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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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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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Providing News

 

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The above newspaper was first published in August 1971 by the Berowra Progress Association. It was a free 8 to 10 page (44 x 31cm) monthly publication and, as you can see, distributed to all local suburbs.

This paper carried local news, also adverts for local businesses, details of community activities, usually with a selection of related black & white photographs.     

One regular column was ROUNDABOUT – with Mary which reported on some of the activities of local residents. The following is from the p4 January 1972 column.

‘..Christmas parties are all behind us -the giant Christmas tree at the Crossroads and a visit from ‘Skippy’ to the Village Shopping Centre -a busy time and now many local families are enjoying their annual holidays. Most of the holiday makers headed for favourite haunts on the North Coast -South West Rocks, Lake Cathie etc..’

Who can recall the giant Christmas tree at the Crossroads? Do you have a photo to share please?

The ‘Skippy’ visit to Berowra features in the blog of January 16th 2015.

Do you know how long this Newspaper was published?

These days Berowra is quieter for the next few weeks while families go away for holidays.

berowralivinghistory acknowledges the donation of a number of copies of Berowra and District News  papers from Mary Budd.

Robyn

 

 

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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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Then And Now – no 2 Berowra Waters Road

THEN

Bradley's shop with car + small boys

Image courtesy of Kath Baigent (formerly Bradley, nee Heaney)

This block was first built on, as a grocer’s shop by Mr and Mrs George Thirgood, in the 1940s. It was just around the corner from “The Cabaret”, which faced the Highway. The Thirgoods built only the right hand part of the building. Later on Kath and Albert Bradley took over, in the 1950s they added on the left hand shop to sell electrical goods. The two boys sitting in front of Albert’s van are Ted Bradley and his younger brother Tony. Sadly, in about 1954, Albert died suddenly. Kath kept the, now enlarged, grocery shop going with the help of her sister, Josie McDonald until the early 1980s when Judy and Winston Prior had it for a few years.

NOW

Image courtesy of Robyn Borkovic

Image courtesy of Robyn Borkovic

In 1985 Richard Dutton turned the premises into his Real Estate business which is now known as the “Professionals”.

Shirley Collins

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A Follow Up To Sustainability In Berowra

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!

 

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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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My Job As An Apprentice Baker

Jim in his baking uniform

Jim in his baking uniform

I worked for A R Kerslake of Berowra between January 1944 and June 1950. His business was located at the beginning of Berowra Waters Road near the Pacific Highway.

My wage was f1.10.0 per week and was 2/6 above the award. (A tradesman’s wage in 1948 was f7.11.0 & in 1950 f9.13.0)

I assisted in making the dough between 7&8 pm. Mr Kerslake then prepared the dough about 2am. He then set the alarm for me to get up as I slept in a room on the adjacent house verandah. I would then prepare the dough and remove some from the trough ready for weighing and dividing for the tins.

I would then wake the boss about 3am.

We had a dough mixer and later a machine for dividing the dough when weighed and ready for placing into the tins for the oven.

Once the bread was baked in a wood fired oven and stacked on a racked trolly we would have breakfast.
The boss would load the van for deliveries and I would clean and grease the tins, and put a bag of flour in the mixer ready for that night. I would clean the firebox and cart wood in for the next morning’s baking.
We produced about 300 loaves of white and 50 of brown bread.

When I started work at the bakery we worked for 5 1/2 days. Later this was reduced to 5days. Bread was 5 pence a loaf in 1943 and 51/2 pence about 1944.

Jim Hatfield

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In Their Own Words – Super Shopping

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Once, in a time before it was common for all of your shopping needs to be available online, waiting to be delivered to your home, an enterprising Berowra family provided a much needed service to the community. Karla Weller recalls:

In 1959 Hans and Karla Weller of Turner Road (since 1957 and still there) started Super Shopping Service – who remembers ????

It was then a novel idea: collecting orders every Tuesday and delivering them to customers in Berowra and Mt. Kuringai (and later Cowan, Mt. Colah and Asquith) later in the week.

The goods delivered comprised groceries, meat, fruit and veges, delicatessen, bulk store goods (then in vogue), dry cleaning and much more.

It was a welcome service in an area with few shops and little transport and for people without their own transport. Especially the elderly were happy to have their orders delivered. In those days it was even possible to leave the door open so that goods could be put in the kitchen and the meat in the fridge! So the customer did not have to stay home to take delivery.

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As the business grew a shop (later demolished) was opened at the Cross roads and later they bought Max Taylor’s(?) fruit shop next-door (also gone – now Homebiz).

The idea was ahead of its time: it would have been simpler to run with a computer and mobile phones – then non-existent.

It was a period in which the banks were tight-fisted and so a point was reached where necessary extension was not possible and of course new competition from supermarkets made business less profitable, despite the hard work that went into it.

So after Christmas 1965 the fruit shop was sold and the delivery service closed.

The type of business was ahead of its time and would now be a bonus for working mothers and seniors in the community in this era.

We wonder who remembers the service or has it been completely forgotten?

Karla Weller

Images courtesy of Karla Weller

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Heralding The New Virtual Museum Exhibition Berowra: Going Postal

Now on view at:

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This exhibition retraces the history of postal services in our suburb of Berowra being initially part of the duties of the railway attendant at Berowra station to a thriving venture. These services expanded to meet the demands of our community and step-by-step the post office developed into a successful business. This exhibition is only the first stage so continue to watch this space and enjoy the virtual journey of Berowra: Going Postal.

Robyn and Rhonda

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