5. Building A Home
Early Pioneer Building Methods used in South Gippsland
Information in this section compiled by Ian Lester.
When European settlers arrived in South Gippsland during the period 1870 to 1890 they faced many difficulties before they became established.
Adverse climate and terrain, inadequate roads and transport all had an impact on early building techniques.
The greatest priority was somewhere to live, the South Gippsland climate can be cold and wet for much of the year so some form of shelter was essential. Transport in the early years was very difficult too due to the dense forest, the hilly land and the wet climate, which made the tracks a sea of mud in the wetter months.
More solid houses
Settlers used the materials at hand to make a home in the bush.
Features of early houses
As houses became more robust, settlers started to enjoy the creature comforts including roofs, floors, chimneys, cooking and lighting.