As a forerunner to the 50th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Murchison meteorite (scheduled for 27 – 29 September 2019), a children’s picture book, Sam’s Meteorite, was launched at Murchison Heritage Centre on Sunday, 7th October and was a fitting opening event for History Week 2018.
Former Murchison resident, Lorna Ward, Teaching and Learning Consultant – Literacy, launched the book written for 3 – 8 year-olds by Murchison’s Margaret Lock, together with colourful illustrations by Rodney Printers’ Justin Connors.
The book is about seven-year-old Sam who finds a piece of meteorite, alongside his family in their farm paddock after the Murchison meteorite shattered with hundreds of pieces landing in the Murchison district on Sunday, 28th September 1969.
The book is a blend of fact and fiction and was inspired not only by the fall of the spectacular Murchison meteorite, but by Margaret’s grandson Sam whose birthday falls the day before the meteorite’s anniversary.
Young children will enjoy reading and learning about the world-famous meteorite which has been continually studied and celebrated over the last 49 years.
The picture book was well received by parents, children, friends and Historical Society members, and is for sale at $10.00 per copy from Murchison Heritage Centre, open Saturdays from 10.00am till 12.30pm. For enquiries about purchasing a copy, please contact Margaret on 03 5826 2398.