Hi, and welcome to Berowra Living History, established to collect, archive and preserve the rich, evolving history of the Berowra region, and its people.

This blog invites present and future residents and other interested groups to join in an ongoing dialogue about the history of Berowra and its people. Here we will share exciting discoveries from our archives including photos and stories from our residents, past and present. We will also use the blog to keep you up to date with the project, and seek your input and ideas.

The blog is only the first step though. The culmination of the project will be a dynamic virtual museum dedicated to the history of the region. Here we will all be able to engage with Berowra residents as we listen to them telling their stories and look at their photos available only a click away online. The collection will be ever expanding as the story of Berowra continues.

Our museum doors will always be open for you to come inside!

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  1. Rhonda Andersen says:

    What is the History of cemetery just North of Berowra Station?

    • Hi Rhonda,

      We know very little about the cemetery as yet. It is still a bit of a mystery, though we can confirm it existed – we have an early map which shows it. We will continue to investigate and keep you posted as to our results!

      • kjbaron says:

        where exactly is the cemetery ? I would love to have a look at it..and also where is Bakers pool ? thank you

      • The cemetery is somewhat illusive, but we are making headway on tracking it down. We now have a map, and know that there was at least 1 burial. The exact site is to be (hopefully) announced in coming weeks, when we have confirmed a few things with some of the residents. As for Bakers Pool, I believe another member knows the answer to that and will pass on the question (no guarantees though!) If we don’t have a record of it, we will attempt find out!

      • Ber says:

        Was it opposite the exit on to the hwy 1/2 from the station

    • markdavis says:

      Bakers Pool was in the valley between Yallambee & the old chook farm past rawson pde it’s buried under a fire trail now has been for decades

      • Lynne Linfield says:

        Hi – Just found out about this web site. So veryVERY interesting.
        My parents owned or should I say leased a couple of acres of crown land in Rawson Road. Bakers Pond (as we called it) was at the bottom of the gully below Rawson Road and Yallambee Roads and I sincerely doubt if it has been filled in. My sister and I and other friends played there often as children in the early 60’s. The pond was just before the steep falls that lead onto a creek that fed into the Berowra River. We spent many hours and many weekends there having the most wonderful fun.

      • Hi Lynne,

        Glad you are enjoying the site. It is great to hear your memories of growing up in Berowra. If you have more you would like to share, or even some photos, we would certainly love to hear from you.

      • C.Sinclair says:

        Hi mark Davis reading about bakers pool, which is really bakers pond. We lived in raw son road back in the fifties and sixties when I was a kid my sister and friend were always roaming the bush and spent a lot of time swimming at bakers pond. There use to be caves not far were we lived in the bush with aboriginal paintings it was a small water fall we use to play there all the time.the chook farm got burnt down. I remember the old red trams which were dumped down the track we use to play in them. We also found a lot of stuff which people had dumped including bones down the track.

      • Hi,

        What wonderful recollections you have. Do you have any more you could share, or perhaps some photos? It is always wonderful to hear stories from people who grew up in our beautiful area.

      • Geoff Lamb says:

        Yes, that’s right. I spent the first 20 years of my life in Waratah Road and in the 50’s and early 60’s used the track which led down just near Pearson’s place at the end of Rawson Road. You went down past “Bob Murrays” cave which had fallen down, crude shale walls built and was I believe once inhabited. The remnants of some beds and other bits and pieces were there for years. Continuing down the valley floor you came to several marshy areas before you came to “the pool” as we called it. We spent almost every weekend down there and it was a fairly reliable source of yabbies after which we lit a fire and cooked on the spot.
        The red trams were in the yard of the Newtons and we too accessed them from the track which led to “The Poles”, which was I believe the access track for the Sydney County Council (I think).

      • Hi Geoff,

        What wonderful memories – thank you for sharing them with the community! If you have any photos or further memories you would like to share, please let us know

    • Anonymous says:

      Is the cemetery deep in the bush?

