Militarisation and Urbanisation: the Second World War, Public Housing and the Shaping of Metropolitan Adelaide

Carol Fort

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    Abstract

    Adelaide entered the Second World War with an industrial urban axis extending north-west from the city to its port, and emerged from the War re-aligned to the north. This article asks why the re-alignment occurred. It argues that previous explanations for Adelaide's north-south alignment are inadequate, and concludes that the orientation is the result of Commonwealth Government investment in military-industrial development and accompanying urbanisation on a remote rural site to the north of Adelaide's metropolitan area. These explanations are now hidden in the landscape and almost forgotten in historical accounts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-61
    Number of pages20
    JournalAustralian Economic History Review
    Volume55
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

    Keywords

    • Adelaide
    • Landscape history
    • Munitions industry
    • Public housing
    • Second world war
    • Urbanisation

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