Save the Date: UHPH 2018

31st January – 2nd February 2018

Remaking Cities

The 14th Urban History Planning History (UHPH) Conference

RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building, Melbourne

The 14th Urban History Planning History (UHPH) conference will be held in Melbourne in 2018, and the conference theme is inspired by Melbourne as an exemplar of cities that are continually re-made: as a centre of manufacturing, as a city built on land and infrastructure speculation, and as a place that has been re-made over the long-established land-based practices of the Kulin nation.

Manufacturing was central to the social, spatial and economic development of Australasia’s nineteenth-century cities. The decline of manufacturing has had a significant effect on urban environments and urban lives, as has the rise of the financial, service and cultural sectors. In the post-manufacturing era, cities have had to again reinvent themselves in response to the challenges of new internal circumstances and of external forces of change.

Underpinning the making and re-making of Melbourne and other Australasian cities are the processes of settler colonialism and speculation on stolen Indigenous lands. The long shadow cast by colonization challenges us to imagine how cities can be re-made in a just and shared future, and the role of planning within this.

We invite papers that address the theme of re-making cities in the broad senses sketched above: the making and re-making of manufacturing and post-manufacturing cities; infrastructure and institutions; cultural heritage; indigenous identity; plans and planning; community; and urban environments.

We also welcome papers on any historical aspect of Australasian urbanism.

If interested, please put the dates in your calendar.

Further details and calls for papers to be circulated shortly.

Remembering Eve Gibson (1940-2014)


Eve Gibson, December 2013, courtesy Ian Gibson

Eve made significant contributions to our understanding of the modern urban and planning histories of Darwin. She passed away in August 2014 following complications from emergency heart surgery.

She was born in Dublin, Ireland, and studied graphic design, working in London in the early 1960s then Spain to the early 1970s. She came to Australia in early 1972 and married Ian in December 1973. They enjoyed a peripatetic life as Ian progressed through his naval career in the ACT, Victoria and NSW. When he was posted to Darwin in late 1978, Eve started studying history at the Darwin Community College. This was interrupted when Ian was posted back to Nowra, NSW and then to London. In late 1983 they returned to Darwin and Eve resumed studies, at the University College of the Northern Territory, then part of the University of Queensland (UQ). Eve and Ian remained in Darwin after he left the navy in 1985, and continued her studies.

Eve subsequently gained her BA (UQ) in February 1989 and BA (Hons) (UQ) in May 1990. She was the author of many other publications on NT history. She was the first Honours graduate in History from the former University College. Bag-Huts, Bombs and Bureaucrats, based on her honours thesis, was published by the Historical Society of the Northern Territory in 1997. During the 1990s Eve commenced her PhD studies under Professor David Carment. After Ian retired in 2002 they moved to Bellerive in Hobart, where Eve continued her research and writing. She gained her PhD from Charles Darwin University two years later in October 2004. She subsequently transformed this into the monograph Beyond the Boundary which was also published by the Historical Society of the Northern Territory in 2011.

Eve served as a Councillor of the Historical Society of the Northern Territory and was co-founder of the Fannie Bay History and Heritage Society. She was an avid reader of history and the built environment and her interest in the houses of the local area of Bellerive led to a third book, Walks around Historic Bellerive, published by the Bellerive Historical Society.


Select bibliography

2011    Beyond the boundary: Fannie Bay 1869-2001, Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

2010    Walks around historic Bellerive, Bellerive Historical Society, Bellerive.

2006    ‘Planning for people – or Profits for the Privileged’, in CL Miller and MM Roche (eds.) Past Matters: Proceedings of the 8th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference, Massey University, Wellington, February 2006, 147-156.

2003 ‘Beyond the Boundary: A history of the impact of planning and politics on the Darwin area of Fannie Bay 1869-2001’, PhD thesis, Charles Darwin University.

2002    ‘A loss for planning – a gain for heritage: post World War II planning for      Darwin’s Fannie Bay, in David Jones (ed.) 20th Century Heritage: Our Recent Cultural Legacy, Proceedings of the 2001 Australia ICOMOS National Conference, 28 November – I December 2001, University of Adelaide, 300-303.

