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A History of Victoria

A History of Victoria

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107691612

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  • A History of Victoria is a lively account of the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria, from the arrival of the first Aboriginal peoples through to the present day. In his inimitable style, Geoffrey Blainey considers Victoria's transformation from rural state to urban society. He speculates on the contrasts between Melbourne and Sydney, and describes formative events in Victoria's history, including the exploits of Ned Kelly, the rise of Australian Football and the Olympics of 1956. Melbourne's latest population boom, sprawling suburbs and expanding ethnic communities are explored. Blainey also casts light on Victoria's recent political history. This edition features sections on the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, the end of the drought and the controversy surrounding the Wonthaggi desalination plant. New illustrations, photographs and maps enrich the narrative. Written by one of Australia's leading historians, this book offers remarkable insight into Victoria's unique position within Australian history.

    • A definitive and engaging account of the history of Victoria
    • Includes new illustrations, photographs and maps
    • Written by one of Australia's leading historians and living national treasures
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107691612
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 44 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Feathers, Fleece, and Dust of Gold:
    1. A turban of feathers
    2. Australia felix
    3. A golden ant-hill
    4. The silver stick
    5. One in ten thousand
    6. 'My lord the workingman'
    7. Sunshine and moonshine
    8. Who am I?
    Part II. Whirlwind and Calm:
    9. When the bubble burst
    10. The horse and its conquerors
    11. Hope, depression, fire and water
    12. The rise and fall of Albert the great
    13. The jolting merry-go-round
    14. A long race: Melbourne and Sydney
    15. Whirlwind in Spring Street
    16. The new Victorians: life, work and play
    17. Koala, growling frog, drought and fire
    18. A bulging city.

  • Author

    Geoffrey Blainey, University of Melbourne

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