Through the Eyes of a Child : A Street in Carlton 1939-45Des 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.
Paintings & Commentary by Des Norman
The Troublesome American : The story of Charles Ferguson, foreman on the Burke and Wills ExpeditionThis 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 : 1891 and 2008Why 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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No. 1, April 2016 No. 2, July 2016 Sport and Recreation in Carlton No. 3, October 2016 Trams in Carlton No. 4, January 2017 Jewish Carlton No. 5, April 2017 Crime in Carlton No. 6, August 2017 Hotels in Carlton No. 7, November 2017 The Anti-Conscription Campaign of 1917 No. 8, February 2018 Carlton's Forgotten Railway Line
The Mystery Man of Dorrit StreetThe 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 TimesIn 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
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 MoriniereThe 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 StreetThe 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 CarltonThe 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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