By Robyn Annear
The demolition company of Whelan the Wrecker used to be a Melbourne establishment for 100 years (1892-1992). Its well-known signal – 'Whelan the Wrecker is Here' on a pile of transferring rubble - was once a laconic masterpiece and served as a necessary signal of the city's development. It's no stretch to assert that over 3 generations, the Whelan relations replaced the face of Melbourne, demolishing 1000s of constructions within the crucial urban alone.
In A urban misplaced and located, 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 remarkable tales approximately Melbourne's construction websites and their many incarnations. it is a e-book concerning the making – and remaking – of a urban.
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You bring forth the barley, You create the wheat. You fill the granaries and storehouses, not forgetting the poor. For You we pluck our harps, for You we sing. So sang the ancient Egyptians. And they were right. For, thanks to the Nile, their land grew rich and powerful. Mightiest of all was their king. One king ruled over all the Egyptians, and the first to do so was King Menes. Do you remember when that was? It was in 3100 . And can you also remember – perhaps from Bible stories – what those kings of Egypt were called?
Men arose among them – not priests, but simple people – who felt compelled to speak to their people, because God spoke through them. Their sermon was always the same: ‘You yourselves are the cause of your misfortunes. ’ Through the words of these prophets the Jewish people heard again and again that suffering was God’s way of punishing them and testing their faith, and that one day salvation would come in the form of the Messiah, their Saviour, who would restore their people to its former glory and bring unending joy.
A City Lost & Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne (2nd Edition) by Robyn Annear