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The Place for a Village: How Nature Has Shaped the City of Melbourne

The Place for a Village: How Nature Has Shaped the City of Melbourne

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Author: Gary Presland,  Publisher: Museum Victoria Publishing, ISBN: 9780980619027, Format: Paperback, 195 x 250mm, 260pp.

Forgotten landscapes and erased ecosystems are brought to life by Gary Presland, who so eloquently reconstructs Melbourne at the time of European settlement.

He looks at the history of Melbourne from the point of view of nature and considers the ways that urban development has been influenced by the nature of local environments. Presland shows how natural landscapes have influenced the contours of the city and how we, in turn, have altered them. He draws on both historical and scientific sources to create a detailed and fascinating picture of diverse landscapes, supporting an enormous range of flora and fauna. Presland reconstructs Melbourne at the time of European settlement. He looks at the history of Melbourne from the point of view of nature and considers the ways that urban development has been influenced by the nature of local environments.

From historical and scientific sources, he creates a detailed and fascinating picture of diverse landscapes. Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 

This book was chosen by architect Christine Phillips as one of the books that have had the biggest influence on their understanding of Melbourne, as part of Bookshop by Uro's exhibition 'Melbourne Bound: The City in Books'. Click here to see the full selection.