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Take me to the river : the story of Perth's foreshore

Author: Julian Bolleter
Publisher: Crawley, Western Australia : UWA Publishing, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Western Australia, the Swan River has been flowing the same course for some 60 million years. Take Me to the River traces the relationship of European-Australian culture to this ancient river system. This historical narrative is viewed through the lens of schemes proposed for Perth's foreshore, the city's symbolic front garden. The foreshore has been contentious since the first plan for Perth was drawn up, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Bolleter
ISBN: 9781742586489 1742586481
OCLC Number: 904595273
Description: xiii, 279 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.Hesperia --
2.Reclamation --
3.Naturalisation --
4.Urbanity --
5.Looking Upriver, Looking Downriver --
6.Two Hundred Years of Ideas --
7.Contributor Essays --
The Case for Elizabeth Quay / Sean Morrison --
CityVision and the Foreshore / Ken Adam --
Postcard from Perth / Richard Weller --
Watershed / Geoffrey London --
Ngatj baranginy Ngulluckiny koorliny Derbal Yirigan bilya: Take Me to the Place the Estuary that Place on the River that Rises and Falls / Grant Revell.
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In Western Australia, the Swan River has been flowing the same course for some 60 million years. Take Me to the River traces the relationship of European-Australian culture to this ancient river system. This historical narrative is viewed through the lens of schemes proposed for Perth's foreshore, the city's symbolic front garden. The foreshore has been contentious since the first plan for Perth was drawn up, and has subsequently acted as a sinkhole for hundreds of proposals. An investigation of this archaeological stratum of foreshore drawings allows us to understand changing ideas of what Perth was, what it could have been, and indeed what it can be. "This fascinating book uncovers hundreds of 'lost' proposals for Perth's foreshore - and sets out a compelling vision for how the city should relate to its river in the 21st century. It is essential reading for those who have a stake in the future of Perth and the Swan River." -- Janet Holmes a Court AC.

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