The area now occupied by Swansea Lakeside Caravan Park, previously known as Swansea Gardens due to the well-maintained setting, was named Liberty by the early owners of the land, Samuel and Albert McDonald – to commemorate their American heritage.
In the early 1920s, a time of great economic hardship, the land along the lake’s shores was occupied by squatters in small dwellings made from bush poles, second-hand timber, often clad with lime and cement coated hessian or galvanised iron.
Aerial view of Liberty Green 1970’s. Housing on the point and island was removed by 1996; replaced with nature reserves. Image: Gordon Humphries