October 8 - 14, 2017: Issue 332
Traces Of WWII Coast Watchers (1942) Found On Bangalley Headland After Recent Fire
During WWII the troops of the 18th Battalion were based on Barrenjoey Headland and reported every hour to their Headquarters at St Ives using the telephone from the Beacon Store. Careel Head House, Whale Beach was hired by the Australian Military Forces. The Property, then owned by Pauline Grieve, was required as a troop accommodation site by 18th Australian Infantry Battalion from 1942 - 1943. Situated at the north end of Bangalley, this home has extensive views over Whale Beach and towards Palm Beach.
In July 1940 the Returned Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Imperial League of Australia (or RSL – now the Returned and Services League of Australia) was given the responsibility of organising the Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC), units of First World War veterans who trained for the defence of their local area.
VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS APPOINTMENT.
MAJOR-GENERAL GORDON BENNETT, who has been appointed Officer Commanding the R.S.L. Volunteer Defence Corps. VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS APPOINTMENT. (1940, June 19). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17694088
PARADES OF DEFENCE CORPS
The Kuring-gai unit of the Returned Soldiers' Volunteer Defence Corps, under the command of Major C. T. Pinnock, will parade at 9.45 a.m. on Sunday at Killara Reservoir. This unit is recruited from Linfield, Killara, Gordon, Pymble and Turramurra. Returned soldiers who have not yet enrolled may do so at the parade ground.
About 200 members of the Manly Returned Soldiers' Defence Corps were put through physical training exercises at the Dungowan last night by Harry Hay, the Olympic coach. Arm-bands were issued bearing the letters R.S.L.V.D.C. The Hornsby unit has arranged for medical examination from 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Drill Hail, Dural Lane Five doctors will be present. The 17th Battalion, from North Sydney, Mosman. Manly and Warringah Shire, will hold an all-day parade at the French's Forest Showground on Sunday Manly members Will leave by car at 9.30 a.m. PARADES OF DEFENCE CORPS (1940, July 10). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 5 (LAST RACE ALL DETAILS). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230922045
VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS.
Week-end Parades. Nearly 800 members of the Volunteer Defence Corps, in the 17th Battalion area, which extends from North Sydney to Palm Beach, paraded at French's Forest Showground yesterday afternoon, under Colonel Travers. The men were inspected by Major-General Gordon Bennett, Commandant, of the Training Depot, Eastern Command, who later took the salute in a march-past. He praised the physique and marching of the men.
Major-General Bennett also attended a parade of the Kuring-gai Gai Battalion of the Home Defence Corps, held yesterday morning at Killara. More than 200 men of B Company paraded under Major Pinnock. It was their first combined drill, and General Bennet complimented them on their performance…VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS. (1940, July 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17687421
VOLUNTEER CORPS ACTIVITIES
Appointments of officers to the R.S.L. Volunteer Defence Corps in the Sydney area were announced today. The list is:
17th Battalion Area: "C" Company (Manly)— O.C., Lieut. V. J. Brady, D.S.C.; 2nd in Command, Major E. W. Carter, D.S.O.; Platoon Commanders, Lieut. W. J. Baird, E.M., Major E. S. Vidal, M.C.. Lieut. E. S. Dickinson, Lieut. R. Elsmore.
"D" Company (Warringah) : O.C., Capt. A. H. Lyddall, M.C.; Platoon Commanders, Capt. J. A. D. Robb, Lieut. A. A. Butler. Capt. M. Burns- Lyndon.
Training Course A course in training for officers and N.C.O's. will be held at the Sydney Boys' High School from July 22 to August 15. Personnel will be required to attend two nights a week, from 7.30 to 9.30. Training will include squad, platoon, company and battalion drill, rifle exercises. arms, bayonet and physical training, and recreational games and The Engineers' sub-branch will form an engineers' reserve as part of the corps. Engineers, pioneers, tunnellers. and miners are asked to attend a rally at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. at the Sydney Boys' High School. They need not be members or the sub-branch.
