Whistle would blow

“The original Aboriginal community was on Hill 60 and they got moved out when the war came. My mother lived in the house on the side of them on Military road in a Metal Manufacturers cottage with my grandmother and grandfather; they had the cottage that I now live in. She told me of the days when she was young with the Aboriginal families up on the hill (early 1900s); the whistle would blow and with the lack of noise and traffic, the kids would know that they were putting their boats and nets out and bringing the fish in on Fisherman’s Beach. All the kids in the neighbourhood would run down and help pull in the nets and they would be given fish to take home. It was extremely important to take the fish home.”

Dulcie dal Molin, 29 January 2016

Photo of fishermen in the 1950s on Fisherman’s Beach, Port Kembla from the collections of the Wollongong City Libraries and the Illawarra Historical Society. (P20710)