In August 2009 the Nissen hut and the Quonset Huts located at the former Balgownie Migrant Workers Hostel in Fairy Meadow were officially added to the NSW State Heritage Register

See below for link to Balgownie Migrant Workers Hostel State Heritage Register Listing

Remaining Nissen Huts at the Fairy Meadow location prior to restoration

The Nissen Huts at Balgownie (Fairy Meadow) are no longer under threat of removal from their original site. The University of Wollongong has developed a plan for the collocation of the remaining huts as well as developing an interpretation plan for the site. The huts will remain on site and be used by the University.

In 2003 a public meeting was convened by the Migration Heritage Project with the University of Wollongong representatives to exchange views on how a large part of the history of Wollongong would be lost forever if the huts were to be demolished or even moved from their original site. This meeting, together with lobbying from heritage consultants, played a role in broadening the understanding of the value of saving the Nissen Huts.


Public meeting to discuss future of Nissen Huts