Viewbank Homestead (PhD Research)


PhD research undertaken on the material culture of the Martins, a wealthy middle-class family in nineteenth-century Melbourne. The artefact assemblage used for this research was recovered by Heritage Victoria between 1996 and 1999 from the site of Viewbank homestead, in Heidelberg, Melbourne. Viewbank was home to Dr Robert and Mrs Lucy Martin and their six children from 1844 to 1874. In analysing the assemblage, this PhD is particularly concerned with the close relationship between material culture and the idea of gentility, which played a vital role in determining various aspects of the lives of the middle class, including their identities, values and behaviours, daily lives, social customs and consumer choices.

Cite this Record

Viewbank Homestead (PhD Research). ( tDAR id: 407150) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8BP04VS

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Spatial Coverage

min long: 145.075; min lat: -37.76 ; max long: 145.103; max lat: -37.734 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Principal Investigator(s): Sarah Hayes

Collaborator(s): La Trobe University

Repository(s): Heritage Victoria

Record Identifiers

TDAR ID(s): 6976


Source Collections

Heritage Victoria Conservation Laboratory

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  • Dataset (1)


  1. Viewbank Artefact dataset (2008)