A number of Tocumwal house residents took up the opportunities offered over the years to buy the house they were renting from the Government. Others moved on without buying. By the 1970s there was a mixture of private and Government ownership in the Tocumwal precinct. There was also a mixture of long term residents, some of whom now owned their houses, and newer ones. In 1973, when most of the public service transfer was complete, access to government housing in the ACT, as with other states and territories, became subject to a means test. This meant that families experiencing some income hardship and pensioners were the retainers or newer residents of the government-owned houses. Buyers were often people who worked nearby, perhaps at the Australian National University or the CSIRO. The Tocumwals also attracted people interested in alternative politics and lifestyles and were becoming popular as private rentals in the new era of group houses. The Co-op School , initially an alternative school, was established in the 1970s as was the Finn Street Family Centre. The Family Centre was established as a support centre for unemployed workers and their families. In the 1990s many residents were watching the move to dual occupancies and the higher prices of inner north real estate warily.

 

Stories

•  This house'll suit me fine

•  A community in the balance

Story Index | Image Gallery

The Tocumwal Archive was first developed by Mary Hutchison and Katherine Pepper with the support of
PhotoAccess and funds from the ACT Government through its Heritage Council.

Page design and construction by Adrian Redman