New Book by Joy Braybrook Reveals a Stunning Portrait of Melbourne’s Early Years

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Joy Braybrook tells the fascinating history of Melbourne and the life of the man who was central in its formation in “John Batman: An inside Story of the Birth of Melbourne”.

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Author Joy Braybrook marks her debut in the world of literature with the book, John Batman: An Inside Story of the Birth of Melbourne. Seamlessly weaving history with imagination, Braybrook’s work reveals a stunning portrait of Melbourne as a city yet to rise as a glittering metropolis within the southern hemisphere and a glimpse into the life of the man who was involved in its formative years.

Set in the early 19th century, the story follows the journey of John Batman and his prominent role in the establishment of one of the world’s greatest cities. John plans a quest to locate and utilize the rich pastures that have been reported to exist on the mainland. Finally after a decade, he travels to Port Phillip from Tasmania where an incredible discovery and odyssey waits to begin.

Port Phillip Bay’s potential was unknown until John staked his claim to the southern treasure. His group desired not just to reap riches from the land but to acknowledge the rights of the Aboriginal inhabitants. The tragedies and triumphs that John encounters unfold against the fascinating backdrop of a nation caught up in a whirlwind of change and progress.

Suffused with the zeitgeist of the times, John Batman: An Inside Story of the Birth of Melbourne is both a fascinating historic narrative and an unforgettable story of an ordinary man who dared to do the extraordinary.

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About the Author
Joy Braybrook is a retired school teacher with a love for her city and a desire to gift its residents with the heritage that is the story of the birth of Melbourne. She is a mother of three and grandmother of six. She lives out of Melbourne in beautiful Warrandyte beside the Yarra River. She enjoys walks through the bush land and encounters with its natural inhabitants— possums, koalas and kangaroos.

John Batman: An Inside Story of the Birth of Melbourne * by Joy Braybrook
Publication Date: November 17, 2012
Trade Paperback; AU$19.99; 107 pages; 978-1-4797-3353-8
Trade Hardback; AU$39.99; 107 pages; 978-1-4797-3354-5
Ebook; AU$3.99; 978-1-4797-3355-2

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