‘Not for ourselves alone’: the South Australian Home Builders Club, 1945-1965 monograph

Authors: Julie Collins and Christine Garnaut

The South Australian Home Builders Club Incorporated (SAHBC) operated between 1945 and 1965. A relatively unknown South Australian organisation, its members built about 400 houses in metropolitan Adelaide, thus making a critical contribution to the state's post World War 2 housing shortage. Organised as a cooperative and run on collaborative lines, the SAHBC offered a unique means of obtaining a house in the face of postwar building restrictions and constraints. Club members were not skilled in design and building but learnt on the job and taught each other.

The monograph, ‘Not for Ourselves Alone’: The South Australian Home Builders’ Club, 1945-1965, detailing the history of the SA Home Builder’s Club (SAHBC) utilised 15 oral histories produced through interviews with club members and their spouses and children, to build a picture of post war Adelaide and the community collaboration that delivered homes to hundreds of young families. Co-authored by Drs Julie Collins and Christine Garnaut the monograph was funded by the History Trust of South Australia and published by the Architecture Museum and Crossing Press, Sydney. It is available to purchase from the Architecture Museum. Please email architecturemuseum@unisa.edu.au

Findings from the research are published as:

Collins, J. and Garnaut, C. (2013) 'Not for ourselves alone': The South Australian Home Builders' Club 1945-1965, Crossing Press, Sydney and Architecture Museum, Adelaide.

Collins, J. and Garnaut, C. (2011) ‘Re-Collection: Building Houses Through 'Mutual Self-Help': The South Australian Home Builder's Club (1945-65)’, Place, August, p.9.

Funded by the History Trust of South Australia Community History Fund and supported by the Oral History Association of Australia (SA)