The Returned Soldiers' League has been advised that the Army Department has approved the following-colors to be worn on the armlets by officers of the R.S.L. Volunteer Defance Battalion leader, yellow; company leader, green; platoon leader, white; section leader, purple; administrative staff, including liaison officer, light blue. It is now anticipated that at least 104,200 war veterans will enrol in the corps, comprising 40,000 in New South Wales, 30,000 in Victoria, 10,000 each in Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia, 4000 In Tasmania, and 200 in the Australian Capital Territory. On Thursday, 350 men of the 18th Battalion area, members of the Defence Corps, will march at Chats-wood, headed by the band of the local militia unit. At a meeting of the Arncliffe sub-branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A., in the Arncliffe Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. tomorrow, the nature of the Defence Corps will be explained in detail by representatives of the Corps and R.S.L. headquarters. Major-General H. Gordon Bennett, leader of the corps, will visit Goulburn and Wagga this week to inspect local units. Drill Manual Military authorities have expressed interest in an army drill manual, prepared by Captain R. K. Wilthew, officer-in-charge of training for the Defence Corps He has collected all the drill amendments issued by the Army into one, freely-illustrated booklet of 56 pages. It includes physical training tables and illustrated games. The Department of Education is paying the printing costs.VOLUNTEER CORPS ACTIVITIES (1940, July 15). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 10 (LATE FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230913339
VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS. Week-end Parades.
Nearly 600 members of the Volunteer Defence Corps, in the 17th Battalion area, which extends from North Sydney to Palm Beach, paraded at French's Forest Showground yesterday afternoon, under Colonel Travers.
The men were inspected by Major-General Gordon Bennett, Commandant, of the Training Depot, Eastern Command, who later took the salute in a march-past. He praised the physique and marching of the men.
Major-General Bennett also attended a parade of the Kuring-gai Battalion of the Home Defence Corps, held yesterday morning at Killara. More than 200 men of B Company paraded under Major Pinnock. It was their first combined drill, and General Bennett complimented them on their performance
About 100 members of the Maroubra-Kensington unit of the Returned Soldiers' De-fence Corps paraded yesterday morning. The unit was instructed in physical training, and marched to the Labour Farm in Bunnerong Road.
A total of 140 members of the sub-branch have been enrolled. Additional members will be enrolled on Wednesday night, when another medical examination will be held.
Returned soldiers of the Paddington-Woollahra area decided, at a branch meeting, to form a unit of the R.S.L.. Volunteer Defence Corps. VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS. (1940, July 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17687421
RETURNED SOLDIERS' DEFENCE CORPS PARADE.
Members of the Returned Soldiers' Defence Corps from North Sydney, Mosman, Manly, and Warringah Shire took part in an all-day parade at the French's Forest Showground yesterday. Left: Some of the Diggers doing exercises.
Right: Major General H. Gordon Bennett, Commandant, Training Depot, Eastern Command, taking the salute during the march past of the Corps.RETURNED SOLDIERS' DEFENCE CORPS PARADE. (1940, July 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17687517
MANLY VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS.
The 17th Battalion, Manly R.S.L. Volunteer Defence Corps, will hold a field day at French's Forest Showground on Sunday. Members will fall-in at the drill hall, opposite the old tram depot, Manly, at 10 am and will travel by motor transport to French's Forest. Competitions will be held in the section drill, and there will be marching, bomb-throwing, and physical training. Tea, milk, and sugar will be provided, but members are asked to bring their own lunches. MANLY VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS. (1940, September 20). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17710252
VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS ON TRAINING MANOEUVRES
Left. Moving through the bush, members of thee Volunteer Defence Corps use all available cover as they advance on the enemy." A rifleman of the 10th Battalion filing from a kneeling position. Right: A signaller of the same battalion maintaining contact with headquarters by signalling lamp. VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS ON TRAINING MANOEUVRES (1942, February 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17789455
VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS
Sir,-The number of Australian men capable of bearing arms is small compared with the Japanese. Even if, as Major-General Gordon Bennett states, one Australian can account for ten Japanese, there would still be a surplus of Japanese. Thus it is imperative for our vital defence that every Australian man should be trained to the limit of the opportunities available.
It has been stated that the Volunteer Defence Corps is the organisation intended by the Government to attend to the training of all who are not members of one of the regular fighting Services, including men in reserved occupations. In view of this, it is surprising that the following instruction has been issued to company commanders in the Volunteer Defence Corps:
"Classes 1, 2, and 3 are not eligible to attest with the Volunteer Defence Corps, no matter what their period of exemption or occupation may be," with the sole exception of those who are rejected as medically unfit by the militia.
