Canvas Documentaries: Panoramic Entertainments in Nineteenth-Century Australia and New Zealand

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Moving panorama and diorama pictures came to Australia and New Zealand during the gold rush of the 1850s and 1860s, when entrepreneurs brought great lengths of canvas from Britain and America depicting battles and journeys from England to India and Australia; local artists soon followed suit. This in-depth look at the Australian panorama industry illustrates the influence of British and American popular culture in Australia and New Zealand, and provides fresh insight into the largely ignored visual and cultural ...
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Overview

Moving panorama and diorama pictures came to Australia and New Zealand during the gold rush of the 1850s and 1860s, when entrepreneurs brought great lengths of canvas from Britain and America depicting battles and journeys from England to India and Australia; local artists soon followed suit. This in-depth look at the Australian panorama industry illustrates the influence of British and American popular culture in Australia and New Zealand, and provides fresh insight into the largely ignored visual and cultural influences that helped form the colonial experience.

Author Biography: Mimi Colligan, who holds a PhD in history, is an honorary research associate in the department of social inquiry at Monash University in Victoria, Australia.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780522850192
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Picture Show Terminology
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Grand Tours for a Shilling: The English background 5
2 Moving Panoramas: Presenting the world and local exploits 41
3 Panorama Business: Far-off battles and armchair travel 67
4 Across the Stage: Moving panoramas in Australian theatre 97
5 Vesuvius in Melbourne: Outdoor modelled panoramas and fireworks 123
6 Pompeii in Australia: Pain's pyrotechnics and modelled panoramas 141
7 At the Battles: Cycloramas in Australia 157
8 Exhibiting Old Melbourne: The cyclorama of early Melbourne 187
9 Around the Country: The intercolonial cyclorama circuit 197
10 On the Move: The decline of panoramic picture shows 207
List of Illustrations 219
Notes 225
Select Bibliography 236
Index 241
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