A SECOND batch of the new Lost Mundaring and Surroundings book has been released after the first order sold-out overnight.
Lost Mundaring and Surroundings Facebook page creator and administrator Owen Briffa said he was excited by the success of his book, showcasing the best of hills history and never before seen historical photographs of the area.
“I had a couple hundred books made in June and I put it up on my page at 5.30pm on a Friday and they were gone by Saturday night,” he said.
The 12-year-old history buff set up a stall at Sculpture Park and was blown away with the community’s response.
“Mostly people couldn’t believe my age,” he said.
“They follow me on my page but they don’t actually know it’s me.”
“They said thank you for bringing back these old memories for us but I just say back that I’ve always loved doing the history of Perth and there wasn’t much like this up here.”
Since Echo News first spoke with Owen, Preserving hills history (Echo News, February 24), his Facebook page has doubled in likes to almost 1500.
“It’s gotten pretty big, people keep joining all the time,” he said.
“From the newspaper article people looked me up in the phonebook, and would tell me ‘our family has four generations of hills residents and we’ve got all this original stuff from around the hills’.
“Thank you to everyone who has donated their old photographs.”
The youngster got in touch with Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes who sponsored 100 copies of the book.
“I was very much taken by his capacity to initiate the interview and to present his project to me,” Mr Hughes said.
“I was impressed by his capacity to promote his idea – for one so relatively young.
Copies of the 102-page photographic book are available for $30.
Find Owen at his Facebook page, call 0481 169 638 or email email@example.com
By Claire Ottaviano