The Hotham History Project launched its 12th publication in grand style on 14 December last year when over 100 members and friends gathered in St Michael's Hall to hear the Hon Richard Wynne launch Moving around: Stories of a North Melbourne family 1902-64.
Moving Around, by Rae Nicholls and Lorna Hannan, is the story of Rae's family from her grandparents' arrival in North Melbourne in 1902 until 1964, when Rae's father, the youngest of 13 children, moved out of the area.
Rae's story of her family's life in North Melbourne in the early decades of the 20th century struck a chord with many readers.
"It's a wonderful record of the struggle shared by so many families in that era and the inventive ways they used to overcome disadvantage. ... Congratulations, Rae, on capturing the essence of those years, painting a vivid picture of the physical environment in North Melbourne and bringing together in an interesting story the many experiences of you and your family."
Moving around can be purchased at the North Melbourne Library or directly through the Hotham History Project website for $20.
See www.hothamhistory.org.au, or contact Rae Nicholls on 9816 9720 or HHP secretary Mary Kehoe on 9329 5814.
by Mary Kehoe, secretary of the Hotham History Project.