Re/construction: Jack Mundey & the Green Bans
Address: 8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross 2011
Date: 31 October to 21 November 2020
Call: (02) 9357 2058
Re/construction re-enacts and re-animates texts and slogans from the unofficial archives that record sit-ins or peace marches for civil rights, gay and lesbian or women’s rights and environment movements. In this case a portion of Jack Mundey's papers donated to the Trades Hall Collection are reviewed at Sydney Trades Hall.
Green Bans embraced other heritage suburbs, most of them working class and many involving saving low-cost or public housing but the Builders’ Labourers’ Federation fought targeted battles for the rights of women, Aboriginals and gays. The establishment Sydney Morning Herald was quick to call them “mere builders’ labourers” and “proletarian town planners”, just conservationists were called "mere housewives". From Kellys Bush onwards, the green ban era was just 4 years until the de-registration of the NSW Builders Labours’ Federation. The additional year dedicates 1975 to their legacy: the renewal of Woolloomoolloo Public Housing, proudly declared a "world leader" for its architecture and consultation model.