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by Meiri S (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, living in Melbourne. I enjoy uncovering hidden in plain sight gems.
Published December 24th 2017
Want a quick read? Interested in Darwin?
Darwin is a city that is very close to my heart. Not only because I lived there for three and a half years but also because I have many fond and happy memories of friends and adventures there.

Darwin by Tess Lea
Darwin by Tess Lea


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!

Darwin back cover Tess Lea
Darwin back cover Tess Lea


If you are interested in Darwin or have lived in Darwin this book is a lovely read.

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Great review!
by Q. Thai (score: 0|8) 205 days ago
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
by May Cross (score: 3|2486) 205 days ago
Sound interesting. I'll find that book to read. Thanks Meiri ;)
by Magic (score: 0|3) 45 days ago
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