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Bulgo, 1930s tent family | by ABC Open Illawarra
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Bulgo, 1930s tent family

Bulgo is a small beach at the foot of a steep escarpment, in the Royal National Park south of Sydney. A shack community was established at Bulgo in the 1930s, a cheap and sustainable life for men and families who were suffering hardship during the depression years. Access to the shacks was only on foot, down the steep track. Many of the shacks are still standing today, owned by descendants of the original Bulgo community. The historic photo here shows one of the first families to arrive at Bulgo in the 1930s, living out of a tent. They would have lived mainly off fish. This Now & Then photograph is taken by ABC Open participant and Otford resident Nina Kourea.

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Taken on October 28, 2010