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Digging People Up for Coal: A History of Yallourn Meredith  Fletcher

Digging People Up for Coal: A History of Yallourn

Meredith Fletcher

Published April 1st 2002
ISBN : 9780522849783
Paperback
264 pages
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 About the Book 

Yallourn was designed in the 1920s as a garden town, laid out on “hygienic and aesthetic principles” embodying “the most modern practice.” It became a thriving and close-knit community that was home to several generations of State ElectricityMoreYallourn was designed in the 1920s as a garden town, laid out on “hygienic and aesthetic principles” embodying “the most modern practice.” It became a thriving and close-knit community that was home to several generations of State Electricity Commission (SEC) workers and their families. By the 1960s, however, it was being portrayed as outmoded, “unattractive to modern housewives,” decrepit, and obsolete. The town was no longer described as a model town but as an area that had to be cleared. This book brings to life the impact of the town and its demise on the individuals who lived there and on the community they created—a community that still exists vividly in memory and imagination.