The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne

Author(s): Graeme Davison


In the 1880s, a generation after the gold rushes, Melbourne rose to become Australia's most populous, modern and self-consciously 'metropolitan' city. Its offices and warehouses leapt skyward, its suburbs sprawled and the tentacles of its commerce reached across the continent. In the 1890s, the housing boom burst, depression struck and Melbourne's population and influence declined. In this classic work of Australian social history, Graeme Davison explores the economic, political, social and cultural consequences of the meteoric rise, and calamitous fall, of the city dubbed 'Marvellous Melbourne'. Twenty-six years after this much-acclaimed book was first published, Davison offers a reappraisal of his original ideas in a new preface and epilogue. The book has also been enhanced by a series of picture essays exploring the response of contemporary artists and photographers to the transformation of city and suburbs.

1978. First edition. A very good copy in edge rubbed red cloth boards. Light age tanning/spotting to the edges and prelims but otherwise the contents are fine and unmarked. The d/w is also very good with light edge rubbing and partial sunfading.


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General Fields

  • : 9780522841350
  • : Melbourne University Publishing
  • : Melbourne University Press
  • : December 1978
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : xiii, 304
  • : 330.9/945
  • : Hardback
  • : Graeme Davison