The author, while researching the history of the Kurrajong district for the Golden Jubilee of Kurrajong Public School, realised how little had been written about the area.    The earliest settlers came to Kurrajong in 1816; and some of their descendants are still living there today. It’s a place of beautiful quiet,  where the echoes of turn of the century picnics and tennis parties can still be heard; when a sulky would convey its passengers up Bellbird Hill; and Henry Plume, the rector, acquired a guest house called Stokesleigh and opened Barker College in 1891 (now relocated to Hornsby). There’s a wealth of magnificent historical black and white photos, sketches and maps. W.S. Arnold,Superintendant of Soldier Settlement Scheme, called Kurrajong ‘The Forgotten Paradise’ and furthermore… To those who would soothe their shattered nerves, revive their jaded spirits, regain their vibrant health and vigorous appetite, to all who would seek the tonic of pure air and the exhilaration of beautiful scenery, the call of Kurrajong is simply irresistible.