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HUGH STRETTON

Victoria & Balliol 1946 (15 July 1924 - 18 July 2015)

HUGH STRETTON

One of Australia's leading public intellectuals, Professor Stretton was a social reformer. After his Rhodes Scholarship he was appointed as a tutor in modern history at Balliol College before joining the University of Adelaide to become professor of history. He was 30, the youngest professor in an Australian university. His 1974 Boyer Lectures, Housing and Government, argued the virtues of a mixed private and public housing system. Capitalism, Socialism and the Environment (1976) analysed the possibilities for democratic socialist reform in capitalist democracies. Urban Planning in Rich and Poor Countries (1978) considered urban planning worldwide. As deputy chairman of the South Australian Housing Trust, Professor Stretton saw many of his ideas put into practice.