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This book, "A letter to the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne On the Causes of the Recent Derangement in the Money Market, and on Bank Reform," by Robert Torrens, William L. Melbourne, is a replication of a book originally published before 1837. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.
Once upon a time in Melbourne there was a gigolo who thought he was a vampire. He bit the tongue off a prostitute and was then murdered in broad daylight on a suburban street. His execution, top brass believed, was organised by police. The aftershocks of this killingâ€”and the murder of a state witness and his wife inside their fortress home&mash;rocked the police force and the Parliament, vanquished one government and brought the next to its knees.
Melbourne: a city of stories grew out of Melbourne Museumâ€™s permanent exhibition, 'The Melbourne Story'. That makes it a selective history: one based on objects - things that have survived. The idea that objects can give rise to stories comes as no surprise to anyone whoâ€™s ever dug up a shard of old china in their garden, or found an ancient button down the back of a chair.