Graham Bell.
Graham Bell. L. Jensen

Help Graham Bell document Coffs' history

GRAHAM Bell is putting the history of Coffs Harbour under the lens.

The video film-maker, who already has a number of awards under his belt for other documentaries, is putting together a story of the city's history using still photographs, interviews and film footage.

He said he was receiving a lot of help from local historian Lester Tolhurst and the documentary would feature many interviews with people who had played different roles in the development of the city.

“Coffs Harbour has such an exciting history that cutting it down will be the difficult part,” Mr Bell said.

“It was one of the last places settled – the New England, the Clarence, the Macleay, Bellingen and Fernmount were all settled far earlier than Coffs Harbour.”

He is also trying to show how the local lifestyle has changed, including footage of Coffs Harbour today, which he plans to film over the summer, so it can become a promotional tool for the city.

Mr Bell is interested in hearing from anyone with Coffs Harbour stories to tell, photographs of past events, people and places in the city's history and anyone with old movie footage. He can scan photographs while you wait and also copy films.

Mr Bell said it would take another two or three months to put the documentary together.

He can be contacted on 6652 2503.

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