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you have any information of the aboriginal rock carving on a rock ledge on the corner of Berowra Waters Road and Currawong Road.

      • Neil Davis says:

        In answer to Anonymous June 9 2014.
        To reach the rock carvings that you refer to, enter Currawong road, then about 75 metres further on the left, you will find a bush track. This will lead to a large area of flat rock, on part of this you will see a carving of a huge kangaroo.
        while there note the very unusual formations in the surrounding rock caused by water flow over time.

      • Linda Pratt says:

        I used to live down Berowra Waters Road, on the left of the track to Setterfields. Dad built our house on our 7 acres of land. At the top of our land near the track was a huge rock with aboriginal carvings. We sold & moved to Hillcrest Road when I was about 9 years old. I haven’t lived in Berowra since 1964 but still have family living locally. It’s still home to me.

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  21. Deb Howell says:

    I remember when my son was at Berowra Public in the mid nineties, he had a great teacher called Ian Thomas, who grew up in Berowra. The kids loved being in Mr Thomas’s class! He told my son that there used to be a big swimming hole where Warrina St Oval now is. He told them he used to swim there as a kid. Is this the Blue Pool?

    • Hi Deb,

      Thanks for the comment. We are still unsure about the exact location of the Blue Pool, but this is certainly a contender!


    • rhonda davis says:

      Hi Deb,

      This location as you indicate for the Blue Pool would make a lot of sense since Warrina Oval was near Margaret Preston’s property. No doubt a pool that Preston would have got to know well during her time in Berowra. Thank you for sharing this interesting information, local knowledge is wonderful.

    • Tristan Tipps-Webster says:

      And Ian Thomas still teaches, but is now at Wideview Public!

  22. Rick Smith says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a distant relative Rosyln LOVELL (nee PALMER). Her husband was Lester LOVELL and they were living at Rickard Road, Berowra in 1980.

  23. Stevan Anthony Coll says:

    Hi all: My name is Stevan Coll and I used to live at 7 Wideview Road (called ‘El Agheila’). We moved there from Rathmines, NSW where my late father, Peter Coll, worked at the RAAF Catalina Base after discharging from the Army after WW2. Dad and Mum bought the house, with a War Service loan from people by the name of Beaumont. I went back, some years ago, and saw that where my house used to be in Wideview Road is now a roadway through a sub-division (Wingarie Place, I think! In those days, Wideview Road used to finish at the corner, near where the present school is situated and after that it became a dirt track. Our property extended all the way back to Woodcourt Road (where there was a dairy) at the time. I went to school at St Leo’s College, Waitara and used to walk to Berowra Railway Station every morning (rain, hail or shine) to catch the steam locomotive train to Hornsby: that was an adventure in itself. Most of the roads were just gravel but our billy carts still went real fast and we suffered many nasty grazes and bruises. My mother’s name was Dorothea (Dot to her friends) and I had three brothers and a sister. Our first home phone number was ‘388’ then ‘474’. My father worked at several jobs and was instrumental in organising a successful petition to get a police post installed near the railway station (this was merely a call box with a phone, I believe, although occasionally we saw the Hornsby police talking to residents at this post). I left Berowra in 1963 when I left home to join the Navy. My parents continued living in Berowra up until about 1970, as I recollect. Mum worked as a Receptionist/Bookkeeper at the Hornsby RSL and my father also did part-time work at Berowra RSL and the Hornsby ‘Highwayman’s’ Hotel. Us kids used to walk, billy cart or cycle everywhere and we used to walk down to Berowra Waters to go fishing and also spend lots of time in the bush, catching ‘yabbies’ and admiring aboriginal rock art. I used to ‘hang around’ with three mates, Greg Cleary (of the Turner Road, ‘Blue Ridge’ family), Gerard Burns (lived somewhere near Crowley Road, I think) and Stephen Cortese (they lived in Berowra Waters Road near the shops on the corner of Alan and Turner Roads (we all went to St Leo’s and got into trouble together!). Thought this might interest some history buffs. Happy to take emails if anyone is interested. Regards

    • Hi Stevan,

      What wonderful recollections! Thank-you for sharing them with us all. We will certainly be in touch.


