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“Good Riddance to the Stinkin' Place”: Deindustrialisation and Memory at Associated Pulp and Paper Mills in Burnie, Tasmania


Barton, R, 'Good Riddance to the Stinkin' Place': Deindustrialisation and Memory at Associated Pulp and Paper Mills in Burnie, Tasmania, Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History, 109 pp. 149-167. ISSN 0023-6942 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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© 2015 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

DOI: doi:10.5263/labourhistory.109.0149


As areas have deindustrialised, the factories that once symbolised prosperity and constancy are abandoned. These buildings are imbued with the memories of the workers and local people and can become the site of contest over visions of the past, present and future. In Burnie, Tasmania, the Associated Pulp and Paper Mills factory closed in 2010 and was demolished in 2012. There was a sense of ambivalence around these buildings that had dominated Burnie physically and economically for over 75 years. Their centrality to the town's prosperity and growth went largely uncelebrated and they were demolished to erase memories of the industrial past and frame the future as post-industrial.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmania deindustrialisation regeneration labour
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Employment patterns and change
UTAS Author:Barton, R (Dr Ruth Barton)
ID Code:136155
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2019-12-03
Last Modified:2021-07-06

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