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About FO Barnett
Born in Brunswick, Frederick Oswald Barnett (1883–1972) was instrumental in highlighting the plight of Melbourne's inner-city slum-dwellers in the 1930s. In 1936 he was appointed to the Slum Abolition Board, and from 1938 to 1948 he was the vice-chair of the newly established Housing Commission.
Historic newspaper reports note Barnett's efforts to raise public awareness of inner-city poverty, including his popular lantern-slide nights. Although Barnett was an advocate for improved housing conditions, he was strongly opposed to the high-rise blocks that replaced many of inner-Melbourne's established communities of closely packed streets.
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