Melbourne: A City of Stories was published to complement the new, long-term exhibition, The Melbourne Story. It is a selective history, based on the fascinating and sometimes mysterious objects that have survived the passage of time. Each chapter takes the reader on a chronological journey through the history of Melbourne, while the ‘break-out’ stories within each chapter beguile the reader into discovering the Melbourne of objects, and the stories they have to tell. A beautifully restored carriage from the Big Dipper reminds us that Luna Park has been a place of thrills for over 80 years while a Cobb and Co Coach, once owned by a Geelong schoolboy, tells us of the hard journey to the goldfields. The Yarra canoe is a poignant reminder of the traditional land owners.
Including a foreword written by historian Robyn Annear, Melbourne: A City of Stories is not only a great read but a beautifully produced book.
Editor: Deborah Tout-Smith
Contributing authors: Rebecca Carland, Matthew Churchward, David Crotty, Liza Dale-Hallett, David Demant, Richard Gillespie, Fiona Kinsey, Moya McFadzean, Michael Reason, Adrian Regan, Sarah Rood, Antoinette Smith, Charlotte Smith, Deborah Tout-Smith, Nurin Veis, Elizabeth Willis