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Incorporating community history into urban redevelopment

Klaebe, Helen G. (2009) Incorporating community history into urban redevelopment. In The Talk about Town : Urban Lives and Oral Sources in 20th Century Australia Conference, 27-28 August 2009, Monash University, Melbourne. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A community history project must be relevant to each person within it so that they see themselves as part of the socio-cultural fabric of the area and feel a sense of ownership of their environment. The Mill Albion community history project is a diverse, multi-layered public history/art program that captures the social heritage of The Mill Albion and allows the community to contribute to their ongoing history. The Albion Flour Mill was built in 1930 at a time when Australia was feeling the effects of its worst economic depression and continued operations for more than 72 years. After ceasing operation in 2005 the site was left to deteriorate. The FKP Property Group purchased the land to undertake a new urban redevelopment project, drawing on the design principles of a traditional ‘village’, while valuing the importance of remembering the community that once included the Flour Mill. This paper reflects on the this project and showcases some of the culturally creative ways this community’s history was told, using methods such as digital stories, contemporary and historical photography and oral history.

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ID Code: 38105
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: Public History, Urban Development, Urban Narratives, Community History, Albion Flour Mill
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999) > Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified (199999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Klaebe
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2010 12:20
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2010 00:52

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