American journalist and author Mignon McLaughlin famously described suburbia as a place that ‘isn’t city, isn’t country and isn’t tolerable’. Vermillion Sands author J G Ballard once labelled ‘Prosperous suburbia [as] one of the end-states of history. Once achieved, only plague, flood, or nuclear war could threaten its grip.’ And English surf-rock band The Barracudas claimed ‘Nothing Ever Happens in the Suburbs, Baby’. But they were wrong… Here are some extraordinary stories from everyday Australian neighbourhoods.
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