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Darebin Parklands: Escaping the Claws of the Machine



Darebin Parklands: Escaping the Claws of the Machine

By Dr Sarah Mirams, a historian specialising in environmental history.


A meeting place for the Wurundjeri-willam people.  A smoldering tip site. An orchard of grapes, loquats, mulberries and olives.  Grazing land for dairy cows and horses.  A quarry of workers blasting and crushing bluestone.  The local park to walk the dog.  A wild place for children to have adventures.  The land now know as the Darebin Parklands has represented many things to many people.  This book describes how the landscape and people’s perception of it has changed over time and how concerted community action over a generation saw the land saved “from the claws of the machine”.


Lavishly illustrated with over 100 black & white and colour photographs.  168 pages.

“I commend this story to anyone who has a vision for improving his or her community, who seeks inspiration to make it happen.”

From the foreword by former Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery


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