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A Biography of Henry Black: Theatre in Japan
Unique among foreigners in 19th-century Japan, Australian-born professional storyteller (rakugoka) Henry Black (1858-1923) enthralled audiences with his adaptations of novels by Charles Dickens, Mary Braddon, and Fortua de...
Circus and Stage: The Theatrical Adventures of Rose Edouin and G. B. W. Lewis
Rose Edouin née Bryer and her husband, entrepreneur and circus performer George Benjamin William Lewis rarely receive much attention in the history of Australian theatre. This book provides a fascinating insight into the...
Decade: 1970-1980 is a photography book showcasing Rennie Ellis' (1940-2003) contribution to photography and social history. With an introduction by film maker and Rennie contemporary Paul Cox and an essay by...
Bert and Ned: The Correspondance of Albert Tucker and Sidney Noloan
Albert Tucker and Sidney Nolan were friends and rivals but never antagonists for the whole of their working lives as artists. Covering a period of more than thirty years, these letters throw light on their expatriate years in the...
Long Views And Short Vistas Victorias 19th Century Public Botanic Gardens
Gwen Pascoe’s ‘Long views and short vistas’: Victoria’s
nineteenth-century public botanic gardens explores the story of
botanic gardens established in Melbourne and other Victorian towns
in the second half of the nineteenth...
Latrobe Journal La Trobe
This special edition of The LaTrobe Journal focuses on
the Muslim experience in Australia and includes several
contributions by University staff, including articles on the
history of Muslims in Australia, Persian...
The True Story of Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
When Ned Kelly fought his Last Stand at Glenrowan, he made his suit of armour and a tiny bush pub part of Australian folklore.
Melbourne by Menu
Acclaimed food writer Rita Erlich charts Melbourne's burgeoning restaurant scene during the 1980s through her fascinating collection of menus and recipes. With compelling essays spanning the decade, readers are afforded a...
Characters: Cultural Stories Revealed Through Typography
Type and signage are part of our daily lives and the history of whichever city we happen to live in. This book reveals how typography is a form of cultural expression, redefining the way we look at our surroundings. From...
Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition
Reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Detective Piggott’s Casebook: True Tales of Murder, Madness and the Rise of Forensic Science
Welcome to hell, a world at war. The streets of Melbourne no longer a tidy grid but fractured with laneways like cracks in old varnish, a hotchpotch of chaos u of shanties and factories, woodpiles and chimneys u the city...
Gun Alley: Murder, Lies and Failure of Justice
In the early morning of New Year's Eve 1921, 12-year-old Alma Tirtschke's naked body was found in Gun Alley, a dead-end Melbourne lane. She had been raped and strangled. In an atmosphere of public frenzy, the police were pushed to...
JJ Clark: Architect of the Australian Renaissance
Colonial architect John James Clark was fourteen when he began practising as an architect. By the age of nineteen he had designed the Melbourne Treasury, Australia's finest Renaissance Revival building, which celebrates its 150th...
The matrix is the object that carries the image the artist has made with the intention of making an impression on a piece of paper when it is run through a press at high pressure. This book celebrates the 'Matrix', with...
Beyond Reasonable Drought
Early this century, a group of photographers crisscrossed the nation, and captured a seismic shift in the way Australians were living their lives. Caught in these photographer's lenses were the faces and the stories of communities...
Australia Through a Woman’s Eyes
When Louisa Meredith arrived in Van Diemen's land in 1841 after living in NSW, she was struck by how much the colony resembled her homeland. Finding signs of home in both the landscape and social life of the colonies is a theme...
When We Think About Melbourne: The Imagination of a City
What exactly makes Melbourne unique? And why do we always struggle to describe the city's differences? This book is a wry and whimsical survey of the city's x-factor. It observes with a keen and appreciative eye the changing...
Imagination, Books and Community in Medieval Europe: Papers of a Conference Held at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 28 March-15 June 2008
With extensive illustrated essays by Jeffrey Hamburger and Margaret Manion, accompanied by papers presented by sixteen further scholars in the field, this 256 page publication presents a rich range of studies on the subject of...
Capital: Melbourne at the Centre of the World 1901-1927
In 1901, the Australian colonies came together to form a new nation which, for the next 26 years, was governed from Melbourne. And this overgrown town, in all but name the nation's capital, oversaw the birth of modern Australia....
Beyond Reasonable Drought: Photographs of a Changing Land and Its People
Early this century, as drought gripped the nation, a group of photographers crisscrossed the country, and captured a seismic shift in the way Australians were living their lives. Caught in these photographers' lenses were the...
Botanical Riches: Stories of Botanical Exploration
Century after century, intrepid plant hunters and botanists travelled to exotic climes, collecting seeds and specimens. Searching for plants with economic value, medicinal benefits, or purely for lavish display, these botanic...
The Life of Marcus Clarke
This biography of Marcus Clarke was written a century ago by Cyril Hopkins, brother of Gerard Manley Hopkins and a close friend of Clarke and is published now for the first time. Hergenhan, University of Queensland; Stewart,...
The Cowen Gallery Catalogue
Housing a permanent display of 150 works of art from the Pictures Collection, the Cowen Gallery houses the oldest visual documentary collection in Australia. The works illustrate Victoria's landscape, early Melbourne scenes, and...
Your Most Obedient Servant: B.A. Santamaria Selected Letters - 1938-1996
Spanning more than 60 years, this selection of letters to friends and members of the public reveals a person more subtle in his views than his adamantine public persona would suggest. This book is a rare glimpse into a mind that...
Making Modern Melbourne
You can read the past in this city, if you know where to look. An accessible and entertaining palm-sized mini-history with 50-plus black and white images from the State Library of Victoria's pictures collection and contemporary...
Running the Show: B.A. Santamaria Selected Documents 1939-1996
B.A. Santamaria was a political activist and traditionalist Catholic layman, an important figure in one of the key political events in Australia history, the disastrous 1954 split in the ALP. Santamaria produced many working...
Bottersnikes and Other Lost Things: A Treasury of Australian Children’s Literature
Exploring such things from schooldays to fantasy worlds, from its nineteenth century beginnings to the twenty-first century, this book offers ways of seeing the Australian child's literary history. It illuminates the icons of...
Literary Melbourne: A Celebration of Writing and Ideas
Created to mark the celebration of Melbourne becoming a UNESCO City of Literature, this anthology draws together a selection of the best Melbourne and Victorian writing. Extracts from eighty writers across different genres provide...
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