Lucky City

Lucky City

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Ballarat was not a typical goldfield. In a tantalizing search for fabulous underground river beds the youthful migrants of the 1850s overcame immense obstacles. They were both thrifty and speculative, using the profits of one bonanza to pursue another - and were probably goaded by officialdom into the famous Eureka rebellion of 1854. Lucky City explores the interaction of man with the environment and of particular men and ideas with the urban situation. It shows how, from a makeshift boom town, the city matured and sponsored such images of itself as 'Golden City', 'City of Gardens', 'City of Sculptures'. It sees its pioneers as heroic adventurers. The book also examines relationships with a fertile hinterland from which pastoral, agricultural, timber-milling and mining activity sustained Ballarat as a regional market-place and industrial centre.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 231.1 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 816.48g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 137 illustrations, 13 maps
  • 0522850650
  • 9780522850659

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"Professor Bate's study has set new standards of excellence in the writing of urban history against which all work must be measured. Here indeed is a lucky city come to life in the hands of its skilfull historian. Geelong Advertiser 1978show more

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