Local history on DVD

The Young Historical Society has produced a DVD outlining the story of one of the district’s early settlers.

Producers: Branden Adams, Emma Smith, Brian James and Larry Wordsworth. Photo: Craig Thomson.

Producers: Branden Adams, Emma Smith, Brian James and Larry Wordsworth. Photo: Craig Thomson.

Historian Brian James said James White was the first European to settle in the Burrangong district and Sarah  Musgrave, his niece, was the first European child born in the area.

“The story is told, in pictures and text, of the three White brothers who were transported to Australia for horse stealing,” he said.

“It is a 25 minute DVD loosely based on Leon Isackson's book Brothers in Exile. 

“It is hoped that Leon will be present at the launch of the DVD. Copies of his book and the DVD will be on sale on the day.”

Mr James and fellow Historical Society member Larry Wordsworth have produced the DVD. 

Emma Smith and Branden Adams did the voice-over commentary and helped with technical assistance. 

Mr James said a date for the showing of the DVD would be announced soon.

“Larry and I both agreed that it was a difficult challenge to produce a DVD on the White family as there is not a lot of pictorial evidence available, particularly from their early years,” he said.

“Emma and Branden were interested to find that the history of Young and Burrangong was closely connected with a lot of well-known people who played a major role in the development of NSW.”

Voice over talent Emma Smith said she enjoyed working on the project and learnt something about local history.

“It was a privilege to work alongside my Grandfather and Larry,” she said.

It was a wonderful experience to assist them in creating an interactive presentation which aims to capture the essence of the James White story.

“It provided me with many insights into the history of Young.

“Brian and Larry are to be commended for being the masterminds behind what is a great Secondary Resource for the Young Historical Community.”

Mr James said the Historical Society is always looking for ways to inform locals about Young and the surrounding district's past.