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Far off in sunlit places

by Jim Hewitson
  Jim Hewitson creates affectionate pen-portraits of a gallery of Scots immigrants 'down under' from 1788 up to World War II. He tells stories of determination, of quiet bravery, of bold enterprise and of homesickness - stories of people with the steel of a Caledonian heritage in their souls. Focusing on themes such as emigration, arrival, exploration, farming and relations with indigenous people, the book also features over a hundred fascinating historical illustrations. Hewitson's delightfully readable collection of colourful anecdotes, remarkable family histories, and tales of fortune and misfortune will intrigue all people of Scottish descent.
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Magnificent Melbourne

(Victoria, Australia)

Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria in Australia. Blessed by nature and with a dynamic spirit, Melbourne is a city deeply committed to excellence in commercial, artistic and sporting pursuits. It is sophisticated and elegant, and also friendly and accessible. A shopper's paradise. A culture vulture's dream. A sporting haven. Welcome to Melbourne, Australia.

The land where Melbourne now stands was home for thousands of years to the Wurundjeri people. In 1835, John Batman crossed Bass Strait from Van Diemen's Land (now called Tasmania) and signed a now-infamous treaty with the local Aborigines to purchase 600,000 acres (243,000 hectares). Melbourne developed rapidly, as the region around the burgeoning township was opened up for farming use. The discovery of gold in 1851, followed by a land boom and a period of pastoral prosperity, saw many classic public buildings constructed as the city exploded in size and importance.

In the 1880s a booming sharemarket and land speculation saw Melbourne continue to blossom. This was the era when the city was known internationally as 'Marvellous Melbourne', and there was another wave of public building. Melbourne was described at the time as "the jewel of the southern hemisphere".

That is a fair description of the city today, too. Modern Melbourne, Australia's second-biggest city, occupies a broad open plain bordered to the south by the gracious sweep of Port Phillip Bay. It is a young city by world standards, but one with a major reputation as a centre for business, the arts and education - not to mention sport! It has a temperate climate, natural beauty, and boasts magnificent architecture.

Immigrants have come to Melbourne from all over the globe, joining with the existing Australian citizens to create a multicultural community. Diverse backgrounds and talents and interests have combined to make this Australian city a world leader in such varied areas as theatre, medical research, and multimedia. This multiculturalism is most obvious when surveying the immense array of culinary options on offer in what is a great gastronomic city, but it permeates all aspects of Melbourne life.

Yes, Melbourne was named the world's Most Livable City last decade, but this is no cause for civic complacency. Since that time the city has only progressed. Superb recent developments like the Docklands precinct and Federation Square have further enhanced the Melbourne lifestyle. Tourists will find any number of attractions, and it doesn't take long to discover the city has a seductive quality that makes leaving difficult.

Melbourne is a great place to visit in Australia, and an even better place to be.

Useful Websites:
Tourism Victoria's travel website
City of Melbourne



Lonely Planet Melbourne
David McClymont
  Throw yourself into Melbourne's rich cultural mix with the help of a 24-page colour map section and insider information on the best places to shop, eat and play. Enjoy Australia's most liveable city and make like a local with the very best guide to Lonely Planetís home town. More information and prices from:
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Lonely Planet: Australia
Susie Ashworth, Carolyn Bain, Neal Bedford
  This guide to Australia covers the vast continent in comprehensive detail. It provides details of various types of accommodation, from budget to five star; places to eat; different activities, such as ballooning over the Blue Mountains and surfing in Sydney; and a section on Aboriginal Australia.
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