PHOTOGRAPHER / FILMMAKER
Royal National Park, Beach Shack Community, Sydney , Australia
Australian have long been known for their endurance in the face of hardship . I think this stems from being isolated from the rest of the world. A great example of this is a small beach shack community that spawned out of necessity During the Great Depression. Whole Mining families lost their jobs and collectively decided to approach a large land owner they asked could build a limited number of beach shacks at the edge of his property and live of the land in hunter gather style . The tight knitted community lived there out the desperation surviving on wild game , fish and home-grown vegetables. The small allotments of land were still privately owned each family paid about two shillings per week (about $8 today) to the land owner they originally made bark huts but overtime the families would help each other build permanent cabins,
Over the years, when a shack was abandoned or a person with the deed title died the shacks were demolished by the National Parks and Wildlife Service Shackies got around this by continuing to pay the rates notice under the name of the original title owner the shackies simply didn't notify the authorities when a loved one passed away . this land is so valuable that the National Park has been trying to remove the beach shacks vigorously ever since their construction .