Shacks of the Royal National Park

The Shacks of the Royal National Park Project was initiated by Edie Swift. Edie has captured the history of the shacks and their owners through her interviews. This project is ongoing.

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John Arney

John Arney
Bulgo

John first built a shack at Bulgo in 1962 before buying another shack in the beach in 1975.

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Brian Bell
Bonnie Vale

Brian’s family stayed in a shack at Bonnie Vale built by Jimmy Delany which was passed down to his Uncle George and continues to be enjoyed by the family.

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Illawarra Stories - Profile Image templateDenis Brown
Burning Palms

Denis has been visiting his family’s shack at Burning Palms since he was a baby in the late 1940s. His family still enjoy this special place.

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Les Edwards
Bonnie Vale

Les’s family bought an Army tent onsite at Bonnie Vale in the 1940s then his father built a shack there. He enjoyed coming by ferry to Bonnie Vale every weekend and three generations of his family have enjoyed holidays there.

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Michelle Falson
Bonnie Vale

Michelle’s grandparents built their shack in the early 1960s and it has now been enjoyed by 3 generations. Michelle now takes her sons to holiday there.

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Joy Friend

Joy Friend
Bonnie Vale

Joy went camping with her family before they built their shack. She has happy memories of their years there until they let their shack go and it was demolished by National Parks and Wildlife Service in the late 1980s.

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Gormly, Joyce - headshotJoyce Gormly
Bulgo

Joyce used to travel by horse to the shacks at Bulgo when she was a child in the 1930s.

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Bonnie Vale

Mark enjoyed the simplicity of life holidaying at Bonnie Vale and thinks it is a pity the community has gone.

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Paul Griffiths

Bonnie Vale

Paul first came to own a shack in the late fifties.

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Sally Kelly
Bonnie Vale

Sally’s parents built their shack at Bonnie Vale in the mid-1950s and now three generations of her family have enjoyed holidaying there.

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Illawarra Stories - Profile Image templateBob Marshall
Bulgo

Bob enjoyed holidaying at Bulgo his whole life and reminisces about the community life at this special place.

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Julie Poulton
Bonnie Vale

Julie’s family bought  Shack 2 at Bonnie Vale in 1957 and  three generations of her family have enjoyed holidays there.

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Helen Scaife
Bonnie Vale

Helen has been staying at her family’s shack since 1952. Her father built the shack and later helped build the road. Helen lived in the shack with her children in 1981.

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