School seeks old and untold city talescity?s old anduntold tales

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

WHAT happened to the people who used to live in the houses that lie at the bottom of the Awoonga Dam?

Is it true that in the early days the school out at Yarwun used to teach English as a second language because everyone spoke Russian? Gladstone is full of interesting and strange tales and it is these stories Toolooa State High School is looking to capture.

Thirty students are putting together a book about what has made Gladstone the city it is today.

'Basically we are appealing to the Gladstone public to tell us about the untold stories of Gladstone,' teacher Simon Done said.

The stories will then be compiled into a book full of local tales and published, with the proceeds going back into the community.

Mr Done said the type of stories they were looking for were those most people would never have known about.

'We're not after the obvious ones,' Mr Done said. 'We want people to say 'wow did that happen here?'.'

Apart from providing an interesting read, the book will also give students a hands-on practical lesson in writing, photography and local history.

'We like to give them a hands -on project, it's more relative and they get more out of it,' Mr Done said.

To tell your story phone Mr Done at Toolooa State High School. The book is expected to be published in November.



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