'903 ways to see Melbourne' by Debi Hamilton

Debi Hamilton
Monday, 26 October 2015

It was watching the empty buses leave in the dark outside the restaurant that did it. I was eating with my lover and my daughter on a June evening in Altona when I found myself being distracted by the rooms of light, quite empty, that floated behind my daughter's back. Every ten or fifteen minutes there would be another one heading off into the night, passengerless, ...

Peter Yule: William Lawrence Baillieu

John Arnold
Monday, 23 April 2012

Two fortunes

John Arnold


William Lawrence Baillieu: Founder of Australia’s Greatest Business Empire
by Peter Yule
Hardie Grant Books, $65 hb, 431 pp, 9781742702452


Although William Baillieu was not the founder of the ...

John Arnold (ed.): La Trobe Journal, No. 87

Jay Daniel Thompson
Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Queer history

Jay Daniel Thompson


La Trobe Journal, No. 87
edited by John Arnold
State Library of Victoria Foundation, $35 pb, 200 pp, 14413760


The most recent edition of La Trobe Journal is an exploration of Melbourne’s gay and lesbian ...

The title of this book might, to an innocent observer, suggest a triumphalist history, an impression that could be reinforced by the preface, which argues that the setting up of a squatters’ camp on the banks of the Yarra in 1835 ‘had a significance far beyond the baptism of a great city’, and concludes with the ...

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