• Charles Nettleton, Observatory, c. 1871, albumen silver photograph 24 x 36.1 cm (sight). The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1994, the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund 1994.0050

    Charles Nettleton, Fitzroy Gardens, Victoria, c. 1875, albumen silver photograph, 12.9 x 18.4 cm (sheet). The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1993, the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund 1993.0041

  • Thursday talks: Far-famed city of Melbourne

    Curator floor talk

    Thursday 11 Apr 2013, 1.00- 1.30pm
    Dr Chris McAuliffe

    Curator Chris McAuliffe will discuss the historical and contemporary images of Melbourne in this exhibition.

    The new city of Melbourne excited global interest in the second half of the nineteenth century. Numerous authors, many writing for a curious audience in Europe, described the urban environment and settler society of the 'far-famed city of Melbourne' as capital of the 'British El Dorado'.

    Today, Melbourne is far-famed as among the most 'liveable' cities in the world but artists present a dark, melancholy city threatened by over-development, haunted by memories of colonial occupation, and uncertain of its future.

    Please RSVP by clicking orange box above.

    More about the exhibition here.


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