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A golden opportunity: Mayor Smith and Melbourne’s emergence as a global city

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posted on 2018-03-01, 00:00 authored by Sarah Hayes
In the earliest decades of the settlement of Melbourne, people’s backgrounds and origins were hazy and unknown, allowing a golden opportunity to reinvent and reprise not just individual wealth and success but also, consequently, the nature of society. At the same time, Melbourne was emerging as a truly global colonial city. Within this context, John Thomas Smith was making a rapid progression from son of a convict shoemaker to middle-class mayor of Melbourne. Such dramatic social mobility was a uniquely colonial phenomenon and material culture had a vital role to play in the renegotiation of Melbourne’s middle class.

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Journal

International journal of historical archaeology

Volume

22

Issue

1

Pagination

100 - 116

Publisher

Springer

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1092-7697

eISSN

1573-7748

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Springer Science+Business Media New York

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