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Yarra : a diverting history of Melbourne's murky river / Kristin Otto. (2005)

Authors: Otto, Kristin.
Publisher:Melbourne : Text Publishing,
  • There are 69 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 60 copies of this specific edition.
  • Otto, Kristin.
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • volume
Physical Description:
  • [viii], 245 p. : illus., maps ; 24 cm.
Target Audience:
  • General
  • "It was John Wedge, Batman's private surveyor, who named the Yarra Yarra. In September 1835 he was at the Turning Basin with some Kulin and heard them identify the river as it came over the Falls as, he wrote, 'Yarrow Yarrow'. It was only some months later that Wedge discovered they had been referring to the pattern and movement of water over the Falls, not the river itself. And ever since, it has been the Yarra's fate to be misunderstood: maligned for its muddiness, ill-used as sewer and tip; scooped, sculpted, straightened and stressed, 'cleaned up' to the detriment of its natural inhabitants; built-over, under and beside; worked mercilessly and then bridged almost to maritime extinction. In Kristin Otto's superbly entertaining new history, the whole sorry tale is laid bare. From the creation stories of Kulin owners and geologist blow-ins (and Robert Hoddle's bad-tempered expedition to the headwaters) to the twenty-first-century waterside building boom, Otto traces the course of Melbourne's murky river. Erudite, affectionate and witty, with more meanders and diversions than the river itself, Yarra is both a fascinating read and a fitting tribute to the 'noble stream'." -- Publisher's website.
  • Bibliography: p. [232]-240.
  • Includes index.
  • English
  • 1920885781 (pbk)
Dewey Number:
  • 551.483099452
  • 551.483 o91
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 27558576
  • 27558576
  • 47389583
  • 47389583
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia
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