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3 July 2015

Jervis Bay Snippet

Another small article takes us back to a time when life around Jervis Bay moved at a much slower pace.

Funding cuts driven by the great depression in 1930 saw the government lease the beautiful buildings of the Royal Australian Naval College out as hotels and guesthouses., the publicity drew more and more people to the bay seeking it’s amazing beauty and quiet charm,  tourism became an important part of the local economy.
The Sydney Morning Herald March 1933.
“Set like a jewel on one of the low promontories of Jervis Bay stands the modern town of Huskisson.  Here hurry ceases,  for is there not fifteen miles of bush to break the disturbing influence of a railway connection to the hustling city of Sydney?

Nothing more exciting that the crack of a bullocky’s whip as a huge log is bought into the shipbuilding yard,  the arrival of the daily mail,  or the dispatch of a few cases of schnapper and blackfish,  mars the even tenor of life in this idyllic spot.

But it is known to motorists,  who comes with all his paraphernalia and a section of his family to camp beneath the great Bloodwoods and Blackbutts that crown the headland of Tapalla Point,  or the grass – grown banks of Moona Moona Creek.   There he stays for a day,  a week,  or a month – to vanish suddenly,  leaving no trace of his temporary home except a tent peg or a shallow channel that suggests a showery holiday.

By day the silver beaches that boarder the bay are alive with a colourful foreground of bathers;  by night the flash of the light at Point Perpendicular lends it’s charm to the nine-mile stretch of water that spans the spacious inlet eastward.”
Newspaper photograph and description from the same era.

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