Marie Hayes and her friends sailed boats in the gutters, ate Mr Biancchi’s icecreams in summer and roasted walnuts in winter, all in the centre of a big busy city, behind the fancy fronts of the main boulevards. Here lay the network of lanes and houses called Little Lon.
Times were different when Marie was growing up. The families may not have been rich but they were a community. A surprising history in every way.
An excellent introduction to Australian and Melbourne history. Key curriculum topics covered. Excellent teacher support material and classroom ideas available to download.
CBCA Notable Book 2021 & Shortlisted at the Victorian Community History Awards 2021
“A glimpse at the life of Melbourne girl Marie Hayes a century ago…a delight to revisit in modern times.”Herald Sun
“What an absolute treasure this book is… I really enjoyed this book and will return to it many times. A very deserving notable book for this year’s Children’s Book of the Year Awards.”
Can You Tell Me A Story – children’s book reviewer
“Melbourne’s early multiculturalism revealed in beautiful children’s book celebrating the history and magic of Little Lonsdale.”
Format 260mm x 270mm
Illustrated junior non-fiction
Category: Australian history, post-settlement history, working-class, Melbourne, community, multiculturalism