Monday, 17 February 2014

Observations on the upper classes in Melbourne, 1924-74

Collins Street showing the entrance to the Block Arcade, circa 1913. State Library of Victoria collection No H89.106/13


 RHSV Lecture  -   Tuesday 18 February 2014, 5:15 PM

Distinguished Melbourne historian Paul de Serville will launch the 2014 season of evening
monthly lectures and will speak to the RHSV on ‘Observations on the upper classes in Melbourne, 1924-74’.

Paul de Serville is recognised as an authority on colonial Society, notably in the Port Phillip District and Victoria. His first book, Port Phillip Gentlemen (Oxford University Press 1980), was itself a pioneering study, described at the time as ‘a study of a neglected class and a neglected period in Australian history: the gentlemen colonists of Port Phillip and the society that they created in Melbourne before the gold rushes’.

He followed with a sequel, Pounds and Pedigrees: the Upper Class in Victoria 1850-80 (OUP 1991) – the upper class being described as ‘a mixed bag in terms of origin and upbringing.’

Paul de Serville has the degree of Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne and has published several subsequent works of history including histories of the Australian Club in Melbourne and the Weld Club in Perth and of the Riverina station Tubbo. His biography Rolf Boldrewood: a Life was published by Melbourne University Press in 2000. He most recently published The Athenauem Club: a New History of the Early Years. Many of his works include detailed lists and genealogical information that have been widely appreciated by other researchers. Paul de Serville has written for the Victorian Historical Journal and has contributed a dozen entries to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.



Cost: Members Free, Non-Members $10


Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne

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