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Book launch bonanza

04 Apr 2013

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Docklands hosted not one, but two book launches last month.

The first, on March 7, was the launch of John Batman: An Inside Story of the Birth of Melbourne.

The book was written by Joy Braybrook and provides an account of John Batman’s life and his impact on Melbourne.

Batman is recognised as having played a role in the founding of Melbourne and his house was in Docklands at the top of the now excavated Batman’s Hill.

Ms Braybrook said she started writing the book after a discussion she had with her brother Robert Gottliebsen about details she had uncovered about Batman’s life.

She said her brother told her if she was able to write a book about Batman then he would publish it.

The book was launched at an event held at Places Victoria commemorating Melbourne’s naming day.

Jeremy Kewley was on hand to play the role of Governor Richard Bourke and proclaim the city to be Melbourne in a lively role-play.

The second book to be launched in Docklands last month was Nancy Hawkins’ Dreams for a World in Harmony.

The book explores themes of religious intolerance and younger generations’ indifference to religion and was launched at the Automotive Centre of Excellence on March 14.

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