Samuals Lane at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement c1925
1924 to 1932 — 26 more cottages are built, using local Aboriginal labour. The administration tries to create a village atmosphere and impose the European ideal of domestic life.
The administration believes this to: “… invite the native to raise themselves from their present almost primitive state to a higher plane.”
— Chief Protector of Aborigines
The lane between the first two rows of houses is named after Charlie Samuels.
The backyards are typical of the times. The clothesline is a length of wire strung between two posts. The long white forked poles are used to prop up the clothesline and keep the wet washing off the ground. In each yard is a small building with the sloping roof. This is the outside toilet or thunder box.
The men on the Goona Cart would go along the lane and collect the pans from each of the toilets. When a sewerage system was introduced, toilets were put inside the house.