8) Miners Humpy- Bark Gunya

Simple Living Learned from Locals

8) Miners Humpy

Fossikers who travelled to the area to try their luck moved on when they did not strike gold. Most preferred to live in a bark gunya made from local timber and bark, which could be easily dismantled, or simply left to rot back to nature. The Humpy would often have a single sheet of corrugated iron either as a wall or part of the roof. This was because the miner may have had a single sheet of iron on the bed of their wheelbarrow, to increase the surface area. The camp bed and table were put together with rough cut logs. The stretcher part of the bed was of strong hessian. Cooking was done on an open campfire, often the food being a poverty pot.