A passion for local history has led Wellington's Marie Hoffman to write a collection of short stories that have recently been collated into a book.
Wellington's Treasures focuses on local identities and businesses. Some short stories include the first bank robbery, Apex Oval, the memorial rock and former corner stores.
Mrs Hoffman was a volunteer at the Wellington Historical Society museum with Susan Jones and first got the idea for the book about five years ago.
"We thought 'if we don't tell the stories they will be lost'," Ms Hoffman said.
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During her time researching Wellington's historical business owners Mrs Hoffman spoke with many families.
She said it was such a privilege that they entrusted her with their ancestors stories and photographs.
"People were very forthcoming with their information and very happy to share. Without that this book would not have happened," she said.
The front cover features Mrs Hoffman's father, Roy Evans, who operated a corner store in Wellington.
"It's just been a great trip down memory lane and I hope it will be for the people who read it too," she said.
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Now that the book is published, people all over the country have been in touch with the the local historian wanting a copy, including a lady from Victoria whose son-in-law heard her talk about Wellington's Treasures on the radio.
"And a lot of people that I haven't been in touch with for years have either picked up the phone or sent an email (to ask about the book) and it's been lovely catching up with people," Mrs Hoffman added.
"It just goes to show that the pen is a mighty friendship builder."
She is also sending a copy to the Netherlands to a former Wellington resident whose father was a solicitor in the town for many years.
The team at the Colour Copy Shop who specialise in printing were able to put the book together.
"I just feel it looks so great and they've just done a wonderful job I'm so happy with it," Mrs Hoffman said.
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The success of Wellington's Treasure's and her passion for history has spurred on Mrs Hoffman to write a second book which she says will be similar to her first.
"Wellington has so many wonderful people stories and also buildings and organisations. There is just so much here," she said.
Her husband Terry, their three boys and daughter-in-laws have supported Mrs Hoffman along the way.
Wellington's Treasures can be purchased from Mrs Hoffman for $45.
Postage within Australia is $12.50.