January 8 - 14, 2017: Issue 295
Palm Beach Link With 1817 and 1917 Set to Disappear in 2017: Beach Road Rendezvous
Above and Below: Gow's Store in its early days courtesy Peter Verrills
Gow's jetty was link with the outside world for visitors to Palm Beach - this image circa 1920-21. Courtesy Peter Verrills.
Carl Gow and Reginald took over this property from a man named Ellis who in turn had taken it over from James Booth, a well-known early builder employed by the Barrenjoey Company. Above this jetty (known as Gow's Wharf) the first General Store, originally called 'Booth's Store' after James Booth, the stonemason/builder credited with constructing that first wharf became a Howlett-Gow concern. A few other threads indicate late 1919 as being when the pair had taken over the jetty and store. Carl seems to have had a talent for being on the water and around boats, becoming a successful fisherman, so it may have been Reginald and his bride who kept the store to begin with:
DISTRICT COURT. (Before Judge Backhouse.) CONTRACTOR'S CLAIM. Alfred Wrigley Ellis, of Palm Beach, near Barrenjoey, sued Bernard Stiles, of Yarrandi, Church-street, Newtown, medical practitioner, and P. M. Stiles, his wife, for money alleged to be due under a contract. The claim, £68 19s 1d, was for time and money lost owing to the stopping by the defendants of their contract with the plaintiff for the erection of a cottage at Palm Beach. The defendants paid £18 15s into court, and denied further liability. Mr. A. R. J. Watt, instructed by Messrs. John M’Laughlin and Son, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Clive Teece, instructed by Mr. J. T. Ralston, for the defendants. His Honor returned a verdict for the plaintiff for the amount paid into court. DISTRICT COURT. (1918, March 13). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15773331
PALM BEACH.-Furnished Cottages to Let and For Sale.- Gow and Howlett, Store. Phone. 24. Advertising. (1921, April 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28086899
This, despite the wonderful spelling of their names, indicates the pair were part of the Palm Beach landscape, and had been for a while:
The first general store was at Palm Beach, on the Pittwater side near the jetty, as early as 1914, and was known as Booth's store. Later it became Ellis' store, and then after the last war two returned Diggers, Mr. Fred Howlett and his partner, Gowe, took it over. Their general supplies came by ship from Sydney by the Erringhi and the Kallawatta, and meat and bread came by launch from Newport. They made their own ice-cream in those days, and froze it in old fashioned freezers with coarse salt. It was just as popular as the well known brands are today.
It was not until 1929 that Howlett's store was established on the beachside of Palm Beach. Before that there was no road through from Pittwater, and the top road was used by residents. Palm Beach setting for smartest sea and sun togs. (1946, January 12). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 22. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47245736
Meanwhile, over that hill the sandy 'road' leads up in the photo above, members of the earliest families to settle permanently in Palm Beach were milking their cows and catching an abundance of fish or building the earliest weekenders and larger homes for the many that would soon flock to Palm Beach for 'the season'. The Gonsalves and Verrills families, who had links with Newcastle, where the Gow family hailed from, were whom Carl and Reginald may have been leasing and selling cottages for - along with the Palm Beach Company.
On the other side of the hill a golf course, horses and still intact Broken Bay Customs Station structures can be seen, along with a Gonsalves-Verrills residence to the east of their Waratah street home in sections enlarged from this panorama:
Above: EB Studios (Sydney, N.S.W.). circa 1917 - before 1946, Panorama of Palm Beach, New South Wales, 13 , retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-162489097
Gonsalves family home in Waratah Street, Palm Beach. From Verrills family album.
In 1908, at Woollahra, Francis Joseph Gonsalves was born. Francis J (Frank) was the sixth of seven sons and five daughters. Francis Joseph junior married Mary Jane Delaney in 1941. His sons were Frank and Carl. Of Frank seniors sons, Henry (Tim) and Sydney (Sid) Frederick, Harold (Midge) Edward appear with Carl among Palm Beach SLSC's earliest records:
FIRST BALL - PALM BEACH GOLFERS
OVER 150 guests attended the first annual ball of the Palm Beach Golf Club, held at The Rendezvous. Palm Beach . Card tables were provided for non-dancers. Among those present were the president, Mr. S. H. Hammond, and Mrs. Hammond, vice-president. Messrs. B. B. Wiltshire, C. R. Crossman, E. R. Moser, D. B. Wiltshire. J. E. Armstrong, Percy Hunter, B. L. Houghton, Lady Maitland, Miss Cook. Mesdames S. J. Robinson, Peters, Brown, K. Barr. A. H. Aplelt, W. Woodley, Harper, C. A. Broughton, B. B. Wiltshire. H. Hendry. Wolstenholme, Hooper, Jeremy, P. H. Rush, E.B. Clarke, Misses M. and F. Coyle, Mackay, Brown. Molly Hawkes, Kathleen Strange, Biddy Bellbridge, Enid Donovan. H. Trewthze, Oarran, Wolstenholme, H. Dickson, V. Hendry. Walker, Goddard, Phyllis Clarke, M'Kenzie. L. Myers, Carlton, H. Hillyar, S. Myers, B. Downey, M. Campling, S. Downey. L. Campling and Messrs. J. Coyle, Peters, E. Barr, S.J. Robinson, Gibbons, S. Cutner, Lance Mullins, P. L. Houghton, J. Coyle, A. S.Mann, A. H. Aplett, W. W. Woodley. C.A. Houghton, H. D. Wolstenholme, E. Holden, C. Pulley. B. P. Dawson, Hooper, Jeremy. L. Jones, A. Britton. C. A. Clarke, Coffey and Hunter. FIRST BALL. (1929, April 8). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article118778203
