History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: The Blue Hole Surf Club

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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). 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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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney 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 pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently 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 has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time 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), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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