Port war history seen in letters

LETTERS penned during two major wars and published in some of the Port Stephens Examiner's earliest editions will be compiled into a special release book.

Echoes of War is a 200-page compilation of wartime letters written by soldiers of World War 1 and the Boer War which were sent back to relatives living in Raymond Terrace at the time.

The publication is being launched by Moira Saunderson courtesy of the Raymond Terrace Historical Society and will feature close to 60 letters.

"It includes letters to local, well-known families of quite a few soldiers, some who never came home," she said.

According to Ms Saunderson, the book will even include letters written by Martin Hussey, a relative of well-known Australian cricketing brothers Michael and David Hussey.

The 200-page publication will see 100 copies printed and will cost $30 on the night of its launch at Raymond Terrace's 175-year anniversary dinner on November 24.

Copies bought after the night, available through the historical society, will cost $35.

Moira Saunderson at Sketchely Pioneer Museum.

Moira Saunderson at Sketchely Pioneer Museum.