I have been forwarded the following email regarding the fire in Inverell:
Due to the number of phone calls and E-mails that we have received we have decided to let everyone know that the Inverell Genealogical & Historical Society Inc is not the one named in the news about a Historic Building being gutted by fire in Inverell.
The fire was in the Byron Arcade building which housed a Butchers shop, A Legacy opportunity Shop, A crystal spiritual shop, a Café And a youth assistance centre as well 2 or 3 other shops on the ground floor and the Inverell District Family History Group shop front and research room. The shops were completely gutted as well as the 14 apartments on the first floor which because smoke alarms were fitted the tenants all escaped without any injuries. All the contents of the shops and apartments were completely destroyed and all that stands now is the façade and some of the other brick walls. An engineers inspection is being carried out to see if the building can be resurrected, we hope this is the case.
The Inverell District Family History Group has lost all their archives, books, family histories as well as various other records on paper and film as well as their CD collection, which are almost all irreplaceable. The computer photo copier and cabinets can be replaced but the records are all lost
You can go to www.inverelltimes.com.au to see the full headline story in the Inverell Times of Tuesday January 26th.
We will add a story in our February E-History Newsletter, and hope by then to know if the building is to be demolished or not.
Editor: Inverell Genealogical & Historical Society Inc