NOWRA real estate agent Clyde Poulton lived in the cottage from when he was three until he was seven.
He lived there with his mother, Jamina, brother Ewan and sister Charmiane after emigrating from England in 1952.
“It was a busy little house,” he said.
“I remember I shared a small bedroom with my brother.
“There was no water or power. Our water supply was a manual pump about 50 metres away.
“It was basic living but it was home, it was a roof over our heads.
“We just got on with our job of being kids, it was fun.
“We had no idea what the place was about; we were just post-war immigrants.
“We could sense we were in a fairly low socioeconomic area, it was pretty tough.
“I remember it was a bit of a place where people were recovering from the war or escaping the city.
“They were looking for a simple lifestyle getting away from the depravation of the city.
“Then one day we all had to move and everyone loaded their stuff into cars and left The Flat,” he said.