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A History of European Housing in Australia by Patrick (Australian National University, Canberra) Troy


A History of European Housing in Australia by Patrick (Australian National University, Canberra) Troy

This collection of essays, first published in 2000, was the first systematic attempt to explain the social, administrative, technical and cultural history of 'European' housing in Australia. Written by a collaborative team of scholars from a wide range of disciplines, it explains how Australian housing has evolved from the ideas brought by the first settlers, and what makes Australian housing distinctive in social terms. This book covers a broad range of topics including the ways in which houses reflect social values and aspirations, the relationship between houses and gardens, the home as a site of domestic production and consumption, and an exploration of how housing provides the basis for developing a sense of community. The book will be invaluable for students of urban affairs and those engaged in housing and the design professions, as well as policy-makers and analysts in the public and private sectors.


This is an important collection that will be useful for scholars of Australian housing, and indeed of the country itself, as housing is one of the human needs, if not rights.

H-Net Reviews Jan 2002

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22nd June 2000


Patrick (Australian National University, Canberra) Troy

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340 pages


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