The 1960s

  • Sydney’s first high-rise apartments, Redfern’s John Northcott Place and William McKell Place, appeared on the Sydney skyline
  • Housing Commission starts building its largest ever estate, Green Valley, to house 25,000 people in 6,000 new properties. The initial 940 dwellings were based on the American ‘Radburn’ model
  • Mount Druitt surpassed Green Valley as the largest ever suburb built, with a population of 32,000 people housed in 8,000 new properties
  • Townhouses used on estates for the first time rather than cottages – a medium density solution to reduce urban sprawl
  • More flats were built in Sydney than cottages for the first time