Thu 02 Mar 2017
History is now. It defines our national identity and relations in our everyday lives. Six historians from La Trobe University present their research on Australia’s iconic moments from the Gold Rush to ANZAC. In rewriting history they bring change into the present.
Living the Vida Lola: the life and times of Lola Montez
Thu 02 Mar 2017Lola Montez – virago of the Victorian goldfields, lover and horsewhipper of men, saucy dancer par excellance. These are but some of the ways we have come to know the most infamous woman of the gold rush era. But political advisor to kings? Maverick democrat? Public speaker? Can we add these strings to her flamboyant bow? And if there is more to the story than meets the eye, what might these omissions from the conventional historical narrative hav ...
How the Gold Rush shaped our relationship to stuff
Thu 09 Mar 2017Why are we are so attached to our stuff? What meaning lies behind the things we buy? This session traces our obsession with things back to the Gold Rush era (1851-1880). The discovery of gold in Victoria brought to Melbourne new wealth, unprecedented access to a global network of consumer goods and great opportunities for social mobility. What people bought served a vital role in carving out their new position and a better life in a new city. Arc ...