For a long time I have wanted these two books. The book to your left, which R bought for me, is a history of Whelan the Wrecker who was responsible for the destruction of many many Melbourne buildings. The book to your right is a history of the street where I live, St Kilda Road. I bought the latter as a birthday present for myself from Ebay. It is out of print. I perhaps paid too much as my offer was immediately accepted. I later discovered my offer was the book's new retail price when it was published.
I would have just read past information about Whelan the Wreckers yard in Brunswick without a pause had not LiD at One Little Detail mentioned it a couple of times. Click here for her first post and here for an update.
I had already borrowed the St Kilda Road book from the library a few years ago, but I am still enjoying it a second time around and it is good to have my own copy for reference.
The Whelan the Wrecker book, A City Lost and Found is a fantastically interesting book. It is a not a dry history but full of anecdotes, information and social context. If you are even just vaguely interested in Melbourne's buildings and its history, you must get a copy, around $30 new.