Local History – Small Publication Award

Ripponlea VIllage Book Cver

The Village of Ripponlea published by Lauranton Books (2015) was awarded the Local History – Small Publication Award by the Victorian Community History Awards.

‘A fine study of a small Melbourne suburb, very well-illustrated with archival and contemporary images and plans. … [it] traces the major features of its physical presence from Boon Wurrung lands, early European occupation, development of its shopping strip after the opening of Ripponlea station in 1915, the significance of ‘Ripponlea’ and other mansions, Brunnings Nursery, sundry schools and the mix of art deco houses and flats. Its distinct demography, including Jewish and other immigrant families…. All of this and more is packed into a short, interesting community history set within the contexts of change in Melbourne and the impact of international events.’