The Narrabundah Pre-Fabs
A unique part of Canberra's history
Some former residents of the area have established the Narrabundah Pre-Fabs History Group, with the objective of documenting the history of this unique part of Canberra's urban growth. The group wants former residents of the area to be the major contributors to the project.
The pre-fabs area of Narrabundah comprised 360 'temporary' homes built in the period 1948 to 1952 to accommodate families, many from overseas, who came to Canberra to take part in the work needed to get the National Capital up and going after the Second World War.
The area, originally comprising twenty-one streets, 'innovatively' named First Street to 21st Street, is now that area of Narrabundah bounded by Matina Street and Kootara Crescent. In February 1978 the original streets were renamed and consolidated into thirteen streets, beginning with Bega Crescent near McMillan Circuit and ending with Nimbin Street adjacent to the Narrabundah Neighbourhood Oval.
In the mid 1980's the area became part of the NCDC's Narrabundah Regeneration Project which over the next two decades resulted in most of the original prefabricated demountable dwellings being replaced or redeveloped.
Those who settled in the pre-fab area in the early days were some of the pioneers of post-Second World War Canberra. They were imbued with the same pioneering spirit as those families of the twenties who had no option but to live in the temporary settlements of Molonglo, Westlake, The Causeway and Russell Hill. Their life in early Narrabundah coincided with those other pioneers, the single men (many from overseas) who came to live in the workers hostels at Capital Hill, Hillside, Turner, Ainslie, Fairbairn, Eastlake and Riverside.
Throughout 2010 The Narrabundah Pre-Fabs History Group will strive to document the history of the area. For this goal to be achieved the group needs stories, photographs and other memorabilia from those who lived in the pre-fab area from the late forties through to the seventies.
If you would like to be part of this important historical project please contact:
Marie Gallagher (née Belcher)
Phone: (02) 6241 7479
Phone: (02) 6247 6874
Phone: (02) 6292 5244