Robyn Annear


25 ENTRIES Robyn Annear is a writer and historian based in Castlemaine, Victoria. Her books include A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne and Fly a Rebel Flag: The Eureka Stockade.


Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Wee of fortune

The history of Melbourne’s public toilets, from cast-iron pissoirs to robo-dunnies and the National Public Toilet Map app

‘Golden Boys’ by Sonya Hartnett


‘Golden Boys’ by Sonya Hartnett

Penguin; $29.99

Yesterday’s gone

Yesterday’s gone

In the rush online, newspapers have deleted yesterday, today and tomorrow

The return of the Tichborne Claimant

The return of the Tichborne Claimant

A recent play resurrects a 150-year-old case of imposture

Perth’s Council House and the Ore Obelisk: celebrating “the harmony of mining and environment”. © City of Perth


Perth goes boom

A week among the arts in the City of Light

© Darren Pateman / Fairfax Syndication


Old folks, new technology

Can senior citizens bridge the digital divide?

Gavrilo Princip arrested in Sarajevo after assassinating Austria-Hungary’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand, 28 June 1914. Image: Wikimedia Commons

World War I

Re-evaluating World War One

Margaret MacMillan’s ‘The War That Ended Peace’, Paul Ham’s ‘1914’ and David Reynolds’ ‘The Long Shadow’

Bill Garner’s ‘Born in a Tent’


Bill Garner’s ‘Born in a Tent’

NewSouth Books; $39.99

Heart Reef, in the Whitsundays. © Queensland Tourism

Human encounters with the Great Barrier Reef

Iain McCalman’s ‘The Reef: A passionate history’

Zealous Gold Diggers, Bendigo, by ST Gill. Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

Clare Wright’s ‘The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka’

The full moon had a lot to answer for

Puzzling the purpose of Australian literary magazines

Unripe fruit

Misogyny exerts a force on all our lives: Prime Minister Gillard with Kyle Sandilands © Sam Mooy/Newspix


Hashtag feminism

‘Destroying the Joint’

All That Is, James Salter, Picador; $29.99


‘All That Is’

By James Salter

Black Saturday, Kinglake. © Dean Sewell / Oculi

Next Time

The lessons and literature of Black Saturday


Ballarat–Colac Road

After our daughter flew out of the country, we took three weeks’ holiday. We’d thought of going to New Zealand but changed our minds. If, in her early weeks away, she should need money, need something, need us, it’d be better that we were …