I live in the Goulburn Valley a walking distance from the area once populated and know as the flats. I love the are and the history of the families who lived there. Some people saw slums, I see proud independent families living close to nature. They were and are, wherever they and the following generation have gone to, good people. I dip my hat in respect to them.
I would love the hear the oral stories from the families of those who lived in The Flats.
Shepparton’s urbanisation was sufficiently extensive to attract the attention of the Slum Reclamation Board in 1936. It identified housing shortages.
The impact of World War II delayed a house building program, but in 1944 the Shepparton borough council commissioned a master plan for its future growth. The plan provided for a quadrupling of Shepparton’s population and of the municipality’s area, extensive surrounding parkland and visionary development of the urban areas.
Postwar soldier settlement occurred beyond Shepparton and the manufacturing and food processing infrastructure in the town was further developed, adding to population growth.
There were Housing Commission estates in 1946-55, in which over 1000 houses were built. In 1946 Shepparton was described in the Australian blue book:
For over 100 years immigrants from southern Europe have settled in the Shepparton area, and immigration to Shepparton was strong during the postwar years. In 1981 11.5% of Shepparton’s residents were born overseas, of whom nearly one third were born in Italy.
A Muslim mosque was opened in 1960.
The Aboriginal community established the Rumbalara village in 1958.