Category Archives: cowan creek

At Play In The Berowra District

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This week, with the holidays well underway, Berowra Living History thought it was a perfect time to share this wonderful image of Bobbin Head. In years gone by, many holiday makers made their way to Berowra and spent a few days, perhaps even a week, enjoying the beautiful surrounds. Many visitors would have spent a day enjoying Bobbin Head. As can be seen in the image above, once there was an extensive children’s playground, adjacent to the picnic tables and perfect for entertaining the children while parents sat back and relaxed.

Do you remember this wonderful playground?

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A probable location for ‘The Serenity of the River’

On the August 14th blog ‘The Serenity of the River’ I asked if anyone knew the location on Cowan Creek where the C1900 black & white photo was taken.

Neil Davis responded ‘ . . . just a guess,maybe the southern headland to the entrance of Waratah Bay, looking north . . .’

Looking at Waratah Bay on a NPWS map of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park & Berowra Valley Regional Park (see map below) Neil’s suggestion is very likely.

2015-08-21 16.07.34 Waratah Map aug 2015

This suggestion is further supported when you view the 2005 photo(below) taken by keen photographer Ros Mort at approximately the same location as the early photo.

DSC06330 Ros M photo at Waratah Bay 2005

Thanks Neil and Ros


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We All Have Stories To Tell

 Ned, Alan & Gordon on the Berowra to Waratah Bay track  C 1915       With thanks to Kevin Windybank

Ned, Alan & Gordon on the Berowra to Waratah Bay track C 1915 With thanks to Kevin Windybank

Have you ever walked in the bush between Berowra and Waratah Bay? These three boys knew the area well. Kevin Windybank, son of Gordon, pictured on the right in this picture, will join Berowra Living History to tell stories of the Windybank family at a Probus Club meeting on Thursday, 3rd September.

His presentation will follow input from Von Jones who has many memories of life down at Berowra Waters and in Berowra.


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Tourists At Waratah Bay

Image courtesy of Private Collection

Image courtesy of Private Collection

This photograph is most intriguing; it shows a group of tourists at Waratah Bay and what looks like a photographer’s cloth in the background to the right. We do know that Edward Windybank, early European settler of Cowan Creek, was promoting Waratah Bay with his enterprising business of hiring out pleasure house boats for the many people that flocked to the area on the weekends. I’m wondering if he hired a photographer to take this shot for promotional purposes, the dogs in the foreground give an extra flavour to the overall picture. Windybanks certainly did produce a number of postcards with images of the pleasure boats he built and others that show the beauty of Waratah Bay. Looking at the dress I estimate this photograph was taken circa 1910s, but I could well be mistaken. What do you think?


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