Scheyville Sunset # 1

George Petrovsky

Thirlmere, Australia

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Scheyville National Park, to the NW of Sydney, was once an Army barracks, then became a camp for displaced persons, or migrants, coming to Australia at the end of World War 2. They were escaping from a ravaged Europe to a land of new opportunity. My family was one of those who arrived in 1949, when I was but a lad of 3, and although we lived in other similar camps in Bonegilla and Cowra, many of our friends had lived in Scheyville. The current lot of migrants and refugees have never had it so good!

Conditions were very basic, with the corrugated iron Nissan Huts forming the main accommodation. Well, they were good enough for our Armed Forces! One such hut, now in a state of rusted disrepair, can be seen in the centre of the picture. Off to the right, what may have once been a common room or dining hall stands in a state of deterioration. The B&W powerboard is at the front of that building. The brick buildings form part of the administrative section of the base.

The sun is setting on a piece of little known post-war history, and yes, I’ve done a bit of a nostalgia trip here. Other pictures in the series will be presented as the opportunity arrises.

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