Melbourne Street Life

Andrew J May

Artist Ugo Catani's ‘A Summer Shower in Collins Street, 1889' sets the scene for walking the streets of Melbourne, imagining the everyday past and seeing the urban landscape with new eyes. Melbourne's streets frame the ever-changing throng. This award-winning book is a rich commentary on the growth and transformation of a great Australian city.
Date Published :
July 2020
Publisher :
Arden
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781925984613
Pages : 406
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Ugo Catani’s A Summer Shower in Collins Street, 1889, sets the scene for Andrew May’s invitation to walk the streets of Melbourne, imagine the everyday past, and see the urban landscape with new eyes.

For the author, as for artists like Catani and Tom Roberts, the street frames the ever-changing throng of the wealthy and down-and-out, the passers-by, shoppers, idlers, hawkers, cabbies, entertainers, beggars, larrikins, prostitutes, custodians and law-breakers. It is the stage of ritual, procession and protest and the site of proud architecture, fine trees and public utilities. And it also has its hazards, of traffic, animals, assault, falling buildings, fire.

Original and vital in subject and tone, this award-winning book is a rich commentary on the growth and transformation of a great Australian city and the balance between the need for public order and the democratic right to public space.

About The Author
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Andrew J. May is Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, where he has been a faculty member since 2000. As a social historian with broad interests across urban, colonial and imperial history, he has published widely on the social experience and cultures of the Australian city.

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