I mentioned in the Introduction that my photographic roots were in Bowden and Port Adelaide--the industrial or manufacturing side of Adelaide that was developed in the 1950s. It was a low skilled, low tech form of manufacturing that was indifferent to the environmental consequences of the pollution of the commons caused by industrialization.
The river and the ocean were seen as spaces that business could discharge the stuff they didn't want anymore without paying for polluting the environment. It was the state's job--socialising the losses.
The progressive state Labor Governments under Don Dunston and John Bannon had difficulty dealing with the environmental damage. Consequently, working class people lived in a polluted environment and their health suffered as a result.