Tram Vale: the flood-stricken development that should have taught Sydney a lesson, but didn’t

Tram Vale: the flood-stricken development that should have taught Sydney a lesson, but didn’t

The Guardian

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The promise of cheap housing in Marrickville in the 1880s led to disastrous decisions based on ill-conceived notions of how to tame Sydney’s waterways. Not much has changed

Media coverage of the recent flooding of major east coast rivers has again emphasised an image of poor suffering people battling gamely against nature. In some eyes, these images define who Australians are as a people.

This idea is captured most obviously in the use of Dorothea MacKellar’s quintessential nationalist imagery of 1908 in the poem now known as My Country.

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