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Author Pollack, Henry, 1922-2004.

Title The accidental developer : the fascinating rise to the top of Mirvac founder Henry Pollack / Henry Pollack
Published Sydney : ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2005


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Description 345 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents 1. The sheltered years -- 2. War -- 3. Facing the real world -- 4. Sugihara -- 5. Going East -- 6. Amakusa Maru -- 7. An oriental interlude -- 8. Aiming East but going South -- 9. Starting anew -- 10. Indecision -- 11. Belle Star rides again -- 12. Decision -- 13. Set square and T-square -- 14. A professional -- 15. Private world -- 16. Big business -- 17. Revisiting the past --1 8. Of architecture and building -- 19. Bigger business
Summary "On the surface Henry Pollack's memoir is a helter-skelter adventure that begins with a teenaged Jewish refugee fleeing the Nazi tsunami across war-torn Poland on pushbike, and ends with Pollack in Australia - architect, empire builder, property development tycoon. But Pollack's focus is less on his own breathtaking journey than on the fascinating worlds through which he passed and the hundreds of characters he met along the way. Suddenly we are transported to multicultural Lodz or find ourselves crawling on our bellies with the Polish underground. Then there's the mayhem of Shanghai and the civility of Hong Kong alongside the rough waterside workers of the Australian docks. In his late thirties, creatively stifled and inspired by Europe's post-war reconstruction, Pollack turned to architetcure. His first commission was in 1964, his first development in 1966 and, amidst stoushes with the Builders labourers Federation, his Mirvac Company quickly grew into an empire" -- back cover
Notes "A version of this book called "My three lives" was published by Duffy & Snellgrove in 2004"--T.p. verso
Subject Pollack, Henry, 1922-2004 -- Families
Pollack, Henry, 1922-2004.
Pollack, Henry, 1922-2004 -- Family.
Mirvac Group Limited -- History
Businessmen -- Australia -- Biography.
Real estate developers -- Australia -- Biography.
Architecture -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Construction industry -- History -- Australia -- 20th century
Architects -- Australia -- Biography.
Architects -- Biography.
Businessmen -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Author Pollack, Henry, 1922-2004. My three lives
Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
LC no. 2005472537
ISBN 0733315895 paperback