I AM THE UNSKILLED LABOURER F.O. BARNETT
The photographs in the F. Oswald Barnett Collection were taken by Barnett and other unidentified photographers in the 1930s. Many of them were used to illustrate a government report on slum housing and/or made into lantern slides for lectures in a public campaign.
F. Oswald Barnett was born in Brunswick, Victoria. A committed Methodist and housing reformer, he led a crusade against Melbourne's inner-city slums. In 1936 he was appointed to the Slum Abolition Board and from 1938-1948 he was the vice-chair of the Housing Commission. In this position he attempted to shape compassionate public housing policy. He later protested vigorously against proposed high-rise housing (Monash Biographical Dictionary of 20th century Australia).
Published in: The unsuspected slums: an illustrated summary of a thesis submitted to the Melbourne University surveying the slum problem of Melbourne / F. Oswald Barnett. Melbourne: Herald Press, 1933, p. 11.
FREDERICK OSWALD BARNETT
Featuring poems from,
I HEAR THE TRAMP OF MILLIONS (1945)
Frederick Oswald Barnett
WE ARE THE POOR F.O. BARNETT
Source & Inspired By,
MELBOURNE SLUMS 1930’S (Librarian-Sarah Mathews)-Victoria State Library
Read Elizabeth Downes Essay (Victoria State Library)
Tim Callanan (ABC News Updated Jan 2021) With Hover & Slide then & now pictures
Excellent story please have a look - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-18/how-f-oswald-barnett-tried-to-rid-melbourne-of-its-slums/12964604?nw=0&r=HtmlFragment
Barnett, F. Oswald (Frederick Oswald) 1883-1972 photographer. Victoria. Housing Investigation and Slum Abolition Board.
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