Stories of the past net funding for the future

Producer of ‘West Wyalong Movies’, Ross Harmer, outside Moncrieff Livestock and Property, CondobolinBy Dominic Geiger

A series of recently compiled documentaries showing the history of farming practises in the Bland and Lachlan shires have helped raise an astounding $54,000 for the West Wyalong showgrounds.

Producer of ‘West Wyalong Movies’, Ross Harmer, said the documentaries covered the history of the region from the earliest days of farming in the 1800s right up until the West Wyalong Show in 1973.

“In 2008, I made West Wyalong Movies One [WWM1], which is four little documentaries made up of old home movies, archival footage from the National Film and Sound Archives, and old photographs, combined with interviews with a few locals,” he said.

“The first one is called West Wyalong Wheat, which is the story of the first true Labor Government establishing the homestead farm act to encourage closer settlement to the proposed railway lines in the West Wyalong and Hillston districts.

“The next story is about the eucalypt industry in West Wyalong from 1927 to the present.

“The third story is a cook’s tour in 1930 of the streets of West Wyalong, and the fourth is the West Wyalong Show of 1973; it’s just a very nostalgic look back at shows and times.”

Ross said all the money raised from the selling of the first documentary and a second, called West Wyalong Movies Two [WWM2], have gone back into funding for the West Wyalong Showground.

To date WWM1 has sold 2,500 copies while WWM2, which was released just before Christmas 2010 sold its thousandth copy last week.

“The bulk of the [money raised] has gone into the showground facilities, particularly the yard dog (trial) section,” Ross said.

“WWM2 features five different stories, including scenes of the Trundle harvest in 1932… and we have a little three minute documentary shot in the 1950s about Doctor Young of Forbes.

“Doctor Young used to fly out to places like Tullibigeal and Ungarie, Kikoira and Burcher, in his little aeroplane and service the people out there.”

West Wyalong Movies One and West Wyalong Movies Two are both available in Condobolin from Moncrieffs and on the web at

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