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Healthy Buildings of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Peoples


Power, J, Healthy Buildings of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Peoples, Interiors: Design Architecture Culture, 1, (3) pp. 245-264. ISSN 2041-9112 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.2752/204191210X12875837764138


This article will describe the interiors of the traditional buildings of the Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples or palawa, constructed prior to and in the early years of European colonization in Tasmania. Both the health properties of the artifacts found inside the buildings and the materials used in the construction of these buildings will be described. The hypothesis proposed by this article suggests that palawa health strategies were closely linked to buildings and their materiality. The discussion will be supported by an outline of the disastrous health profile of the palawa peoples when they were relocated from mainland Tasmania to an island off the coast called Flinders Island, where they resided in European-style accommodation at a place called Wybalenna. This article reveals for the first time that the buildings of the palawa peoples not only satisfied architectural mediation of environmental conditions, but may have also been closely associated with palawa health strategies.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples; health; interiors; Wybalenna; housing
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Power, J (Dr Jacqueline Power)
ID Code:86809
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2013-10-23
Last Modified:2016-02-11

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