Shack Life tells the story of three small beachside communities in the Royal National Park south of Sydney - Era, Burning Palms and Little Garie - and how their residents fought to save their beloved shacks.
During the Depression, starving miners and their families made their way 'down the hill' to a place by the sea where they could live on fish, rabbits and home-grown vegetables. Hundreds of shacks, only able to be reached on foot, sprung up, and are still standing today.
Since the 1960s governments have tried to have the shacks pulled down but the communities, with the help of their Protection League, fought back each time and won. In frank interviews with 'shackies' and stunning photographs this book explores the fascinating history of these quintessentially Australian shacks.
About the Author
Ingeborg van Teeseling is a journalist and historian who teaches history at the University of Wollongong.
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The book delivers on many levels. It includes engaging family stories of the shack owners and builders and warmly describes the two communities. The book provides insights into the social history of coastal communities seeking the warm embrace of the beach while the pictures capture the essence of the isolated locations.
'This wonderful and long overdue book has captured the proud heritage of the shack communities and shown how its history has mirrored the greater Australian story.' - David Hill, author and historian 'Shack Life is that rare mix; a compelling read that stitches together the big history of place, the smaller history of culture and the personal narratives of those who have made, and been made by, these extraordinary, irreplaceable dwellings. Thoughtful, touching, beautiful and finely crafted Shack Life is, in a word, brilliant.' - Elizabeth Farrelly
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st May 2017
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 23.5