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Town Planning in Regional Australia: The Case of Launceston 1915-1945


Petrow, Stefan, Town Planning in Regional Australia: The Case of Launceston 1915-1945, Urban Policy and Research: An Australian and New Zealand Guide to Urban Affairs, 31, (3) pp. 325-342. ISSN 0811-1146 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08111146.2013.778197


ABSTRACT Historians of town planning in Australia have focused too much attention on capital cities and largely ignored developments in regional cities between 1915 and 1945. This article seeks to redress the balance by directing attention to the regional city of Launceston in northern Tasmania, Australia where a town planning consciousness developed in the 1930s not least due to the work of organisations like the Northern Tasmanian Town Planning Association and prominent architects seeking to preserve and extend Launcestonís reputation as a beautiful garden city. The City Council created tensions with the town planning movement because of its reluctance to spend large amounts on town planning projects. From 1943, in the euphoria of a new society promisedin the post-war world, town planning assumed greater importance to meet heightened public expectations. The State Government supported town planning and passed the Town and Country Planning Act 1944, the first major planning legislation in Tasmania. At last the interests of the City Council, the State Government and citizensí groups converged. This article examines what was achieved in the assertive regional city of Launceston between 1915 and 1945.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Town planning, community bodies, regional cities
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Petrow, Stefan (Professor Stefan Petrow)
ID Code:88256
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-01-23
Last Modified:2018-03-30

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