Melbourne: Thomas Nelson, 1976. First Edition thus. Three volumes (Who`s Master? Who`s Man? / Life in the Country / Life in the Cities) in full-colour illustrated Box. Melbourne: Thomas Nelson, 1976. Vol. 1: 304 pages, Vol. 2: 320 pages, Vol. 3: 320 pages. Each volume: 27 x 19.5. cm; Box 28.2 x 19.7 x 10.6 cm. Each vol. profusely illustrated in black and white line, tone and photographs selected from contemporary published sources for their historical or social relevance. All volumes with full-colour dust jackets, vols. bound in grey cloth and printed boards. This is a heavy item and will require additional postage. As new. Item #867
Who`s Master? Who`s Man?, the first volume in this set, sets the pattern for the series, providing what Michael Cannon described as a skeleton of historical framework to lend continuity to the story. Cannon’s journalistic bent was towards entertaining and often fascinating narratives underpinned by exhaustive research. The books were written with the assistance of a grant from the Commonwealth Literary Fund. Who`s Master? Who`s Man?, which presents the minutiae of colonial life, won the first Barbara Ramsden Award in 1972, and an Australian Book Publishers Association Book Design Award. Its sections are: Introduction; The Foundation of Cities; New Chums and Others; Terrors and Triumphs of the Gold Rush; and Coloured Immigrants; followed by Notes, Bibliography, Sources of Illustrations and Index.
Life in the Country examines the nature of the Australian rural dream, and rich and poor in the pastoral industry. Its sections are: Introduction; The Land Takers; How the Early Squatters Lived; How the Station Hands Lived; Eliminating the Native Inhabitants; Itinerant Workers; The Cattleman’s Life; Who should Own the Land?; How the Selectors Lived; Rise and Fall of the Wool Kings; Transport and Communications; Changes in the Environment; Development of Country Towns; Recreations and Amusements; The Crisis of the 1890s; Conclusion, and Abbreviations, Conversion Tables, Notes, Bibliography, Sources of Illustrations and Index.
Life in the Cities focuses on social changes in the cities of the high Victoria era. Its sections are: Growth, Shape and Life of Australian Cities; Communications and the New Suburbs; The Triumph of Science; Public Health; How the Middle Class Lived; How the Working Class Lived; and Abbreviations, Conversion Tables, Notes, Bibliography, Sources of Illustrations and Index.
Michael Cannon, born in Brisbane in 1929, was a prolific journalist and author of many books, essays and articles. His best-known books include The Landboomers, The Vagabond Papers, The Australasian Sketcher 1880, and Australia in the Victorian Age. The mother of Michael Cannon was the daughter of the noted Melbourne-born journalist Montague (‘Monty’) Grover (1870-1943); Montague’s English father was an old Etonian and in Australia a gold escort officer.