Ian Mason wrote a book on the history of Back Plains and is launching it at a massive reunion event.
Ian Mason wrote a book on the history of Back Plains and is launching it at a massive reunion event. Megan Masters

History comes alive at Back Plains celebration

IT WILL be a massive day of celebrations on Saturday when Back Plains residents past and present roll up for a huge reunion event.

Former Back Plains resident Ian Mason said he started doing a little research into his family's history with the town when he realised how many fascinating and rich tales came out of the area.

His great-great grandfather, Frederick Lack, was one of the area's original settlers, arriving in January of 1873.

Mr Mason set about compiling what he could find into a book detailing the region's history after a suggestion from a fellow local history enthusiast.

The work was some five years in the making and turned up some amazing stories of hardship, survival and small-town life, like the day a young lady from one of the prominent families in the district was bitten by a snake on the finger.

Mr Mason said the young lady was bitten by a death adder, prompting her father to cut off the offending digit in the hopes of preserving her life long enough to make it to hospital in Toowoomba.

Despite the horror of the situation, the young girl reportedly made it to hospital, survived and went on to lead a long life.

Mr Mason said the book would be launched at the Back to Back Plains event this Saturday and there had been no shortage of interest.

Within a very short period he received the first 100 RSVPs and more were rolling in as the event approached.

The celebrations will run from 9.30am-4pm this Saturday and all are welcome to come and look at displays and take part in family fun and games.

To find out more or book a guided bus tour contact Mr Mason on ianhomegarden@yahoo.com.au or phone 0400692799.


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