Diana Lawrenson

— Writer —

Diana Lawrenson Pages to Places Blog

Welcome to my blog that takes you from pages to places. Come and discover some quirky, little-known, or loose-but-relevant links from books to places around the world. You might even like to add a book suggestion of your own to the topic.

30 April 2017 | Australia, Melbourne, St Kilda Road

THE SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE

Shrine of Remembrance, MelbourneIt sits in an area of peace and emerald green lawns rising from Read More »

30 March 2017 | Australia, Mt Kosciuszko

NOTE ON A BALLAD

Track up Mt KosciuszkoBoulders lay strewn about. Patches of snow, softening in late spring’s gentle warmth, loosened their grip on alpine vegetation. And then we saw it: Read More »

30 January 2017 | Australia, Melbourne

THE OLDEST FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN AUSTRALIA: MELBOURNE

State Library VictoriaAlthough Sydney and Hobart were settled decades before Melbourne, the State Library of Victoria was the first free public library in Australia. It opened in 1856. Read More »

30 May 2016 | Australia, Malvern, Victoria

MALVERN: BOOKSHOP RECORD?

Malvern town Hall, Victoria

Malvern Town Hall

It must be some sort of record, although nobody can quite say, or at least be sure.

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30 April 2016 | Australia, Broome

BROOME: PEARL OF A PLACE FOR BIRDS

Broome, Western AustraliaIn her autobiography The Master Pearler’s Daughter, Rosemary Hemphill, better known for the herb business she later created, writes richly of her childhood and family. Her long route home from boarding school in Perth was not Read More »

30 December 2015 | Australia, Melbourne

THE ABBOTSFORD CONVENT’S CHANGE OF LIFE: MELBOURNE

Abbotsford Convent CloistersNot far from some of the busiest roads in Melbourne, yet in a strangely quiet position by the Yarra River, is the Abbotsford Convent, formerly known as the Convent of the Good Shepherd. Despite its name, the bluestone chapel, three stories Read More »