Category Archives: Alan Cunningham



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?


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A Ghostly Tale

This week, with Halloween just around the corner, it seemed the perfect time to share a ghostly tale recounted to us by Alan Cunningham. As part of our research, we are collecting stories of strange events, and this is just one of the amazing tales we have been told. More will be featured in the coming Virtual Museum.

This particular tale was told to us by the owner of Berowra’s old Ampol Service Station which once stood in Turner Road (to see a Then and Now post about the service station, click here). The encounter in his story took place in the 1940s in Old Mans Valley, Hornsby.

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