Yeates book available at Back to Woopi weekend

18 February 2015

Those coming to the popular Back to Woopi Weekend, happening on 7-8 March, will have the opportunity to buy a copy of the special anniversary edition of Neil Yeates’ iconic local history, “Woolgoolga: History of a Village”.  All 370 copies of the 2013 edition had sold out, but Woolgoolga Rotary is doing a new print run in time for the event, and the book will be available for $30 at both the 7 March dinner at Woolgoolga C.ex Bowling Club (note this venue change), and the breakfast BBQ at Woolgoolga Surf Club.  Out of towners can avoid the cost of postage & packing for the hefty volume – nearly 50% of the book cost.

This 2013 edition is more than simply a reprint of the third edition (which sold out in 1996 and was then as rare as hens’ teeth as families hung on to their treasured copies). It has 20 new pages, including 4 full-colour plates; 304 pages in all. The book is full of historical photographs, most of which can be seen nowhere else (even on the Woolgoolga Heritage Walk panels, which are also reproduced in the book). The new 20-page section presents the recent findings on four significant topics, along with photos and maps.

100% of the profits from sales of the new edition are being allocated by Rotary to valued community projects.  For more information, please contact David Fayle: 6654 7700 or

The late Neil Yeates wrote “Woolgoolga: the History of a Village” for residents, both longstanding and recent, as well as for students and visitors interested in learning about the history and culture of the place they are in.

The importance of this book should not be underestimated. It was a colossal achievement, and few can fully appreciate the meticulous research that went into it.

The new edition was launched to commemorate the opening of the Woolgoolga Heritage Walk, and to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the gazettal of Woolgoolga as a village, and the 25th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Woolgoolga

Media contact for this article:  David Fayle   0401 022 951