Historical Book for Sale in the Lending Library
We like to support our local authors. Here are details about a new book for sale we have in the Lending Library, written by Ron Southern from Creswick.
From the eve of the Eureka insurrection to the beginnings of depression, this work charts the creation of a civilization, but it is also as much about the symbolism of place, the politics of streetscapes, the social economy of house-plots, their gardens, the everyday artifacts that make a home, in a sense of duration – time – that gives an ephemeral existence a history.
It is about the ideas that permeate a culture; thoughts half conceived, or formed but not acknowledged; it is about the history assumed and consumed, about avarice and endeavour, kindness and cruelty; about the claimed gods and those rejected, and is therefore about a spiritual domain and the nature of rationality: as much about the metaphysics, then, as of the non-too-solid earth under the feet and above the heads of those who lived on a 19th Century goldfield.
An Oak on Maiden Hill, has chapters exploring aspects of the Ballarat, Creswick, Clunes, Castlemaine, Morrisons, Percydale, and Rocklyn goldfields, as well as a large chapter devoted to the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute.
Ron Southern is an independent scholar, writer and poet. Trained as an archaeologist, in 1998 he graduated from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, with a PhD in History. His work has appeared in both academic and popular books and journals, and includes the histories, Hearts in the Wilderness and In His Arms (also for sale in the library). Presently he is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Melbourne. He lives in the small country town of Creswick, Victoria, Australia.
An Oak on Maiden Hill: An Archaeology of the Victorian goldfields, 1850-1900.
By Ron Southern
Messmate Press, Melbourne, 2005.
RRP $19.95 ($10 from each copy sold by the library will be donated to the Mechanics’ Institute)