If you know anything about British history you'll know intuitively that Albert Park in Cootamundra is named after the consort of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert.
It's also a no-brainer that Temora Road is so called because it goes to Temora.
But why is Parker Street called Parker Street? And how did Fisher Park get its name?
These and many other questions are answered in a new book that will be launched by the Cootamundra Local History Society at 2pm on Saturday.
The launch is being held by the Cootamundra Local History Society at Jubilee Park, just near Captains' Walk, in the shady spot where Australia Day is celebrated.
The book, Streets, Parks and Sites of Interest in Cootamundra, was researched and written by the late Patricia Caskie.
Pat, a much-loved journalist with the Cootamundra Herald, devoted a huge amount of time and effort to her passion for recording Cootamundra's history.
She authored two comprehensive histories, Cootamundra: Foundation to Federation and Cootamundra 1901-1924, Past Imperfect, the latter with information drawn largely from the Cootamundra Herald. She also wrote Cootamundra: the Hurley Connection, about John Hurley, the first major landholder in the district.
Cootamundra Local History Society vice-president Betti Punnett said Pat did all the research for the new book, which explains the names of Cootamundra's more than 100 streets.
"There were only two she couldn't find out how they were named, and they still remain a mystery," Betti said.
"The book has old photos, and as well she researched and wrote about all the parks in Cootamundra and sites of interest."
Pat sadly died of cancer in January 2018 before she could publish this latest work, but with the permission of her husband Jim, the Local History Society has assembled and published it in her memory.
Betti Punnett said that for the sake of completeness, the Society added a little park near the swimming pool, named after Gordon Vesperman, who taught many people in Cootamundra how to swim.
The Society has also added a page about Pat, dedicating the book to her.
Jim Caskie will launch the book, which will be sold for $15.
Cool drinks and biscuits will be served at the function - the biscuits though will be of the store-bought wrapped variety, with Covid restrictions recommending against the provision of home-made fare.
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