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Living And Learning Together

Berowra Public School Upper Division 1950

Berowra Public School Upper Division 1950

We thank sisters, Pat McCready and Jill Brancourt for sharing this photo from their collection. Young Jill (Ewings) is the eight child from the left in the middle row. The teacher-in-charge standing behind his young scholars is the much admired Mr Leslie Garside.

Two sisters, Betty in the middle row and Joan in the front row are members of the Hamilton family. All seven siblings went to Berowra Public School. This Aboriginal family came down from Groote Eylandt Mission where the parents had been taken when they were children. The family was very highly regarded in the Berowra community.

Currently we are in NAIDOC Week which is celebrated around Australia in early July each year. Interestingly the acronym which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee has become the name of the week itself rather than just a committee.

Do contact us if you can help us name some of the Upper Division of 1950!

Ann

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Mystery Object – July 2014

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This week, our mystery object is a little different to the norm. As I am sure you can all see, this is a vintage photo, probably from the Edwardian period, but the mystery has nothing to do with what the item is, but who the item features. This photo, and another three framed similarly were donated to the Lions Club Shop in Berowra, who contacted us and offered the photos to the Berowra Living History team. We do not know who the photos feature, or even whether they are connected to Berowra, and appeal to our community to solve our little mystery.

Regardless of whether these photos are connected to Berowra on a more intimate level, they reveal what people would have been wearing and how posed photographs would have been taken, and they are a wonderful donation to our collection.

If you know anything about this photo (others will be showcased in later posts), or even if they bring back memories of similar photos in your own story, please leave us a comment with your thoughts!

Elissa

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The Springs – Margaret Preston’s Berowra Home

Harold Cazneaux, Distant view of Margaret Preston's house at Berowra, 1936

Harold Cazneaux, Distant view of Margaret Preston’s house at Berowra, 1936

William and Margaret Preston moved to Berowra in 1932, and it is believed that the artist was recovering from surgery performed in 1929 as a result of breast cancer. The anticipation of the retreat into the bush coupled with the first ownership of property by the Preston’s would have provided Margaret with a great sense of comfort during that difficult period.

Arthur Rickard throughout the previous decade had been promoting the health benefits of Berowra in the Sydney Morning Herald. Many people like the Preston’s became aware of seeking an exodus from city life as beneficial to health and well being, in Preston’s case a time for reflection and contemplation.

We witness a striking development in the architectural style of Preston’s house as compared with that of the Federation style of such homes as ‘Sunbeam’. Preston’s house was extremely modern, based on the California Bungalow with a low-pitched roof, it’s architectural structure was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. The Preston’s made additions to the existing structure – it is believed that Margaret used the concept based on “design for living” principles when the additions and refurbishments were undertaken. Effectively, Preston created flow between the outdoor and indoor living spaces as she was known to often work on the verandah which overlooked the gardens and bush land area. Life and art merging within the everyday – one of the many inspirations of Berowra.

Rhonda

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Another Rail Accident

Photos -NSW Railway Records-SRO NSW

Photos -NSW Railway Records-SRO NSW

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD   Friday 16th May 1952   (front page)
Another Rail Accident

A driver and fireman escaped injury last night when their locomotive plunged over an embankment between Kuring-gai and Cowan stations,on the main northern line about 25 miles from Sydney.

The fireman jumped clear but the driver stayed with the engine .The trucks following were smashed and tossed in all directions and hundreds of tons of coal was scattered about.The mishap occurred about 11.30pm.

Breakdown gangs started work soon after midnight but railway officials said the lines could not be wholly cleared before midday.

The 2.17am train to Newcastle from Sydney was delayed for half an hour.

FIFTH SINCE MAY 7

It was the fifth train accident in and near Sydney in eight days.

Photos -NSW Railway Records-SRO NSW

Photos -NSW Railway Records-SRO NSW

Robyn

 

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A Postcard Paints A Thousand Words

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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

Robyn

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Pumping Petrol In Berowra

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Recently, I was chatting with a friend of mine about the petrol situation in Berowra. As she pointed out to me, four petrol stations could be seen as slightly excessive for a community like ours ‘if it weren’t for the express way – I suppose people come to Berowra on their way north to get petrol’.

The conversation put me in mind of this photo, showing Berowra’s first petrol station, outside Fosters Store on the Old Pacific Highway. There was a certain charm to the little petrol pump – Berowra’s modern petrol stations aren’t quite the same are they!

Elissa

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Berowra’s Version Of The Tardis!

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This photo, by local resident S. Collins, is a photo which I couldn’t resist sharing with our readers, particularly our younger audience. It comes from a slide, and shows the Police Post which once proudly stood outside Berowra Railway Station. It may not be as glamorous as the Police Box used by Dr Who as his Tardis, but it is a wonderful glimpse into Berowra’s past.

This small building is something of an enigma – although we have two great shots of the building (courtesy of our intrepid photographer S. Collins) we do not have many recollections which relate to it. If you have a story to share about this little building, or any other aspect of Berowra’s history, leave us a comment.

Perhaps you even know why it appears slightly scorched in this photo!

Elissa

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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!

Elissa

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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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