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A History of Port Phillip District
A History of Port Phillip District

A History of Port Phillip District

Victoria Before Separation


368 Pages, 6 x 9 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $44.95)

Publication Date: September 2003

ISBN 9780522850642

Rights: US, CA & MX

Melbourne University Press (Sep 2003)

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This account of European settlement in the modern state of Victoria, Australia, spans developments from the first convict camp established in 1803 on the Bass Strait to the contemporary separation of the district from New South Wales. Aborigines, whalers, adventurers, squatters, speculators, and immigrants figure into this history of Victoria before the gold rush. The stories of such key leaders as John Baton and John Pascoe Fawkner offer insight into the founding of Melbourne, the economic depression and recovery of the 19th century, and the social progress of the 20th century. Details are drawn from primary sources including correspondence between officials in Melbourne, Sydney, and London and newspapers from Batman, Swanston, the Port Phillip Association, and La Trobe.


“Grounded in solid research, informed judgement, and an urbane and balanced literary style.” —Australian Book Review

Author Biography

A. G. L. Shaw is an emeritus professor of history at Monash University. He is the author of Convicts and the Colonies, Sir George Arthur, and Gipps–La Trobe Correspondence. He contributed to Historical Studies, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, and British Studies.