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.

Circa 1900

Rosalie (R) and Tillie Visbord

Photographed at Royal Arcade, Melbourne

Circa 1885

Davis Birthday Party at Kent Ave, Elwood

Circa 1948

The lease of Victoria House, No 1 Collins Street, East

Signed by Michael Cashmore

Dated 1840

Durham Court record showing Solomon brothers conviction and sentence to transportation in 1817.