The Enduring Rip

The Enduring Rip

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From the beginning, the beautiful promontory of Queenscliff played a unique role in colonial history. Its local legend of William Buckley, 'the wild white man', who lived with the Wathaurong people for 32 years, is a seminal story of first contact between Aborigines and Europeans. White settlement in Queenscliff was essential to the navigation of the treacherous heads of Port Phillip Bay. In 1838, the first pilots operated in whale boats from Queenscliff, and by the time gold was discovered in the 1850s they were joined by a Health Officer and Customs Officer. By 1863, this maritime settlement was a proudly respectable municipality, and soon afterwards a resort declared to be 'the Queen of the Watering Places', to which large steam ferries transported hundreds of people to the town's grand hotels. As a seaside resort Queenscliff was the compliment to the 'Marvellous Melbourne' of the booming 1880s. It also boasted of Fort Queenscliff as a key to colonial defences. And, it had a vigorous fishing community that were the ballast of the town. This first official history vividly weaves these threads. It breaks new ground on William Buckley as a go-between; Queenscliff's 'aristocracies' of pilots, lifeboat men and First World War soldiers; the rise and fall of the fishing industry; and the untold troubles of early Fort Queenscliff. Most of all it essays - with Barry Hill's touch as a poet - upon the resonance of Queenscliff as a place.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 220.98 x 238.76 x 25.4mm | 884.5g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522851193
  • 9780522851199
  • 1,515,878

About Barry Hill

Barry Hill is a historian, poet, and fiction writer. He is the author of Broken Song: TGH Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession, which won the Westfield/Waverley Library Award for literature.show more