Robyn Annear


24 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.


'The Office: A Hardworking History' by Gideon Haigh, Miegunyah Press; $45.00


’The Office: A Hardworking History’ by Gideon Haigh

At my workplace not long ago, an elderly poet inadvertently hung his walking stick on the photocopier’s keypad and, instead of one copy of his mint-new poem, ended up with 413 of them. Gideon Haigh’s latest book is a bit like that. The success of …

A Royal Pilgrimage

Queen Elizabeth’s Melbourne Visit

'The Mountain' by Drusilla Modjeska, Vintage; $32.95


’The Mountain’ by Drusilla Modjeska

It comes as a surprise to realise that The Mountain is Drusilla Modjeska’s first novel, since her writing – acclaimed and awarded as non-fiction – has always inhabited the tidal zone between fact and fiction. Set in Papua New Guinea, The …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.


The Big Tumbleweed

The Docklands and the Broken Wheel

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.


Order is everything

The state library of Victoria’s card catalogue


A man’s not a camel

An obelisk, I always think, sounds as if it ought to be squat and round. I can’t help knowing otherwise, though, since I live in the shadow of one. Fifty metres from my back gate stands a soaring obelisk dedicated to memory of the doomed explorers Burke …


Cafe clairvoyants

Late on a blustery Tuesday afternoon in July 1932, three customers entered Black’s Café in Bourke Street, Melbourne. Despite the season, the young man ordered ice-cream for himself and his female companions. “With readings?” asked the waitress, …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.


Ponyboy at 55

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” How many times must I have read that opening line during my last year of primary school? Enough that, …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.


If those trains had only run …

God works for V/Line, the Victorian country rail service. Actually, it's God for short; full name Godfrey, he's an ex-conductor now employed on station duties. "Pass us that stapler, God," you'll hear a colleague say to him. But not even having God on …