This week, with the equinox just gone by, it seemed the perfect time to turn attention towards the sky, and particularly the night sky.
Berowra, being away from the city, is a beautiful place to view the nighttime sky, and at one stage, was even considered as the site of an observatory! In 1907, as the excerpt from the Sydney Morning Herald above explains, there were plans afoot to move Sydney Observatory to ‘a more favourable site’. The site suggested, by no lesser person than the Secretary of the British Astronomical Association, Mr Allan Cobham, was Berowra.
Clearly, this plan never came to fruition, but why not? Does anybody know? Imagine how different Berowra could have been if the observatory had been built!
If you would like to see the full article, click here.
This beautiful photograph above comes from the Davis family collection. It shows long term Berowra resident, Neil Davis, aged fourteen who was taken into the city by his older sister, Elaine.
Neil and Elaine are wearing French tricolour ribbons as a mark of their patriotic support and happiness on this day of the Japanese surrender, 15th August, 1945. In 1922 a bronze palm leaf with a tricolour sash had been presented on behalf of the then French president to the Australian Prime Minister, Billy Hughes to honour those Australians who gave their lives in the First World War.
The young brother and sister who like so many knew the pain of the loss, or life changing injury, of close friends or family members, are standing with the excited crowds in Martin Place, Sydney. Elaine’s husband, Bill Foster was still serving with the navy in the Pacific at the time.
News of the Japanese surrender had spread around the world, finally the war in Asia and the Pacific was over, the horrific Second World War was over. Neil recalls that, in those days, it was exceptional to take a trip to the city from Berowra. This day everything was extraordinary, the spontaneous celebration, the relief, the euphoria, the war on Australia’s door step was over, the lucky ones were coming home, people danced in the streets, victory and peace at last.
Today’s image from circa the 1930s is a professional photo stamped on the back: F.DEGOTARDI WILLOUGHBY.
What an interesting gathering of yesteryear’s vehicles of all shapes and sizes! In this “car park/queue” by Berowra Waters you will notice hard top and soft top vehicles, two seaters, five seaters, buses with and without luggage racks, a small truck and perhaps a partially obscured motorbike with a sidecar. Can you identify some of the models of vehicles?
Men and boys have gathered near the circular omnibus stand sign while three able bodied people, desisting from claiming a place in the cabin, are seated in the back of the small truck. Is that possibly another cluster of people close to the water towards the Rex Jones REFRESHMENTS advertising sign?
Our thanks to John O’Neil who donated this photo, in a set of eleven, from the collection of the late Pam Gartung.
Looking at this snap, which was part of Tony Sneddon’s 1974 Geography Project we can see why the above phrase describes the location of our lovely area of Berowra and why it was used on the popular bumper sticker.
It was suggested that the photo may have been taken from the roof of the then Sneddon’s home out along Turner Road at no 145.Certainly the Berowra Waters Ferry in the middle of the image looks to be very much in the distance.
‘Out Along Turner Road‘ was a blog subject on March 27 2015
The first night competition that the club participated in was held at Gladstone Park, North Parramatta. Transport, as usual, was a problem. However, boyfriends who had cars were conned into loading up their cars and getting the girls to the game on time. It was noted that the chauffeurs rarely remained to cheer on the girls as they mysteriously disappeared to entertain themselves elsewhere.
Originally the courts were grass but eventually converted to hard courts. For most of our girls this was their first experience of hard courts and most had an awful fear of falling and gouging out knees and hands on the rough surface.
Thanks to Jenny Bentley (nee Olson) for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.
Transport to games was by rail in the beginning, as most families didn’t have a car. The girls left Berowra before midday and returned after dark. From Eastwood station the girls walked or ran to Brush Farm depending on the time available. Mrs Olson often walked the route several times in a day to ensure the girls’ safety. After the last game of the day the girls fled from the court, grabbed their odds and ends and sprinted for the station.
Somehow there was always enough time to stop into the milk bar near the station to buy some lollies from their vast selection. The memory of standing, legs bare, beneath box pleats, with only a cardigan for warmth, (track suits were unheard of) on Hornsby station on a cold winter’s evening, waiting for the rail motor home, will always be with those girls involved.
Thank you to Jenny Bentley for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.
With the Easter Holidays just beginning, Berowra Living History thought it was the perfect time to look back at holidaying around Easter, and particularly at Berowra. Although many now head further afield for their Easter break, Berowra and the scenic Berowra Waters were once popular holiday destinations. Berowra was mentioned in many publications as a wonderful place to spend a day, or longer over the Easter break. The article above is just one example, appearing on March 12, 1936 in The Farmer And Settler. This was one month before Easter Sunday fell (which in 1936 was April 12), and gave prospective tourists plenty of time to plan their trips!
Berowra is an amazing community, with a fabulous history, and at Berowra Living History, we love nothing more than hearing from our community. Your memories, photos, memorabilia and recollections are the lifeblood of the project. Berowra Living History is the history of the community – you! This is why we love hearing from our community and one recent comment was made which we wanted to share.
Last week, we looked at Sustainability in Berowra and the many drives for waste paper and other products which local residents took part in. Neil Davis replied with not just a lovely comment, but a wonderful recollection of the time:
Around this time I, and two of my friends Geoff, and Dennis Doherty were members of The 1st Hornsby boy scout troop.
These collection days were organised, and the community asked to assist. The scouting movement was asking those boys who could, to participate.
After X amount of hours spent on collection days, each scout would receive a badge, of which we were all very proud, to be worn on the scout uniform shirt. This badge was of red silk, with the letters N S, in gold, standing for national service.
On the days of the collections many of the community became involved along with a number of school children. A local man Erney Baker, used to come along with his lorry, an old Willys Knight . He would drive around Berowra with all of us young ones, going house to house, asking for items to help. We would collect car tyres, old copper boilers, scrap brass, bottles ,old car batteries, news papers . . .
While writing this, my mind travels back to (old Berowra) the time when there were only 300 residents on the electoral roll. Most of us were a bit poor financially, but we were soooooo, patriotic.
If you have recollections or even just a short comment you would like to share, we would love to hear from you!