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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.

Ann

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Reginal Walter Coulter (1904 Christchurch, New Zealand – c.1972 Sydney, Australia) Part One

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R.W. Coulter, The Bower Bird, c. 1933, ink drawing, image sourced from the children’s book, The Bubble Galleon: A holiday pantomime by Ernest Wells illustrated by R.W. Coulter, Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1934

One of Australia’s leading and most prolific illustrators, cartoonists once lived in Berowra. Born in New Zealand Reginald Walter Coulter known as Reg was a gifted cartoonist, illustrator, printmaker and writer and as a regular contributor to The Bulletin from the 1920s through to the 50s his works were highly regarded amongst this readership. He studied art at the Julian Ashton art school in Sydney which led to a job as an illustrator for the Woman’s Mirror and the magazine the Aussie.

His versatility in the medium produced an array of witty and at times sardonic cartoons and caricatures. His Aussie sense of humour mixed with socio-political commentary witnessed titles such as Belt into him comrades, 1931 ink on paper and It’s a ‘ard life, 1930, ink cartoon of a schoolboy. During the Second World War, he produced cartoons that depicted loss and a sense of yearning for home but touched with great wit and humor, which was an important ingredient for instilling morale both on the war and home fronts. Coulter continued to contribute to The Bulletin throughout the 1950s, highly recognised these works were subsequently published in Joan Kerr’s ground-breaking book, Artists and Cartoonists in Black and White, 1999. One of the cartoons titled This year the Mutual Admiration Art Society is going all-out for the Archibald Prize, 1958, shows two male artists identical in looks and dress – wearing berets, sandals and Grecian style tunics and another pair of men identical painting each other ‒ a send-up of the vanity behind the making of self-portraits by male artists and at the same time having a dig at the “in-crowd”. Perhaps he was also alluding to the gender inequality of the Archibald Prize at the time.

Reg and his wife Eve moved to Berowra in 1958. Reg built a unique stone cottage using flagstone sourced from the Berowra estate, stylistically akin to a fairy-tale type house. Here surrounded by magnificent views of the bush, Coulter’s illustrations further developed to encapsulate the Berowra bushland and its native wildlife. Reg Coulter’s cartoons are represented in the National Museum of Australia, National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales.

Rhonda

Note: If you have any Reg Coulter illustrations or cartoons in your collection at home we would be very interested to hear from you.

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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?

Ann

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Out Along Turner Road

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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.

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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.

Robyn

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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 ?

Robyn

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Fishing At Berowra Waters

Image Courtesy of The Past Present www.australiaspastpresent.com

Image Courtesy of The Past Present
http://www.australiaspastpresent.com

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!

Elissa

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Old Red Rattler

Old Berowra Station

Old Berowra Station

A big thank you to former resident Ken Bruce for his gift of a set of copies of his photos of Berowra in 1960. Ken captured this image 55 years ago at Berowra Station, looking north to Cowan. The electrification of the line had happened in 1958. Here we can see a now infamous “Red Rattler”, a far cry from our much more comfortable trains of 2015. Note the clothing of the various passengers who have left the train at Berowra and the woman standing and waiting perhaps for another train or another passenger.

Ann

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A Mysterious Calendar

Advocate photograph

This week, with the beginning of the New Year well underway, and school returning I recently found myself hanging up a new calendar for 2015. This brought to mind an image shared with Berowra Living History, showing Berowra and appearing on a locally produced calendar in 1930. The Advocate, a popular local newspaper which is still printed today, once printed this stunning calendar, and presumably distributed it to the local residents in their delivery area.

Little is known about the calendar, and sadly, only a one or two pages of the original 12 have been sighted. Do you know anything about this calendar, or perhaps do you have a complete copy tucked away in a cupboard? Do you happen to know if any others were ever produced? Was the calendar free? If you know the answer to any of these questions, we would love to hear from you!

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Meeting Skippy The Bush Kangaroo At Berowra

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Were you among this group of Berowra children crowding forward to meet Skippy when he visited Berowra Village in December 1971?    It would have been exciting. Please do tell us more about it.

The above photo came from the front page of the Berowra & District News – December 1971. One of a number of copies of the newspaper generously donated to berowralivinghistory by Mary Budd

Robyn

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