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Mystery Semi Solved

ada mystery Last week, Berowra Living History shared the beautiful image above with our online community. We were looking to find out who people identified Ada Richards as being, and this remains something of a mystery. Both N Saunders and Neil Davis identified the striking lady in the top row holding a guitar (seventh from the left, and fifth from the right), the lady who I also suspect to be the illusive Ada. Others have suggested the lady third from the left in the back row, or the lady behind the young man third from the left in the front. However, although we know she is featured, which of the many beautiful women shown above is Ada remains a mystery, with nobody able to positively and conclusively identify her in this particular image. Do you have information to share which will put this mystery to rest? Elissa

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Monthly Mystery – Where’s Ada?

ada mystery

This week, Berowra Living History presents another mystery to our community. We have some wonderful pioneers in the Berowra area, one of whom is Ada Richards – the Matriarch of our ‘The Mother, Father And Matriarch’ exhibition. Ada was a beautiful woman, and accomplished in many areas, including music. We know she is featured in the image above, an image of The Gibson Mandolin Orchestra. The question is, which of these striking women is Ada?

Compare the members of the orchestra above to these two known images of Ada – which of the musicians do you believe she is?


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Valerie Jameson

Valerie Jameson

Valerie Jameson a former resident of Berowra in about the 1920’s is not well known today in our suburb.
According to National Archive Records Valerie wrote about 7 literary items such as “Peter’s Nationality” and composed about 12 musical pieces including “The Magpie Warbler”.

Many benefited from Valerie’s music such as  The Far West Children’s Cause and The Hornsby Hospital. Newspaper accounts indicate she held concerts near and far.

The front cover of “The Magpie Warbler” sheet music is pictured below along with an image of Valerie Jameson.

One of a set of four ‘Magpie Ballads’ by Valerie Jameson


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