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The Birth of Melbourne is a spectacular anthology of contemporary writings giving a vivid insight into the history of Melbourne.

In 1835 John Batman sailed up the Yarra and was astonished by the beauty of the land. It was a temperate Kakadu, teeming with wildlife and with soils rich enough to spawn pastoral empires. With the discovery of gold, the city was transformed almost overnight into 'marvellous Melbourne'. And yet, as Tim Flannery writes, the price paid was environmental ...

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The Birth of Melbourne

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Overview

The Birth of Melbourne is a spectacular anthology of contemporary writings giving a vivid insight into the history of Melbourne.

In 1835 John Batman sailed up the Yarra and was astonished by the beauty of the land. It was a temperate Kakadu, teeming with wildlife and with soils rich enough to spawn pastoral empires. With the discovery of gold, the city was transformed almost overnight into 'marvellous Melbourne'. And yet, as Tim Flannery writes, the price paid was environmental ruin and the tragic loss of societies that had flourished on Port Phillip Bay for millennia.

The Birth of Melbourne includes voices that range from tribal elders to Chinese immigrants, from governors to criminals. Among many others, John Pascoe Fawkner, Georgiana McCrae, J. B. Were, Ned Kelly, Marcus Clarke, Anthony Trollope and Rudyard Kipling contribute to this biography of our most surprising city.

'For me, a story is always more vivid when I can marry it to a particular placeā€¦I recommend this book to anyone with an affection for Melbourne and a lively interest in its past.' Martin Flanagan, Age

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921776571
  • Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/16/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 606,212
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Born in Melbourne in 1956, Tim Flannery is a writer, scientist and explorer. He has written numerous books, including the award-winning bestsellers The Future Eaters, The Eternal Frontier and The Weather Makers. The 2007 Australian of the Year, Flannery is Panasonic Professor in Environmental Sustainability at Macquarie University, and is National Geographic's representative in Australasia. From 2007 to 2010 he chaired the Copenhagen Climate Council. Flannery lives on the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales.
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