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Sir Thomas Playford at the opening of Elizabeth
Title : Sir Thomas Playford at the opening of Elizabeth Sir Thomas Playford at the opening of Elizabeth
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Date of creation : 1955
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :
The Premier of South Australia, Sir Thomas Playford officially inaugurated the new town of Elizabeth on 16 November 1955.

Under the Playford Government, the South Australian Housing Trust was formed in 1936 and was the first state housing authority in Australia. In the 1950s the Housing Trust purchased 3,000 acres of land 23 kilometres north of Adelaide on which the planned satellite town of Elizabeth was built to alleviate a housing shortage and assist the State's economic development. The Housing Trust created a thousand homes a year as it worked towards accommodating population of 25,000 people. Thousands of migrants - including many British migrants referred to as 'Ten pound Poms' - settled in Elizabeth, helping to build the state's manufacturing base.

Related names :

Playford, Thomas, 1896-1981
South Australian Housing Trust

Coverage year : 1955
Period : 1946-1979
Place : Elizabeth (S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Design for a city: a project of the South Australian Housing Trust, [Adelaide: Government Printer, 1955]
Elizabeth, South Australia, 1955-1980, Adelaide: South Australian Housing Trust, 1980
Marsden, Susan. Business, Charity & Sentiment: The South Australian Housing Trust 1936-1986, Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
Ramsay, A.M. The new town of Elizabeth, Adelaide, S. Aust. : South Australian Housing Trust, 1957

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