Friday, 5 September 2008

RHSV Lecture - Summer in the Hills

Speaker: Andrea Inglis
When: Tuesday 9 September
Where: RHSV - 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Time: 5.15 pm coffee/tea 5.45 pm
LectureCost: Members Free Non Members $5.50

Australia’s colonial gentry found it fashionable to summer in the hills. Mountain resorts at Mount Macedon in Victoria, at Toowoomba in Queensland and in the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands of New South Wales and the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, offered a cooler climate, curative mountain air, exotic gardens and a place for high society to gather.

Andrea Inglis takes a close look at these antipodean hill stations, which had their Imperial or Anglo-Indian antecedents and yet a character of their own. She opens a window on a style of life that was distinctive in its aesthetics and its ideas about health and the Australian bush.

Andrea Inglis is an historian with an interest in Australian social history, in particular the recreation and leisure pursuits of colonists in the nineteenth century. She has a Doctorate in history from the University of Melbourne and is the author of Beside the Seaside, a history of the early seaside resorts of Victoria, published in 1999 and Summer in the Hills: The Nineteenth-Century Mountain Resort in Australia published in 2008. Andrea has been a teacher and currently works in educational research.

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