Trevor Cohen combines a lifetime of research with his own intimate recollections of childhood in 1940s and 1950s Melbourne, detailing memories of the war years, Wesley College, sporting endeavours, holidays, celebrations and his heart-warming experiences growing up in his bustling Australian-Jewish family. The Greatest Gift traces Cohen’s story through several generations to the present.
In his foreword Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC describes the book as “exceptionally frank judged by the standards of most family histories” and he notes that Cohen presents “a story of friction as well as friendships” and encouraged its publication for a wider audience.
Victoria House, Collins & Elizabeth St intersection, otherwise known as ‘Cashmore’s Corner’ after the author’s great-great Grandparents who were its first occupants from 1840
Cricket match at The Albert Oval, St Kilda Road, with various members of the Cohen, Davis and Visbord families.
Rosalie (R) and Tillie Visbord
Photographed at Royal Arcade, Melbourne
Davis Birthday Party at Kent Ave, Elwood
The lease of Victoria House, No 1 Collins Street, East
Signed by Michael Cashmore
Durham Court record showing Solomon brothers conviction and sentence to transportation in 1817.