Solid Bluestone Foundations

Solid Bluestone Foundations : And Other Memories of a Melbourne Girlhood 1908-1928

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Hughenden , the seaside mansion of Kathleen s grandparents, provided the solid bluestone foundations of her somewhat peripatetic youth, offering her a haven of emotional security and material abundance. The puzzled observations and alert curiosity of a highly intelligent child are vividly recreated in these beautifully written recollections, which paint an evocative picture of middle-class life in Melbourne in the early years of the twentieth century. The divisions between her Catholic and Protestant grandparents, and the contrast between the dedicated civil servants on one side of the family and the energetic entrepreneurs on the other, are depicted with the sharp-eyed acuity of youth. Kathleen s mediocre schooling, the awakening of her feminist consciousness, her discovery at the University of Melbourne of her true vocation as a historian and her unhappy experiences at Oxford are major themes of her memoir. The book is greatly enhanced by Susan Davies Introduction, family tree and other materials, offering valuable new insights and information for historians, those interested in women s lives, and scholars of Australian autobiography. First-time re
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  • Paperback | 259 pages
  • 152.4 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, charts
  • 0522848230
  • 9780522848236

About Kathleen Fitzpatrick

The late Kathleen Fitzpatrick (1908-1990) was born at Omeo, Victoria, and was Associate Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. She was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and in 1983 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by her alma mater. Her forty-year correspondence with the late Manning Clark was published by MUP in 1996 as Dear Kathleen, Dear Manning.
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