V.D.C. CAST-OFF. Sydney. VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS (1942, March 21). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17793536
As the perceived threat to Australia declined the VDC's role changed from static defence to operating anti-aircraft artillery, coastal artillery and searchlights. Members of inland VDC units were freed from having to attend regular training in May 1944 and the VDC was officially disbanded on 24 August 1945.
Many Australians spent time looking for aircraft, both enemy and Allied. They included soldiers from anti-aircraft batteries, specialist observers from the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS), sailors at shore bases, and airmen protecting radar installations and airfields. Tens of thousands of civilians from the Volunteer Air Observers Corps (VAOC), created in 1942, were ever vigilant around population centres. At key industrial sites and capital cities, the VAOC supplemented radar, searchlights and anti-aircraft artillery crewed by men and women of the AMF and RAAF.
The VAOC were trained in aircraft recognition and equipped with a variety of visual and audio aids, from fine optical lenses to simple bell trumpet listening cones. Although they rarely saw Japanese planes, they tracked and saved many Allied planes. Their numbers declined as the threat passed.
In mid 1942 there were 95,000 people Australia-wide, including 17,500 in Queensland. As volunteers weren't serving on official duty, the Australian War Memorial do not have state-by-state figures.
AIR SPOTTERS CORPS - Enrolments Begin at Week-end
MELBOURNE, Thursday.-Enrolments for the new Volunteer Air Observers' Corps, whose job will be to spot enemy aircraft from observation posts, will probably begin in New South Wales and Victoria about the end of this week. Similar steps will be taken in other States soon afterwards.
The Minister for Air, Mr Drakeford said to-day that when unknown aircraft were seen or heard from an observation post the Air Intelligence authorities would be notified without delay by a special priority signal known as an "airflash message" and action necessary for the protection of the public would be taken.
Information supplied in the "air-flash message" would include the number and description of aircraft, the point at which they were sighted or heard, the altitude at which they were flying, their position in relation to the observation post, the direction in which they were travelling, and the time at which they were heard or sighted.
Principal items of equipment supplied to all posts would be binoculars, sun glasses, telephones, "airflash message'" pads, and silhouettes of enemy, Allied and Australian aircraft.
Mr. Drakeford said that before enrolment, applicants would be required to pass comprehensive vision and hearing tests. On appointment to the corps they would be supplied with distinguishing armbands bearing "V.A.O.C." in gold letters on a dark blue background.
Where possible, personnel for each observation post would be selected from among volunteers, living nearby.
Observation posts themselves would be situated in quiet localities giving an unobstructed view in all directions and providing adequate shelter from the weather.
Instructions issued to observation posts would include location of personnel in places where the sound of approaching aircraft would not be missed. At night sound would be the main indication of approaching raiders, although in certain circumstances enemy aircraft might be seen against a light background or by their navigation or other lights.
"By joining the corps, those who are too old for military service or cannot qualify for more active duty in the field will be rendering a great service to the nation in its hour of peril," Mr Drakeford said. AIR SPOTTERS CORPS (1942, January 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17781596
AIR OBSERVERS' CORPS WANTS VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are wanted for the Volunteer Air Observers' Corps for aircraft spotting work in the Sydney metropolitan area. The men required may be up to the ages of 50 to 55 years, but they must be active, and eligibility for military service precludes membership. Those who wish to join should apply in writing to the Officer in Charge, Main Control, Volunteer Air Observers' Corps, Sydney. AIR OBSERVERS' CORPS WANTS VOLUNTEERS (1942, March 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17790376
AIR OBSERVERS CORPS TO BE FORMED
CANBERRA, Monday.-Regulations were gazetted to-day to authorise the creation and maintenance of a volunteer Air Observer Corps to keep watch for and report, enemy aircraft over Australian territory.
The Observers Corps will be maintained and controlled by the Air Board, which will prescribe the conditions of service and the duties to be performed by its members.
Members may be either volunteers or members of the Air Force,-or of the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force, detailed for the purpose by the Air Board. AIR OBSERVERS' CORPS TO BE FORMED (1942, March 10). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17791708
WOMEN AS ARMY SIGNALLERS - 700 Volunteer in N.S.W.