2001   Through the Louvres: Post World War II planning for Fannie Bay in tropical Northern Australia, Planning History Bulletin, 23(1 and 2), 45-55. First presented as a paper at the 9th IPHS Conference, Helsinki,2000.

2000   ‘Planning in chains: The effects of speculation on planning ideals in Darwin 1869-2000’, in Christine Garnaut and Stephen Hamnett (eds.), Fifth Australian Urban/Planning History Conference: Conference Proceedings, Adelaide 13-15 April, University of South Australia, 201-211.

1999    ‘Development – or displacement?: The social and economic effects of development since the 1970s’, in Planning in the Hothouse, RAPI 27th National Congress, Darwin, 19-22 September, Darwin.

1998    A planner’s dream – a citizen’s nightmare: town planning for the tropical town of

Darwin 1937-1950, Australian Planner, 35(4), 192-196, An earlier version of the paper was published in Robert Freestone (ed.), The Twentieth Century Planning Experience, Proceedings of the 8th International Planning History Conference, 15-18 July, University of New South Wales, 243-248.

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1997     Bag-huts, Bombs and Bureaucrats: The History of the Impact of Town Planning and Land Acquisition on the Town and People of Darwin 1937-1950, Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

1990-1996       24 entries in the Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography, Volumes 1-3, consolidated in David Carment et al (eds), Northern Territory University Press, Darwin, 2008.

1990    ‘Point Stuart: strategies for cultural heritage tourism’ (with David Carment), Historic Environment, 7 (3 and 4), 34-42. Paper presented at the Australia ICOMOS Conference on History, Architecture, Environment: Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Adelaide, 8-10 April.

1989    ‘The heritage resources of the Mary River Crossing, Point Stuart and Wildman River Reserves’ (with David Carment and Barbara McLaren), Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

Robert Freestone, UNSW Australia

[with thanks to Ian Gibson, and the HSNT Newsletter, No 76, 2014]



The Urbanists

In the summer months David Nichols and Elizabeth Taylor present a one-hour talk program on Melbourne public radio 3RRR, known as The Urbanists. Recent guests have included David Wadelton of the Northcote Hysterical Society, Dr. Ruth Lane of Monash University talking about hard rubbish and ‘geographies of waste’, Assoc. Prof Marco Amati of RMIT discussing planning exhibitions, Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Phil Heywood of QUT discussing the planning ramifications of the Queensland elections, and many others. The program is the summer replacement for the RRR show Einstein A-Go-Go; to listen to past programs, go to the station’s listen on demand page and follow the links to access the Einstein A-Go-Go timeslot.


The open call for visiting scholars for Erasmus Mundus TEMA [Territoires européens (civilisation, nation, région, ville): identité et développement] has been extended until 15 June. It is envisaged for experienced scholars as well as for those in early stage of their career from non-EU countries. The hosting institutions are members of the consortium TEMA – Universities in Budapest-ELTE, Catania, Paris – EHESS, and Charles University of Prague (CUNI). Researchers working on issues highlighted by TEMA are particularly welcome.

TEMA website

CFP: Special issue of Fabrications

Special issue of Fabrications – Call for papers
Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand

Volume 23 number 1 will be a themed issue, ‘Competitions and Capitals’, in recognition of Canberra’s centenary in 2013.

Announcement: Call for Papers for Fabrications 23:1 closes 1 November 2012.

The international design competition for Canberra was widely advertised and generated international interest in 2011-12. It was of course won by the Americans, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, and the city was built from 2013. The competition and particularly the winning design, with its strong axes and geometries, helped to popularise the idea of town planning, in Australia and elsewhere. In recognition of the centenary, Fabrications 23:1 invites papers exploring themes of relevance to the design of Canberra, from competitions and capitals to the use of geometry in city design. Papers might be specifically focused on Canberra and/or the Griffins. Equally, they might address other competitions (for buildings, cities or parts of cities); the design of other capital cities; town or cities utilising geometric systems in their design; or architects connected with the Griffins. For papers not explicitly concerned with Canberra, some reference or comparison to it is welcome but not essential.

Papers are due in with Deborah van der Plaat ( and Julia Gatley ( by the due dates identified above.

Fabrications: Guidelines for Authors