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Shack Life : The Survival Story of Three Royal National Park Communities - Ingeborg Van Teeseling

Shack Life

The Survival Story of Three Royal National Park Communities

By: Ingeborg Van Teeseling, Cooper Brady (Photographer), Dean Saffron (Photographer)

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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.


A Wonderful book!


This is a fantastic book filled with wonderful stories about a magical place, magical times and great people!



Holiday dream time


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.



Shack Life

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'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

ISBN: 9781742235486
ISBN-10: 1742235484
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 2017
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 23.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 1.19