Nearly 700 women in New South Wales alone have applied for enlistment as a result of the call for 1,000 volunteers throughout Australia to serve with the Australian Corps of Signals. They will relieve men from rear operational areas for service in the front line.
No enlistments have yet been made, a military spokesman said yesterday, but the applications are being considered by the Australian Women's Army Service, which will enlist the women signallers.
Medical examinations are taking place. It Is expected that at least, three weeks will elapse before any women will be called up to serve in this branch of the Army.
Many officers and some, other ranks of the A.W.A.S., particularly those in outlying and colder districts, have already been issued with winter uniform, in addition to greatcoats.
As supplies are available winter clothing is being generally issued, and It is expected that all A.W.A.S. women will shortly have received their warmer clothing. WOMEN AS ARMY SIGNALLERS (1942, June 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17821814
ADVANCE PARTY IN CAMP. N.D.L. Transport Corps.
THERE were scenes of great activity yesterday at Winijimmi Point, Mona Vale, when an advance party of members of the National Defence League Transport Corps went into camp for more than 50 women who will be in camp there from to-day until Sunday.
The 13 members of the advance party, wearing slacks and shirts of khaki drill, were employed erecting tents and digging water trenches, building fireplaces, and assembling: the equipment.
Mainly concerned with the provision« was the quartermaster, Mrs.. C. P. Wynark, who has planned the meals for the camp. The menus for the day included cereals and eggs for breakfast, a hot midday meal with plenty of vegetables, and a cold evening meal of meats and salads.
"WHILE they are in camp the members will receive training in many branches of their studies. These include map reading, signalling, first aid, morse, stretcher drill, convoy work, military transport drill, infantry drill, physical training, and they will have organised games to promote the team spirit.
Their mechanics Instructor will be Miss E. Perry, one of the 30 members of the Transport Corps, who has passed an advance course in mechanics, which is conducted tinder the auspices of the Technical College.
The commandant is Mrs. Murchison Kater, and the 2I.C. is Miss Pat Godhard. both of whom were in the advance patty. (See pictures on page 13.) ADVANCE PARTY IN CAMP. (1941, January 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17731044 - Visit Mona Vale Training Grounds: From Lancers on Horses to Lasses on Driving Courses
It seems that the North Palm Beach Aussie larrikan spirit was rampant, even during wartime:
"Bomb" Thrown At Minister. SYDNEY. Thursday.-The Minister for the Army (Mr. Spender) was attacked yesterday by military forces with a bomb. The forces were a contingent of the A.l.F. travelling in an army lorry from leave at Palm Beach, north of Sydney, and the bomb was a bag of flour. A direct hit was scored, and Mr. Spender's driver was smothered in flour. The occupants of the lorry did not recognise Mr. Spender, and as his car drew alongside the lorry the flour bomb was thrown with precision through the front window, where it burst over the driver. Mr. Spender, who came unscathed through the attack, does not view the incident seriously. Having pacified his driver - who wanted to pursue and annihilate the occupants of the lorry, he resumed his Journey to Sydney. "Bomb" Thrown At Minister. (1941, January 23). Barrier Miner(Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), p. 5 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48413593
The area, a training ground for decades prior to this conflict, and, in fact, the place where the first Naval Exercises took place in 1885, became once again the place to test out our defences and defence skills:
"INVASION" OF N.S.W. COAST.
Force Makes Inland But Is Repulsed SYDNEY, September 12. The invasion exercises carried out this morning on the shores of Broken Bay and in French's Forest have satisfied Army officers that an actual invasion of the New South Wales coast could be repulsed. Although the invading force, in theory, smashed the coastal defences at Broken Bay, managed a successful landing, and pushed several miles inland, the advance was halted when reserves were rushed up and it was eventually pushed back into the sea. The invasion exercise was the culmination of a week of manoeuvres in which the Navy, Army and Air Force took part, and which were devised to test the communications and co-ordination of the three services in the defence of the coast. An Army spokesman said today that manoeuvres had been entirely successful, and many valuable lessons had been learned. All the material collected during the exercises was being carefully studied by the defence chiefs.
