Bluestone and the City: Writing an Emotional History

Stephanie Trigg


Melbourne’s relationship with bluestone is a passionate one. The city is built at the edge of one of the largest volcanic basalt plains in the world, so there has always been a steady supply of this heavy, dark stone for buildings, foundations, kerbs and laneways. This essay introduces a new research project: an affective, emotional history of Melbourne’s changing relationship with bluestone, from convict labor to contemporary heritage culture. It takes Pentridge Prison and the murder of John Price, Inspector General of Prisons, in 1857, as a case study.


melbourne; history of emotions; urban history; bluestone

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