Burleigh memories between the covers

TALES from Burleigh residents have become the subject of a fascinating new book that focuses on the central Gold Coast village turned suburb.

Everyone Knew Everyone is a hard-cover, full-colour community history, capturing the stories and images of those who took part in Burleigh's evolution into one of the best addresses in Australia.

Funded by Gold Coast City Councillor Greg Betts' divisional budget, the book celebrates Burleigh's unique history and character.

Cr Betts said Everyone Knew Everyone was a summary of interviews conducted with long-term Burleigh residents by historian Dr Johanna Kijas, who was engaged by the council to record their oral histories.

“Too often stories such as these live on only in family recollections and are lost to the wider community,” Cr Betts said.

“Recording oral histories and photographs in publications like this new book ensures their preservation.”

The people who contributed to the publication, including Burleigh's former MP Judy Gamin, along with Cr Betts and Dr Kijas, were scheduled to be present at the book's launch on August 26.

The book will be available for purchase from council offices for $10.

For a limited time, purchases made at Burleigh will also include a free copy of Robert Longhurst's book, The Heart of Paradise - The History of Burleigh Heads.

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