street names tell the history of Caloundra so I decided to document what was known.

"If I couldn't find out, I looked for names of residents who lived here at the time."

Anne said the oldest suburbs of Caloundra are Bulcock, Shelly, the Caloundra Business Centre, Kings and Moffat Beaches.

Dicky Beach, Currimundi and Diamond Head followed shortly closely by Battery Hill in the 1970s, and Aroona and Little Mountain in the 1980s.

Historian John Groves said digging deeper to find out information had been a long tradition of Caloundra historians.

He said they had worked on many books together to keep the history of Caloundra alive.

He said they have done books on Caloundra in the past to now, the high school, a pictorial history and even what Caloundra was like during World War 11.

But for locals, they wanted to know what was behind the street names.

"For years people have been asking us, 'where does that sign come from'," John said.

"It has taken 12 months to do it, this is number 13 - they range from everything.

"We want to keep that history alive so people don't forget."

The group continues to print copies of all the books.

You can buy the book at The Book Shop, Caloundra, Moffat Beach Post Office, Kings Beach Pavillion Kiosk, Caloundra Copy Place.

They are available at a number of shops in Caloundra.

 

Caloundra History books

1977 An Introduction to the History of Caloundra by Anne Wensley.

2006 North Bribie Island During World War II by John Groves.

2007 Digging Deeper into North Bribie Island During World War II by John and Janice Groves.

2008 Kawana's Yesterdays by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves

2009 Caloundra During World War II by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves.

2009 Caloundra - A short pictorial history by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves

2010 Caloundra, Then and Now by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves.

2010 Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club The First 75 Years by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves.

2012 Caloundra's Rustic Cabin by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves

2013 Caloundra State High School The Early Years 1963 - 1970 by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves.

2013 Caloundra State High School - Celebrating 50 Years by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves.

2014 Caloundra's Lighthouses - Children's Editions by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves.

2014 Lighthouses of Caloundra Adult Edition. by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves.

2015 S.S. 'Dicky' by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves.

2016 Caloundra Its History through the names of its streets and parks by Anne Wensley, John and Janice Groves.


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