Neighbourhood Shops: Park and shop centres in metropolitan Adelaide, 1955-1985

Researcher: Louise Bird (2015/16 DEWNR Built Heritage Research Fellow)

The neighbourhood shopping centre was a vital part of Adelaide’s planned residential communities. They were envisaged and built as a hub of community activity and offered residents a new way to shop in a safe pedestrian environment that also accommodated the growing use of cars. Neighbourhood Shops considers selected key developments in shop types in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the role of shops in planned residential developments and examines the design features of the park and shop shopping centres built in metropolitan Adelaide between 1955 and 1985.

A monograph titled: Neighbourhood Shops: Park and shop centres in metropolitan Adelaide, 1955-1985, was released in April 2018.