A recent review by Dr Andrew May of Young People and the Shaping of Public Space in Melbourne, 1870-1914, by Simon Sleight, gives generous recognition of the role played by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria in providing resources for researchers, both in our collections and in our contribution in holding conferences and publishing research.
Sleight's book was launched at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria headquarters in A'Beckett Street, in 2013.
There was a certain appropriateness in the choice of venue for the launch of Sleight’s Young People and the Shaping of Public Space in Melbourne – not only does the Royal Historical Society of Victoria hold a treasured collection of historical materials dating from the infant origins of the city (a collection which Sleight himself has usefully mined in his research for the book), but also because a line might be drawn back from this recent contribution on the youthscapes of colonial Melbourne to the biennial conference of the RHSV in 1979, the International Year of the Child. Collected papers from that event were published in 1981 as The Colonial Child, with contributions from historians including Ken Inglis, Chris McConville and June Factor.
See the full book review here.
We can't help you with copies of Simon Sleight's book, but we do have a few remaining copies of The Colonial Child, referred to by Dr May. Only $5 plus postage! Just call in to our headquarters, 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 9326 9288.