Category Archives: Industry

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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How It Was Done . . . 43 Years Ago

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The above, from May 1973, was only part of a regular advertisement segment placed by The Berowra Village Shopping Centre in the Berowra & District Times, a Newspaper published by the Berowra Progress Association for a time during the 1970’s.

The basic black and white images and text really indicate how advertising has progressed when compared with what we are exposed to today. It is also interesting to see just a sample of the variety of goods that were available, in our first local shopping centre.

Robyn

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Jumbled Junk And Busy Boys

This is the story of 6 or 7 Berowra teenagers who in about 1956 discovered the dismembered parts of an old 1931 Ford. They lay scattered around in an empty block – 57 Woodcourt Road, Berowra. Photos 1 and 2 show the parts being surveyed. A decision was made to reassemble it so the work began.

The boys ranged in age from 14 – 16 years. When the task was finally successfully completed, Photos 3 and 4, they drove it up to Roy Corrigan’s Ampol garage – corner Berowra Waters Road and Eastern Road. The Registration was never granted! Note also Corrigans Busses and the old pine trees on the block next door, which is now number 109 Berowra Waters Road.

What became of the “car” is not known, but registered or not I think they got much pleasure from all their hard work.

(Names withheld – but available)

Shirley Collins

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Have You Heard Of Fishermans Point?

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This tranquil image titled ‘Fisherman’s Bend’ Hawkesbury River is from the original Tyrrell Collection (glass plate) and by Henry King 1880-1900. It certainly evokes a relaxed river lifestyle in the Australian bush.

..Fisherman’s Point, lies on the southwestern shore of the Hawkesbury River,immediately north of Bar Island,at the mouth of Berowra Creek.

Previously called Fisherman’s Bend, it was named Fisherman’s Point on an 1831 survey map which also records a 35 acre (14hectare) land grant to two businessmen  F J King and R W Robinson.

Since then,Fisherman’s Point has become a secluded residential and recreational area…

(Niall Clugston 2008 )

The above is Courtesy of Hornsby Shire Council Library Local Studies Collection.

Robyn

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The Serenity Of The River

This photo from the State Library says it all.The seated man in the foreground with a boat down behind him adds a certain focus but the water dominates the scene and holds your attention fully.

Cowan Creek with man in foreground           Photograph courtesy of NSW State Library C1900

Cowan Creek with man in foreground Photograph courtesy of NSW State Library C1900

Do you know where this photo was taken? Share the information with us please

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Community

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This week, Berowra Living History is sharing the beautiful photograph above, which comes from the collection of A. Cunningham. The image shows Cunningham’s Service Station, with quite a crowd gathered under the awning area. The Berowra community has always been a strong one, and in my experience, people are always happy to stop for a chat in the street. The question though is, what brought such a large group of the community together at the Service Station? It appears that perhaps it is raining, which brings up the question – is this simply a community sheltering from the inclement weather, or was this a more organised community event?

Do you remember this occasion or perhaps know what brought the community together for this wonderful photograph?

Elissa

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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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Fishing At Berowra Waters

Image Courtesy of The Past Present www.australiaspastpresent.com

Image Courtesy of The Past Present
http://www.australiaspastpresent.com

The image above is an idyllic view of Berowra, a place of fun, leisure and relaxation. In the foreground, a man enjoys a day on the water, casting his line and waiting to see what bites. Fishing has long been a popular pastime at Berowra though, and drew crowds from the city on a regular basis to try their luck. In fact, so popular were Berowra and Cowan Creeks that they were regularly mentioned in fishing reports in newspapers, including papers like the Sydney Morning Herald!

Do you have memories of fishing at Berowra or Cowan Creek – or perhaps a story about the one that got away? We would love to hear your memories!

Elissa

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A Special Invitation – Do You Remember This Occasion And Were You There?

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The above advertisement appeared in the November 1971 Berowra & District News. This newspaper was published by the Berowra Progress Association for a time in the 1970’s. It was distributed in Mt Kuringai, Berowra, Berowra Waters, Cowan, Brooklyn, Dangar Island.

‘SANTA’S VILLAGE CENTRE’ boasted of a wide selection from 20 shops

To encourage all local residents a FREE Bus Service was also advertised to operate from Brooklyn via Cowan to Berowra Village Centre on EACH Friday, between November 26th and December 24th 1971.

The morning trip left at 11am with the return journey departing the Village at 1:30pm.

A number of copies of the Berowra & District News  papers were generously donated to berowralivinghistory by Mary Budd at the time of our first exhibition in 2007.

Robyn

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Day Trippers To The Waters

Image courtesy of the Hornsby Library Collection, courtesy of Hedley & Del Somerville.

Image courtesy of the Hornsby Library Collection, courtesy of Hedley & Del Somerville.

This interesting photograph from the 1920’s features W E (Billy) Wall great/grandson of Mary Wall with visitors at Berowra Waters. In the background is the Kiosk of his mother-in-law, Ada Foster Jones.

The following extract is from  An Entertaining Life -Memories of ‘Mr Don’ by Don Wall son of W E Wall.

‘..During my early childhood I can vividly recall watching my dad convert his tabletop truck from an ordinary vehicle into a bus.He would back the truck into a special stand,release the U bolts and by the use of jacks lift the tabletop off the truck’s chassis and secure it .He would then drive the truck out,minus the tabletop and reverse it into a nearby stand,where the bus top was in position,then lower it onto the truck’s chassis and secure it with U bolts.It was fascinating to watch the transformation. On completion of the exercise he would drive the bus to Berowra and transport weekend holiday-makers,mainly fishermen and people enjoying a day on the river,to and from Berowra Waters. The roads were not sealed and with solid rubber tyres,the bus trip was not as comfortable as we enjoy today.

Everybody was in a holiday mood and after travelling to Berowra by train,boarded the bus,which carried about 30 people.The journey generated a lot of fun.On the Monday, following the weekend’s activities,he would reverse the process and use the truck for his transport business. .’..

Robyn

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