    • Helen Wood says:

      Hi Stevan,
      I am grasping at straws here but seeing your name reminded me that my late husband Jack Wood sometimes mention the name Coll in relation the Hornsby RSL. He was an ambulance officer who did some voluntary work for the RSL from time to time. It occurred to me that you may have some information on a suspension bridge that once went from the Pacific Highway across the valley to Marcus Clarke’s old home. I have never lived in Berowra but grew up at Mt.Kuring-gai. I came across the Berowra Historical site by chance never expecting I would be put in touch with anyone I knew but fortunately there is someone still around I knew from Berowra. If you can help me find out something of this old bridge I would be very grateful.
      Helen Wood

      • Steve says:

        Hi Helen: Great to hear from you. I can’t say I recall you from my days in Berowra, however no doubt we crossed paths at some stage without really knowing. I went to St Leo’s College, Waitara, with three other ‘larrikins of note’: Greg Cleary (the Clearys lived at the end of Turner Road in a house on the ridge called ‘Blue Ridge’ no less); Gerard Burns [he lived on the corner of Pacific Highway and Berowra Waters Road (opposite the Berowra Tavern, Butchers and Chemist) and Stephen Cortese (the Corteses lived in Berowra Waters Road, down near the Berowra shops, on the corner of Alan Road. Stephen Cortese had two sisters, Gail and Karen – I had a crush on Karen!). We were all altar boys (believe it or not) at Sunday Mass at the old Berowra Hall on the hill, before we started going to Mass at the Asquith Parish church on Sundays. The bus service was run by old Mr Roy, who I believe was in business with his brothers (?).

        We used to catch the steam locomotive from Berowra to Hornsby in the mornings, before the diesel powered rail motor came into service and then board the electric train to Waitara. I used to walk all the way from Wide View Road every morning to Berowra Station (about five kilometres in distance as I recall). We must have been fit and healthy in those days, as only lucky/wealthy boys had bicycles.

        My father Peter did various jobs, for cash, under various names, just to make ends meet and look after us. He did gardening and picked up glasses at the Berowra Tavern, Hornsby RSL, Berowra Supermarket (owned and run by old Jim Foster and his sons). I think Dad worked as Peter Ryan, his favorite pseudonym, Peter Cole and just plain Peter. In those days, this was not an uncommon practice for men who had been discharged from military service and were unfit to work. Dad was Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) due to what we now know as PTSD from his service in World War Two in the Middle East and, prior to that, his service in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Like most Catholic Irish he was from an impoverished background and an idealistic adventurer. He was a good father and a hard worker. He and my mother Dorothea (Dot to her friends) had five children and I was the eldest. In later years, Dad worked at the Berowra RSL as a general handyman and cleaner, as he also did at the Hornsby RSL. My mother also worked at Hornsby RSL in later years, as a bookkeeper and receptionist, under the President, Bill Hall.

        Mum eventually died at the young age of 64, from cancer, in Hornsby Hospital.

        Dad passed away peacefully at the good old age of 94.

        By this time I was in the Navy, having joined in 1963 at the age of 15 and a half, straight from school.

        Well, Helen, that’s a bit of background – sorry to waffle on, but once I get started I find it hard to stop!

        As for the suspension bridge, I cannot recall exactly where it was, but I can remember hearing about it. Did it start from the Pacific Highway at Mt Kuringai, or was it closer to Hornsby? I remember the turn off to Dural, from the Pacific Highway at Hornsby, just past the Tech College and near the old service station, heading north towards Asquith. There was a bridge somewhere along that road, after the turn off, but I cannot remember if it was a suspension bridge.

