Stories of the Suburbs: the Origins of Richlands 'Servicetown'/ Inala Area on Brisbane's Western Fringe

Kaeys, Sue (2006) Stories of the Suburbs: the Origins of Richlands 'Servicetown'/ Inala Area on Brisbane's Western Fringe. In Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS), January 2006, QUT Carseldine. (Unpublished)


This paper is based on my research for an oral history project for Brisbane City Council and Inala Arts Inc. in 2000/2001. Rather than collecting stories for this project myself, my task was to facilitate a series of three workshops to teach the local people how to conduct and collect their own oral histories. But I found the history intriguing. Inala has interesting origins as a semi-rural, industrial area which became a post-World War II soldier settlement. Its proximity to the Wacol Immigration Centre endowed it with a multicultural flavour from the 1950s as many immigrant families eventually settled at Inala. The Queensland government and locals developed an innovative solution to the problem of meeting the demand for housing by pairing up with the local industry giant, Pioneer Concrete, to produce prefabricated concrete houses. The history also serves to mark the significance of common place and street names in the current Inala/Darra/ Mt Ommaney suburban precinct.

[I was contracted not to publish anything independently for 2 years but that period has since elapsed.]

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ID Code: 4995
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: history, settlement, government, industry, Inala
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sue Kaeys
Deposited On: 14 Sep 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:34

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