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1968 From the Vietnam War to Vietnamese Immigration: Melbourne‚Äôs Long ‚ÄúSixties‚Äù
January 1, 1970 @ 12:00 am
The significance and meanings of notable dates, eras and events are both highly historically-contested and geographically-specific. They are also often intensely personal. While the focus of most of the papers in this symposium is political – the ‚Äòevents‚Äô of 1968 and the legacies of the protest movements of the 1960s in Australia and elsewhere – my introductory paper takes a more social and cultural approach to exploring the various meanings and legacies of ‚Äòthe Sixties‚Äô.
It does so by documenting a range of issues and events from the ‚Äòlong-1960s‚Äô in Melbourne and speculates on their on-going effects on the city and Australian society more generally in the decades since.
Seamus O‚ÄôHanlon teaches contemporary and urban history at Monash University. His latest book is City Life: the new urban Australia, which has just been published by NewSouth.