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Playford, Cavanagh, and the Plasterers' Society of South Australia 1945-63

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Malcolm SaundersMalcolm Saunders
Most people in South Australia with an historical bent are aware of 'the Playford legend'. This holds that, during his record 27 years as premier of South Australia between 1938 and 1965, the leader os the Liberal and Country League (LCL), Sir Thomas Playford, transformed the state's economy from one more or less dependent upon primary industries to one more reliant on secondary industries. There is no doubt that, due to its dependence upon the products of agriculture, sheep-farming and horticulture, South Australia suffered greatly - probably more than any other state - during the Great Depression of the early 1930s.2 Its prosperity plummeted and its unemployment rate spiralled. To ensure that such a catastrophe never occurred again - or at least in such proportions - Playford set about attracting secondary industry to South Australia, a programme which, according to the legend, achieved spectacular and unparalleled success as early as the 1940s.3

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

32

Start Page

95

End Page

109

Number of Pages

15

ISSN

0312-9640

Location

Adelaide

Publisher

Historical Society of South Australia Inc.

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia.

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