Richard Broinowski discusses his new book Under the Rainbow: The Life and Times of EW Cole, digital events 22 and 23 September
Best remembered for his Funny Picture Books and his sense of the absurd, EW Cole was a colourful and much-loved figure of 19th century Australia. His wonderful arcade was one of the first ‘department stores’, replete with a live orchestra, an aviary and monkeys alongside books, ornaments, art, curios and tearooms.
But there was more to Cole than his humour and marketing genius: he scandalised the clergy, campaigned passionately against the White Australia policy, and advocated education for all.
Here is an opportunity to step back in time to rambunctious and materialistic Melbourne in the late 19th century and be inspired by Cole’s passion for learning, insatiable curiosity and enduring faith in the goodness of humanity.
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