Children used to sand sledge down the hills at the entrance of the lake. Sand sledges were about five feet wide with a little footrest. The front of the ski was bent up and a small seat was placed on the back.
If children couldn't afford a wooden sledge they would use whatever material was available; cardboard or off cuts of masonite from building projects.
Holiday makers would come to the lake for fishing and prawning and to wander the beautiful sand hills.
During windy months sand hills would move dramatically creating new hills and valleys. The sand could be a nuisance as well. Some roads were blocked off at times due to the movement of the sand hills. Shopkeepers were constantly sweeping sand out of their stores.
Large amounts of the sand were used to build up swamp land at Port Kembla before they built the Tin Plate at the Steelworks. Some of the sand around Lake Illawarra was even shipped to Hawaii.
‘Voices of a Lifetime’, Shellharbour City Libraries, 2009.
|Children on the sand hills at Warilla Beach.|
Shellharbour Images, Shellharbour City Libraries.