Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne by Robyn Annear

Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne

byRobyn Annear

Kobo ebook | March 26, 2014

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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 …

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.

Bearbrass was one of the local names by which Melbourne was known and Annear provides a fascinating living portrait of the streetlife of this town. In a lively and engaging style, she overlays her reinvention of Bearbrass with her own impressions and experiences of the modern city, enabling Melburnians and visitors to imagine the early township and remind themselves of the rich history that lies beneath today's modern metropolis.

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

Robyn Annear is an ex-typist who lives in country Victoria with somebody else's husband. She is the author of A City Lost and Found, Bearbrass, Nothing But Gold, The Man Who Lost Himself, and Fly a Rebel Flag. She has also written several pieces for The Monthly magazine.

Title:Bearbrass: Imagining Early MelbourneFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 26, 2014Publisher:Schwartz Publishing Pty. LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1922231576

ISBN - 13:9781922231574

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from We should have kept the name! As an inhabitant of Melbourne I found this a thoroughly enjoyable read. My wife and I frequently stalk the city looking for lanes and alleys from the past. Now we have another dimension to add to our understanding of Bearbrass. A huge effort has gone into this book and I have no hesitation in giving 5 stars.
Date published: 2015-06-09