Historical information

This book is the story of modern Warrnambool, describing aspects of the city from the 1980s to 2015. It looks at such topics as religion, law, population, housing, infrastructure, employment, industry, health, education and politics. The author, Gordon Forth, was formerly a lecturer in the Faculties of Education and Arts and the Director of the Centre for Regional Development at Deakin University in Warrnambool. He has written and edited a number of books dealing with Warrnambool and district history. Mark Rashleigh, responsible for the design and lay-out of the book and many of the photographs, was a lecturer in visual communication and graphic design in the Faculty of Arts at Deakin University and is now involved with the Warrnambool and District Historical Society in the preparation and cataloguing of historical photographs.


The book is of some importance as it is the only comprehensive study of Warrnambool over the past 30 years and complements ‘By These We Flourish’, the story of Warrnambool’s people, places and events up to the 1980s. It is will be of great interest to readers in general and researchers in particular

Physical description

This is a hardcover book of 320 pages. The dust cover is multi-coloured (black, white and gold) with an image of the water tower at the former Fletcher Jones Factory site on the front cover and an image of the Warrnambool Breakwater on the back cover. The hard cover book has the same colouring and images as the dust cover.

Inscriptions & markings

Front covers – ‘A Tale of Two Cities – A History of Modern Warrnambool’, ‘Gordon Forth’, ‘Halstead Press’ Spines – ‘A Tale of Two Cities – A History of Modern Warrnambool’, ‘Forth’, ‘Halstead’ Back Covers – ISBN number and code