The Pacific Highway is a dynamic space, continually in flux since its creation in the late 1920s. Welcomed as a modern, high-speed thoroughfare, it became part of people's lives as they travelled for work or holidays. Early voices on the highway told stories of escape and mobility, of the wonders of technology and the pleasures of the open road. As traffic volumes rose and motor vehicles became more powerful, a competing narrative developed. The Pacific Highway was a death road, with a fatality rate sixty percent higher than the NSW average by 2001. This paper is the result of collaboration between cultural historians and a visual artist. The historians draw out the competing voices of pleasure and pain from the written records and the built environment while the artist adds her own voice.
Shop Till You Drop: Essays on Consuming and Dying in Australia p. 106-121