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Marking The Occasion

Extracted from the Hornsby and District Advocate of Thursday April 3rd,1952

Extracted from the Hornsby and District Advocate of Thursday April 3rd,1952

‘Berowra’s Open Air Pictures’ was a blog subject back in November 2011.

It turns out that Cinema Indoor & Outdoor was just one of a number of things organised by the Crossroads Community Advancement Co-Operative Society Limited. Also included were Tennis Courts, Mobile Clinic, Kindergarten, Monthly Sale, and an Annual Flower and Orchid Show.

Opening of the Co Op 1951 in Alan Rd Berowra- from the collection of Eric & Iris Frost

Opening of the Co Op 1951 in Alan Rd Berowra- from the collection of Eric & Iris Frost

Were you or your family involved with any of the above? Please share your experience with us through this blog site.


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At The Royal Easter Show

At the Show, March 1948.   Image thanks to Jim Hatfield

At the Show, March 1948.
Image thanks to Jim Hatfield

This happy group of friends and family had just got inside the old showgrounds when a street photographer lined them up for this reminder of their Easter outing.

From the left we have long time Berowra resident Jim Hatfield, then Margot Hughes, friend of Thea, next is Peg Thompson and then Thea who moved to Berowra in 1947, Peg’s brother, George Thompson, and on his right their older brother, Ray completes the youthful group.

The Thompson family had moved to Berowra during the depression. Thea and George were later to marry and raise their family in Berowra.

Note the dress code of the 40s.

Do you recognize any of the buildings in this long held image?

How are you spending the Easter holidays, 2015?


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In Their Own Words – Off For A Dip

Image courtesy of N. Davis

Image courtesy of N. Davis

Our family photo above shows the tidal baths and people enjoying the water at Berowra Creek now Berowra Waters. In the foreground is our son, Mark aged three making the year of the photo, 1958.

My wife, Merle and I remember the day being very hot, so off we went for a dip!

The tide looks about half, with a few rocks showing. If you look very closely, you will see in the background, the Rex Jones Commemorative Monument. In the flagstone apron sloping down towards the water, there were two small garden plots probably about 18 inches (or 45.75cm) square on either side. If I remember correctly rosemary bushes were planted in these plots.

When we were young teenagers this was a popular spot to sun bake.

Neil Davis

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Breaktime At The Riverview

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The photo above is a beautiful snapshot of a day out and about on the ‘river’ in Berowra, stopping for lunch at the famous Riverview Restaurant, equally famous today as the Berowra Waters Inn. Riverview, built in the 1920s, became a favourite place for boats to call in and enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch. With water access only, it provided a unique experience, and often was a part of a tour of the beautiful Berowra Creek. In the image above you can see not only one of the boats which provided such an experience, but if you look closely, also the people who are enjoying lunch in the beautiful building.

If you recognise any of the people captured in the photograph (including the man perched on the boat), or indeed know which boat this image features, please leave a comment for us!

Berowra Living History wishes to thank The Past Present for permission to use this beautiful image.


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A Postcard Paints A Thousand Words


Recently, I was away for the weekend, pottering through the wonderful antique shops of the Kangaroo Valley when I stumbled across a range of postcards relating to our beautiful area. One of these postcards, shown above, focussed on the popular Windybanks business, showing the houseboats on Cowan Creek which Windybanks was so famous for. Others focussed on areas slightly further afield, such as Ku-ring-gai Chase, areas which visitors to and residents of Berowra alike would no doubt have made good use of.

Postcards provide a fantastic glimpse into the historic past of areas, particularly those which appealed to tourists. We know that many of the businesses in the area even sold postcards during the tourist heyday. If you have any such postcards, please let us know!

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In Good Company At Collaroy



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The above photograph is from the collection of Ces Richards of Mt Colah


It features L-R Joyce Church,Reggie Ivanoff, Joyce Thompson and Ken Rowles posing together on a c1946 day out to Collaroy Beach. Behind the foursome on the grassy reserve campers can be seen and note the stump with  B TIDY painted on it just to Ken’s right !


Such day trips were regular outings for the Berowra and District Younger Set during the 1940’s. They were possible due to the generosity of the local iceman, Bill Erskine and his Chevrolet truck. The day trippers, girls first, all boarded the truck using a low ladder.


The younger set included people from Berowra, Cowan, Mt Kur-ringai, Mt Colah, Asquith & Hornsby & was active for about 5 years.

Another photo of the Younger Set on Queenscliff beach can be seen in my earlier blog of November 9,2012 . . . A Day at the Beach


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A Day On The Waters

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With the weather hot and people looking for ways to spend their leisure time over this Australia Day weekend, it seemed the perfect time to share this image with our readers.

Berowra has long been a haven for people seeking to enjoy a day by (or indeed on) the water in a beautiful bushland surrounding. Of a weekend, or during the holidays, people still flock to Berowra Waters to enjoy our beautiful ‘river’, and this has been the case for many years.

We have a wonderful collection of historic photos and memorabilia, but we are always looking for more. If you have memories to share or photos of a day out and about in Berowra we would love to see them, and share them with our community. Just leave us a comment!


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Memories Of Berowra Waters Swimming Spot

Image courtesy of The Local Studies Collection, Hornsby Shire Library

Image courtesy of The Local Studies Collection, Hornsby Shire Library

My early childhood was spent at Thornleigh and my later teen years at Normanhurst (1945-late 1960’s). Neither place had suitable swimming spots near to our house so during the Summer my father would come home from work and pack us three children (and mum too) into the car and off we would go to Berowra Waters.

The pool was beside the ferry and although I think that the shoreline may have changed since those days, I remember it being almost triangular in shape with a net across the end, I never looked to see if it was shark proof though. My dad was a hard worker (read work-a-holic) and we seldom went to the beach or on holidays so we considered this to be a treat on a hot day. We must have gone late in the day unless it was occasionally a weekend as I do not remember any other people ever being there with us. I remember rides across on the ferry and very occasionally an ice-cream from the shop. I think there may have been a shop just near the ferry and another up higher above the road on the left.

By the time I was a Mum myself the spot became more of a picnic ground and if the netted pool was still there it must have been surrounded by the business that was conducted on the eastern side of the river.

Robyn Rogencamp

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Tennis In Berowra


The photo above shows one of Berowra’s many tennis courts which were a popular source of sporting entertainment for Berowra residents. The first courts to be built stood approximately where the skate park stands today, while other popular courts were apparently to be found further along Berowra Waters Road and on Goodwyn Road. Once, there were also tennis courts at the rear of the site now occupied by the Uniting Church, which are thought to be the courts in this picture. On the left Rex Jones is shown, holding a pole, in the middle Frank Pontey is pictured and on the right is Guy Thompson. The group appear to be assembling the tennis net. It is unfortunately not known who the little boy is – if you know his identity we would love to hear from you.

If you have sporting memories to share, please get in touch!

Elissa and Robyn

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Berowra’s Bicentennial Parade


Were you in Berowra at the time of our Bicentennial Street Parade?

The Fleming family were and we thank them for these images of local history, from their photo collection.

The Uniting Church float and its enthusiastic supporters are seen above. They are braving the wet weather as they celebrate the many and varied services of their church to the community at large.

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Our second image shows Richard Fleming, who was MC for the parade, taking shelter with his P-A system under the awning of what was the old AMPOL Service Station.

Can you make out a segment of the building which has served Berowra in many guises and is now Berowra Homebiz? Perhaps you can read the partially obscured sign to Berowra Waters!


Does anyone have more images of this 1988 parade or other parades in Berowra?


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