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There is a story, possibly more of a legend, about a young Melbourne couple who were married in the early days of the colony and chose Brighton for their honeymoon. This was not unusual for the time, as the burgeoning seaside town was already a popular holiday destination. However, writing in his popular Australasian newspaper column in 1885, Robert “Aegles” Wallen mused that no newlyweds before or since had spent their honeymoon as these two did – “up to their necks in the sea”!
The date of the wedding was February 6, 1851, and the couple had been forced to take shelter at the beach from the infamous Black Thursday bushfires.
If you are in your retirement years, you may well have had your first date at the Prince George in Church Street, attracted by the dual cuddle seats in the upstairs balcony and the screening of continental films.
The success of 2011's Bayside Literary Festival prompted us to discover literary figures who lived, worked and/or studied in the Bayside area, and as our Secretary, Elizabeth Paine, and I are both ‘old’ Star girls I looked to our Alma Mater for inspiration. For various reasons I have bypassed the obvious choice, Germaine Greer, and have alighted on the extraordinary writer, Anna Funder.
A search through the Society archives reveals a fascinating letter from a prominent colonial artist's daughter.