        I regret being so vague, but it is so long ago. I vividly remember certain things, but others I am not so sure of now.

        If I remember anything else of note I will be sure to reply. Stay in touch and feel free to email or text me.

        Kind regards

        Stevan A. Coll

        Ph: 0438 894 292

        stevan47@live com.au

        30 Rhapsody Close, Shoalwater, WA 6169

      • Helen Wood says:

        Hi Stevan,
        Your correct, I don’t think our paths crossed. It was my husband Jack who knew some of the Coll family connected with the Hornsby RSL. He was an ambulance officer and as such when he was at the club volunteered his services when there was a need. In fact no matter where he was if he saw someone in trouble he’s always offer his help. It was just that when I saw your name it reminded me about him mentioning the Name Coll.
        Helen W

    • Terry says:

      Hi Stevan, Re: “Gerard Burns (lived somewhere near Crowley Road, I think)”
      Gerard lived in Goodwyn Road

  24. neil davis says:

    Re location of Bakers Pool.My son, Mark Davis, accurately positions the location.
    What may be of added interest , is the fact, that about 75 years ago, i remember while swimming at this place,with my little mates. we used to take note of the long carving of a shark. this was on a large rock shelf , which was on the north side of the pool,near the entrance of the water run .As Mark points out, it has been filled in to make a fire trail.
    It is now silted up,and all that can be seen on the rock shelf is the catterpilla tracks of the machine.
    It is a pitty that the organizations in charge of this destructive work,could not have (in their wisdom),asked me, or a few of the older residents, who knew the berowra bush like th back of our hands ,if we knew of any signifincent aborigonal rock art such as this. then the work could hopefuly have been diverted around the site.
    In the future, authorities, maybe more thouhtfull. as,i know of more aborigonal rock art, that is in danger of future developement.

  25. Stevan Coll says:

    Speaking of Aboriginal rock art: I lived at 7 Wideview Road (long since sub-divided: see my earlier comments 31 Oct 12) as a young boy in the late ’50s and early sixties (before I joined the Navy). We used regularly to walk along Wideview Road, past the present location of the primary school (which was then a bush wilderness) and then transit down into the gully, making our way eastwards. In the distance, way across the gully, we could see the railway line and hear the steam train whistle from the Hornsby – Cowan routine commuter, or the noise of the diesel rail-motor; or even the loud shriek of the whistle of the ’38s pulling the Newcastle Flyer or the Brisbane Limited Express. Us kids used to spend all day in the bush, clad in nothing but our shorts and shirts and walking in bare feet. We fed on wild blackberries and used slingshots (‘shanghais’, we called them then) with varying effect on all manner of living things – sometimes even on each other! We were just a bunch of young girls and boys having innocent fun. We knew the names of all birds, plants and types of rock. Waratah and Boronia grew prolifically everywhere. We used coat hangar wire and pieces of meat to trap yabbies in the water holes. We even fashioned crude traps from saplings, vines and bits of string in a vain attempt to catch rabbits. We then used to make a small fire and boil the yabbies in a billy and eat them freshly cooked while sitting in the sandstone caves. In some of these caves I recall seeing outlines of human hands and, on one occasion, the outline of some animal, seemingly spray-painted onto the rock surfaces. We were fascinated, but I don’t think we really appreciated what we were seeing. We would arrive home as it was getting dark and usually our clothes would be filthy, our skin would be scratched and grazed and we would be tired, but always it was an adventure. Thought I should share this with you all.

    • Kim Hopkins says:

      Now I roamed the Berowra bush a bit later than this but the description of the days and activities sounds just about right.

  26. neil davis says:

    I read with intrest Steven Coll`s story, he sums up most accuratly,part of the every day life, of average Berowra chilren.when the bush was their playground. snakes and all.

