Victoria and its Metropolis: Past and Present
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (1426 pages)
Author: A. Sutherland
Year: (1888) 2007
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
'Victoria and Its Metropolis' is a large two volume history of Victoria, written in 1888 by Alexander Sutherland. Beautifully presented with many etchings and drawings throughout, this book is the perfect addition to any library of Australian and Victorian history. It contains a huge amount of information on the people of the colony and its early history.
The first volume covers information from the discovery of Australia, through to the exploration of Victoria and the first settlers to the pioneers. It then continues on to discuss immigration, the era of gold, the development of government, agriculture, music and art, literature and the metropolis of Melbourne.
A large portion of the second volume examines the colony by district, which covers many districts throughout the state as well as the metropolitan area. Hundreds of biographical entries are scattered throughout and a comprehensive biographical index is included at the end.
This work provides an invaluable resource for all local and social historians of Victoria and the metropolis of Melbourne.
This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the original volumes, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.
Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
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Click here to download a file of sample pages from this book. Right click on the link and select "save as" - to a location on your hard drive. The sampler can be opened, navigated and searched as with the full CD file/s. Sample files usually contain the title page, contents, some introductory pages and sample pages from the body of the book. Often the complete index from the original book is included.
What was Victoria like in the 1880s? This book gives both information and a flavour of a vibrant, developing colony in the post-gold rush era of "Marvellous Melbourne." With overviews of regions and major towns, themed articles and brief profiles of prominent local residents, it offers both a macro and a micro view. Useful for historical and genealogical research. At first I found it slow to open with an Apple desktop, but it's ok now. Easy enough to navigate, fun to read. I found useful fragments of biographical information on two family members and some clues for further research.