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All Shapes And Sizes

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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.


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Our recent guest post by Roslyn Mort has sparked memories for another Berowra resident, David Lever. David has shared the beautiful photograph above of another trig which was once in the Berowra region. David notes that . . .

. . . this is Want Trig which is at the end of Shark Rock Ridge as it merges into Want Spur, east of Berowra

Does anybody else remember the trig stations which were once such a central part of our surveying history? If so, we’d love to hear from you, and of course see any photographs you might be able to share!


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Millicent Trig, Cowan, The Wider Berowra Area

In answer to the October 2 blog regarding the Trig “Poppy” at Berowra: I have not seen “Poppy” but I have seen “Millicent

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Back in July last year, Robyn and I set off in an area north of Cowan to search for the elusive trig station Millicent. We headed in what we thought was the general direction but after a fruitless search and ending up back where we started from, we decided to call it a day.

In August last year I set off from the eastern side of the Pacific Highway, 1 km north of Cowan to search again for Millicent. I carried a topographical map, a Google map but no GPS. The aim was to “follow my nose”…not always reliable!

After climbing a steep track up a hill I veered into the scrub on the right and did some serious bush bashing. Prickly hakeas, banksias, acacias, mountain devils, persoonias, red and yellow bloodwoods, scribbly gum and stringybark all attempted to block my path. The bush was alive with wildflowers in bloom with the yellow pea flowers dominating.

Suddenly the black mast & vanes loomed into view still partly shielded by foliage. What an exciting moment! The next hour was spent exploring around the site. The original stone cairn 1883 at a height of 230 metres, had been replaced in 1974 by a pedestal and mast and vanes. Remnants of the original trig, the stone cairn, mast and vanes were scattered around the site and the State Survey Marker # 262 was clearly visible.

Millicent trig was one of the last stations to be constructed in Sydney’s north (June 1883). Today, trig stations remain as an important reminder of our history in establishing accurate land surveying and mapping.

Roslyn Mort (Berowra Heights)

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Berowra Netball Club Part 2 – Our First Court

Jenny Bentley (nee Olson) UmpireJenny Bentley (nee Olson), seen as an umpire on a well kept court

Our first court was scratched out with a stick each time we wished to practise. It was in the grounds of Berowra Public School. The grass (very tufty) was, more times than not, long. The measurements were made with a tape or paced out. Many times team members didn’t meet at the corners.

The adjacent property in Hillcrest Road ran a small number of cattle which had the run of the school grounds. There were no fences, often their visiting cards had to be cleared from the court.

Thank you to Mrs 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.


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At The Royal Easter Show

At the Show, March 1948.   Image thanks to Jim Hatfield

At the Show, March 1948.
Image thanks to Jim Hatfield

This happy group of friends and family had just got inside the old showgrounds when a street photographer lined them up for this reminder of their Easter outing.

From the left we have long time Berowra resident Jim Hatfield, then Margot Hughes, friend of Thea, next is Peg Thompson and then Thea who moved to Berowra in 1947, Peg’s brother, George Thompson, and on his right their older brother, Ray completes the youthful group.

The Thompson family had moved to Berowra during the depression. Thea and George were later to marry and raise their family in Berowra.

Note the dress code of the 40s.

Do you recognize any of the buildings in this long held image?

How are you spending the Easter holidays, 2015?


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Out Along Turner Road


In 1974, long time Berowra resident Tony Sneddon wrote an excellent, detailed geography assignment on Berowra. He has generously shared this document with berowralivinghistory.com.The following 2 photos and quote come from that assignment. (Tony and his parents and siblings originally lived at 145 Turner Road Berowra Heights)

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Turner Road looking North – arrows from the top indicate the Sneddon home location, the section of unsealed road and Gooraway Place & Blue Ridge Crescent.

a map of the Turner Road area showing the proposed and existing development by the '70's including the position of the Sneddon family home.

Map of the Turner Road area showing the proposed and existing development by the ’70’s including the position of the Sneddon family home.

“…When my father came to Berowra he bought five and a half acres of land in Turner road about one mile from the crossroads where the shopping centre now stands. The land was portion 365. Most of the surrounding land was sold off in five acre blocks….from Gooraway Place to my father’s subdivision is crown land covered by bush with no seal on the road.”


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Turner Road, looking north again, seems to show little change. The road is fully sealed now and curbed but heavy bush is prevalent.

215 Google map Turner Rd Croped

The Google map clearly shows the ongoing development of and around Turner Road Berowra Heights.

Quite clearly further land division occurred which allowed for more houses such as we see today in this area.


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Sustainability In Berowra

Waste paper collection

In a time when recycle, reuse and respect is something of a catch phrase, many tend to think of sustainability as a new phenomenon. Yet as this excerpt from the local newspaper The Advocate, from April 10, 1940 shows, recycling is nothing new! During the Second World War, there were a variety of charitable drives to collect waste to use in supporting the war effort. Everything from paper to old rags was asked for, and according to newspapers of the time, Berowra residents enthusiastically took part.

Do you have memories of these drives? If so, 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 ?


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Fishing At Berowra Waters

Image Courtesy of The Past Present www.australiaspastpresent.com

Image Courtesy of The Past Present

The image above is an idyllic view of Berowra, a place of fun, leisure and relaxation. In the foreground, a man enjoys a day on the water, casting his line and waiting to see what bites. Fishing has long been a popular pastime at Berowra though, and drew crowds from the city on a regular basis to try their luck. In fact, so popular were Berowra and Cowan Creeks that they were regularly mentioned in fishing reports in newspapers, including papers like the Sydney Morning Herald!

Do you have memories of fishing at Berowra or Cowan Creek – or perhaps a story about the one that got away? We would love to hear your memories!


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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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