Bearbrass Imagining Early Melbourne by Robyn Annear
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"Just a little way down Collins Street, beside Henry Buck's, is a perpetually dark but sheltered laneway called Equitable Place. Here you'll find a number of places to eat and drink. Settle yourself in the window of one, shut your eyes, and picture this scene of yore ..."
Bearbrass was one of the local names by which Melbourne was known - a nickname for a young city still in flux. In a lively and engaging style Annear overlays a reinvention of the vanished Bearbrass with her own impressions and experiences of modern Melbourne in a living portrait of the vanished city still breathing beneath our streets.
In this much-loved book, Robyn Annear resurrects the village that was early Melbourne - from the arrival of white settlers in 1835 until the first gold rushes shook the town - and brings it to life in vivid colour.
This tenth anniversary edition of Bearbrass includes revisions and updates to the text, bringing it in line with today's city; an introduction reflecting on the enduring spirit of Bearbrass into the 21st century; and an index.
The original Bearbrass won the A.A. Phillips Award for Australian Studies in the 1995 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.
"... [Annear] writes with an historian's eye for detail and a flair for ironic observation. An affectionate journey, rich in detail and character." - The Age
Author: Robyn Annear
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7 x 2
Weight (kg): 0.3
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