This collection of essays is 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 it explains how Australian housing has evolved from the ideas brought by the first settlers, and what makes Australian housing distinctive in social terms. 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.
1. Homeland origins of the Australian house Graeme Davison; 2. The introduction of order Susan Marsden; 3. Making do Miles Lewis; 4. Necessity the mother of invention, or, Do-It-Yourself Tony Dingle; 5. The industry time forgot Glenn Mitchell; 6. Embracing the new: a tale of two rooms Kimberley Webber; 7. The nesting instinct - or making oneself comfortable (or more rooms than persons) Nicholas Brown; 8. Planning, housing, gardening: home as a garden suburb Robert Freestone; 9. The household production of subsistence goods: the urban peasant thesis reassessed Pat Mullins and Chris Kynaston; 10. In Her Master's house and garden Katie Holmes; 11. Connections Lionel Frost; 12. The comfortable house: responding to the Australian environment Graham Holland; 13. Project homes or homes-as-project: fashion and utility in twentieth-century Australia Alastair Greig; 14. Housing for European Australians: paying for it all David Merrett; 15. Home ownership and the illusion of egalitarianism Blair Badcock; 16. Between the houses: neighbouring and privacy Mark Peel; 17. 'Poor naked wretches': Australian homelessness: an historical overview Clem Lloyd; 18. Lowering the standard Patrick N. Troy.