RESTORATION OF AUSTRALIAN BUNGALOW

on behalf of Din l-Art Helwa

The restoration of the Australian Bungalow by Din l-Art Helwa is important project to promote and enhance the collective memory of Maltese migration both in Malta and abroad, especially in Australia.

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About the project

The project requiring support is to save the 'Australian Bungalow,' a wooden building held by Din l-Art Helwa under Guardianship . This singular Grade 2 building is typical of Queensland, Australia and was sent to Malta in the 1920s by the British Government to assist prospective migrants familiarise themselves with their future homes, and teach them construction skills in wood. It is thought to be the last surviving example of such buildings which were sent for assembly to each Commonwealth country to assist migration. Being totally made of wood, the Australian Bungalow suffered much deterioration from damp and from termites.  The plan is to save what we can and restore / replace the rest. The Australian Bungalow will be relocated to Ta Qali Family Park where it will be a visitor attraction and host information about migration.