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Peter Bilenkij

Peter Bilenkij, who arrived in Australia as a small child with his Ukrainian parents, lived in a typical migrant house in Clinton Street.

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Peter's father Serge couldn't afford to employ a builder to erect his temporary dwelling but friends helped him:

"It was typical of the time: it had a bedroom, lounge room, kitchenette with a fuel stove, a tap, a table under the window and a dining room. There was a slop bucket which acted as a loo in the middle of the night. We eventually got a fridge. In 'stage two' they built a garage with a little laundry and bathroom with a wood-fired copper and a twin laundry tub. All hot water was heated in the copper for a weekly bath. Behind that was a loo and then there was a shed which initially had chooks in it."