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The Village Grows Up

Early Dwellings

Most of the dwellings were little more than shanties, but the ingenuity of the settlers was often evident. Typically, swamp oaks were cut on Bonna Point and on the site of the present oil refinery. Residents lashed the stakes together and covered them with split hessian bags or kerosene tins. The hessian was whitewashed to render it waterproof, while internally the walls were lined with newspapers. Kerosene tins, their ends removed, were flattened out to give a sizable sheet of steel, used mainly for nailing to the exterior. Most of the floors were of stamped dirt.
The Watson residence in Bridges Street Kurnell was typical of early homes in 1920s. (Photo: Cox/Morgan)
'Glencoe', 1930s, stood on what is now vacant land beside the shopping centre in Torres Street. (Photo: Cox/Morgan)
The Cox hessian home, 1918, with Jane, Bert and May Cox seated by the door. (Photo: Cox/Morgan)
During the 1950s, after the road from Cronulla to Kurnell had been constructed, a great number of second-hand houses were brought to Kurnell on trucks from other places in Sutherland Shire to provide inexpensive homes.
House being moved from South Cronulla. (Photo: George Blundell) Being placed on its new location in Bridges Street, Kurnell. (Photo: George Blundell)
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