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A Life in Planning: Charles Reade (1880-1933): Colonel Light Gardens 100

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Scotch College Adelaide

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Mitcham Historical Society Inc 2021 History Festival Event A Lecture to mark the Centenary of Colonel Light Gardens.

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Charles Compton Reade (1880-1933) was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, and into a family with long-established connections to England. On the completion of his education in New Zealand he turned to a career in journalism which took him to Britain as a young adult. Before long, through his work as a reporter, he was introduced to the emerging and mutually supportive concepts of town planning and the Garden City idea. Consequently, he shifted his career direction and became a self-taught town planner as well as a Garden City champion internationally. This presentation provides an overview of Reade’s early life and of his career and contributions as a town planner – in South Australia, the Federated Malay States, Northern Rhodesia and South Africa – before focussing on his contributions in metropolitan Adelaide and country South Australia. Particular emphasis is given to Reade’s application of the Garden City approach, and its outcome, in the planning and design of Colonel Light Gardens.

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Dr Christine Garnaut is Adjunct Associate Research Professor in Planning and Architectural History at the University of South Australia (UniSA) and president of the International Planning History Society. She was the inaugural director (2002-2020) of the Architecture Museum at UniSA. Her research focuses on planned environments in Australia and on the heritage of planning. She began her investigations into the life and career of Charles Reade in conjunction with research for her PhD on the planning and architectural history of the model garden suburb of Colonel Light Gardens designed by Reade in 1917 for the South Australian Government. Christine published Colonel Light Gardens: model garden suburb (Crossing Press, Sydney, 1999, reprinted 2006) following the award of her PhD (1997). She lived in Colonel Light Gardens from 1980 to 2003.

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