Over 100 guests packed into the Victor Harbor Civic Centre on Saturday, November 30 to witness the launch of a beautiful new book titled 'Down Beside the Sea Victor Harbor'.
The event was attended by Member for Finniss David Basham, Mayor of Victor Harbor Moira Jenkins, CEO of the City of Victor Harbor Victoria MacKirdy, Manager of Wakefield Press (the book's Publishing company) Michael Bollen, councillors, along with other invited guests and members of the public.
The book was officially launched by Jane Doyle Channel 7's News Presenter, who had coincidentally met and worked in the media many years ago with co-authors of the book, Deb and Ron Kandelaars.
Deb and Ron both spoke individually about their two year journey while writing the book and they congratulated and acknowledged those from the local community for their input and help during that time.
Ron and Deb who have many happy and fond memories of this region, were commissioned by The City of Victor Harbor Library to capture the essence of the region through the book, which includes the area's early history, the social aspect, community and sporting events, as well as long time traditions of Victor Harbor.
City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins said the book is in an easy and readable format and there was a great response at the launch.
"It is a high quality book which outlines the history of Victor Harbor and the hopes of our youth.
"The book is a great education tool for our community and visitors," Dr Jenkins said.
In officially launching the book, Jane Doyle said that the book was "beautifully presented" and one that was hard to put down once you started reading it.
"It's a great pleasure to meet on the land of the Ramindjeri people and celebrate a wonderful project bringing life and context to the story of this seaside area that is so cherished by all who have lived here over many thousands of years," Jane said.
"It's a great celebration for two wonderful South Australians, Deb and Ron Kandalaars, who I've been lucky enough to know since the early 1980's."
The book is available at the Victor Harbor Library and can be purchased at various retail outlets on the Fleurieu, including Chit Chat Newsagency and the Book Stop in Victor Harbor, South Seas Books at Port Elliot and Artworx Gallery at Goolwa.
It can also be ordered online from the publishers, Wakefield Press, in Mile End, Adelaide.