Carlton Community History Group

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The Stockade

The Stockade : Carlton's Forgotten Prison and the People Who Inhabited It
Jeff Atkinson

One hundred and fifty years ago, the site of what is now the Carlton North Primary School was a prison a low security gaol for petty offenders. Known as the Collingwood Stockade (the name 'Carlton' was not yet in use) it opened in 1853 and operated for 13 years until 1866, when it became an asylum for the insane, and later a school. This book tells the story of the Collingwood Stockade and the people who inhabited it individuals who served their sentences there breaking up stones for 'road metal', warders, some of whom gained a notorious reputation, and the Superintendents who ran the place. The book resurrects a long forgotten aspect of Carlton's past and gives a vivid picture of the penal system in Victoria at the time of the gold rush.
Carlton Girls

Carlton Girls Born and Bred : The Story of Ruth Bailey ... and Her Mother ... and Her Grandmother ... and Her Daughters
Margaret Rich

Ruth Blackburn's childhood home was a stone's throw from the Carlton Gardens. Born in 1941, she had an Anglo-Australian home life typical of the times while revelling in the cultural mix provided by her primary school, a mix ranging from newly-arrived Jewish refugees to established Chinese families from Little Bourke Street. Far from experiencing the helicopter parenting of today, she roamed freely around Carlton and into the city. Later, now Ruth Bailey, she moved into the Palmerston Street house which had been her grandparents' home and where she was to live for the rest of her life. As a young mother she sat on the veranda while bulldozers consumed the adjacent "slums", an area of historic streets, shops, pubs and terrace housing deemed no longer fit for human habitation, in order to replace them with high rise flats. From her memories, recorded in 2010 for the Carlton Community History Group, there emerges a colourful personality with impressive powers of recall who paints a vivid picture of the evolving Carlton she loved so much.
Through the Eyes of a Child

Through the Eyes of a Child : A Street in Carlton 1939-45
Paintings & Commentary by Des Norman

Des Norman (1930-2015) has been a noted artist and educator in Melbourne for over five decades. As a painter of narrative subjects, he has examined many aspects of Australian life. In this work he has returned to his childhood in World War 2 Dorrit Street Carlton, to recover and share a particularly formative Australian experience.
Walking along Rathdowne Street

Walking along Rathdowne Street : 100 years of shopping, services and stories in North Carlton
Margaret Rich

Walking along Rathdowne Street examines the changing use of the shops and some other buildings in Rathdowne Street, North Carlton, between Princes Street and Park Street, from the early 1870s. This study traces the gradual change from a vibrant shopping strip supplying the everyday needs of people who lived nearby, through the commercial doldrums of the mid 20th century and into the gentrification phase which has resulted in the Rathdowne Street of today. Stories of the lives of some of the shopkeepers are included. The study is organised by street number and a profile of some 150 buildings is provided.
John King

John King : The story of the only member of the Burke and Wills expedition to cross Australia from south to north and return to Melboure alive
Marian Turnbull

In the Melbourne General Cemetery in Carlton lie the graves of Burke, Wills and King the three explorers who successfully completed the crossing of the continent from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1861. But John King was the only one to return alive. This book tells the story of his childhood in Ireland during the famine, his career as a soldier in the Indian Mutiny, and the meeting which brought him to Melbourne and the role as assistant in the Burke and Wills Expedition. Courageous and resourceful, he survived the disagreements, disasters and privations of the journey to the Gulf, and was found in 1861 by a relief party, ragged and emaciated, living with the Yandruwandha Aborigines near Cooper's Creek. He was feted like a celebrity on his return to Melbourne, but he never recoverd his health.
Charles Ferguson

The Troublesome American : The story of Charles Ferguson, foreman on the Burke and Wills Expedition
Jeff Atkinson

This book was published to mark the 150th anniversary of the Burke and Wills Expedition, which started and ended in Carlton. It was from Royal Park that it departed - and it is in the Melbourne General Cemetery in Carlton that the remains of both Burke and Wills and the sole survivor John King lie. The book focuses on one member of the expedition, a controversial one who also happened to be American. At the time of the gold rushes in the mid nineteenth century there were several thousand Americans in Australia, most of them on the Victorian goldfields. But few were involved in more historic events than Charles Ferguson of Aurora County, Ohio, the subject of this book, who as a young man was personally involved in both the Eureka Stockade and the Burke and Wills Expedition. This book focuses primarily on the latter, and tells the story of Ferguson's role as foreman for the expedition, his difficult relationship with the expedition's leader, Robert O'Hara Burke, and the controversy that he stirred up when he returned to Melbourne after being sacked by Bourke.
Some Women of Davis Street

Some Women of Davis Street : 1891 and 2008
Judith Biddington

Why Women of Davis Street? A chapter in They Are But Women : the Road to Female Suffrage in Victoria looked at some women who lived in Davis Street and who signed a 'monster' petition in 1891 calling on the Victorian Government to grant votes to women. Women were finally granted the right to vote in 1908. So in 2008 it seemed appropriate to talk with women currently living in Davis Street and examine their attitude to the achievement of that goal. This booklet uses, and gratefully acknowledges material from They Are But Women, about the lives of some women who signed the petition and then explores the perceptions of current residents of the street about the effects of that right. It also raises the question of when we should celebrate the centenary of the granting of that right. It was November 1908 when the legislation was passed, March 1909 when it was granted Royal Assent and gazetted, yet it was not until the election of 1911 when women could first exercise that right.

