A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne by Robyn Annear

By Robyn Annear

“Old landmarks fall in approximately each block ... and the face of the town is altering so quickly that the time isn't really too some distance far-off whilst a look for a development 50 years outdated might be in vain.” —Herald, 1925.

The demolition company of Whelan the Wrecker used to be a Melbourne establishment for 100 years (1892–1992). Its well-known signal – ‘Whelan the Wrecker is the following’ on a pile of transferring rubble – used to be a laconic masterpiece and served as an essential signal of the city's growth. it really is no stretch to assert that over 3 generations, the Whelan family members replaced the face of Melbourne, demolishing 1000s of structures within the vital urban alone.

In A urban misplaced and Found, Robyn Annear makes use of Whelan’s demolition websites as portals to discover layers of the town laid naked by means of their pick-axes and iron balls. Peering underneath the rubble, she brings to mild magnificent tales approximately Melbourne's development websites and their many incarnations. it is a ebook concerning the making – and remaking – of a city.

Robyn Annear is an ex-typist who lives in nation Victoria with an individual else's husband. She is the writer of A urban misplaced and located, Bearbrass, not anything yet Gold, the fellow Who misplaced Himself, and Fly a insurgent Flag. She has additionally written numerous items for the Monthly magazine.

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