Dr Meredith Fletcher is Director of the Centre for Gippsland Studies at Monash University's Gippsland Campus. Her books include Avon to the Alps: A History of the Shire of Avon (1988) and Strathfieldsaye, A History and Guide (1992) and she is the editor of the innovative Gippsland Heritage Journal.
Meredith Fletcher s story of a town obliterated is a particularly important contribution to local history. Incisive and accessible, it covers the ideologies that influenced the creation and destruction of the town, conveys a sense of what it was like to live there, and elaborates the commemorative mythologies that have flourished since its demise. "The Age""