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Domestic Spaces and School Places: Vocational Education and Gender in Mid-Twentieth Century Australia


Darian-Smith, Kate, Domestic Spaces and School Places: Vocational Education and Gender in Mid-Twentieth Century Australia, Designing Schools: Space, Place and Pedagogy, Routledge, Darian-Smith, K and Willis, J (ed), London and New York, pp. 132-143. ISBN 9781317502678 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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In 1924, an extraordinary experiment in outreach education was launched in Australia when the Better Farming Train undertook its first tour of country towns across the state of Victoria. An engine towed 15 carriages, all painted bright orange, carrying livestock, pasture plots, fertilizers, farm equipment and various displays. The train also transported 80 staff, including experts across a range of areas to provide lectures and demonstrations and teach classes to adults and youth. The Better Farming Train was described by an enthusiastic press as a novel ‘college on wheels’ (‘Better Farming Train’ 1925: 2) or, as the Hobart Mercury put it, ‘like a big rolling stone, going around the country increasing efficiency amongst primary producers’ (‘Work and Production’ 1925: 5).

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, Kate (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123310
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-02
Last Modified:2018-02-20

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