Thousand Homes Scheme

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The Thousand Homes Scheme was a public housing scheme in Adelaide, South Australia, financed through the State Bank with government support after the First World War.

Adelaide City in South Australia

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia. In June 2017, Adelaide had an estimated resident population of 1,333,927. Adelaide is home to more than 75 percent of the South Australian population, making it the most centralised population of any state in Australia.

South Australia State of Australia

South Australia is a state in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the country. With a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth-largest of Australia's states and territories by area, and fifth largest by population. It has a total of 1.7 million people, and its population is the second most highly centralised in Australia, after Western Australia, with more than 77 percent of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide, or its environs. Other population centres in the state are relatively small; Mount Gambier, the second largest centre, has a population of 28,684.



In 1924, to address a housing shortage, the South Australian Government inaugurated the Thousand Homes Scheme to provide affordable housing, particularly for returned soldiers and their families and lower income groups. [1]

Most of the houses were built in Colonel Light Gardens, a planned garden suburb development. [2] South Australian Government town planner W S Griffiths amended part of Charles Reade's original plan of the suburb so that 363 houses could be fitted into the south of the suburb, at the expense of some public areas. A new area west of Goodwood Road was purchased and added to the suburb for a further 332 houses. [3]

Charles Reade (town planner) New Zealand town planner

Charles Compton Reade was a town planner who supported the garden city movement of the early twentieth century.

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  1. Planning Institute of Australia (2007). With Conscious Purpose: a history of town planning in South Australia (Second Edition). Adelaide: Planning Institute of Australia.
  2. Garnaut, Christine (1999). Colonel Light Gardens: model garden suburb. Sydney: Crossing Press.
  3. Weidenhofer Architects (2005). Conservation Management Plan for Colonel Light Gardens (PDF). Adelaide: City of Mitcham. p. 4.