Authors: Richard Broome, Richard Barnden, Don Gibb, Don Garden, Elisabeth Jackson and Judith Smart.
Every house and every business in Melbourne should have a copy of this magnificent homage to a marvellous city. Melbourne has been reshaped since the 1950s, the completion of ICI House in 1958 being symbolic of the glass tower revolution that changed the face of this graceful nineteenth century city. This book captures what has been lost and forgotten, concealed and overlaid, demolished and reborn, in the transformation of a city’s buildings and streetscapes. Each chapter is introduced by a short essay written by an expert, catching the essence of that precinct. These authoritative introductions provide a context for the magnificent photographs to follow. There are also introductory chapters on Aboriginal Melbourne, how the city was shaped, on the city and suburbs as a whole, and on how Melbourne and suburbs were captured by the camera, which was born at the same time as the city.
The first half of this book looks lovingly at Melbourne’s inner city which is examined street by street. The second half goes further afield and there are chapters looking at Brighton, Brunswick, Camberwell-Hawthorn-Balwyn, Canterbury, Carlton, Coburg, Collingwood, East Melbourne, Essendon, Fitzroy, Footscray, Heidelberg, Kew, Malvern, Middle Park, North & West Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Richmond, Sunshine & district and Surrey Hills.
This book is a priceless trove of a city’s memory.
$35 for each book picked up from the RHSV
(239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000)