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The making of Victoria: From Sullivan Bay to the Gold Boom

Mar 20th, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

The discovery of gold in Victoria in the 1850s brought people from across the world, pushing the newly formed colony to develop rapidly, throwing some curious characters into the spot light, and ultimately shaping Victoria to this day. In this article, Dr Nick Gordon looks at the history of Victoria,...

A potted history of the Rhine and its art

Dec 18th, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

The Rhine is home to an exceptional number of museums, castles, gardens and beautiful architecture, from Charlemagne’s Aachen, through the cathedrals of Strasbourg and Cologne, to modern masterpieces, themselves often filled with…well… more masterpieces. The density of cultural heritage along the Rhine is the result of a fascinating history that...

Venice Film Festival 2019 line-up announced!

Jul 26th, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

In late July every year, the world of cinema is abuzz with speculation. Announcements about what will premiere at the Venice Film Festival are seen as an indication of who and what will make a splash at the Academy Awards early the following year. Here is the full line-up of...

Preview: The 2019 Venice Biennale

May 3rd, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

The Biennale is monumental - this year 90 countries from around the world will be exhibiting along with 21 official collateral exhibitions, which are staged by public or not-for-profit galleries. On top of this, private art foundations will be displaying their wares around the city, bringing the total number of...

Yarra Valley to Bendigo – in photos

Apr 3rd, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

Do you remember that ad that Victorian Tourism used to run before every film at independent cinemas? “You’ll love every piece of Victoria” was a marketing campaign that spoke to something observable about Victoria. It is a relatively small state, with diverse landscapes packed in between relatively short driving distances,...

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