Residents of Palm Beach, Newport, Mona Vale and French's Forest awoke yesterday morning to find fully-armed soldiers guarding all the strategic points on roads. Early morning motorists and bus drivers found roads blocked with barbed wire and traps, and were challenged by dust-begrimed militia men These were the invading forces -carefully selected men of the 2nd Division, Home Defence Force—who had been landed before dawn—theoretically—from an enemy convoy and had overcome the local defenders. Covering Force Lands The 2nd Division men were taken into Broken Bay before dawn in a naval vessel and landed at three points in motor launches by the Naval Auxiliary patrol. They represented the covering force of an attacking brigade. The first party was landed at a jetty on the Pittwater side of Palm Beach. The members sprang into motor lorries which were waiting, and which represented armored fighting vehicles. They overcame and captured detachments of defenders until they reached Mona Vale, where there was a battle for the junction of the road from French's Forest. Without meeting opposition, the second party landed at Church Point and raced to the junction of the Church Point and Pittwater roads through French's Forest. The third landing party got ashore at Coal and Candle Creek, captured defenders there and overran a large part of Pittwater road. By dawn a great section of French's Forest and the coast from Mona Vale to Palm Beach was in occupation by the covering force of the invading troops.
But their success was only temporary. Men of the 1st Division Militia were racing from a big military camp in trucks, Bren-gun carriers and other fighting vehicles to French's Forest. The arriving defenders halted the advance and, as the reserves arrived, counter-attacks were made, and the invaders were gradually driven back. Artillery was brought up to shell the attackers out of strategic points. Because of the great amount of cover provided by the trees, the defending troops were able to carry put flanking movements to dislodge the invaders. "INVASION" OF N.S.W. COAST. (1941, September 13). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article44956820
At North Curl Curl about 200 members of the Warringah and Manly branches of the Volunteer Defence Corps spent the day in exercises on the beach. BIG CROWDS AT BEACHES (1941, September 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17741714
This insight came with photos, although where they were is not specified:
VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS TRAINS HARD AT WEEK-ENDS
Strenuous training manoeuvres of the 10th Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps, near Sydney. The strength of the V.D.C., is to be increased by 50 per cent, chiefly in country districts. Many of the volunteers served in the 1914-1918 war and many are in reserved occupations. Top: A bayonet attack proves that the volunteers have dash and stamina. Lower left: A typical member of the corps many of whom have been decorated for bravery. Lower right : A trench mortar section in action. VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS TRAINS HARD AT WEEK-ENDS (1942, March 11).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17791826
MISS Thea Proctor, the artist, is spending a week with Mrs. Gordon Craig, at Palm Beach. She left her paints and crayons behind, but at the last minute could not resist slipping in her pencils to do some drawing. IN THE NEWS (1930, January 13). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 17 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article226023899
Some sources state she was struck by a bicycle. She died at Palm Beach and was interred at Manly.
ALLAN.-On February 9, at Palm Beach(as the result of an accident), Ailsa, beloved wife of Wing-Commander G. U. Allan, A.F.C., and sister of Mrs. J. F. Chambers, Toorak. Privately cremated. Family Notices. (1943, February 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17836678
Rhys Williams: 8th Bn V.D.C Sigs Operating Heliograph and Lucas Lamp,Terrey Hills,13th June 1943 Watercolour 37.0 x 40.0 Signed, inscribed & dated 1943 and Rhys Williams 8th Bn V.D.C. Sig's Operating Heliograph Terrey Hills, 13th June 1943 Watercolour 37.0 x 40.0 Signed, inscribed & dated 1943 - Visit Rhys Williams Painting - June, 1942
References And Extras
