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Book's front cover features George Hotel and Grey Street c 1880s
State Library of Victoria. Photographer JW Lindt



St Kilda 1841–1900: Movers and Shakers and Money-makers

Work on Movers Shakers and Money Makers is now complete with a book written by Carmel McKenzie to be published in mid 2023. 

We believe this work on the 19C period of St Kilda surpasses the work done by John Butler Cooper In V1 'The History of St Kilda.'  Carmel's book provides us with a fascinating history of the city's development alongside an understanding of the human history and therefore sits nicely alongside the final volume of the history of St Kilda done by Anne Longmire. Carmel's fascinating history covers many topical issues including the living conditions and treatment of the Indigenous people of the area: the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan, the lot of women generally and in particular the disadvantage suffered by domestic workers. It also covers the lives of the very many barristers and politicians living in St Kilda at a time of great bounty, who variously created the foundation of Victoria's political and legal system.

Carmel has maintained the highest standards in both her dedication to the authenticity of the history and the production values of the final book.  Grants from the City of Port Phillip’s Cultural Development Fund and the St Kilda Historical Society have been instrumental in bringing this beautiful  hardcover book to fruition. No mean feat with 185 high quality images adding immeasurably to the visual appeal of the book (many of these not previously open for people to view)  9 pages of carefully referenced research end notes and a valuable bibliography spanning more than 250 works.

Members will be advised, directly, of further information about the launch of the book.