PENRITH Council's commissioned book on the region's history, Penrith The Makings of a City, traces the development of the city and surrounding areas from European settlement to the 21st century.
Its author, local historian and Penrith librarian Lorraine Stacker, said she had always wanted to write such a history.
"The book concerns all aspects of Penrith history that relate to its development, such as when it got its own water and electricity supplies," Mrs Stacker said.
"The building of the road across the Blue Mountains really made Penrith, because everyone had to go through here to get to the other side.
"It changed the way people here saw themselves; after that they related to Sydney rather than to Windsor."
She also said researching the history of Penrith was comparatively simple because council records were thorough and Penrith Library contains nearly all copies of the old Nepean Times.
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