In the Shadow of the Prom
Early South Gippsland: Times, Tales and Tramlines
By Mike McCarthy
Published by the LRRSA
Hard cover, 285 pages, A4 size, 212 photographs, 64 maps, plans and diagrams, with glossary, bibliography, references, and index
In the Shadow of the Prom is a history of the early settlement of south Gippsland from Foster to the Mullungdung forest north-east of Yarram. The development of the towns and the importance of coastal shipping to their survival is comprehensively covered. It includes extensive details and maps of numerous tramways, which provided transport from the coast before the coming of the South Gippsland Railway. The 2 ft gauge steam operated Goodwood tramway from Port Albert is covered in detail, as is the 2 ft 6 in gauge Victorian Railways Port Welshpool line. The illustrations, including photographs, maps and diagrams are some of the best to be produced so far in an LRRSA publication
Absolutely the best book I have ever got from the LRRSA! The mapping is top notch, the old pics have been rendered into a light sepia/ duo-tone sort of thing so they are not flat B&W. Some of the best have been beautifully tinted/colourised very carefully. The stories about the the people involved in the settling of South Gippsland-beyond-the-Prom are well written and bring to life the struggles to ‘tame’ this part of Victoria. and to top it all, there are heaps of tramways and railways involved, all carefully woven into the history. This is not a dry, hard-to-read history, rather it’s a delightful journey through time. Do yourself a favour and buy!