George Verdon was MP for my Neighbourhood.
He made many enemies, not least the editors of Melbourne Punch, who denounced him as a vulgar, dangerous democrat.
As Treasurer of the colony, George Verdon was tasked with raising loans for ambitious, state-owned infrastructure projects. Punch gleefully imagined barrow boy Verdon failing to sell his dodgy paper to Lombard Street’s bankers.
Imagine Punch’s horror when Verdon returned home to Melbourne having secured huge loans at very low rates of interest, not only from Lombard Street, but also from the Paris-based Rothschild bank.
Melbourne partied for a month. The long boom soon made Melbourne marvellous.