Bright Pictorial Heritage 1850 to 2011

Boys' Camp

About this Project
Brief History of Bright
Historical Timeline
Old Tobacco Sheds and Gold Museum
Boys' Camp
Bright Cemetery
Courthouse and Lockup
Beautiful Trees in Bright
Memorial Arboretum
Gold Mining
Canyon Gold Sluicing Site
Freeburgh and Germantown
Baker's Gully Reserve
Bright Railway 1890 to 1983
Early Horseraces
Early Miniature Car Races
Huggin's Lookout
Clear Spot, Apex, Tower Hill Lookouts
Walking Tracks
References and Bibliography
The Boys Camp at Bright was established in 1944 by the Forests Commission,off Coronation Avenue.

The Commission installed two sleeping huts (60ft x 18ft), one mess hut (60ft x 18ft), one storeroom (60ft x 18ft) and an ablution block (35ft x 14ft). The huts were purchased from the army. The camp was mainly used in the Christmas vacations to educate city school boys in plantation work.

The boys were employed at wood-chopping, clearing, pruning and nursery work. In 1949, the Forests Commission modified the two sleeping huts and mess hall for the camp's new use as a Balt or immigrant camp. One of the large sleeping huts burnt down in 1950 and the Forests Commission erected a number of two-person huts as replacement accommodation. These huts were constructed of masonite.

The camp ended its role as an immigration centre in 1952 and the Forests Commission were approached by John and Coral Bennett with a proposal to lease part of the camp for private use for tourist accommodation, with a particular emphasis on school educational trips. The lease drawn up in November 1952 included the use of nine two-person huts. The lease agreement allowed the Forests Commission to use part of the site for housing their workers engaged in plantation work. The Forests Commission continued this arrangement until 1965 when they transferred their staff to a new camp at the Bright State Nursery.

The camp still operates today, with the current owners recently purchasing the site from the State government.

The camp contains three buildings (Army Type P1) - a sleeping hut, storeroom and mess hall - dating from the first use of the site as a Boys Camp. The three large buildings, ex-army huts, still retain their original external appearance and corrugated iron walls, but have been extensively modified internally. The mess hall was also extended by 30ft through the addition of a kitchen. The nine two-person huts (Stanley-type huts) still retain their original masonite walls and roof under the existing fibro-cement wall cladding and corrugated iron rooves. The huts have been shifted from their original positions into a crescent-shaped arrangement. Each two-roomed hut appears to originally have had a pot-belly stove. Only one of the huts retains evidence of the stoves in the form of a galvanised iron flue. The historic buildings from the School Boys and Balt periods form a tight cluster surrounded by buildings - sleeping huts, ablution blocks, and kitchen - introduced to the site after 1957.

The buildings from the Boys and Balt periods have retained their historic external appearances, although those of the two-person huts are obscured by the addition of new cladding and rooves. The three large huts are still in their original locations but the small huts have been shifted to form a crescent arrangement.

1975* PIoneer Flats (my friend on verandah!)

1950 Main street

1941 Hawkers van in Bright

1874 Hops

Comments welcome, to  Bob Padula