Series VPRS 8211
Report on Some Aspects of Housing Overseas
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Date Range: Series 1958 - 1958
  Series in Custody 1958 - 1958
  Contents 1958 - 1958
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1958 - 1958 Housing Commission of Victoria VA 508
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1991 - 1992 Department of Planning and Housing VA 3013
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    This series consists of a report prepared by J.P. Gaskin, Deputy Director, and R. Burkitt, Chief Technical Officer of the Housing Commission of Victoria concerning certain aspects of housing in several countries. The report was prepared following an investigative trip overseas undertaken by the two officers between May and October 1958.

    The principal matters for investigation laid down by the Minister (Hon. H.R. Petty, MLA) and the Director (Mr V.J. Bradley, C.E.) were:

    1. Construction and management of multi-storey flats;
    2. Slum clearance and reclamation;
    3. the use of light weight and pre-stressed concrete in house and flat construction.

    The report covers detailed investigations into these matters as well as other matters, such as housing finance and urban renewal, which were investigated in less detail as opportunities arose during the trip.

    The report is a two hundred and twenty-three page document. It includes a table of contents which lists numbered chapters by subject and page number. There is also an introduction, detailed itinerary and bibliography.

    There are references in the text of the report to a number of slides. These are a collection of photographic transparencies which were referred to as illustrations pertinent to information in the report. These slides have been retained by the Library of the Ministry of Planning and Housing.

    Among recommendations in the report was one proposing "A combination of high-rise and low-level flats in slum reclamation areas to make better use of costly land, available essential services and proximity to transport and employment." As a result of the report the Commission worked towards its first high-rise venture and construction of a sixteen-storey block of flats in the Emerald Hill Court Estate in South Melbourne commenced in July 1960.

    The P1 Consignment

    The P1 consignment consists of the single volume report. It is soft cardboard bound and contains 213 pages of single sided printed paper. The report is "Roneo", stencil duplicate printed on duplicate quality paper. This is one of an unknown number of copies produced and has written in ink on the cover, "R.Burkitt MASTER COPY". There are some marks and words written in ballpoint ink throughout the report.

    System of Arrangement/Control

    Series: A single volume series.
    Contents: Contents arranged in chapters; pages numbered sequentially.

    Range Control Symbols

    Series: None apparent
    Contents: Chapter one to chapter eleven
    pages (i) to (xiii)
    pages 1 to 209.


    Preservation Statement

    P1 consignment consists of 213 pages of duplicator quality paper with soft, brown/manilla cardboard covers bound by three heavy duty steel staples. Printing is "Roneo" duplicator stencil ink, with some biro ink notations. Printing is on single sides of pages.

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