The pioneering spirit of the last 150 years is celebrated in the pages of this book. The stunning architecture of marvellous Melbourne, built on the bountiful riches of the goldfields. The toil of a working life on the land, where transport is by horse, and bicycle and boat and your bush hut has a floor of dried mud. The birth of a sporting nation, inspired by increased leisure, sunny skies and an endlessly beautiful coastline. And enshrined in the faces of the young couples and their proud families, are their hopes, dream and anxieties for the future. To know Australia today, we must understand our past.