Monday, 30 May 2011
Dr Lemon said that, "As a way of understanding the subtleties and complexity of Melbourne life in this period, and the legacy of these years for the city's later character, this multi-layered book deserves to be placed in high company indeed - with, for example, Paul de Serville's Pounds and Pedigrees, and Geoffrey Serle's The Rush to be Rich. It is totally different from these in approach and style, but as astute in its observations, as thoroughly researched, thought-provoking and rewarding."
The book is available for $59.95, plus post and packaging.
For the full list of available titles, see:
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Allan Willingham was the other appointee.
Fellows of the RHSV have given 'conspicuous service to the Association or one or more of its Member Societies, and to history'.
In addition to the two Fellows, seven Awards of Merit were given in recognition of 'meritorious service to a Member Society of the RHSV or the RHSV. The service should be exceptional and go beyond the routine holding of office'.
Congratulations to the following people who were given an Award of Merit:
Vicki Court, RHSV
Wesley Callandar, RHSV
Di Foster, Malvern HS
David Oldfield, RHSV
Michael Moore, RHSV
Diana Phoenix, RHSV
Wemyss Struss, Stratford HS
Lists of previous Fellows of the RHSV, and of persons who received an Award of Merit can be found in a link on the the top of this page of the RHSV website here.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
An intriguing tale. How a Bendigo archaeological dig recovered an important part of early Victoria’s naval heritage.
Available for $20 plus $6.00 postage.
When: Tuesday 10 May 5.15pm tea/coffee; 5.45pm – 6.45pm lecture.
Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: $5.50 non members; free for members
Bookings: t: (03) 9326 9288 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorians are invited to join writer, university lecturer and broadcaster, Dr Michael Cathcart, as he explores water and its role in how we live and think in Australia.
To be held on Tuesday 10 May at 5.45pm, Dr Cathcart’s talk, “The Water Dreamers”, will concentrate of the dreams of the irrigators and engineers who rose to prominence at the end of the nineteenth-century.
“These irrigators and engineers rejected the melancholy cast of Australian nationalism and advocated a vision of Australia which was optimistic, expansionist and placed its faith in the transformative power of hydro engineering,” said Dr Cathcart.
“This vision was conveyed in the extraordinary books known to scholars as ‘The Lemurian novels’.
“Closely modelled on “King Solomon’ Mines” and “She”, these books told stories about lost civilisations which had survived in the deserts of Australia – thanks to brilliant and ancient hydro-engineering.
“By imagining an irrigated past for the continent, the stories demonstrated the possibility for an even more glorious irrigated future.
“Today, the political and environmental crisis in the Murray Darling Basin turns a spotlight on the role of hydro-engineering.
“The heroic dreams of the Victorian engineers still have their champions, but as we try to develop a productive relationship between engineering and environment, we need to find new paradigms.
“One such paradigm is to treat water as a commercial commodity.
“In our discussion I will argue that this market approach is more likely to compound our problems than to rectify them.”
Dr Michael Cathcart is well-known to historians for his abridgement of Manning Clark’s A History of Australia. He is better known in rural Australia as the host of Bush Telegraph on ABC Radio National. In 2010, his book The Water Dreamers won the Colin Roderick Prize for best Australian book and was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Prize. Michael is currently working on 3-part documentary series for ABC TV called Australia on Trial.
Monday, 2 May 2011
"Brenda Niall, one of Australia's best biographers, has written a highly readable and surprising life of William Hackett (1878–1954), the Jesuit priest who was pressured out of Ireland to Australia in 1922 for his involvement with republican armed forces during the Civil War". (Val Noone, Eureka Street)
See the rest of the review here.
Available for $39.95 plus $7.50 postage.