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A Golden Opportunity: Mayor Smith and Melbourne’s Emergence as a Global City

Hayes, Sarah ; Hayes, Sarah Lawrence, Susan ; Lawrence, Susan ; Smith, Jeremy ; Davies, Peter ; Davies, Peter ; Smith, Jeremy

International journal of historical archaeology, 2018-03, Vol.22 (1), p.100-116 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    A Golden Opportunity: Mayor Smith and Melbourne’s Emergence as a Global City
  • Author: Hayes, Sarah ; Hayes, Sarah
  • Lawrence, Susan ; Lawrence, Susan ; Smith, Jeremy ; Davies, Peter ; Davies, Peter ; Smith, Jeremy
  • Description: In the earliest decades of the settlement of Melbourne, people’s backgrounds and origins were hazy and unknown, allowing a golden opportunity to reinvent and reprise not just individual wealth and success but also, consequently, the nature of society. At the same time, Melbourne was emerging as a truly global colonial city. Within this context, John Thomas Smith was making a rapid progression from son of a convict shoemaker to middle-class mayor of Melbourne. Such dramatic social mobility was a uniquely colonial phenomenon and material culture had a vital role to play in the renegotiation of Melbourne’s middle class.
  • Is Part Of: International journal of historical archaeology, 2018-03, Vol.22 (1), p.100-116
  • Publisher: New York: Springer US
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1092-7697
    EISSN: 1573-7748
    DOI: 10.1007/s10761-017-0418-1
  • Subjects: Archaeology ; Middle class ; Social Sciences ; Modern cities ; Comparative analysis ; Social mobility ; Melbourne ; Analysis ; Mayors
  • Language: English

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