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A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne

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"Old landmarks fall in nearly every block ... and the face of the city is changing so rapidly that the time is not too far distant when a search for a building 50 years old will be in vain." -"Herald," 1925.
The demolition firm of Whelan the Wrecker was a Melbourne institution for a hundred years (1892-1992). Its famous sign - 'Whelan the Wrecker is Here' on a pile of shi
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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2014 by Black Inc. (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Want to know about yesterday? Ask a wrecker.’

In this book, Ms Annear tells the story of the building and rebuilding of Melbourne, through the work of Whelan the Wrecker. Over almost 100 years, the Whelan family demolished old buildings. In the 1890s, Jim Whelan demolished some cottages in Brunswick, salvaging some useable material for sale. In 1991, the company was forced into liquidation.

Ms Annear has used Whelan’s demolition sites as portals, to enable her to explore the city at different sta
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Eva
Nov 28, 2015 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really interesting read about the history of Melbourne's buildings and Whelan the Wrecker. I remember seeing 'Whelan the Wrecker is here' signs as a kid. And also using the phrase 'Whelan the Wrecker' to describe someone who was making a mess of things! I remember my father talking of how many beautiful buildings were demolished in Melbourne in the 50s and 60s and what a great loss it was. I now know which buildings he was talking about. This is a well written book and easy to read. I felt like ...more
Matt Smith
Feb 18, 2015 Matt Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, a well written and engaging read. Most history books are a struggle to read cover to cover, but I kept coming back to this one over time, and I took my time, and never had the desire to give up on it. It's a very different way to learn about a city, through the destruction of it's buildings and the wrecking company that pulled it down.

I found myself enjoying the lovely descriptions of the buildings, thinking how great it would be to visit them and see them for myself, all the
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Saturday's Child
As with any city in the world buildings come and buildings go. This is an interesting read about the history of Melbourne and the landmarks that are no longer a part of it. It also tells of the Whelan family and their demolition firm who helped shape the city by the buildings that they demolished. Whelan the Wrecker the name says it all.
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Dec 20, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who would have thought that a book about buildings being demolished could be so interesting. Although a little bit sad when you realise what has gone.
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