Book: The Invention of Melbourne

Book: The Invention of Melbourne

The origin story of Melbourne's Gothic churches.

The Invention of Melbourne defines the relationship between an architect of genius, William Wardell, and the first Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, James Goold, an Irishman educated in Risorgimento, Italy. Their partnership produced St Patrick's, the largest cathedral of the 19th century anywhere in the world, and some thirteen churches, decorated with hundreds of Baroque paintings. These ambitious policies coincided with the Gold Rush, which contributed financially to their success. The contribution made by Wardell and Goold to the built environment of Melbourne remains significant. Together, they actively and creatively shaped the city that became a major international metropolis.

Jaynie Anderson is professor emeritus in art history at the University of Melbourne. In 1970 she was the first woman Rhodes Fellow at Oxford, where she lectured until 1991. She was Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne from 1997 to 2014, and from 2008 to 2012 was president of the International Committee for Art History. In 2015 she received a knighthood from the President of the Republic of Italy for her distinguished research on Venetian Renaissance art.

Max Vodola is a priest of the archdiocese of Melbourne and lecturer in church history at Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne (University of Divinity). He is Chairman of the Melbourne Diocesan Historical Commission.


328 pages

Dimensions: 25,6cm x 19.8cm x 3cm


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