A place to stay awhile: Auckland’s transit camps

Join Lisa Truttman for this Auckland Heritage Festival talk as she talks about the stories and the lives at Auckland’s five transit housing camps: Mt Victoria in Devonport, Western Springs, Victoria Park, the Auckland Domain, and Camp Bunn near Panmure.…

A place to stay awhile: Auckland's transit camps

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Join Lisa Truttman for this Auckland Heritage Festival talk as she talks about the stories and the lives at Auckland’s five transit housing camps: Mt Victoria in Devonport, Western Springs, Victoria Park, the Auckland Domain, and Camp Bunn near Panmure.

From out of the housing crisis towards the end of the Second World War, Auckland City’s mayor John Allum came up with the idea of turning former military camps into transit housing, filling the gap between inadequate slum areas and better homes provided by the government schemes, amongst others. The idea took hold nationwide for a time until the crisis eventually eased. Today, hardly anything remains.

Recorded at Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero – Auckland Central Library on 27 September 2020.

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