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The Buxtons: 150 Years of Developing Melbourne

The Buxtons: 150 Years of Developing Melbourne

By Peter Yule

For five generations, the Buxton family has contributed to the growth of Melbourne through their real-estate and property development businesses. In The Buxtons, Peter Yule brings their story to life, tracing how this one family left a distinctive mark on Melbourne’s landscape.

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    For five generations, the Buxton family has contributed to the growth of Melbourne through their real-estate and property development businesses. They have left their mark in every epoch, from the magnificence of Rochester Terrace to the elegance of 333 Collins Street, from inner-city developments in South Melbourne in the 19th century to Docklands in the 21st, and from eastern suburban projects to fully planned communities at University Hill and Merrifields.

    The Buxtons are one of only a few families who were successful in the gold rush era and are still prominent today. They have survived and prospered through two world wars, two calamitous depressions, numerous recessions and any number of political and economic crises.

    In The Buxtons, Peter Yule brings their story to life, tracing how this one family left a distinctive mark on Melbourne’s landscape.

  • About the author

    Peter Yule is a Research Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has written widely on Australian economic, business and medical history.

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    ISBN: 9781760640088

    Published: 2019

    Format: Hardcover

  • Table of contents

    Foreward by Michael Buxton

    1. William Buckhurst and early South Melbourne

    2. John Buxton and South Melbourne in the 1870s

    3. The land boom of the 1880s

    4. The crash of the 1890s

    5. To the city, 1892 – 1929

    6. Depression and the War, 1929 – 1945

    7. The post-war boom, 1945 – 1960

    8. Unexpected challenges

    9. The end of the long boom

    10. The formation of Becton

    11. Kings of St Kilda Road

    12. Melbourne in the 1980s

    13. The biggest challenge: 333 Collins Street

    14. Last man standing: Becton and the crash of the 1990s

    15. Change all around

    16. Back to the bay

    17. MAB takes off and branches out

    18. Docklands: Australia’s largest urban renewal project

    19. Bidding for Docklands, 1997-1998

    20. NewQuay

    21. A city transformed

    22. Five generations of the development of Melbourne

    Notes
    Index
    Buxton family tree

     

     

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