The Memorial History of Melbourne


This transcription is of a book written by Isaac Selby and funded by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Published in 1924, Lecturer and Historian Selby relates the history of Melbourne using the Old Melbourne Cemetery as a lead-in to people and events that shaped that city from its inception up to 1924. The book contains much information about the founder of Melbourne John Batman and dispels the claims of others who, even today, claim otherwise. He commends the growth of charitable institutions, the arts, free education, science and industry. He comments on the creation of the eight hour working day and the white Australia Policy. There is a chapter relating to the early history of the suburbs.

Throughout the story he continually refers to the efforts, skills and qualities of Batman. He led a lobby for the erection of a statue of John Batman and campaigned vigorously against the relocation of the Old Melbourne Cemetery.

Excellent reading for those interested in authentic Melbourne history.

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