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St Kilda 1841-1900 : movers and shakers and money-makers

McKenzie, Carmel2023
"The site of two settlers' homes--one a slab hut--in 1841, the remote and she-oak-covered knoll named for a passing schooner in 1842 rapidly evolved into the wealthiest suburb in nineteenth-century Melbourne. Movers and Shakers and Money-makers charts the rise of the merchants, speculators, squatters, barristers and others of their ilk who imprinted their aspirations and values on St Kilda, such that 'Aristocratic St Kilda' became known Australia-wide as a bastion of privilege and power. Clubs, rules and norms reinforced a social hierarchy and grand homes spoke of the quest for status and influence. Satirists found rich pickings amid the trappings, tiaras and pursuit of titles and the author Marcus Clarke mocked its mansion towers as 'erections'. Yet in the 1890s, boarding houses took over the ballrooms. This is the vivid backstory to contemporary St Kilda, the beneficiary of the suburb's extraordinary nineteenth-century rise and fall. Meticulously researched, featuring 185 photos and illustrations, and packed with anecdotes from primary sources, this work deftly connects events in St Kilda to a broader context, leaving readers with a rich appreciation of the way nineteenth-century St Kilda reflected-and affected-the social, political and economic history of Victoria."--Back cover.
Caulfield North, Vic. : Manneton Publishing, 2023.©2023
196 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 30 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-187) and index.
9780646870212 (hbk)9780646870212
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Hampton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - History994.51 MACKOnloan - Due: 08 Jul 2024
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