Orr, K, Colonial ambition and city development: the influence of commissioners for the 1879 international exhibition on Sydney's architectural identity, History in practice: proceedings of the 25th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, 03-06 July 2008, Geelong, Australia, pp. 1-32. ISBN 9780958192545 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]
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The methodology is based on careful archival research, but there are also some speculations based on historical probability. What can be inferred as having been thought by individuals is considered alongside what has been officially recorded or can be ‘read’ from the urban fabric. Considering the voices of the Commissioners adds to the heritage significance of buildings; and understanding the social, political and economic circumstances of their conception broadens the cultural significance of their place in the urban landscape. The Commissioners, by organising the Sydney International Exhibition, imposed their value systems and world-views on the general population, promoting cultural and city development. They organised the Exhibition in their own image as a means of shaping a better society. But the outcome was a society that, having benefited from the Exhibition, continued to evolve and develop its own identity – one that possibly differed from their expectations.
|Item Type:||Refereed Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Sydney International Exhibition, utilitarianism|
|Research Division:||Built Environment and Design|
|Research Field:||Architectural History and Theory|
|Objective Division:||Cultural Understanding|
|Objective Group:||Understanding Past Societies|
|Objective Field:||Understanding Australia's Past|
|Author:||Orr, K (Professor Kirsten Orr)|
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