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Circus and Stage: The Theatrical Adventures of Rose Edouin and G. B. W. Lewis

Circus and Stage: The Theatrical Adventures of Rose Edouin and G. B. W. Lewis

Mimi Colligan

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...

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Decade

Decade

Rennie Ellis

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...

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Bert and Ned: The Correspondance of Albert Tucker and Sidney Noloan

Bert and Ned: The Correspondance of Albert Tucker and Sidney Noloan

Patrick McCaughey

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...

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Latrobe Journal La Trobe

Latrobe Journal La Trobe

State Library Of Victoria Foundation

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...

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The True Story of Ned Kelly's Last Stand

The True Story of Ned Kelly’s Last Stand

Paul Terry

When Ned Kelly fought his Last Stand at Glenrowan, he made his suit of armour and a tiny bush pub part of Australian folklore.

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Melbourne by Menu

Melbourne by Menu

Rita Erlich

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...

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Characters: Cultural Stories Revealed Through Typography

Characters: Cultural Stories Revealed Through Typography

Stephen Banham, Rick Poynor

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...

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Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

E. B. Joyce, D. A. McCann

Reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of the Burke and Wills Expedition.

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Detective Piggott's Casebook: True Tales of Murder, Madness and the Rise of Forensic Science

Detective Piggott’s Casebook: True Tales of Murder, Madness and the Rise of Forensic Science

Kevin Morgan

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...

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Gun Alley: Murder, Lies and Failure of Justice

Gun Alley: Murder, Lies and Failure of Justice

Kevin Morgan

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...

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JJ Clark: Architect of the Australian Renaissance

JJ Clark: Architect of the Australian Renaissance

Andrew Dodd

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...

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 Read reviewSunday's Garden: Growing Heide

Sunday’s Garden: Growing Heide

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan, Mirka Mora

Sunday's Garden explores the growing of Heide, now site of Heide Museum and Art Gallery, and in doing so fully restores the Heide garden into the literature surrounding this inspiring site, its creators John and Sunday Reed, and...

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Latrobe Journal 87 Queen City Of The South Gay And Lesbian Melbourne La Trobe

Latrobe Journal 87 Queen City Of The South Gay And Lesbian Melbourne La Trobe

Willett Graham Arnold John Eds

Latrobe Journal 87
Queen City of the South: Gay and Lesbian Melbourne
presents a history that will be new to many readers. Using
archives, remembrance, experience and reflection, the various
contributors bring...

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The Matrix

The Matrix

Sasha Grishin, Anne Kirker, Bruno Leti, Chris Wallace-Crabbe

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...

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Beyond Reasonable Drought

Beyond Reasonable Drought

Don Watson

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...

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Australia Through a Woman's Eyes

Australia Through a Woman’s Eyes

Anne Standish

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...

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 Read reviewWhen We Think About Melbourne: The Imagination of a City

When We Think About Melbourne: The Imagination of a City

Jenny Sinclair

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...

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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

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

Margaret Minion, Jeffrey F.) Delete(Hamburger

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...

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Latrobe Journal Indigenous Victorians La Trobe

Latrobe Journal Indigenous Victorians La Trobe

Lynette Russell, John Arnold

Provides a major contribution to the understanding and appreciation of the lives and aspirations of Victorian Aborigines and their interaction with white Australians from the beginnings of European settlement to the present day.

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Capital: Melbourne at the Centre of the World 1901-1927

Capital: Melbourne at the Centre of the World 1901-1927

Kristin Otto

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....

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Beyond Reasonable Drought: Photographs of a Changing Land and Its People

Beyond Reasonable Drought: Photographs of a Changing Land and Its People

MAP Group, Don Watson

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...

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Botanical Riches: Stories of Botanical Exploration

Botanical Riches: Stories of Botanical Exploration

Richard Aitken

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...

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Voyages to the South Seas: In Search of Terres Australes

Voyages to the South Seas: In Search of Terres Australes

Danielle Clode

Tracing the often-tragic voyages of Bougainville, Laperouse, D'Entrecasteaux, Baudin, Freycinet, d'Urville and others to Australia from 1768 to 1828, this book brings to life, the changing society that launched these endeavours...

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The Life of Marcus Clarke

The Life of Marcus Clarke

Cyril Hopkins

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,...

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 Special priceThe Cowen Gallery Catalogue

The Cowen Gallery Catalogue

Michael D. Galimany

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...

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 Special priceYour Most Obedient Servant: B.A. Santamaria Selected Letters - 1938-1996

Your Most Obedient Servant: B.A. Santamaria Selected Letters - 1938-1996

Patrick Morgan

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...

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Making Modern Melbourne

Making Modern Melbourne

Jenny Lee

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...

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Running the Show: B.A. Santamaria Selected Documents 1939-1996

Running the Show: B.A. Santamaria Selected Documents 1939-1996

Patrick Morgan

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...

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Bottersnikes and Other Lost Things: A Treasury of Australian Children's Literature

Bottersnikes and Other Lost Things: A Treasury of Australian Children’s Literature

Juliet O'Conor

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...

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 Read reviewLiterary Melbourne: A Celebration of Writing and Ideas

Literary Melbourne: A Celebration of Writing and Ideas

Stephen Grimwade

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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The Art of the Collection: State Library of Victoria Picture Collection

The Art of the Collection: State Library of Victoria Picture Collection

Ashley Crawford, Graeme Davison, Brenda Niall

Acting on its mandate to collect and preserve Victoria's documentary heritage, the State Library of Victoria acquires paintings, maps, diaries and documents that showcase all facets of Victorian life. This work is a celebration of...

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