Melbourne grew during the 19th century from its fledgling roots into a global metropolitan centre, and was home to many people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. The Martin family arrived in Melbourne in 1839 and soon established themselves at the genteel Viewbank estate near Heidelberg.
They were typical of the early, middle-class immigrants to Melbourne who brought their gentility and privilege with them to the colony. The Martins spent many years at Viewbank, and the physical remains they left behind provide a valuable case study for examining class negotiation in the colony through historical archaeology.
In this important study, material culture is used to understand the unique way in which the Martin family used gentility to establish and maintain their class position.
Sarah Hayes is a historical archaeologist who researches quality of life and social mobility in 19th-century Victoria through the lives, homes and rubbish of everyday people. She works within the Heritage and Indigeneity stream of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.
List of figures
List of tables
2. Early Melbourne and Viewbank homestead
3. People at Viewbank homestead
4. The archaeology of Viewbank homestead
5. Artefact analysis
6. Acquisition of goods
7. Daily life at Viewbank homestead
Size: 297 × 210 × 6 mm
24 b&w illustrations, 29 b&w tables, and 6 colour illustrations
Copyright: © 2014
Publication: 08 Sep 2014
Series: Studies in Australasian Historical Archaeology