Solid Bluestone Foundations


First published in 1983 Kathleen Fitzpatrick paints for the reader a 20 year period of her childhood and growing up in Melbourne.

Set in 1908 until 1928, the author describes in detail her family and their various homes, the main one being Hughenden the Italianate mansion built by her grandfather, John Buxton, founder of a well-known real estate firm.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick had a childhood enveloped in a richness of a long gone era with an extensive but close family of relations who always viewed Hughenden as the centre of activities and saw it as their right to visit and stay whenever they wanted.

Solid Bluestone Foundations: and Other Memories of a Melbourne Girlhood 1908-1928 is a wonderful time capsule of a Melbourne immediately recognisable to the reader but slightly different, as if seen through a foggy window looking back, with not a little yearning, to a gentler Melbourne since disappeared.