I was (t)here

Sharing stories strengthens connections and builds communities

Conducted during KWF 2022

This is a collection of TRUE STORIES OF KYOGLE and district – people and place – contributed by community members. These stories may be personally significant,  such as meeting a life partner, making a life changing decision, learning something about yourself or the world. 

Or they may be stories of a notable event, for example someone famous visited, or a community event such as a Fairymount Festival. Flood, drought or fire perhaps? 

Following a community-wide invitation, stories with a  limit of 100 words were collected and installed in the Kyogle CBD during the week of the Kyogle Writers Festival. This was intended to provide an opportunity to tell local stories and contribute to the life of the writer’s festival. 

It’s called I WAS (T)HERE because it may have happened up a creek somewhere. That’s the “there.”  Or it may have happened in the main street. That’s the  “here.”

Graeme Gibson

Fairymount Festival 1985

by Brendan Gibson

Kyogle Bazaar

by Sandii Davie

Cross Cultural Awareness Festival

by Uncle Andrew Johnston

Kyogle, Casino, Coraki, Woodburn and Lismore

by Shane Runciman

The Nursery

by Paul Daley

The Lost World Wilderness

by Paul Daley

Kyogle 2002

by Paul Daley


by Liam Dau – Age 11, Urbenville Public School

Mt Lindesay

by Gabby McGrath – Age 10, Urbenville Public School


by Hunter Paget – Age 11, Urbenville Public School

Tooloom Valley

by Zepha Shofay – Age 7, Urbenville Public School

Keith Urban Live Zoom

by Faith Sheargold – Age 10, Urbenville Public School

The Red Dragon

by Ethan Russ – Age 8, Urbenville Public School

Ashes Rained Down like Rain

by Kailyn Russ – Age 11, Urbenville Public School

Ex-tropical Syclone Debbie

by John Watkins

The 50s

by Barbara Murray

The Little Train

by Barbara Murray


by Graeme Gibson

Bec Meets Blair

by Bec Tapscot

The Flat

by Lynda Clark (Elsie Rose Mud Flap)

The Struggle

by Joan Hayman

Kyogle’s Community Gym

by Robyn Job

Kyogle Cinema

by Stan Munro

Doubtful Creek

by Margie Brace

Reflections of Kyogle

by Graeme Gibson

Good Ideas

by Meg Bishop

Diane’s Lucky Toyota

by Diane Hansen


By Eliza Scott

Kyogle 2017

by Rikki Coulston

Border Ranges

by Christabel Strehle 


by Christabel Strehle

Reconciliation March 2000

by Suzie Coulston

Steel Drums

by Bob Mills