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The Encyclopedia of Melbourne


  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521842341

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  • Great cities deserve great encyclopedias. A city is known by its past, its characteristic virtues and troubles, and its ways of life. 'Marvellous Melbourne' symbolises the achievements of Australian urbanisation and suburbanisation. The Encyclopedia of Melbourne reflects and encompasses the city's historical position as one of the world's pre-eminent nineteenth century metropolises, and as one of the twenty-first century's most liveable cities. Alphabetical entries range from short factual summaries about places, institutions and events, through to extended survey articles on key topics such as Architecture, Aboriginal Melbourne, Economy, Foundation and Early Settlement, Law and Order, Literature, Science, Sport, Suburbia, Theatre and Transport. Although Australia has long ranked amongst the world's most urbanised countries, no comparable reference work exists on any Australian metropolis.

    • Easy A to Z access
    •  The first encyclopedia of Melbourne
    •  Includes entries by many notable Melbournians including Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer, John Cain, Jennifer Byrne, Dame Phyllis Frost and Keith Dunstan
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Cambridge University Press should be congratulated for carrying to completion this ambitious, generously illustrated and hugely entertaining encyclopedia.' The Times Literary Supplement

    ''Great cities deserve great encyclopaedias.' So, confidently, the publishers proclaim their product. They are right to say so with this volume on Melbourne. The editors have developed a team of distinguished scholars … each bring decades of their own research expertise on the city … one of the most remarkable books seen in many years … In a highly innovative approach, personal experiences are captured in a series of 'My Melbourne' entries … There is simply no need to look further for some categories of information and in this sense the editors provide a springboard for future generations of student projects and local historical studies … A generous use of images enriches the book. Many are superb contemporary lithographs of buildings, but … It is a reference work for and about people, and people figure prominently in the images … a pleasing, if heavy, physical appearance as well as an informative one … If, as the dustjacket states, 'Great cities deserve great encyclopaedias' then Melbournians have a encyclopaedia and a city of which to be proud … This is the type of volume that provides immense local historical interest … distils decades of detailed research in a digestible form.' Journal of Urban History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521842341
    • length: 840 pages
    • dimensions: 328 x 232 x 48 mm
    • weight: 3.666kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    The Encyclopedia of Melbourne
    Eating Melbourne Stephanie Alexander
    The Lady Mayoress' Robyn Annear
    A Christmas story Tony Birch
    Queen Victoria Carmel Bird
    Summers in Melbourne Jennifer Byrne
    My Melbourne John Cain
    St Paul's Cathedral Barry Dickins
    Larino, safe haven George Dreyfus
    The Six O'clock swill Keith Dunstan
    Childhood memories Dame Phyllis Frost
    Collins Street Kerry Greenwood
    Running for the tram Ian Southall
    A WASP's-eye view of 'The Hill' Marjorie Tipping
    The treasure Arnold Zable
    My Melbourne Barry Humphries.

  • Editors

    Andrew Brown-May, University of Melbourne
    Andrew Brown-May is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, University of Melbourne. He has written extensively on the city of Melbourne and his books include Melbourne Street Life, Espresso! Melbourne Coffee Stories and Federation Square.

    Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
    Shurlee Swain is a Reader in History at the Australian Catholic University and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Melbourne. She has published widely in historical, child welfare and women's studies journals and co-written a number of books, the most recent of which are Equal Subjects, Unequal Rights and Confronting Cruelty.

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