Palm Beach Golf Course circa 1947, showing tents of campers in background and Barrenjoey Boathouse and trees on golf link greens. Courtesy National Museum of Australia, from Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1. And below one prior to the Barrenjoey Boatshed being built and tarred roads from the same collection:
PALM BEACH GOLF CLUB DANCE - THE Palm Beach Golf Club held the first annual ball on Thursday night, at the Rendezvous. There was a full attendance of members and their friends, numbering about two hundred. Besides dancing to' excellent music, there were cards for non-dancers, and the evening was so successful that it was accepted as the augury of future annual functions. Among those who attended were Lady Maitland, with her sister, Miss Cook. Mesdames Hammond, A. H. Aplett, W. Woodley, Peters, Rush, A. Broughton, D. B. Wiltshire, M. Hendry, Hooper, Jeremey, and Misses Bellbridge, Molly Hawkes, Kathleen Stranger, Enid Donovan, Coyle, Brown, Hawkes, Gurran, Dickson, Phyllis Clarke, and Harper. PALM BEACH. (1929, April 7). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 20. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131624961
Palm Beach Golf Course from Verrills Family Albums. Courtesy Peter Verrills.
The Palm Beach Surf Live-Saving Club will hold its annual dance at the Rendezvous Tearooms, Palm Beach, on December 28.The proceeds will go to the club's funds. Among the attractions at the dance will be a competition, the prize for which will be a flight in a seaplane, given by Captain J. Pentland. NEAR AND FAR. (1929, December 17). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16610763
AT PALM BEACH
"EVENING dress was distinctly "not done" at the New Year's Eve dance at "The Rendezvous," Palm Beach, last night. Among the 170 who came for the fun only one girl wore an evening gown, the rest donned beach or sports costumes, with bizarre effect. Some girls chose "flannels" — the long, cream trousers that men wear' on the tennis court; Mrs. Pat. Levy chose shorts, with a large Mexican hat and silk shirt; Miss Margery Rutherford's scarlet shorts were a gay splash of color with her sleeveless silk shirt. Mr. Ronnie Nott added a touch of Highland gaiety with tartan shorts. Shorts, sandshoes, plus-fours, sweaters, or any sporting wear was the mode — the lack or conventionality making it one of the happy memories the holiday-makers present will take away with them. The hearty singing of "Auld Lang Syne at 12 o'clock ushered in the New Year. AT PALM BEACH (1930, January 1). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 2 (LAST RACE RESULTS). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article226020644
Palm Beach Gow's Refreshment Room WHERE TO VOTE. (1930, October 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16724988
Fisherman Wins Appeal Against Crown.
The Court of Criminal Appeal decided yesterday that it, is not an offence for a professional fisherman to have in his possession fish irrespective of whether he proposed to sell it in the established market or not. The decision arose out of an appeal by Carl Beeston Gow. Gow was convicted by a magistrate under the Fisheries and Oyster Farms Act of having fish for sale which had not been brought to and sold in the district market. The fish was seized and forfeited to the Crown. Gow appealed unsuccessfully to Quarter Sessions. Government inspectors saw Gow's truck in front of a fish shop at Narrabeen. There was a large quantity of fish in the truck, a set of scales, and newspapers.
MEANING OF DECISION. A legal authority said yesterday that the practical effect for fishermen of the Court's decision is that a Fisheries inspector will have to detect a fisherman in the act of disposing of his catch outside the legal market before he can be convicted of an offence. The Chief Justice, in a reserved judgment, said it clearly would be nonsense to suggest that in all cases the mere possession of fish intended to be sold before they had been sold in a market would constitute an offence. Every licensed fisherman obviously intended to earn a livelihood by disposing of his catch by selling it. But as soon as he, took the fish into his boat or' otherwise reduced it into possession then he had it in his possession for sale, not immediately, perhaps, but at some subsequent time. He must then send the fish to the market in order that it might be sold in compliance with the requirements of the Act, and to suggest that the section of the Act was to receive a construction which would make that an offence was clearly absurd. It was clear that no offence was proved against Gow, his Honor said, because, although he announced his intention of selling some of the fish no sale in fact took place. The Chief Justice added: "It may possibly be that there is a gap in the Act, but that must be attributed to the language which the Legislature has used, and the Court cannot remould it." UPHELD The appeal was upheld with costs. Mr. Justice Owen and Mr.Justice Herron, in separate judgments, concurred. [Mr. J. W. Smyth, Q.C.. Mr.G. Carmichael and Mr. A. V. Maxwell (by Bartier, Perry and Purcell) for appellant; Mr. H.A. Henry (by the Crown Solicitor) for the Crown.] Fisherman Wins Appeal Against Crown. (1952, May 3). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18263362