It begins before it begins: Jillian Barteaux, ‘Urban planning as colonial marketing strategy for the Swan river settlement, Western Australia’, Australasian Historical Archaeology, 34, 2016, pp. 22-31
Abstract: The creation of culturally meaningful landscapes through the naming, mapping and planning of places functioned to assert colonial ownership over the vast, seemingly unclaimed spaces of Western Australia. It also formed the backdrop upon which towns like Fremantle could be established, creating a sense of familiarity and belonging in an otherwise hostile environment. By exporting a vision of an established and recognisably civilised British landscape to prospective settlers and investors, the sense of spatial insecurity associated with such an isolated, unknown place was countered. To this end, the colonial government fabricated the image of an attractive, ideal urban center at Fremantle, well before there were people or funds to support such developments. By treating the town and graphic representations of the landscape as artefacts, the ways the colonial government endeavored to use town planning as a marketing strategy to attract settlers and investors to the Swan River Settlement, is illuminated.
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