I had a lovely conversation with Hilary Harper on Radio National’s ‘Life Matters’ program about walking the streets of Melbourne with my late wife, Lynne.
On our two-year walk around and through the suburbs of Melbourne, Lynne and I described a kind of wobbly circle, beginning in Williamstown, passing through 50 or so suburbs on foot and ending up in Port Melbourne – from where we took a ferry back to our starting point.
On the way we discovered ghost signs, fascinating old buildings and remarkable stories and characters from Melbourne’s past – including the strange tale of the monkey jockeys of Sunshine Road.
Not long after the journey finished, Lynne died of cancer. My book Melbourne Circle: Walking, Memory and Loss is the story of our journey and a memoir of our life together in Melbourne.