Kim Roberts presents at the
Australasian Urban History
Planning History Conference

 

Context Associate Kim Roberts is presenting at the Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference 2020 this week in Launceston.

 

This year’s conference theme aims to explore the creation of and opportunities associated with edges, margins, peripheries and islands in casting light upon the understanding of cities and urban phenomena.

Kim’s paper brings together two very different ways of thinking and writing the landscapes of ‘Inner’ and ‘Outer Australia’.

In ‘Borders and Plains: A Misplaced Line and the Landscapes of Gerald Murnane’, Kim juxtaposes the imagined but geographically situated landscapes of Murnane’s fiction with the fraught history of the South Australia-Victoria state border.

This history is framed by the reflections of a minor figure within it, her grandfather’s grandfather journalist cum lawyer and MP, George Ash, who in 1893 presented a speech to the South Australian Parliament on ‘The Disputed Territory’ between the two states.