Build­ing our na­tion

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TV provider Foxtel has com­mis­sioned Build­ing Aus­tralia, a colour­ful se­ries that ex­plores the his­tory of the Aus­tralian house in all of its in­car­na­tions, from the ter­race to the Queens­lan­der, homestead, Fed­er­a­tion, the week­ender and the clas­sic sub­ur­ban house. The six-parter, hosted by ac­tor, co­me­dian and screen­writer John Doyle (pic­tured) de­buts on the The His­tory Chan­nel in July. It ex­plores how Aus­tralia has shaped the Aus­tralian house and in turn, how the Aus­tralian house has shaped lives and cul­tures. Doyle charts the jour­ney of the Aus­tralian house so far, through ob­ser­va­tions and con­ver­sa­tions with ex­perts, en­thu­si­asts and home own­ers. ‘‘What I really like about Build­ing Aus­tralia is that rather than ex­plor­ing his­tory through mon­u­men­tal build­ings, it tells us who we were and who we are through the hid­den his­tory of houses,’’ says Doyle. ‘‘The se­ries will re­flect how peo­ple live, and have lived, in many parts of the coun­try. ‘‘This is the story of how we have built so much more than just a roof over our heads – we’ve built Aus­tralia.’’ Build­ing Aus­tralia is pro­duced by Michael Tear and Har­riet Pike at Bearcage, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Screen Aus­tralia with the sup­port of the Aus­tralian Coun­cil of Na­tional Trusts. Coming in July, The His­tory Chan­nel.

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