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Happy New Year

Ada Foster and Band 2

We wish you a Happy New Year with this beautiful image from the collection of Von Jones and Family!

This vintage professional photograph shows the late Max Jones’s grandmother, Ada. She is the tall young woman standing third from the right. Ada was an accomplished musician and an enterprising business woman. Forebear of a number of our pioneer Berowra families, Ada can be called the matriarch of Berowra.

Visit our Museum of Berowra : The Mother, The Father and The Matriarch to see more of the story of Ada and early Berowra.


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Heralding The New Virtual Museum Exhibition Berowra: Going Postal

Now on view at:


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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Saluting Berowra At War


This week, with the world wide commemorations of the anniversary of the start of the First World War, Berowra Living History wanted to remind our readers of the role played by our Berowra Boys who went to war, and the wider Berowra community. Sixteen boys with known connections to Berowra went to serve during World War One, alongside seven boys from Mount Kuringai. Although the local war memorial lists many more names, their identities and connection to Berowra remain something of a mystery, for now at least.

Our boys were not the only ones contributing to the war effort though, with troops stationed locally to protect the vital transport link represented by the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge and local residents working tirelessly in fundraising efforts and even providing a haven for returned servicemen. The children also played a role in our war efforts, as the article above by Valerie Jameson demonstrates.

If you would like to learn more about Berowra at War, visit our exhibition.



Acknowledgement: The article used in this post is: The Childrens Way: While The War Drags On. Valerie Jameson. The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser, September 13, 1918. This article from TROVE is used courtesy of the National Library of Australia. To access the original visit: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130750269

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Berowra At War In World War One – New Exhibition!

Today, as we approach the centenary of the start of World War One, it is only fitting to launch a new exhibition honouring the story of Berowra during what was once known as The Great War. Berowra and district contributed to the war effort in many ways, not only on the home front, but of course with local men leaving for foreign theatres of war. Several of these men would not return home.

In our new exhibition some of the stories of this period are told. Included is an Honour Roll sharing a little about the men who went off to serve. Many of these men had strong connection to Berowra during the war, but others were from a little further afield in Mount Kuringai. Others still remain something of a mystery and we welcome community input into their identities and how they were connected to Berowra during this period (if at all, we surmise that some may be later residents who were acknowledged, but not connected to the area during the period between 1914 to 1918).

So on this special day, spare a thought for Berowra’s ANZACs and visit Berowra At War.

World war one

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Visit Beautiful Berowra

Intro poster

This week Berowra Living History would like to take the opportunity to point our readers to our newest exhibition. Today, although on a sunny weekend, Berowra Waters can seem flooded with visitors enjoying our stunning views and glorious environment, Berowra is now but a small stop on a tourist drive compared with the tourist heyday of this ‘premier pleasant place’. In its heyday Berowra was a major tourist destination, attracting huge numbers of tourists who came to stay, play and explore. Our newest exhibition Visit Beautiful Berowra tells the history of Berowra as a tourist hub. So make sure you VISIT BEAUTIFUL BEROWRA.

Do you have any memories of Berowra in its tourist heyday? Why not share them with our readers!

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Virtual Museums and Physical Exhibitions – Celebrations!

Today is the start of a busy and exciting weekend for the Berowra Living History team. Today we launch our Virtual Museum, with two exhibitions ready for exploring and more to come as time goes by. The Museum is accessible at http://berowramuseum.wordpress.com and we look forward to seeing you there.

Over the weekend, the team will also be involved in Celebrations marking the Centenary of the expansion of  the Berowra Old School Hall. We will be mounting an exhibition celebrating the history of the Hall, both as a school and as a centre for community activities and invite you to join us there on Sunday December 9th between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm. The Berowra Lions Club is supporting this display and they will be providing tea, coffee and scones as well as their famous sausage sizzle.

We hope you enjoy the Virtual Exhibitions and look forward to seeing you at the Old School Hall!

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Mystery Solved – November

This week, we had a correct guesser! Congratulations to Janelle Marr who correctly guessed that this house stands opposite the tennis courts/netball courts, just up from the Old School Hall on Berowra Waters Road.

The house is actually number 24 Berowra Waters Road and features in the first of our Self Guided Tour Brochures, The Berowra Waters Road Heritage Drive. Click on the image above for a look at and to print the tour brochure!

This, and more brochures will be available in the coming ‘Museum Of Berowra’, the virtual museum. Check back next Friday to learn more.


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Mystery Solved – June 2012

Did you guess our Mystery?

It’s a jewellers bellows

The June Mystery Object was a jewellers mechanical bellows. It dates from C1840/50.

The wheel with the handle turns a series of wheels which in turn rotate a fan housed in the wooden chamber. This in turn expels a jet of air through the funnel.
The bellows measures 53cm long and is smaller than a domestic bellows which are of the same design and measure approximately 63 cm.

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Dancing For Charity

In days gone by, Berowra was a place known for its range of leisure activities. There was plenty to do, from fishing or going boating on the river, to dancing the night away at the Berowra Cabaret, also known as The Road House. The dances were very popular and attracted people from all around.

Dances in Berowra weren’t only a fun night out though. George and Thea Thompson recall the dances held in Berowra as charity fundraisers, and their role in organising and hosting them:

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Why A Virtual Museum?

Berowra Living History is an exciting project, but it isn’t the first of its kind. People are always fascinated with the history of their local area, and there are many who want to record the stories of older residents before they are irretrievably lost. Usually the outcome for such projects is an exhibition or a book and this is what many expected us to create. Yet for us, it wasn’t enough. We had already mounted a couple of exhibitions, and although they had been successful, they are short lived. Similarly, a book can only look at history up to a point in time, and then the book is ‘finished’, though the history may not be. We wanted something which could grow and evolve with the history of Berowra and a book or exhibition simply could not provide this. A virtual museum however could.

This was not the only reason for our decision though. We recognised that the potential of virtual museums is amazing. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and people can visit at their leisure without having to worry about opening hours. They can be accessed by anyone, anywhere in the world, regardless of where they live in relation to the ‘museum’, or whether they have a disability which might prohibit physical access. As long as the person has some kind of internet access, they are free to visit the museum for as long and as often as they like. They need not even have a computer, a mobile phone can allow them to ‘visit’.

Virtual museums also provide access to collections which would not otherwise be seen by the public. In fact, they can display items from diverse collections with little difficulty as well as giving physical museums scope to display greater proportions of their collection than would otherwise be possible. Physical space is limited but virtual space is infinite. In addition, there is no constraint on how an item can be displayed. It can be included in multiple exhibitions at once without any problems and can be displayed indefinitely without  danger to the item itself. Even exhibition changes can be made without denying public access. The items can also be inspected at incredibly close range without any of the dangers inherent in allowing close public access. After all, if fingerprints are left behind after a visit, the visitor themselves must clean them up and there is no effect on the items displayed! Even dangerous items which normally must be kept out of reach of visitors can be closely inspected with no danger to the visitor or the item.

We look forward to creating our virtual museum and make sure to check back regularly to keep up to date on our progress and any exciting discoveries!


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