In His Own Words – Alan Cunningham

Berowra Living History is looking to put together a virtual exhibition about local businesses. If you have information, photos or memorabilia to share, please contact us.

The following is an example. Many may recall the late Alan Cunningham and the Ampol Service Station.

Alan 2

Around 1955 Alan and his family moved to Berowra and soon after;

Alan became the Dealer at Berowra [Ampol Service Station] when it was completed.

. . . provides a number of services to its customers . . . not always available [elsewhere] . . . key cutting . . . endrust agent . . . dry cleaning agent

Alan has involved himself in the community being a foundation member of both the local Lions Club and Rotary Organisations . . . Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and a current member of the N.S.W. Fire Brigade.

Alan 1

Alan . . . has made the effort to utilise all available space in merchandising his salesroom and forecourt


Alan shared many of his recollections with Berowra Living History, including a book recording the history of the Service Station. The quotes above are drawn from this private memoir.


Tagged , , , , ,

One thought on “In His Own Words – Alan Cunningham

  1. Ricky Church says:

    The picture of the Ampol Garage shown here looks like it was taken in the late 60s or early 70s, after it had had a renovation. The original was completed in the the late fifties and was one of my earliest memories. I remember Mr Cunningham and his father-in- law Old Cliff who used to pump petrol often at the weekends. The Corrigan’s Bus Shed used to be behind the garage and ran the bus service to Berowra Waters, Berowra Station and to Hornsby. For the Berowra Waters Bus a VW Comby Van was used.

    I used to live at 100 Berowra Waters Road just opposite the Garage. My mother used to smoke Alpine Cigarettes and she sometimes she used to send me across the road to buy them, or a box of matches which was 2 pence. On one lucky occasion I remember she gave me a 6p piece (a zac) that I put into the old Coca-Cola Vending Machine. The machines in those days were ice baths in which the bottles were submerged up to the neck. You would put the coin in and then could drag the bottle along a track and pull it out of the lock. The bottles then were the small size that mimicked the hourglass shape of a woman’s figure.

    When the lawn mower wouldn’t work my father used to send me over to get Cliff to fix it, as usually my father was usually too under the weather. Cliff would always get it too work and I remember him saying to me now ‘look sonny you keep flooding it the carby’. In the late sixties Johnny O’Neil took over the management of the garage.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: