Category Archives: Buildings

Lady Volunteer Fire Spotters Today

 

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This photo was taken by Ron Boyce at 18.25 on Wednesday 4.12.2002 as a bush fire spread across from Canoelands to Berowra. Stephanie deLeon is shown on duty in the Berowra Fire Tower monitoring the approaching fire.

There are about 8 women in the 30 member Berowra Tower Group which is part of the Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade of the NSW Rural Fire Service. Currently, the other women in this group with Stephanie are Sacha, Suzanne, Anne, Mary-Ann, Janice and Joy.

Duty is all year round and call ups can occur if there is a fire incident. In peak season everyone is on call. Most of the year the week day crew are on duty Tuesday and Wednesday and the week end crew on Saturday and Sunday.

Training is held throughout the year as ongoing competencies are essential.

Information generously provided by Stephanie de Leon

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Berowra Charm

The Fossil Poem copy

From The Sydney Morning Herald, June 29, 1946. To view the original, visit Trove.

Berowra is a place of beauty and splendour, which has long been popular with not just residents lucky enough to live here, but visitors who have flocked to the area to enjoy the splendours of our natural world. Today, many of these visitors post a photo online, or simply take home memories, but in days gone by, visitors sometimes shared their experiences with various publications, like newspapers. The poem above, which was written about a piece of petrified wood found in Berowra, is a charming glimpse into the way in which many visitors once kept memories of their visits alive. To view the original, visit Trove.

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Lady Volunteer Fire Spotters

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The above item came from the Roundabout with Mary column of the 1971 Berowra District Newspaper.

Verilda Barnett revealed there were a handful of fire brigade member’s wives, like herself, who answered the call to be smoke spotters.
These ladies, shared this important role and child minding for each other in the 1970’s on total fire ban days.
Among the other ladies were a Pam, Shirley, Chris, Christine, Lyn, Sue,& Kay

 The Barnetts Road Fire Tower was the subject of an earlier blog on the 23rd of October 2015.
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Remember The Earlier Berowra Village Shopping Centre

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Recently we gained copies of the accomanying two photos so it seemed appropriate to recall more about the  Berowra Village Centre (the original name).
After canvassing a few sources I have learnt that the Centre was opened in 1970.It was built on land in Turner Road that was formerly two farms owned by the Hazlett and the Lailey families, we believe.
So far I do not have a definite list of the original businesses in the centre.

However by February 1972,an advertisement by the Centre including – ‘Now Open Thursday Night’ carried details from Sally’s Gifts and Toys,  The Village FRUIT BAR,  Colorsound’s Village Music Centre Joy’s DraperyLuca’s Milk Bar, McKENNA CHEMIST, ROBERTA COIFFURES, SYDNEY THOMAS, and The Village Delicatessen and Cake Shop with Pleasant Surroundings -Ample Parking
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While talking about this centre a list of some 14 or so businesses emerged as having been part of the complex at some time during the 20 plus years it was open. Included were a Hardware, Butcher,Newsagent,Pizza, Jeweller and Bank plus St Vincent de Paul, Accountant and Doctor’s Practice.
Can you help name the original businesses or perhaps you have some photos or stories to share related to this local shopping centre?
Robyn.
The above images are courtesy of Hornsby Shire Historical Society.
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Sixty-Six Years Young

After World War Two finished in 1945 and ex-servicemen returned to civilian life, many couples married and began buying their own quarter acre blocks (around 1,000 square metres) in Berowra.

One such couple was Jack and Kath Molyneaux who bought 47a Woodcourt Road in 1949 and six years later purchased number 47.

Building materials were in very short supply so instead of building a large garage in which to live, as many couples did, Jack and Kath built the left hand end of their future home. This took nearly two years and by then their eldest child, Chris, had arrived.

Roof titles were available only after being on the waiting list for about six months so a temporary “roof” of “Malthoid”, (two ply felt impregnated with bitumen) was used instead. (pictures 1 and 2) It was held down by battens, but one day huge hailstones punched holes in the “Malthoid”! Imagine the mess!

Finally, by 1953, the rest of their home was completed. (picture 3) If you look at 47a today, you’ll still see the chimney but because the house has been extended over the years the chimney is now in the centre of the dwelling!

Picture 4 shows Chris, in the corner, cooling off in Molyneaux’s concrete wading pool, with some young neighbours. The pool converted to a sand pit in winter. Note the old 44 gallon drum, with lid and brick, used as an incinerator.

Shirley Collins

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AND NOW FOR A ‘COOL’ SIGHT

The above 3 photos of our deck,side garden and the road in Coreen Close are labelled as being taken in 2000 when our suburb received a drop in temperature,followed by thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail. The force of the downpour shredded leaves from some plants. Do you recall this event?

