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Abuilding that resembles a concrete
box and is designed to withstand
being bombed is not the easiest
renovation to undertake.
e building, which owner Helen
Shervington's family has nicknamed the
"bomb shelter", was built on her family
farm behind the Busselton town centre and
served as an administration headquarters
for the Royal Australian Air Force during the
Second World War.
" e farm has been in my family for over
100 years and part of it was resumed by
the Defence Department during the war,"
says Helen. "When the air force base was
disbanded in the late 1950s the land was
offered back to the original owners under the
terms of resumption."
Constructed in 1941, the building is typical
of many built on surrounding properties in
Busselton and throughout Western Australia
as part of air force training bases.
"Our property ended up having two
concrete buildings and some foundations
built. At one point there were over 2000
people living on all of the properties, which
at the time would have been bigger than
Busselton," says Helen.
Helen's father decided to make use of
the empty building by using it as a hay
shed but Helen had greater plans for the
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