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Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and the Modern Jet City: “Your destination awaits you”


Chandu, A and Darian-Smith, K, Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and the Modern Jet City: 'Your destination awaits you', The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 6, (1) pp. 27-43. ISSN 2045-5852 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1386/ajpc.6.1.27_1


The 1960s saw the introduction of intercontinental jet aircrafts across the world. Australian Australia was eager to join this international jet set and was given its first opportunity to do so through the construction of a new airport for Melbourne. Built between 1964 and 1970, Melbourne airport, Tullamarine, was Australia’s first purpose-built jetport and the world’s first planned airport city by modern-day standards. With all its cutting-edge features, Tullamarine instantly became an edifice to the jet age and the jet set, designed to be enjoyed by both travellers and visitors alike. It was a gateway to Victoria and Australia, but also allowed Victorians their first real taste of international travel. It was the starting point for many a memorable journey.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tullamarine Airport, airport city, Melbourne urban history, Australian aviation airport culture, Astrojet cinema
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123362
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-03
Last Modified:2018-05-01

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