Blackburns, The: private lives, public ambition. By Carolyn Rasmussen

Winner of the History Publication Award, 2019 Victorian Community History Awards

This award recognises the most outstanding non-fiction publication or e-book on Victorian history. 

When socialist barrister and aspiring member of parliament Maurice Blackburn met Doris Hordern, ardent feminist and campaign secretary to Vida Goldstein, neither had marriage in their imagined futures. But they fell in love-with each other as much as with their individual aspirations to change the world for the better. Theirs would be an exacting partnership as they held one another to the highest ideals. They worked as elected members of parliaments and community activists, influencing conscription laws, benefits for working men and women, atomic bomb tests, civil rights and Indigenous recognition. Together, they shook Australia.

Rasmussen’s study focuses also on the major social, political and religious movements in Victoria during the first half of the 20th century, which is the context of the Blackburn’s activism. The book is well-researched and immaculately detailed. The author had access to private documentation on which to draw, as well as personal connections with the extended family. The result is a masterly study of an important couple who dedicated their lives to the public good.

ISBN: 9780522874464

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Winner of the History Publication Award, 2019 Victorian Community History Awards

This award recognises the most outstanding non-fiction publication or e-book on Victorian history. 

When socialist barrister and aspiring member of parliament Maurice Blackburn met Doris Hordern, ardent feminist and campaign secretary to Vida Goldstein, neither had marriage in their imagined futures. But they fell in love-with each other as much as with their individual aspirations to change the world for the better. Theirs would be an exacting partnership as they held one another to the highest ideals. They worked as elected members of parliaments and community activists, influencing conscription laws, benefits for working men and women, atomic bomb tests, civil rights and Indigenous recognition. Together, they shook Australia.

Rasmussen’s study focuses also on the major social, political and religious movements in Victoria during the first half of the 20th century, which is the context of the Blackburn’s activism. The book is well-researched and immaculately detailed. The author had access to private documentation on which to draw, as well as personal connections with the extended family. The result is a masterly study of an important couple who dedicated their lives to the public good.

ISBN: 9780522874464

MUP

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Weight .780 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16 × 3 cm

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