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Main Title: The iron house : Jane Cannan and the rush to Melbourne / Crescy Cannan. Book Cover
Author: Cannan, Crescy, 1947-
Imprint: Devon, United Kingdom Bugloss Publishing, 2013.
Collation: xiv, 185 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsims, notes, bib., index, pbk ; 24 cm.
Summary: Jane Cannan's delicate sketches of mid-nineteenth century houses are collected in Australia's National Library and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, but who was she? From a cosmopolitan background, and growing up in England's literary Lake District, Jane escaped a tedious life of provincial spinsterhood by marrying a younger Scotsman with a posting to Australia. His firm, Morewood and Rogers, was one of several exporting ingenious prefabricated iron buildings to Britain's colonies. Jane's lively letters describe her journey to Melbourne by sailing ship, her reactions to seeing a city grow amid the turbulence of the gold-rush, the pressure on young men from 'distressed' middle-class backgrounds to make their fortunes in boom and bust times, and her experience of life in a tiny corrugated iron house.
Subject: Cannan, Jane Dorothea, (nee Claude)
Art and artists
Nineteenth (19th) century
Melbourne [Naarm] (Vic.) (Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country)
ISBN: 9780957404601 (paperback)
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 741 CAN CAN Available