This new, thoroughly revised edition of Social Sketches of Australia is about the lives and times of ordinary people from 1888 to the present. Unlike more conventional histories, it uses little-known accounts ranging from regional histories to pen portraits, anecdotes and diaries. Humphrey McQueen's compelling narrative presents a mosaic of the richly varied experience of everyday life: what people wore and ate, the sorts of houses they lived in and what they learned at school. In addition, he looks at how they were affected by natural disasters as well as by disease and by working conditions in an increasingly industrialised society.The increase in car numbers brought parking meters to Melbourne in 1954 and Sydneya#39;s first parking station by 1956. ... Between 1955 and 1958, the VW a#39;beetlea#39; , with its rear engine, revealed the power of small cars by winning all but one of the round-Australia rallies. ... to buy, on the spot, probably more quickly than any other feature offered in a cara#39;, the Australian Motor Manual reported in 1958.
|Title||:||Social Sketches of Australia|
|Publisher||:||Univ. of Queensland Press - 2004|