Well known historian Anne Doggett’s recently completed book “A Far Cry – Town Crying in the Antipodes” will be launched on Friday 18th September at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute.
The book covers Town Crying in Australia from the landing of the First Fleet to today. For a century and a half, Town Criers walked the streets of Capital cities, Regional Centres and County Towns ringing their bells and conveying their messages. This fascinating account is the first to tell their story. The book covers events in Australian history where Town Criers relay the news.
Town Criers from around Australia will be attending and will re-enact cries as they happened including Canberra’s Official Town Crier Alan Moyes who will resite James Berry Norwich cry from 1837 or Hepburn Shires Official Town Crier Philip Greenbank who lives in Creswick and will enact the Cry from Creswick’s second Town Crier, of the 1882 Australasian No. 2 Mine disaster.
The modern day cry will be presented by Mike Willett Official Town Crier for Victor Harbor SA.
Australasian Guild of Town Criers newest member 18 year old Sophie Walters will make her first cry at the launch with seasoned criers including her Grandfather Official Town Crier for the City of Ballarat, Brian Whykes.