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In the shadow of Sir Patrick: Niel Abercrombie’s planning career in Britain, Palestine and Australia 1933–1975

Freestone, R and James, P 2018 , 'In the shadow of Sir Patrick: Niel Abercrombie’s planning career in Britain, Palestine and Australia 1933–1975' , Town Planning Review, vol. 89, no. 4 , pp. 355-378 , doi: 10.3828/tpr.2018.22.

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Abstract

Patrick Abercrombie looms large over British planning history and the global spread of town and countryplanning philosophies through the twentieth century. However, the life and contributions of his only sonNiel, a capable architect-planner in his own right, have not been documented. This paper examines thecareer of Niel Abercrombie (1911–1984) who worked with his father and Clifford Holliday on variousplanning projects in Britain and Palestine in the 1930s and then after the Second World War migratedto Australia to continue his career in public service with the NSW Department of Local Government(1946–1948), the Illawarra Planning Authority (1948–1950), the University and Board of Works inMelbourne (1950–1955), and as Town and Country Planning Commissioner of Tasmania (1956–1974).His activities are described and contributions assessed against the backdrops of urban policy transfer,British influences on Australian planning and life in the shadow of a British planning icon.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Freestone, R and James, P
Keywords: urban policy transfer, planning history
Journal or Publication Title: Town Planning Review
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 0041-0020
DOI / ID Number: 10.3828/tpr.2018.22
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