After a very lively and deft introduction you're not quite sure what you're up for as you immerse yourself in late 19th century Brunswick. But little by little the short stories from local (and not so local, was Brunswick famous throughout the colony?) papers become addictive — like rather bitter lollies. What infamy will appear next? Is it really that possible to drown in the Merri and Moonee Ponds Creeks? Could one still? Was there a contagion of suicide? You will discover the contemporary name for dynamite, 'Nobel's lithofractal', presumably Nobel's stone-breaker and wonder at just what a rather troubling neighbour was doing holding some in her hand after blowing up next door's passage. Three year-old girls being taken into custody. Cr Fleming playing up again! It becomes very hard to put down. One remarkable, and rare, lens on adolescent Melbourne from primary sources.