Here is a working bibliography of key secondary works that inform my research.

This bibliography will be updated regularly, and I am always keen to hear further suggestions for reading.


Davison, G., Dingle, T., and O’Hanlon, S., (eds.), The Cream Brick Frontier: Histories of Australian Suburbia (Clayton, VIC: Monash Publications in History, 1995);

Davison, Graeme, Car Wars: How the Car Won our Hearts and Conquered our Cities (Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2004);

Davison, Graeme, City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia (Sydney, NSW: NewSouth Publishing, 2016);

Divall, Colin, and Bond, Winstan (eds.), Suburbanizing the Masses: Public Transport and Urban Development in Historical Perspective (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003);

Freedman, Alisa, Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011);

Frost, Lionel, The New Urban Frontier: Urbanisation and City-building in Australasia and the American West (Kensington, NSW: New South Wales University Press, 1991);

Hamnett, Stephen, and Freestone, Robert (eds.), The Australian Metropolis: A Planning History (St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2000);

Hamnett, Stephen, and Freestone, Robert (eds.), Planning Metropolitan Australia (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018)

O’Hanlon, Seamus, City Life: The New Urban Australia (Sydney, NSW: NewSouth Publishing, 2018);

Kingston, B., Basket, Bag and Trolley: A History of Shopping in Australia (Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press, 1994);

Roberts, David, and Crotty, Martin (eds.), The Great Mistakes of Australian History (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2006);

Sandercock, Leonie, Property, Politics, and Urban Planning: A History of Australian City Planning, 1890-1990, Second Edition (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1990);

Tomlinson, Richard, and Spiller, Marcus (eds), Australia’s Metropolitan Imperative: An Agenda for Government Reform (Clayton South, VIC: CSIRO Publishing, 2018).


Adey, Peter, “Ten thousand lads with shining eyes are dreaming and their dreams are wings’: affect, airmindedness and the birth of the aerial subject,’ Cultural Geographies, 18:1 (2011), pp. 63-89;

Badenoch, Alexander, ‘Touring between War and Peace: Imagining the ‘Transcontinental Motorway’, 1930-1950,’ The Journal of Transport History, 28:2 (2007), pp. 192-210;

Bailey, Matthew, ‘Retailing and the Home in 1960s Sydney,’ History Australia, 11:1 (2014), pp. 59-81;

______, ‘Urban disruption, suburbanization and retail innovation: Establishing shopping centres in Australia,’ Urban History, 47:1 (2020), pp. 152-69;

Birch, Alan, ‘Economists and Railways in Colonial Australia: A Note,’ The Journal of Transport History, 7:3 (1966), pp. 180–82;

Broeze, Frank, ‘British Intercontinental Shipping and Australia, 1813–1850,’ The Journal of Transport History, 4:4 (1978), pp. 189–207;

Bull, Michael, ‘Automobility and the Power of Sound,’ Theory, Culture & Society, 21:4-5 (2004), pp. 243-59;

Chandu, Arun, ‘Pioneering flying: The vision and the failure of Australasian Aerial Transport, 1919–20,’ The Journal of Transport History, 39:1 (2018), 92–109;

Clarsen, Georgine Wilhelmina, ‘Automobiles and Australian Modernisation: The Redex Around-Australia Trials of the 1950s,’ Australian Historical Studies, 41:3 (2010), pp. 352-68;

______, ‘Mobile encounters: Bicycles, cars and Australian settler colonialism,’ History Australia, 12:1 (2015), pp. 165-86;

Dienel, Hans-Liudger, and Vahrenkamp, Richard ‘For a social history of shared taxi services: some notes.’ The Journal of Transport History, 39:1 (2018), 7-11;

Edensor, Tim, ‘Automobility and National Identity: Representation, Geography and Driving Practice,’ Theory, Culture & Society, 21:4-5 (2004), pp. 101-20;

Edmonds, Leigh, ‘How Australians were made airminded,’ Continuum, 7:1 (1993), PP. 183-206;

Ewer, Peter, ‘Servants of the national interest? Conservatives and aviation policy‐making in the 1930s,’ Australian Historical Studies, 38:129 (2007), pp. 52-70;

Fahey, Jack, ‘The Cultivation of an Australian Identity: New Insights into Public Relations at General Motors-Holden in the Interwar Era,’ Australian Historical Studies, 50:4 (2019), pp. 483-502;

Frost, Lionel, and O’Hanlon, Seamus, ‘Urban History and the Future of Australian Cities,’ Australian Economic History Review, 49:1 (2009), pp. 1-18;

Gartman, David, ‘Three Ages of the Automobile: The Cultural Logics of The Car,’ Theory, Culture & Society, 21:4-5 (2004), pp. 169-95;

Heywood, Phil, ‘Brisbane’s Development in Zones: A Review of the 1986 City of Brisbane Town Plan,’ Australian Planner, 24:4 (1986), pp. 28-33;

Inglis, David, ‘Auto Couture: Thinking the Car in Post-War France,’ Theory, Culture & Society, 21:4-5 (2004), pp. 197-219;

Knott, John William, ‘Speed, modernity and the motor car: The making of the 1909 motor traffic act in New South Wales,’ Australian Historical Studies, 26:103 (1994), pp. 221-41;

______, ‘The ‘Conquering Car’: Technology, Symbolism and the Motorisation of Australia before World War II,’ Australian Historical Studies, 31:114 (2000), pp. 1-26;

Koshar, Rudy, ‘Cars and Nations: Anglo-German Perspectives on Automobility between the World Wars,’ Theory, Culture & Society, 21:4-5 (2004), pp. 121-44;

Laverty, J.R., ‘Town planning in Brisbane 1842–1925,’ Royal Australian Planning Institute Journal, 9:1 (1971), pp. 19-26;

May, Andrew, ‘Ideas from Australian Cities: Relocating Urban and Suburban History,’ Australian Economic History Review, 49:1 (2009), pp. 70-86;

Melville, Emily, and Minnery, John, ‘Public transport, urban form and urban structure: the example of Brisbane’s tram system,’ Australian Planner, 52:2 (2015), pp. 156-168;

Sheller, Mimi, ‘Automotive Emotions: Feeling the Car,’ Theory, Culture & Society, 21:4-5 (2004), pp. 221-42;

Spearritt, Peter, ‘The 200km City: Brisbane, The Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast,’ Australian Economic History Review, 49:1 (2009), pp. 87-106;

Tanko, Michael, and Burke, Matthew, ‘Why busways? Styles of planning and mode-choice decision-making in Brisbane’s transport networks,’ Australian Planner, 52:3 (2015), pp. 229-40;

Thrift, Nigel, ‘Driving in the City,’ Theory, Culture & Society, 21:4-5 (2004), pp. 41-59;

Willing, Roxanne, and Pojani, Dorina, ‘Is the suburban dream still alive in Australia? Evidence from Brisbane,’ Australian Planner, (2017), DOI: 10.1080/07293682.2017.1296875;

Woodhouse, Andrew, ‘Factors influencing the development of Brisbane’s laneways as successful urban spaces,’ Australian Planner, 48:4 (2011), pp. 292-304.


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