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Title Asbestos in Australia : from boom to dust / edited by Lenore Layman & Gail Phillips
Published Clayton, Victoria, Australia : Monash University Publishing, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Australian history
Australian history (Monash University Publishing)
Contents Front cover -- Title Page -- About this Book -- Copyright and Imprint Information -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Figure 1: Witness Seminar panel -- Figure 1.1: Total asbestos fibre imports to Australia [in short tons]. -- Figure 1.2: Comparison of asbestos fibre prices, Australia 1950-1966 -- Figure 2.1: A popular attraction at Sydney Royal Easter Show 1949 -- Figure 2.2: "Shangri-la" built of fibro, western Sydney, 1949 -- Figure 2.3: A fibro streetscape, western Sydney, 1946 -- Figure 2.4: Numbers of fibro houses 1921-1971 and as percentage of all occupied private houses
Chapter 2. Asbestos in the Built Environment -- Lenore Layman -- Chapter 3. Tackling the Dust Hazard: The Response of Public Health -- Lenore Layman -- Chapter 4. Uncovering the Story: Asbestos in the Media -- Chris Smyth -- Part 2. Asbestos Related Disease: The Medical Journey -- Chapter 5. Milestones in the Knowledge and Treatment of Asbestos Related Diseases -- A W (Bill) Musk -- Chapter 6. Asbestos and Mesothelioma-Fifty Years On -- Geoffrey Berry -- Chapter 7. Health Outcomes of the Women and Children Who Lived at Wittenoom -- Alison Reid -- Part 3. Damaged Communities
Chapter 8. Memories of Wittenoom -- Chapter 9 .Working and Living in Baryulgil -- Part 4. Asbestos in the Courts: The Battles for Compensation -- Chapter 10. The History of Asbestos Litigation -- John Gordon -- Part 5. Asbestos Today: The Lingering Legacy -- Chapter 11. The Ongoing Problem of Asbestos In Situ -- Peter Franklin & Alison Reid -- Part 6. In Their Own Words: The Witness Stories -- Chapter 12. Wittenoom's Flying Doctor -- Dr Eric Saint -- Chapter 13. A Public Health Campaigner's Story -- Dr Jim McNulty, Occupational Health Physician
Figure 13.1: Testing dust levels at Wittenoom's mine and mill, 1966 -- Figure 14.1: Robert and Rose Marie Vojakovic standing outside Parliament House, Perth with some of the widows of Wittenoom -- Figure 14.2: Remembering the dead -- Figure 15.1: Dr Greg Deleuil -- Figure 15.2: Alice Deleuil, in the family home in Darwin surrounded by asbestos louvres -- Acknowledgements -- About the Contributors -- Introduction -- Lenore Layman & Gail Phillips -- Part 1. The Rise and Fall of the Asbestos Industry -- Chapter 1. The Asbestos Industry in Australia -- Lenore Layman
Figure 2.5: Distribution of fibro houses, Sydney 1971 -- Figure 2.6: Asbestos insulation blanket on turbine at East Perth Power Station -- Figure 6.1: Wittenoom workers (men) -- Figure 6.2: Australian workers (men) -- Figure 8.1: A miner drills in the narrow stope of the Australian Blue Asbestos mine, Wittenoom -- Figure 9.1: Workers bag asbestos fibre at Baryulgil mill -- Figure 11.1: Asbestos Awareness Healthy House Checklist -- Figure 11.2: Airborne asbestos fibre concentrations (fibres/mL) measured during selected renovation activities
Summary Asbestos in Australia presents for the first time a multi-dimensional view of Australia's asbestos story featuring contributions from experts in the disciplines of history, journalism, medicine, law and public health. It also includes first-hand accounts of those whose lives have been touched by the mineral, as workers, asbestos disease sufferers, and lawyers and campaigners directly engaged in the struggle to ban its use. The writers track the history of asbestos from the early 20th century, when asbestos was mined in Australia, to the post-war housing boom which saw asbestos become the material of choice in cities and suburbs around the country. They then deal with its controversial legacy: the dire medical consequences from exposure, the cover-ups and the protracted legal battles for compensation, and the ongoing risks to public health from the asbestos that remains in our workplaces, schools and homes to this day
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Asbestos -- Environmental aspects -- Australia -- History
Asbestos -- Health aspects -- Australia -- History
Form Electronic book
Author Layman, Lenore, editor.
Phillips, Gail, 1947- editor.
ISBN 1925835596