Frank Bongiorno reviews 'City Life: The new urban Australia' by Seamus O’Hanlon

Frank Bongiorno reviews 'City Life: The new urban Australia' by Seamus O’Hanlon

City Life: The new urban Australia

by Seamus O’Hanlon

NewSouth, $34.99 pb, 241 pp, 9781742235615

Afew years ago, while taking a tram through Melbourne’s inner-northern suburbs, I decided to visit the Northcote factory – an industrial laundry – where my father worked as a storeman between 1973 and 1982. Or rather, I thought I’d check to see whether the business was still there, for I hadn’t been anywhere near the place in the more than thirty years since his death.

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Frank Bongiorno

Frank Bongiorno

Frank Bongiorno teaches at the Australian National University, where he is Head of the School of History. His most recent book is The Eighties: The decade That transformed Australia (Black Inc., 2015) and he is co-editor, with Benjamin T. Jones and John Uhr, of Elections Matter: Ten federal elections that shaped Australia (Monash University Publishing, 2018).

Published in October 2018, no. 405

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