Victoria's Heritage

Lectures to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European settlement in Victoria

Edited by A. G. L. Shaw
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Victoria's 150th anniversary celebrations have put the spotlight on the state, and on its cultural and environmental development. In Victoria's Heritage, leading historians survey that development across a number of important areas including literature, painting, environmental control, drama and architecture.

Victoria's 150th anniversary celebrations have put the spotlight on the state, and on its cultural and environmental development. In this book, leading historians survey that development across a number of important areas including literature, painting, environmental control, drama and architecture.

After an introduction by A. G. L Shaw setting the social, economic and political scene, Graham Davison describes the evolution of a Melbourne 'image' in pictures and in planning. Marjorie Harper, by contrast, looks at the development of public policy over the period by reference to three major Melbourne economists - Copland, Downing and Henderson. Chris Wallace-Crabbe both summarises and catches the flavour of Victorian literature, J. M. Powell raises major questions for the state's future in his discussion of planning and the environment, while Frank von Straten recalls a host of memories in a chapter on popular entertainment.

Margaret Plant, in 'Visual Victoria', ranges from the work of Eugene von Guerard through the Heidelberg School to the painters of today, and Conrad Hamann asks, after his summary of twentieth century Victorian architecture, whether we have come nearer to a distinctively Australian style. Finally, Howard Love traces a rich strain of drama and music in colonial Melbourne.

What constitutes a distinctively Victorian, or even Australian, culture will always be the subject of long debate. This book cannot provide comprehensive answers, but it will provide a rich store of information, and some answers, for all those interested in the state's history, as students, teachers. or simply Victorians.

Author bio:

A. G. L. Shaw was Professor of History at Monash University and has published numerous books and articles about Australian and Victorian history. His previous books include The Economic Development of Australia and The Story of Australia.

Category: History
ISBN: 9780049090262
Table Of Contents: Figures

Illustrations

Contributors

Preface


1 The background to Victorian life - A. G. L. Shaw

2 The picture of Melbourne 1835-1985 - Graeme Davison

3 Melbourne economists in the public arena: from Copland to the Institute - Marjorie Harper

4 The cabbage garden and the fair blank sheet: an historical review of environment and planning - J. M. Powell

5 Literature in Victoria: from the wild white man to the carnival of language - Chris Wallace-Crabbe

6 Popular entertainment in Victoria - Frank van Straten

7 Visual Victoria: waterfalls, tents and meat pies - Margaret Plant

8 Against the mainstream: the inclusive tendency in Victoria's architecture, 1890-1984 - Conrad Hamann

9 Drama and music in colonial Melbourne - Harold Love

Index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: January 1986
Page Extent: 216
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: History