Upon checking with the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology site  I found the following:

The 24th January 1999 ‘..Heavy rain and flash flooding in Sydney. Severe thunderstorms developed over the Greater Sydney area during Sunday morning.Very heavy rain was reported over eastern parts of the metropolitan area.Another storm produced torrential rainfall over some Northern Suburbs with properties in Berowra damaged and the main northern highway cut at one stage. Berowra Heights had 141 mm in 24hrs to 9am Sunday.

Maybe I have the wrong date on my photos?!

Do you remember when the former Berowra Village Shopping Centre was damaged in a bad storm? Do you have any photos?

Robyn

 

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The Baby Health Centre

Baby Health Centre

This week, with the old Berowra Baby Health Centre having been sold, it seemed the perfect time to reflect on motherhood in Berowra. Berowra has long had mothers, but health care specifically aimed at them and their new children was a long time coming. Following World War Two, a baby boom occurred in Berowra, but mothers had to trek into Hornsby to visit the Karitane sister for their regular checkups. In the 1950s, Karitane would come to Berowra, thanks to a community campaign you can read about here.

For 20 years, Karitane’s mobile health centre serviced Berowra Mum’s and their babies, but in 1973 a permanent baby health centre was established for the thriving community. The centre, located on Berowra Waters Road, provided support and advice to mothers new and old, and many Berowra mothers will remember visiting the centre.

Do you have more information, or simply memories of the Baby Health Centre and its sisters which you can share? We’d love to hear from you!

Elissa

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Then And Now – no 2 Berowra Waters Road

THEN

Bradley's shop with car + small boys

Image courtesy of Kath Baigent (formerly Bradley, nee Heaney)

This block was first built on, as a grocer’s shop by Mr and Mrs George Thirgood, in the 1940s. It was just around the corner from “The Cabaret”, which faced the Highway. The Thirgoods built only the right hand part of the building. Later on Kath and Albert Bradley took over, in the 1950s they added on the left hand shop to sell electrical goods. The two boys sitting in front of Albert’s van are Ted Bradley and his younger brother Tony. Sadly, in about 1954, Albert died suddenly. Kath kept the, now enlarged, grocery shop going with the help of her sister, Josie McDonald until the early 1980s when Judy and Winston Prior had it for a few years.

NOW

Image courtesy of Robyn Borkovic

Image courtesy of Robyn Borkovic

In 1985 Richard Dutton turned the premises into his Real Estate business which is now known as the “Professionals”.

Shirley Collins

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Out Along Turner Road

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In 1974, long time Berowra resident Tony Sneddon wrote an excellent, detailed geography assignment on Berowra. He has generously shared this document with berowralivinghistory.com.The following 2 photos and quote come from that assignment. (Tony and his parents and siblings originally lived at 145 Turner Road Berowra Heights)

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Turner Road looking North – arrows from the top indicate the Sneddon home location, the section of unsealed road and Gooraway Place & Blue Ridge Crescent.

a map of the Turner Road area showing the proposed and existing development by the '70's including the position of the Sneddon family home.

Map of the Turner Road area showing the proposed and existing development by the ’70’s including the position of the Sneddon family home.

“…When my father came to Berowra he bought five and a half acres of land in Turner road about one mile from the crossroads where the shopping centre now stands. The land was portion 365. Most of the surrounding land was sold off in five acre blocks….from Gooraway Place to my father’s subdivision is crown land covered by bush with no seal on the road.”

NOW-

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Turner Road, looking north again, seems to show little change. The road is fully sealed now and curbed but heavy bush is prevalent.

215 Google map Turner Rd Croped

The Google map clearly shows the ongoing development of and around Turner Road Berowra Heights.

Quite clearly further land division occurred which allowed for more houses such as we see today in this area.

Robyn

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A Receipt of Interest

Original document held by Local Studies Section, Hornsby Shire Council Library

Original document held by Local Studies Section, Hornsby Shire Council Library

A time back I received a phone call asking if berowralivinghistory knew where the Thirgood Store had been located in Berowra.

We did not at that time have any information and we were not even sure of the spelling of the name.
It was then revealed that the receipt, pictured here, was held by the Local Studies section of Hornsby Library and they were keen to get more information.They have done that and the following basic details are:

G Thirgood,General Storekeeper of Berowra opened his store about c.1946.The store was located on the corner of Pacific Highway and Park Street (now Berowra Waters Road).

By 1963 G Thirgood is listed in the NSW voter’s register as a “charge hand”  and so had obviously moved on.

The purchaser indicated on the receipt is  Berowra Advancement Assn.

berowralivinghistory was aware there had been a number of community groups over the years but little is known about this one.

Can you please help us with information about either Thirgood’s store or Berowra Advancement Association ?

Robyn

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