Bob Newton with wife Marilyn and son Andrew at the launch of his new book on Sunday. N132218

BOB Newton’s new book ‘Korumburra & District Road Names and Places History’ is as much about the author as it is about our folklore, according to Federal MP Russell Broadbent.
Mr Broadbent launched the book at Coal Creek on Sunday in front of Bob’s friends and family and local history buffs.
“This is about an individual’s love for the district, its people and its families,” Mr Broadbent said.
Bob was a councillor at the former Shire of Korumburra before a lengthy stint with the South Gippsland Shire spanning almost three decades.
“As a councillor, Bob had one intention and that was to serve the people in the best interests of the community, never himself.”
Mr Broadbent said the book itself should be on everyone’s shelf.
“It covers the accidents, the deprivation and the sacrifices that went in to set up this area. They must, at the time, have been dreaming about future generations and what we have today.
“As I was reading this, I was taken aback by the number of families affected by the loss of children because of war.”
One of Bob’s sons, Andrew, was the MC. He said the book sprawls like Bob’s collection of antiques.
“Dad has spent thousands of hours researching and putting this together. We are very proud of him. He is one of a kind.
“He has a genuine interest in local people and their stories, and passing these on to future generations.”
Andrew read a note from Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien, that this book, Bob’s second, was “a testament to your enquiring mind and passion for the region’s history”.
Bob said that when he started the book eight years ago, he didn’t anticipate it would grow to the extent it has.
“I just hope people enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.”
He’s planning more books on the history of street names in the former shires of Mirboo (Mirboo North), South Gippsland (Foster) and Woorayl (Leongatha and Inverloch).
‘Korumburra & District Road Names and Places History’ is available at Coal Creek, the newsagencies in Korumburra and Leongatha, and Korumburra Video.