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Digging People Up for Coal

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 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.
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Dr Meredith Fletcher is Director of the Centre for Gippsland Studies at Monash University's Gippsland Campus. Her books include Avon to the Alps: A History of the Shire of Avon (1988) and Strathfieldsaye, A History and Guide (1992) and she is the editor of the innovative Gippsland Heritage Journal.


Meredith Fletcher s story of a town obliterated is a particularly important contribution to local history. Incisive and accessible, it covers the ideologies that influenced the creation and destruction of the town, conveys a sense of what it was like to live there, and elaborates the commemorative mythologies that have flourished since its demise. "The Age""

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