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RVIA and The Age Small Homes Service

Here is the cover of a Small Homes Service booklet dating from 1948.


The Small Homes Service was an architectural advisory bureau set up by the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects in conjunction with The Age in Melbourne on 7 July, 1947. Its Director was Robin Boyd.


It had two principal aims: first, to bring architectural services to those who would not normally use the services of an architect and second, to raise the standard of house design in Victoria by making the work of Victoria's leading domestic architects available at low cost. Many of the plans were drawn up by Robin Boyd and Neil Clerehan. Plans and advice were also published in The Age every Wednesday.


This is peripherally related to Canberra: a similar small homes advisory service was run in Canberra by the NCDC from the late 1950s through the 1960s, though not with the involvement of Boyd or Clerehan.

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Taken sometime in 1948