Nissen Huts

in aUGUST 2009 the nissen huts and the quonset hut were OFFICIALLY ADDED TO THE NSW state HERITAGE REGISTER

See below for link to Balgownie Migrant Workers Hostel State Heritage Register Listing

Remaining Nissen Huts at the Fairy Meadow location prior to restoration

The Nissen Huts at Balgownie (Fairy Meadow) are no longer under threat of removal from their original site. The University of Wollongong has developed a plan for the collocation of the remaining huts as well as developing an interpretation plan for the site. They will remain on site and be used by the University as part of the new Innovation Campus which will be host to many overseas visitors and students in the years to come.

In 2003 a public meeting was convened by the Migration Heritage Project with the University of Wollongong representatives to exchange views on how a large part of the history of Wollongong would be lost forever if the huts were to be demolished or even moved from their original site. This meeting, together with lobbying from heritage consultants, played a role in broadening the understanding of the value of saving the Nissen Huts.


Public meeting to discuss future of Nissen Huts

Link to NSW State Heritage Listing for Balgownie Migrant Workers Hostel: Huts 201, 204 and 210:

Link to Map of Location of Migrant Hostels in the Illawarra


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Become a member

If Illawarra’s cultural heritage matters to you, you may want to stay in touch with MHP and become a member.


For further information:

Migration Heritage Project
PO Box 1589
South Coast Mail Centre
Wollongong NSW 2521