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A Place to Remember : A History of the Shrine of Remembrance - Bruce Scates

A Place to Remember

A History of the Shrine of Remembrance

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Published: 4th November 2009
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On the 11th of November 1934 over 300,000 people gathered on the slopes of Melbourne's Domain to witness the dedication of the Shrine.

It was the largest state war memorial Australia would build and it commemorated the sacrifice of no fewer than 114,000 Victorians who served in the Great War.

A Place to Remember charts the Shrine's history from the first fatalities of the Gallipoli landing to the present day.

With deft hand and luminous style, Bruce Scates masterfully situates the Shrine in its larger physical, cultural and historical landscape. Archival image and first person vignette mesh with vivid prose to reveal The Shrine then and now.

Its changing patterns of meaning through the many conflicts in which Australians have fought and died and the enduring significance of this grand memorial in the heart of Melbourne, for generations to come.

About the Author

Bruce Scates is Professor of History and Australian Studies at Monash University, and Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies.

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First Class and Historical

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  • Broad Appeal
  • Continually Relevant
  • Deeply Informative
  • Easy To Understand
  • Groundbreaking Research
  • Unique Interpretation
  • Well Written

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    Comments about A Place to Remember:

    A great historical view of a incredible location and building. With a comprehensive but concise perspective and a plethora of black & white and colour photos and graphics, this text is a all round winner. Buy for yourself and for others. Enrich their lives. All Australians should own a copy.

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    A SOBERING AND ENLIGHTENING BOOK

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    i HOPE THAT MY GRANDSON BENEFITS BY HAVING THIS IN THE HOME.

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    'Energetic research applied to an unusually wide range of questions about the making of an institution; scrupulous and imaginative scholarship; due respect and exemplary candour. This book has the pleasures of both familiarity and unfamiliarity. Visually, too, it's a treat with rich and well captioned illustrations woven into the eloquent text. An admirable achievement.' Ken Inglis, Australian National University and author of Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape

    Forward vii
    List of Illustrations x
    Note on money, measurement and terminology xvi
    List of abbreviations xvii
    Acknowledgements xix
    Introduction p. 1
    1. Monumental errors: debating Victoria's Shrine p. 15
    2. Founding memory: seizing a place in the city p. 63
    3. Raising up an icon: the making of a memorial p. 95
    4. Shifting ground: the contested landscapes of the Shrine   p.146
    5. 'The heart of Melbourne': journeys to the Shrine p.195
    Epilogue p.253
    Appendix p.258
    Notes p.260
    Bibliography p.292
    Index p.301

    ISBN: 9780521129077
    ISBN-10: 0521129079
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 307
    Published: 4th November 2009
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Dimensions (cm): 25.8 x 25.9  x 3.7
    Weight (kg): 1.629