‘Forging, Ahead’: Industry And Environmental Transformation In A Melbourne Suburb 1906–85

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DAN MORROW

The trajectory of the suburb Sunshine in Western Melbourne (1906–85), from industrial powerhouse to repository of social problems, sheds light on the issues surrounding organic urban expansion. For the many Australians living on the fringes of large cities, a sense of deprivation – particularly inequality in services – undercut the presumed comfort and stability of the post-war period. Unrest in outer areas deepened following the contraction of the ‘long boom’. The area's pre-Second World War origins as a manufacturing suburb regulated by the industrialist Hugh V. McKay is starkly contrasted with its later incarnation as a site of industrial and suburban sprawl.