  27. Jeremy Laws says:

    Thank you for a terrific site. I am interested in all Berowra Waters history (my Grandfather owned The Grange guesthouse) but particularly The Pacific / BW Inn. I have a reasonable collection of bits and pieces but would really appreciate a hires scan of the wonderful photo of The Pacific you have ine ‘Places to eat and stay’ section. Would it be possible to organise? I have all the equipment necessary.

    • Neil Davis says:

      In reply to Jeremy Laws
      I have lived in Berowra most of my life, and when i was a young boy I used to spend quite some time at the Grange in Rawson road. I used to play there with the son of Mr and Mrs laws. the boy`s name was Tony.could this be the same Grange that you refer to, .If so I would like to be able to speak with you a little more about the Laws family of Berowra, and possibly your family.

  28. Cheryl Jepson [ school name Cheryl Sinclair ] says:

    I have some photos I can send to of school class photos if you are interested.

  29. Hi Geoff Lamb you must remember the Sinclairs !!!!!! my best friend is Ann Walsh [Ann Richards ] who lived up the road from us in Rawson Road. We had great memories growing up in the bush.

  30. Geoff Lamb says:

    Of course I remember the Sinclairs. I also remember your best friend Ann Walsh…… she’s my sister-in-law. Ha ha ha!!!

  31. Geoff Lamb says:

    Ironic Cheryl – It was Anne who sent us this link. Jennifer Richards Lamb

    • Cheryl Jepson says:

      Hi Jennifer would love to catch up with you one day Lynne lives at Mooloolah and I’m at Glasshouse Mts I do have a photo of your old house I remember the Pearsons in Rawson Rd and the beautiful Wisteria plant I remember your Dad had beautiful Violet plants in your front yard when I was a kid.

  32. karen johnson says:

    Just wondering does anyone recollect was there ever a track between the end of Alan Rd through the gully to join Cliffview or Wideview Rd? I have had a look but can’t see any obvious tracks…

  33. Stevan Coll says:

    Hi Karen: I lived @ #7 Wide View Road from 1953 onwards. I used to roam all that area with the Clearys, Burns, Corteses and Scott-Chemis boys. I can’t recall exactly but we used to make our own shortcuts in those days. Kind regards.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Do you have an information of the aboriginal rock carving on the corner of Berowra Waters Road and Currawong Road?

    • Helen Wood says:

      No !, Sorry the only ones I saw were in the Kuring-gai Chase when I was a kid, now I wish I had taken more notice
      Helen W

  35. Neil Davis says:

    Having read with interest, the articles from Lynne Linfield, and C Sinclair, I would add . that about 1936,I and my young friends the Doherty boys, used to play in a freshwater pool.
    It was down past a large cave, later, called Bob Murrays .We all lived around Rickard and Goodwyn roads. We called this pool Ricko`s pool because our neighbours, the Richardsons used to go there to cool off.
    Then along came my children and their friends who called it Bakers pool, Erney Baker lived in Yallambee road,( near the preschool) above the pool on the southern side. Where he farmed poultry and vegetables. water ran from this catchment down to the pool .
    So, I guess, in thinking we all have the right name, and whether it be pool or pond. the main thing is that a lot of us have used it to cool off, have a little swim, and to have fun, and what fun it was .
    We assume that this area, and the waterhole were of great importance to the original owners.. they would have hunted, slept in the many caves and used the pool in many ways such as cooling off, washing, harvesting crayfish ,and tortoise.

    The sad thing is , the demise of this beautiful spot, as I have covered in an earlier blog.

  36. Lynne Linfield says:

    Hi there Neil. Yes my sister Cheryl and I lived in Rawson Road from 1956 until I was about 11 when we left for WA but came back to build again in Yallambe Road. We only stayed there for another two years then moved to Port Macquarie.
    Mum and Dad had a crown lease of two acres next door to the Johnstons and just above us was the old chook farm and the Newtons place. There was just a dirt track to the end of the gully which was used as a dump for a long time.

