Tag: Nissen Huts

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Jul 15

Nissen Huts

What is a Nissen Hut? The Nissen hut was designed and patented in 1917 by Peter Nissen, a middle aged army Major. It was a prefabricated shelter made in the shape of a half cylinder. A corrugated sheet of metal formed its shell and plasterboard and concrete were used in its construction. Materials for these…

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Jul 15

Hostels

Large numbers of migrant hostels were set up to house the sudden vast influx of displaced persons and assisted migrants who entered Australia after WW2. Two of the largest of these hostels were at Bonegilla and at Bathurst, interestingly now internationally famous for the Mount Panorama racing circuit. The accommodation was predominantly in Nissen huts…