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 away while a look for a development 50 years previous could be in vain.” —Herald, 1925.

The demolition company of Whelan the Wrecker was once a Melbourne establishment for 100 years (1892–1992). Its recognized signal – ‘Whelan the Wrecker is right here’ on a pile of transferring rubble – was once a laconic masterpiece and served as a necessary signal of the city's development. it truly is no stretch to claim that over 3 generations, the Whelan kinfolk replaced the face of Melbourne, demolishing 1000s of constructions within the critical urban alone.

In A urban misplaced and Found, Robyn Annear makes use of Whelan’s demolition websites as portals to discover layers of town laid naked by way of their pick-axes and iron balls. Peering underneath the rubble, she brings to mild really good tales approximately Melbourne's construction websites and their many incarnations. this can be a booklet concerning the making – and remaking – of a city.

Robyn Annear is an ex-typist who lives in state Victoria with someone 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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