Sea Change: Community, Change and Continuity in a Tasmanian Shack Settlement
||17 November 2020
||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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This research develops a cultural history of Kelso, a small shack community on the kanamaluka / River Tamar estuary in lutrawita / Tasmania, to explore the impacts of major social, economic, and political changes on regional communities. My research focuses on Kelso as an exemplar of the role of shacks and shack settlements in lutrawita / Tasmania. While shacks and holiday settlements are not uniquely Tasmanian, my research will explore the theory that shacks and shack communities play a unique role in Tasmanian cultural life. I propose that shacks and the development of shack communities represent the apotheosis of the distinctive Tasmanian 20th century experience of low population, ready access to wilderness landscapes and the natural environment, historically lax environmental and planning regulations, and relatively low housing and land costs.