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Retracing Happy Valley tour: La Perouse in the Depression

Join our curator on a short tour tracing the three Depression unemployment camps in La Perouse - Happy Valley, Frog Hollow and Hill 60 .



About this Event




Did you know the landscape of La Perouse was transformed in the 1930s with three sprawling "unemployment" camps that housed hundreds and hundreds of people and their families?

Join the La Perouse Museum Curator on a short walking tour into the La Pa headland and back to the Museum, retracing the sites and stories of those people that found a home during one of the toughest times in Australia's history. You'll hear stories of hardship, prejudice, "making-do" and most of all, fierce community spirit about the people who lived at Happy Valley, Frog Hollow and Hill 60 at La Perouse.

The tour starts on the veranda of La Perouse Museum at 1pm sharp, and then heads onto the Headland and a short walk into the National Park, before heading back towards the Museum and into the exhibition "Happy Valley: La Perouse in the Depression" in our Community Galleries.

Conditions of booking:

Programs will go ahead in poor weather, but the program may be altered to allow it to proceed safely. All participants need to come prepared for the weather on the day, and bring good walking shoes and a raincoat.

Our staff are trained in first aid, have working with children checks, and run activities that are risk-assessed. We ask that participants follow all instructions relating to safety.

Randwick City Council staff may on occasion take recordings of participants during activities (including photographs, videos and voice recordings). If you DO NOT wish for the participant’s recording to be used according to these conditions, please indicate this during the booking process.

Special Conditions for COVID-19

La Perouse Museum has implemented COVID-19 Special Operating Procedures for the safety of staff, participants and visitors to the Museum and to our programs. These procedures are based around social distancing, hygiene, venue cleaning and record-keeping. Please assist by observing instructions provided by Council staff or signage. You can view further details about these conditions on the Museum webpage of the RCC website.

Participants may not attend activity programs if they have any of the following:

• Close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days

• Travelled to Australia from overseas or have been in close contact with someone who has arrived in Australia in the past 14 days

• COVID-19 symptoms: fever or acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath or cough) with or without fever






A family at Happy Valley (John Cann Collection)