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A history of Australian Indigenous Housing

by Peter Read(ed.)
Settlement by Peter Read
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What were houses like for Aboriginal Australians living in rural Western Australian in the 1960s, Redfern, Sydney and Launceston, Tasmania in the 1970s, in Central Australia in the 1980s, in outback New South Wales in the 1990s?

This book encompasses the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing – from the shelters used prior to European settlement to the cottages built by Victorian missionaries, to children’s dormitory to the compound and its terrors of disease and overcrowding. Gendered housing, family-friendly prisons, self-built houses, government policy and programs, and advanced designs for health and durability are also discussed. It also argues that housing for Aboriginal people up until 1967 was primarily aimed at resocialisation and acculturation rather than providing shelter and a home.

Aboriginal Studies Press; January 2000
300 pages; ISBN 9780855755607
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Title: Settlement
Author: Peter Read


Foreword v
Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
The Contributors xiv
Abbreviations xvi
PART I Settlement: Present and Past
1 Lifescape and Lived Experience 3
Helen Ross
2 The Way It Was: Customary Camps and Houses in the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria 15
Paul Memmott
PART II Settlements of Enclosure
3 Space and Time at Ramahyuck, Victoria, 1863–85 41
Bain Attwood
4 Freedom and Control on the Southern Institutions, New South Wales, 1879–1909 55
Peter Read
5 Labour, Control and Protection: The Kahlin Aboriginal Compound, Darwin, 1911–38 64
Samantha Wells
6 Aboriginal Shelters and the National Hookworm Campaign, Queensland, 1909–24 75
Gordon Briscoe
7 Housing and Colonial Patronage, Alice Springs, 1920–65 85Tim Rowse
PART III Settlement and Government
8 The Commonwealth Government and Aboriginal Housing, 1968–81 103Jeremy Long
9 The House and the Yupukarra, Yuendumu, 1946–96 118
Cathy Keys10 Savagery and Urbanity: Struggles over Aboriginal Housing, Redfern, 1970–73 130
Kay Anderson
11 Towards Aboriginal Management of Aboriginal Rental Housing, Melbourne, 1960–89 144
Penny Tripcony
12 A View of Tasmanian Aboriginal Housing, Launceston and Hobart, 1970–79 157
Kaye Price
13 Two Generations of Housing in the South and Mid-west, Western Australia, 1960–95 167
Rod Little
Part IV Unsettlement
14 The Tin Camps: Self-constructed Housing on the Goodooga Reserve, New South Wales, 1970–96 179
Stephanie Smith
15 Housing for Health: Principles and Projects, South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, 1985–97 199
Paul Pholeros, Paul Torzillo and Stephan Rainow
16 Lock Hospitals, Prisons and Indigenous People, Queensland and Western Australia, 1906–98 209
Karl Eckermann
17 A Self-help Approach to Remote Area Housing, St Paul’s Village, Moa Island, Torres Strait, 1986–92 221
Paul Haar
Part V Future Settlement
18 Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future: The Unfinished History of Australian Indigenous Housing 237
Will Sanders
Notes 249
Bibliography of Works Cited 265
Index 278

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