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Donga: Taking a look inside a weird and wonderful Top End architectural curiosity

RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads

Donga: Taking a look inside a weird and wonderful Top End architectural curiosity

Posted about 11 hours ago

Like many people in the Top End, Paul moved north for a bit of work — then he fell in love with the fishing, barbecues and a lovely lady, had a few kids, and found himself still in Darwin two decades later.

Yet he was not a true Territorian until six years ago, when he transformed a vacant block of bush outside town into a bespoke example of Top End architecture.

Read more:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-24/show-us-your-donga-a-look-inside-a-top-end-curiosity/8141834



"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads

    These became used as dongas after the war

    If there is one structure that epitomises the extent of military activities in the Territory during World War II it is the Sidney Williams hut – or ‘Comet’ brand hut – that was home to thousands of Australian and Allied servicemen from the late 1930s when the defence build-up in the north became more urgent.

    The firm of Sidney Williams and Company was formed in 1879 in Rockhampton, Queensland. From around 1910 the company was producing the famous Comet brand windmill, which dotted the Australian landscape for decades.

    http://northernterritory.com/articles/sidney-williams-huts



    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    Related image
    This is similar to one of 3 in a row in Winnellie (suburb of Darwin) years ago.
    There were no mosquito screens in the windows, no hot water, outside loo,
    concrete floor with a  small "railway" track up the middle where the soldiers wheeled ammunition. The beds had to have mosquito nets over them.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    I suppose telling other people one "had their own railway" was one of the benefits of living in these post-war
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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