Joy Friend

From 1945, Joy Friend went camping with her parents at Bonnie Vale before her father, Bob Manners, built a shack for which he brought materials over by ferry. She remembers concerts, fishing, row boats, and feeling like the community was an extended family. There was no electricity or running water. In the 1970s, she brought her own children to Bonnie Vale and her father built a house in Bundeena to live in the area. She is sad to see the shacks go as the National Parks and Wildlife Service have demolished them as their leases expire.

Listen to Joy’s Interview

Joy’s audio interview can be downloaded here.

Joy’s interview transcript.


Bonnie Vale – Camping – Shack – Concerts – Fishing – Row Boats – NPWS – Ferry

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