1S06 A History of Melbourne

Tutor/Facilitator Max Nankervis

Date: on/from Mon 2 Oct 2023 to end year
Frequency: Weekly
Class time: 2:00-4:00

Delivered F2F

Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 2

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This history course will focus on Melbourne’s development from pre-European settlement and throughout the rest of the 19th century – and a little into the 20th century.
The course will be presented as a series of two-hour illustrated lecture/discussion sessions. The main “sections” will be:
 Prehistory – the context before the urban settlement
 The “Founding” of Melbourne, and the urban growth to 1850
 The Gold Rush and its consequences
 The “boom” period 1870-90
 The post boom depression and industrial growth to World War 1
 Inter wars and Depression.
The general approach of the classes is an illustrated (PowerPoint) lecture, but you are welcome, indeed encouraged, to ask questions, add your own knowledge, etc. A few sessions to cover a “history” of Melbourne is ambitious, to say the least. There are no specific books/references suggested because the course covers such a wide territory. But from time to time, some texts of interest may be mentioned.
REQUIREMENTS: No background or reading is necessary.
TUTOR: Max is a retired town planner and academic, with a particular interest in the historic development and change in the urban built environment. He has presented various U3A programs.

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