The youngest town in NSW is still rich with history.
While there had been books written about how Coleambally came to be, none had set out to chronicle the individual memories of its pioneers and residents.
A group of hardworking volunteers set out to document the many stories and memories the tight knit community shared.
Three years later, their hard work has paid off.
Members of the Coleambally Darlington Point Country Education Foundation launched Coleambally Community Conversations at the 50th birthday celebrations over the weekend.
Country Education Foundation’s Penny Sheppard said the group put thousands of hours into interviewing, transcribing and putting together the book.
“Each story was so unique. It was it’s own story,” she said.
“I’ve got a more personal view of how the town was formed, just listening to the way people can tell their stories. It’s interesting how people can view the same event with a different perspective.”
While each story was one of a kind, Mrs Sheppard says there were common threads throughout.
“One thing that kept coming through was how strong the community is within itself. It came through enormously,” she said.
“It also shows how much the town’s volunteer groups have put into the community and the way they give it strength.”
She says it became quite clear that in Coleambally, no one is left behind.
“If someone has something happen, the community is there to support them, to back them up and pick them up again.”
All proceeds from the book go toward the Coleambally Darlington Point Country Education Foundation.