Tourist leaflet 'Melbourne Garden City of a Garden State' issued by the Victorian Railways Commissioners, and printed by the Victorian Railways Printers, July 1933.

Physical Description

Single page, fold out leaflet in sepia tones. The leaflet has both printed text and photographic images. On the front is a photographic image of the Melbourne skyline and on the back face is a list of events fot 'The Melbourne Social Season'.


This and other tourism documents reflect notions of Victorian and Melburnian identity in the period before and after World War I. They provide an idealized view which emphasizes the majesty of government buildings, bustling but clean streets well-serviced by transport, orderly public gardens, industry (at a safe distance), private schools, popular events such as regattas and horse races, and trips to the 'wilderness' enjoyed by respectably attired people. These selections reflect a sense of economic well-being, social order and control of the environment, and an aesthetic ideal rooted in orderly, symmetrical and repetitive forms.

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