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The Stockade$8 per book$6 for 1-3 books (multiple copies or mixed titles)Contact us
Carlton Girls Born and Bred$7 per book$6 for 1-3 books (multiple copies or mixed titles)Contact us
Through the Eyes of a Child : A Street in Carlton 1939-45$20 per book$6 for 1-3 books (multiple copies or mixed titles)Contact us
Walking Along Rathdowne Street$10 per book$6 for 1-3 books (multiple copies or mixed titles)Contact us
John King$5 per booklet$6 for 1-3 booklets (multiple copies or mixed titles)Contact us
The Troublesome American$5 per booklet$6 for 1-3 booklets (multiple copies or mixed titles)Contact us
Some Women of Davis Street$5 per booklet$6 for 1-3 booklets (multiple copies or mixed titles)Contact us

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CCHG Newsletter

No. 1, April 2016
No. 2, July 2016Sport and Recreation in Carlton
No. 3, October 2016Trams in Carlton
No. 4, January 2017Jewish Carlton
No. 5, April 2017Crime in Carlton
No. 6, August 2017Hotels in Carlton
No. 7, November 2017The Anti-Conscription Campaign of 1917
No. 8, February 2018Carlton's Forgotten Railway Line

The Mystery Man of Dorrit Street

The artist Des Norman, who died on 13 September 2015, grew up in a small street in Carlton, where everyone knew each other by name. But there was one man who remained a mystery to most of the residents of Dorrit Street. As painted by Des Norman, the mystery man appeared well dressed in an overcoat and bowler hat, he was slightly stooped and he walked with a stick. Des recalled that the man lived on the east side of Dorrit Street, towards Grattan Street, and he thought that he was an exile from his homeland.

Des Norman's painting has inspired a line of research to discover the identity of the mystery man. The story begins with his birth in France, followed by migration to New Caledonia, then across the sea to Sydney, overland to the goldfields of Kalgoorlie, by ship again to Launceston in Tasmania and finally to Dorrit Street in Carlton. Along the way, the mystery man works as a cook and café proprietor, he is involved in crime (both as victim and alleged perpetrator), he gets married (at least twice) and divorced, and he ends up buried in an unmarked grave in Melbourne General Cemetery.

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Lucie Moy Ling : A Woman of Her Times
Susan Crowe

In Melbourne on 13 April 1874, in the Year of the Dog, a baby girl was born to James and Kim Moy Ling. Little did her parents know that their daughter, Lucie Sophia Kim Oie, would live for more than a hundred years and bear witness to times of great political, economic and social change. Lucie grew up in a loving family and was well respected by the Methodist Church community, yet she was declared an alien in the country of her birth. As a teacher in the Victorian Education Department, she was denied the same employment and retirement entitlements as her male counterparts. On a personal level, she knew the joy of being a wife and mother and also the pain of losing loved ones. This is her story.

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For King and Country : Benjamin Moy Ling
Susan Crowe

With the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914, young men from all over Australia answered the call to fight for king and country. But for Benjamin (Ben) Moy Ling, Australian born and the son of a Methodist minister, the path to war service was not an easy one. Ben made several attempts to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). However, he was rejected as unfit on the grounds that he was "not substantially of European origin & descent". Ben was finally successful in enlisting on 4 May 1917, when the embargo on his non-European origin was lifted. He was quoted as saying: "If Australia is good enough to live in, it is good enough to fight for. I hope to live in it again after the war".

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The Cuisinier From Brittany : François Moriniere
Susan Crowe

The death of Eleanor Isabelle Jessie Moriniere in 1918 marked the end of an era for land ownership in Carlton. Her father, François Moriniere, was the original owner of a crown allotment running from Station Street through to Nicholson Street, south of Princes Street. The land, together with five houses, a shop and a factory building, stayed in the Moriniere family for more than 50 years.

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The Scarlett Woman of Pitt Street
Susan Crowe

The story of Ada Scarlett, actress and publican of the Football Club Hotel in Pitt Street Carlton.

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A Tale of Two Terraces : Rathdowne Terrace Carlton
Susan Crowe

The story of two terraces - one a narrow laneway of small cottages and the other an opulent terrace of two-storey houses - that shared the same name "Rathdowne Terrace". This article explores the origins and history of the two terraces, who built them, who owned them and who lived there.

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