Digging People Up for Coal: A History of Yallourn (Yallourn Story)

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Yallourn was designed in the 1920s as a garden town, laid out on “hygienic and aesthetic principles” embodying “the most modern practice.” It became a thriving and close-knit community that was home to several generations of State Electricity Commission (SEC) workers and their families. By the 1960s, however, it was being portrayed as outmoded, “unattractive to modern housewives,” decrepit, and obsolete. The town was no longer described as a model town but as an area that had to be cleared. This book brings to life the impact of the town and its demise on the individuals who lived there and on the community they created—a community that still exists vividly in memory and imagination.

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Peter R. Smith studied architecture at the University of Sydney and received his Ph.D. from that institution. Following several years in professional practice, he joined the faculty of architecture at the University of Sydney, where he has served as department head and as associate dean. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and has served on a number of professional, industry, and standards committees dealing with building materials, energy conservation and solar energy. He has contributed to ten books.

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“Meredith Fletcher’s story of a town obliterated is a particularly important contribution to local history. Incisive and accessible, it covers the ideologies that influenced the creation and destruction of the town, conveys a sense of what it was like to live there, and elaborates the commemorative mythologies that have flourished since its demise.” —The Age

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