    I remember many, many happy hrs playing in the bush in the gully on the lease and certainly remember Murrays Cave. I actually did see him a couple of times (or I think it was him) living in that cave. We had many happy hrs playing in Bakers Pond. Mother would pack us a picnic lunch and off we would go for hours.

    There was two caves on our propertyand one had two bowl like wearings that looked like they had been carved out of the sand stone and the water would drip from the top of the cave into it. We would play there for hours pretending to be pioneers.

    Your right about the indigenous people that lived there, there certainly was lots of evidence of that. And the destruction of this beautiful place is so sad. I also remember the steep waterfalls just down from the pond. Us kids actually found hand paintings under the vines that had grown over the cliffs. They are probably long gone by now.

    Dad built the house there – just a small 2 bedroom house and have pictures of it still. I have been back just the once about 12 years ago and was dumbfounded to see all those beautiful caves had been filled in.

    There are such beautiful memories we have growing up there. It sure was a magical childhood.

    I went to primary school in Berowra up to 5th Grade. I think old Mr Cole was the last teacher I had. He was a kindly old soul.

  37. Suellen Englert says:

    Hi, My name is Suellen Englert and my family lived at 59 Woodcourt Road, Berowra Heights from 1970 until 1990. Our home was very old and I wonder about who built the house, other families who lived there, was it a farm, etc. My parents loved gardening and it was a beautiful place to live. They also grew all our vegetables and an orange orchard. The property is still there although overgrown since we lived there. How can I research its history? Thanks. (When my dad renovated the old garage to make it into a music room he used the old floor boards from the dance hall near the highway).

  38. Lynne Linfield says:

    Hi Suellen
    We lived in Berowra from 1956 to 1965 and then again from 1967 to about 1969.

    I had some family who lived out around Berowra Heights (it wasn’t called that then). One lot in Wideview Road and another a couple of streets to the west of Wideview – I cant remember the name.

    I remember the old farm and house which was almost across the road from my Aunt and Uncles Place possibly in Woodcourt Road.

    I will try to get some information for you – may take me a while as both Mum and Aunt and Uncle are now getting on in years.

    Keep you posted 🙂



  39. Suellen Englert says:

    Hi Lynne, Thanks for your reply. I believe the house is still there. It is a white painted weatherboard with a red tiled roof. We had lots of fruit and orange trees. Before us I believe there was a chicken farm there because Dad was always digging up lots of old chicken bones.I look forward to any information you may be able to provide on its history, when you’re able.
    Thanks and kind regards,
    Suellen Englert.

  40. Lynne Linfield says:

    Hi Suellen
    Yes, there was a chicken farm there – I do remember it well.
    I know there were cows as well, perhaps house cows and not a dairy farm.
    We lived at Rawson Road – Mum and Dad had 2 acres of a crow lease and we had other family on Rawson Road (Newtons) who were living right next to the chicken farm there.
    There was a very old house there too and was leased by the Collett’s. I used to go to school with their daughter Joy.
    I know the house and the old chook farm on Rawson Road burnt down not long after we left and the land stayed undeveloped for many years.
    I have heaps of family here at present but will try to find out for you over the weekend.
    Lynne 🙂

  41. Helen Wood nee Dorsman says:

    I’m not from Berowra but grew up at Mt. Kuring-gai so my memories are mainly of that area. I was wondering if anyone can remember an old suspension bridge that went from the Pacific highway in Hornsby to Marcus Clarkes old mansion at Mt. Wilga on the other side of the valley. I played (illegally of course) on it as a young teenager. I think it was finally destroyed by a bush fire.
    Also does anyone remember the driver of the “Squirt” by the name of Mr Gaughan or these girls I went to Asquith primary with, Thelma Gartung, Myrtle Primnmer or Phyllis Hughes. I know it is a long shot but I am just about finished my autobiography and would like to include some of these details in it.

    Helen Wood (nee Dorsman)

    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks for visiting Berowra Living History, and I’m glad the sites could bring back some good memories for you.

