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(c) John Kelly Hanging Rock (landscape V) 2016


The spectacular landform of Hanging Rock has provided a rich trove of images for novelists and film-makers. Until now however, the history of Hanging Rock has never been properly told.

Apart from one brief local history: Marion Hutton The Hanging Rock (1991; 26 pages) and one chapter by Stephanie Skidmore and Ian D. Clark, “Hanging Rock Recreation Reserve” (20 pages) in An Historical Geography of Tourism in Victoria, Australia (2014) no comprehensive history explores Hanging Rock.

The Friends of Hanging Rock’s new publication, Hanging Rock – A History will fill an important gap. The stories of traditional owners, Hanging Rock’s geology, flora and fauna, European imagining of this strange place, and farming and leisure uses of Hanging Rock remain obscure. The Rock has had a profound impact on Australian cultural identity. This is a story which needed to be researched and told.

Be one of the first to own this fascinating story – pre-order your copy today.


[A] fine book that documents its geological rarity and its cultural significance to indigenous, white and other hued Australians – Phillip Adams in The Weekend Australian Magazine, 23 September 2017


Volume 14: Sketchbook XXXV, No. 17 Australian, 1864-1865 / by Eugene von Guerard.
Image from the collections of the State Library of NSW.