Sandy Beach resident Lorna Bindley with her September 28 1983 copy of the Advocate Opinion celebrating the America?s Cup victor
Sandy Beach resident Lorna Bindley with her September 28 1983 copy of the Advocate Opinion celebrating the America?s Cup victor

Lorna?s an avid reader



LORNA Bindley's 23-year collection of Coffs Harbour Advocate and Advocate Opinion newspapers covers almost one-quarter of the history of the newspaper which will celebrate its centenary in February 2007.

The Sandy Beach resident has kept newspapers stretching from the dramatic win of Alan Bond's yacht Australia II in the 1983 America's Cup to the twin floods of March 2001 which ripped through the Bellinger Valley.

Mrs Bindley moved to Coffs Harbour from Sydney in 1977 with her husband, who built the slipway at the Coffs Harbour Jetty foreshores for his timber boat building business.

Mrs Bindley said the newspapers she had kept recorded different things that she found significant, including Dean Lukin's gold medal win for weightlifting in the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984; the creation of the City of Coffs Harbour in September 1987; Bicentenary celebrations, the arrival of the First Fleet Re-enactment and direct flights from Coffs Harbour to Melbourne in 1988 more floods in April 1989; the death of 71 people in two months on the Pacific Highway by December 23, 1989, a period that included both the Cowper and Clybucca bus crashes and the Coffs Har- bour city centre flood which inundated the city on November 23 1996.



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