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Looking Back history feature: Slacky Flat’s unemployed village

Looking Back

Humpies like this were dotted around Slacky Flat from the depression years of the 1930s. Humpies like this were dotted around Slacky Flat from the depression years of the 1930s [Note: This image is not at Bulli]. THE depression years of the 1930s resulted in over 100 adults and children developing a makeshift village on the area now known as Slacky Flat at Bulli.

The village, sometime called ‘Happy Valley’ consisted of shacks made from mainly corregated iron springing up where the Bulli trotting track is today.

Owned by the Bulli Colliery at the time, the únemployed were in the majority moved-on in the late 1930s and 1940s after a large parcel of the land was sold to Bulli Shire Council for recreation purposes. Despite this, some of the campers moved into the bushland foothills of the escarpment, just west of the flat. There some remained for many years after.

As a boy I remember there were two or three men still living in corrugated…

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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