By Robyn Annear
The demolition enterprise 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 moving rubble – used to be a laconic masterpiece and served as an essential signal of the city's growth. it really is no stretch to claim that over 3 generations, the Whelan relations replaced the face of Melbourne, demolishing 1000's of structures within the crucial 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 via their pick-axes and iron balls. Peering underneath the rubble, she brings to mild incredible 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 anyone 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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