“Melbourne was not founded, like every other Australian
capital city, by government-sanctioned settlement parties sent from London or
Sydney, but instead by private adventurers from the notorious penal colony of
Van Diemen’s Land.”
This multi-award winning non fiction work delves into the
initial establishment of the city of Melbourne. Discussing particularly the
impact on the indigenous population and the interactions with squatters and would
be settlers. I was tempted to pick up a copy after watching the author accept his Age Book award at the opening of the Melbourne Writer's Festival last year.
The social and political climate makes for fascinating reading,
whilst painting a sometimes grim portrait of the actions fundamental to the
A measured and interesting look into a fascinating period of
history. 4 out of 5.