Tess Lea is a great storyteller. She fills in the gaps of the history of Darwin that many people may not be aware of. A lot of locals may not know these intricacies and insights of their fabulous city. It is a well researched, and a well-written dialogue of major events in Darwin's history. It's an easy read.
Her writing also addresses her unique perspective on Darwin as a city and location. For me, it invokes memories of the places I used to visit often and fills in the blanks to why places were named certain things. The historical significance that she draws on to describe these places is cleverly woven into the writing. It feels like you are having a conversation with her over a Paul's Iced Coffee.
She even addresses the great Darwin saying of 'you are not from here'' to all the FIFOs and itinerants that come from down South and elsewhere who have the audacity to tell Darwinites and Territorians what they think is best for them!
Meiri I looked at this article because I thought it was about Charles Darwin. haha. I was more please when I realised it was about the city. I too love Darwin and am now looking forward to learning more about it. Thanks