A City Lost & Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne (2nd by Robyn Annear

By Robyn Annear

The demolition company of Whelan the Wrecker used to be a Melbourne establishment for 100 years (1892-1992). Its recognized signal – 'Whelan the Wrecker is Here' on a pile of moving rubble - was once a laconic masterpiece and served as an essential signal of the city's growth. It's no stretch to assert that over 3 generations, the Whelan family members replaced the face of Melbourne, demolishing thousands of constructions within the vital urban alone.

In A urban misplaced and located, Robyn Annear makes use of Whelan's demolition websites as portals to discover layers of the town laid naked via their pick-axes and iron balls. Peering underneath the rubble, she brings to gentle incredible tales approximately Melbourne's development websites and their many incarnations. it is a booklet in regards to the making – and remaking – of a urban.

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Some said that Martha and George married for love; others, that he just desired her money. For Martha, who turned down the financially more eligible (and obviously besmitten) Charles Carter in favor of George Washington, personal preference, even love, must have held some sway. George may not have known his own feelings. Martha was certainly a worthy match. Though not well-educated, she was intelligent, personally amiable, young, and physically attractive. But she was also very wealthy. And while most of her estate would go to her children if they survived—although it would take years to settle Daniel Custis’s complex legacy—George would be responsible for managing the entire estate.

Washington admitted no wrongdoing but nevertheless resigned his military commission after returning to Williamsburg. Afterward, he looked over his military accounts and discovered to his horror that he had either overspent on entertainment or lost some of his money to theft, for his purse was short a pound and six shillings. It was another minor embarrassment for an unhappy year. Forced—maybe for the first time in his life—to beg a friend for some petty cash to pay off his account, Washington returned to northern Virginia.

When Fort Necessity surrendered, the Virginians degenerated into a mob, breaking into the fort’s liquor supply and ignoring the imprecations of their shame-faced young commander. Washington admitted no wrongdoing but nevertheless resigned his military commission after returning to Williamsburg. Afterward, he looked over his military accounts and discovered to his horror that he had either overspent on entertainment or lost some of his money to theft, for his purse was short a pound and six shillings.

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