Ideal home of crushed hopes

29 November 2018
Linda Morris

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For much of the 20th century, Australia enjoyed one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world.

Suburbs stretched the city edges and homes became castles;  not just places of physical shelter and emotional retreat but showcases of architectural trends, furnishings and the latest kitchen appliances.

Seventy objects drawn from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences plot the evolution of the "great Australian dream" in a new exhibition opening at the Penrith Regional Gallery on December 1.


Six large-scale tape drawings by artist Catherine O’Donnell will pay homage to the brutalist architecture of the Sirius Building, commenting on the loss of public housing and community in the inner city.

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