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Radical Melbourne: A Secret History
Presents a pictorial guide through the first 100 years of political radicalism in Melbourne, focusing on the structures, streets and public places that remain today. Documents struggles and political victories and defeats from the city's past. Part walking tour and part social archaelogy, it relates familiar city landmarks to historical events of the past. Foreword by ...more
(first published 2001)
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Loved the first book and was super excited about the second, which didn't disappoint! I really enjoyed reading the secret and not-so-secret history of my adopted city. Some of the stories I already knew, but rarely in the detail shared, but most were stories I didn't know. A great (second) discourse on Melbourne's political history.
A valuable reminder of how hard life was in 1890s - early 1900s Australia. Economy terrible, lots of unemployment but no government welfare policy yet. Protest was banned, riots occurred instead. A lot about class. Years of struggle to have working people able to access books and education from Victoria's biggest public library. No basic wage.