The demolition firm of Whelan the Wrecker was a Melbourne institution for a hundred years (1892-1992). Its famous sign – 'Whelan the Wrecker is Here' on a pile of shifting rubble - was a laconic masterpiece and served as a vital sign of the city's progress.
Using demolition sites as portals, Robyn Annear explores layers of the city laid bare by Whelan’s, bringing to light stories about the making – and remaking – of a city.
ROBYN ANNEAR lives and works in Castlemaine, writing when she finds time, otherwise collecting dust.
R McInnes photographer, Building at 64 La Trobe Street, 1955, Argus Newspaper collection of photographs, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Pictures Collection, H2002.199/671, gift of The Age (Melbourne), 1976