The First Fleet Piano Volume One

Author: Geoffrey Lancaster
Publisher: ANU Press
ISBN: 1922144657
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During the late eighteenth century, a musical–cultural phenomenon swept the globe. The English square piano—invented in the early 1760s by an entrepreneurial German guitar maker in London—not only became an indispensable part of social life, but also inspired the creation of an expressive and scintillating repertoire. Square pianos reinforced music as life’s counterpoint, and were played by royalty, by musicians of the highest calibre and by aspiring amateurs alike. On Sunday, 13 May 1787, a square piano departed from Portsmouth on board the Sirius, the flagship of the First Fleet, bound for Botany Bay. Who made the First Fleet piano, and when was it made? Who owned it? Who played it, and who listened? What music did the instrument sound out, and within what contexts was its voice heard? What became of the First Fleet piano after its arrival on antipodean soil, and who played a part in the instrument’s subsequent history? Two extant instruments contend for the title ‘First Fleet piano’; which of these made the epic journey to Botany Bay in 1787–88? The First Fleet Piano: A Musician’s View answers these questions, and provides tantalising glimpses of social and cultural life both in Georgian England and in the early colony at Sydney Cove. The First Fleet piano is placed within the musical and social contexts for which it was created, and narratives of the individuals whose lives have been touched by the instrument are woven together into an account of the First Fleet piano’s conjunction with the forces of history. View ‘The First Fleet Piano: Volume Two Appendices’. Note: Volume 1 and 2 are sold as a set ($180 for both) and cannot be purchased separately.

The Rise of the Must See Exhibition

Author: Anna Lawrenson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317090993
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Blockbuster exhibitions are ubiquitous fixtures in the cultural calendars of major museums and galleries worldwide. The Rise of the Must-See Exhibition charts their ascent across a diverse array of museums and galleries. The book positions these exhibits in the Australian cultural context, demonstrating how policy developments and historical precedents have created a space for their current domination. Drawing on historical evidence, policy documents and contemporary debates, the book offers a complex analysis of the aims and motivations of blockbuster exhibitions. Its chronological approach reveals a genealogy of exhibits from the mid-nineteenth century onward to identify precursors to current practice. This provides a foundation upon which to examine the unprecedented growth of blockbusters in the latter half of the twentieth century. The examples discussed offer a unique opportunity to study how institutional growth, political support, individual champions and audience interest have influenced the development of large-scale temporary exhibitions. The Rise of the Must-See Exhibition considers blockbusters as an international phenomenon and, as such, is highly relevant to practitioners working across the cultural sector around the world. The book will also appeal to academics and students engaged in the study of museums and galleries, arts management and curating, as well as those interested in the history of exhibitions and cultural policy.


Author: Kristin Otto
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 1921776862
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An original and intriguing history of Melbourne at the tumultuous start of the twentieth century, illustrated throughout with contemporary drawings and photos. In 1901, as the world hurtled into a new era, this overgrown village oversaw not only the birth of modern Australia, but many of the wider changes sweeping the world at large.

The Life Art and Religious Iconography of David Wright

Author: Peter French
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443887846
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This book showcases the contribution Australian contemporary glass artist David Wright has made to Australian art and international glassmaking. From 1970 until 2014, David Wright produced hundreds of high quality art glass windows for Australian public, private and sacred spaces, including significant national churches, chapels, and synagogues, yet little scholarly research on the artist and his place in Australian art history exists. Including the first catalogue raisonné ever produced on the artist, combined with a close examination of his opus, his influences, manufacturing methods and personal history, this book demonstrates for the first time the extraordinary contribution David Wright made to Australian art and contemporary glassmaking.

Australia s Empire

Author: Deryck Marshall Schreuder
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199273731
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Australia's Empire is the first collaborative evaluation of Australia's imperial experience in more than a generation. Bringing together poltical, cultural, and aboriginal understandings of the past, it argues that the legacies of empire continue to influence the fabric of modern Australian society.


Author: Anne Gray
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Featuring some 70 works many of which had not been previously published covering the last decade of Frederick's McCubbin's life, this publication looks at a key period in the development of his art.

Building the Collection

Author: National Gallery of Australia
Publisher: University of Washington Press
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On 12 October 1982 the nation's new cultural flagship on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, opened to the public. The collection seemed to have been born in full form. In the short period between the late 1960s, when the National Gallery project received the go-ahead from government, and its opening in 1982 the national collection of art took shape. Twenty years on, this book of essays tells how the various collections which make up the national collection came into being - and the ways in which these collections continue to evolve. Time enough to be able to tap first-hand accounts and to source valuable documentation before it disappears into archival oblivion.