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The Commonwealth Block, Melbourne: A Historical Archaeology
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Tim Murray Kristal Buckley
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The Commonwealth Block, Melbourne: A Historical Archaeology

Tim Murray Kristal Buckley Ms Sarah Hayes Geoff Hewitt


Sydney University Press

Archaeology by period & region


154 pages

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For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, Melbourne's Little Lonsdale - locally known as `Little Lon' - was notorious as a foul slum and brothel district, occupied by the itinerant and the criminal. The stereotype of `slumdom' defined `Little Lon' in the minds of Melbournians, and became entrenched in Australian literature and popular culture.

The Commonwealth Block, Melbourne tells a different story. This ground-breaking book reports on almost three decades of excavations conducted on the Commonwealth Block - the area of central Melbourne bordered by Little Lonsdale, Lonsdale, Exhibition and Spring streets. Since the 1980s, archaeologists and historians have pieced together the rich and complex history of this area, revealing a working-class and immigrant community that was much more than just a slum. The Commonwealth Block, Melbourne delves into the complex social, cultural and economic history of this forgotten community.

By:   Tim Murray, Kristal Buckley, Ms Sarah Hayes, Geoff Hewitt, Justin McCarthy
Imprint:   Sydney University Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Volume:   7
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 210mm, 
ISBN:   9781743323694
ISBN 10:   1743323697
Series:   Studies in Australasian Historical Archaeology
Pages:   154
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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