Perhaps no region in Australia was as completely transformed by the coming of the car as the suburbs that now comprise the City of Monash. In the 1950s and 60s the people of Monash made cars, and the cars in turn made Monash, creating a distinctive landscape of motels, drive-in cinemas, service stations and freeways. Monash hosted Australia’s first drive-in university. The car brought a new era of personal liberation and prosperity. But the car plants now lie quiet and abandoned and the freeways, now choked with traffic, begin to look like monuments to an era whose time may pass. What is the historical legacy of the car and what will be the future of the suburbs that the cars made?
Graeme Davison is Emeritus Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor of History at Monash University. He has written widely on the history of Australian cities. His books include The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne (1978 and 2004), Car Wars: How the Car Won Our Hearts and Conquered Our Cities (2004), University Unlimited: The Monash Story (2012) (with Kate Murphy) and City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia (2016). He is a former Chair of the Heritage Council and has held advisory positions in several museums, archives and libraries and visiting appointments at Harvard, Edinburgh, Tübingen and London. In 2011 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
– The venue only seats 80 – first come first served.
– Car parking adjacent and Oakleigh railway station 200 metres.
Location: The former Council Chambers (Monash Seminar & Training Centre) 1 Atherton Road, Oakleigh 3166 (enter from car park at rear).
Cost: $5 entry fund raising for History Monash Inc collection preservation - includes tea/coffee
Enquiry: Dr Andrew Kilsby - email@example.com; 0408 342 795