Call for community to share memories and knowledge of St Albans Half-Houses
Council is calling on the Brimbank community to share their knowledge and memories of the half-houses built as affordable homes in St Albans from the late 1940s to the late 1960s.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said Council was keen to capture the story of the half-houses, as they are an important part of the story of St Albans and its diverse community.
The half-houses are important to Brimbank because they’re a big part of the lives and memories of many post-war migrants and their children. We want to understand their historical role and make sure this is shared and appreciated,” Cr Congreve said.
The half-houses, were also called bungalows, small houses or temporary houses, and usually had two or three rooms.
They were sold as temporary homes soon after the end of World War Two when there was a serious housing shortage in Melbourne. These houses were the most affordable housing option for many people coming St Albans during this time.
Some half-houses are still around today. However in most cases the half-house is now attached to a new house, and used as a kitchen, laundry or bathroom. It may even be used as a shed, bungalow or storage area.
“We’re hoping to tap into our community’s knowledge and memories of these half-houses for a study that will record the history and appearance of such houses.
“We’d love to hear from anyone who has lived in these houses, or has an association with them.
“We’re also asking for your ideas on how all this information could be shared and celebrated within St Albans and the broader community.
“There are heaps of ways to contribute your knowledge. Come along and share your memories about the half-houses at a drop in session we’re holding on 15 October during History Week.
“Or you can contact Council officers for a chat, or write up your information and mail or email it to us.
“Rest assured we have no intent of applying any heritage protection to these structures. All we want to do is informally acknowledge their contribution to the development of St Albans,” Cr Congreve said.
At a later stage, a report on the half-houses will be presented to Council and will include recommendations on how to inform the community about the value of these houses and celebrate their role in the development of St Albans.
More information on the project and how you can contribute is available on http://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/building-and-planning/heritage/recording-history-st-albans-half-houses