      I hope you have some luck with getting in touch with your friends and please let us know if there’s anything we can do!

  42. Helen Wood says:

    Hi Rhonda,
    No luck so far but still hoping. Seeing the work that you and others are doing it occurred to me that there should be more of these Historical Sopcieties not only of Berowra but other old communities as well. If my bones were younger I would at least start a history of Mt Kuring-gai not that I remember a lot.Should there ever come a time when this happens I will tell you a little that you may be able to pass on at some time.
    I lived in what I understand was the first house to be built in Mt.K. It was in Railway St and was said at the time to be around 100 years old and that I can believe. It so old it was literally falling down around our ears. Dad bought it from a lady by the name of Wheeler who lived in another area on the other side of Sydney and had been left it by a relative.
    I also recall a chook farm not far from us owned by Mr and Mrs Walker. When he died Dad was offered any one of six 1 acre blocks for 25 pounds but after some consideration my parents rejected the offer saying “No one will ever come this far out of Sydney to live” What a wonderful thing hindsight is, can’t help but wonder what that would be worth today.

    After I married I lived in an old house just two houses from my parents and next door to the old hall where the Berowra Younger Set had once met. It was owned by the Dennis family from Harwood Ave.There were two shops there at the time, one owned by two sisters Mrs Harwood and Miss Springhall who were both rather eccentric. The shop later burnt down sometime after a widow Mrs Bragg bought it and was where she lived with her daughter Dorothy. The last owner was briefly Mrs Deasey the wife of the local railway station master when they won 1st prize of $5000 pounds in the lottery.
    On the opposite corner adjacent to the railway line was another shop and post office owned by an old Englishman Mr George Hamilton who greeted every one by asking “What would you be wantin’ ” When he died Mrs Bragg took over and remain there until she retired and went to live with Dorothy who by then was married and living some distance away.
    The only other long term resident I recall was Mr and Mrs Richardson and their adopted daughter Ruth who also lived on Railway Street two houses on the other side of my parents. It was Ruth and her second husband Ken Nash who history will remember as being the hosts of the infamous party held at their Chatswood home and what remains as the Bogle/ Chandler Mystery.
    Ronda you may like to keep this in your archives for any future researcher of the area.
    Helen Wood.

  43. Anon says:

    Does any one have photos of the old take away shop on the highway, next to Joe’s pizzas?

  44. Dear Valued Berowra Living History Contributors,

    Up until now neither I, nor the team have ever felt that this, or other comment streams on Berowra Living History need to be closely moderated. These comment streams have been used to find friends, share stories and memories, and have greatly enriched the living history of Berowra.

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  45. Helen Wood says:

    I have a feeling you may be responding to the wrong person as the only rock paintings I have seen were in the National park and one in a cave in the Kuring-gai chase off a track leading to Bobbin Head. Sorry I can’t help

  46. Lynne Linfield nee Sinclair says:

    Hi Helen,
    I do remember as a child there were rock paintings very low in the valley between Rawson Road and Yallambee Road.
    I believe this has all now been filled in which is a major shame as there were some very beautiful places in this valley.
    My parents owned (or had a crown lease I should say) of two acres of crown land in Rawson Road.
    My sister and friends spent many happy hrs playing in this valley for years until we moved in 1965.
    However, I don’t remember any mention of rock carvings being spoken about in the Berowra Waters area.

  47. Helen Wood says:

    It’s been a while since I mentioned the rock carving which I saw as a child in the Kuring-gai National Park that backed on the end of Harwood Ave at Mt Kurung-gai not at Berowra Waters. My sisters and I walked through the chase to Bobbin head often taking a short cut through the bush. It was somewhere along this short cut that we found the cave and paintings. I suspect that they were just random paintings made by passing tribes or even aboriginal children and was just wondering if anyone else knew about this cave.

  48. Hi, I lived in Woodcourt Rd from !945 until 1957. A lot of dirt roads and bush tracks for exploring. regards, Gordon Munday

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