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Photographic Treasures

Image courtesy of P. Huett

Image courtesy of P. Huett

Berowra Living History is incredibly fortunate to have an extensive collection of digitized photographs, dating from the early 1900s and before right through to more recent times. Some of these photos are images which have featured heavily in past publications, but others are entirely new to the community, and we are always proud to be able to share these photos.

The photos which excite me most are often images which I have caught glimpses of in the past. The image featured here is one of them. A cropped version of this photo has featured in several publications, but the full image is far more evocative. It focuses on the Berowra side of Berowra Waters, with what appear to be tourist buses lined up along the road approaching the ferry. People, perhaps tourists out for a day in the country, mill about and the famous waters provide a stunning backdrop.

Photos like this add significantly to not only our archive, but also to our understanding of Berowra’s social and cultural history. If you have any you can share with us, we would love to hear from you!


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Wartime Welding

During the war, men and women were eager to join up and serve their country. Whether they served overseas, or worked in the land army in Australia or even took on work in a protected industry, everybody did their part.

However, some were not happy playing what they felt was a backseat role. One such man, Peter Huett had no intention of allowing his employment in a protected industry to prevent him taking on a more active role in the Armed Services.

Photo courtesy of the Huett Family Collection

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Off To Berowra Creek

Off to Berowra Creek

This beautiful image is of a postcard from the collection of lifelong Berowra resident, Peter Huett. Peter has dated the postcard as circa 1922. It shows Billy Wall’s horse drawn carriage ready to set off for Berowra Creek which is now known as Berowra Waters. The sturdy carriage is drawn by three horses. One seems to be a bit camera shy.  Perhaps my eyes are deceiving me…  Are there only two horses?

The lead horse is probably a wailer, the agile breed used by mounted soldiers while at the rear are draught horses!?!

The enterprising Billy Wall met passengers at Berowra Station. Here they are posing on the eastern side of the old station. Note the seating arrangement of the passengers. Yes, some are facing each other. An informant, the late Betty Pontey of the Berowra Pontey Bakery family of old, told me that such seating arrangements led to these carriages being called Sociables.

There must indeed have been much excited chatter as families and friends took the weekend or summer holiday trip down to the popular beauty spot. There they could have refreshments and  paddle, fish or swim in the magical, clear waters after the winding descent through rugged bushland bright with abundant wildflowers.


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A Memorable Fishing Trip

Fishing has been a popular recreational pursuit in Berowra for many years. There is even ample evidence that the area of Berowra Waters was used for catching fish and collecting oysters by the Aborigines, with midden deposits common and engravings of fish to be found by those who keep an eye out! In the days when Berowra Waters was a popular tourist area, fishing was one of the many activities which was catered for, with boats of people taken out to try their luck.

Peter Huett, who lived and worked on Berowra Waters recalls a character from Berowra’s past, and the memorable fishing trip he once treated his customers to:


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