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Playford’s metropolis


This essay written by Susan Marsden was first published in 1996 as chapter 6 in the book Playford’s South Australia. Marsden’s chapter was based on her PhD thesis, ‘Constructing Playford’s city: the South Australian Housing Trust and the transformation of Adelaide, 1936-1966’, PhD, Flinders University of SA, 1995.

Playford’s South Australia was the second book published by the Association of Professional Historians, now called the Professional Historians Association (SA), and the editors and most of the authors were members who were supported by other members who helped with research and participated in workshops to discuss ideas for the book and early drafts.

Susan Marsden, ‘Playford’s metropolis’, in Bernard O’Neil, Judith Raftery & Kerrie Round eds, Playford’s South Australia: essays on the history of South Australia, 1933-1968 Association of Professional Historians, Adelaide 1996, pp.117-134.

Dr Susan Marsden is a professional historian (and a founding member of the PHA) who runs her own consultancy business, writing commissioned histories, recording oral histories, carrying out heritage surveys and preparing other reports, talks and exhibitions. She has worked as South Australia’s State Historian, and as National Conservation Manager for the Australian Council of National Trusts in Canberra, and has been a member of both ACT and SA Heritage Authorities as well as national heritage committees She is presently a member of the State Records Council and of the SA Heritage Council’s Register Committee. She is author/co-author of many publications, those relating to South Australia’s history and heritage including Historical guidelines (SA Historic Preservation Plan); Heritage of the River Murray; Business, charity and sentiment: the SA Housing Trust 1936–1986; Heritage of the City of Adelaide; Our house: histories of Australian homes (Internet); Challenging times: the National Trust of South Australia 1955–2005; and Twentieth century heritage survey – stage 1 (1946-59) & stage 2 (1928-45).

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