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In the 1940s a surf club was formed at Era with their rescue boat christianed after the original Blue Hole boat. The members of the surf club included Peter Howe (front left) and Tony Piccinelli (front right).
By MICK ROBERTS ©
HIDDEN, secretly perched overlooking the ocean in the Royal National Park, are around 200 historic shacks time forgot.
Built between 1910 and 1950, before the area was included into the Royal National Park, the shacks evolved on land leased from freeholders.
Material for the jerry built shacks and, the owners’ provisions, were, and still are, carried about two kms along steep bush tracks at places known as Era, Burning Palms and Bulgo.
The heritage listed communities are the largest remaining group of coastal shacks in Australia and are accessible only by foot or boat.
One of the most interesting of these communities is Era where the unemployed of the Great Depression…
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