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Marie Byles Lucy Gullett Kookoomgiligai Frank Hurley Archpriest JJ Therry Sir Patrick Gordon Taylor Bowen Bungaree W. Bradley 1788 Journal Midholme Loggan Rock Cabin La Corniche La Corniche II Lion Island Bungan Beach Botham Beach Scarred Trees Castles in the Sand Dame Nellie Melba lunches at Bilgola Spring, 1914 First to Fly in Australia at North Narrabeen Mona Vale Golf Club's Annual Balls Governor Phillip camps on Resolute Beach Ruth Bedford Jean Curlewis Mollie Horseman Charlotte Boutin May Moore Neville W Cayley Leon Houreux Frederick Wymark Sir Adrian Curlewis Bilgola Heron Cove Mullet Creek Shark Point Woodley's Cottage A Tent at The Basin Collin's Retreat-Bay View House-Scott's Hotel Bilgola Cottage and House The First Pittwater Regatta Women Cricketers Picnic Filmed In Pittwater Governor Phillip's Barrenjoey Cairn Waradiel Season The Church at Church Point Gov. Phillip's Exploration of Broken Bay, 2 - 9 March 1788 Petroglyths: Aboriginal Rock Art on the Northern Beaches Avalon Headland Landmarks Steamers Part I Pittwater Aquatic Club Part I Woody Point Yacht Club Royal Motor Yacht Club Part I Dorothea Mackellar Elaine Haxton Neva Carr Glynn Margaret Mulvey Jean Mary Daly Walter Oswald Watt Wilfrid Kingsford Smith John William Cherry George Scotty Allan McCarrs Creek Narrabeen Creek Careel Creek Currawong Beach Creek Bushrangers at Pittwater Smuggling at Broken Bay An Illicit Still at McCarr's Creek The Murder of David Foley Mona Vale Outrages Avalon Camping Ground Bayview Koala Sanctuary Ingleside Powder Works Palm Beach Golf Course Avalon Sailing Club Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Palm Beach SLSC Part I - The Sheds Warriewood SLSC Whale Beach SLSC Flagstaff Hill Mount Loftus Pill Hill Sheep Station Hill S.S. Florrie S.S. Phoenix and General Gordon Paddlewheeler MV Reliance The Elvina Florida House Careel House Ocean House and Billabong Melrose-The Green Frog The Small Yacht Cruising Club of Pittwater Canoe and I Go With The Mosquito Fleet - 1896 Pittwater Regattas Part I - Dates and Flagships to 1950 Shark Incidents In Pittwater The Kalori Church Point Wharf Bayview Wharf Newport Wharf Palm Beach Jetty - Gow's Wharf Max Watt Sir Francis Anderson Mark Foy John Roche Albert Verrills Broken Bay Customs Station At Barrenjoey Broken Bay Water Police Broken Bay Marine Rescue - Volunteer Coastal Patrol Pittwater Fire-Boats Prospector Powder Hulk at Towler's Bay Naval Visits to Pittwater 1788-1952 Pittwater's Torpedo Wharf and Range Naval Sea Cadets in Pittwater S.S. Charlotte Fenwick S.S. Erringhi P.S. Namoi S.Y. Ena I, II and III Barrenjoey Headland - The Lessees Barrenjoey Lighthouse - The Construction Barrenjoey Broken Bay Shipwrecks Up To 1900 Barrenjoey Light Keepers Douglas Adrian Ross Newport SLSC 1909 - 1938 Part I Overview North Narrabeen SLSC - The Formative Years Bilgola SLSC - the First 10 years North Palm Beach SLSC A History of Pittwater Parts 1 and 4 Pittwater Regattas - 1907 and 1908 Pittwater Regattas - 1921 - The Year that Opened and Closed with a Regatta on Pittwater Pittwater Regatta Banishes Depression - 1933 The 1937 Pittwater Regatta - A Fashionable Affair Careel Bay Jetty-Wharf-Boatshed Gow-Gonsalves Boatshed -Snapperman Beach Camping at Narrabeen - A Trickle then a Flood Pittwater's Parallel Estuary - The Cowan 'Creek' RMYC Broken Bay Boathouse and Boatshed Barrenjoey Boat House The Bona - Classic Wooden Racing Yacht Mona Vale Hospital Golden Jubilee - A Few Insights on 50 Years as a Community Hospital Far West Children's Health Scheme - the Formation Years The First Scotland Island Cup, Trophy and Race and the Gentleman who loved Elvina Bay Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay NSW - Cruiser Division History - A History of the oldest division in the Royal Motor Yacht Club Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay Early Motor Boats and Yachts, their Builders and Ocean Races to Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury and Pittwater The Royal Easter Show Began As the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales The Mail Route to Pittwater and Beyond The Wild Coachmen of Pittwater - A Long and Sometimes Bumpy Ride on Tracks Instead of Roads The Fearless Men of Palm Beach SLSC's Surf Boats First Crews - A Tale of Viking Ships, Butcher Boats and Robert Gow's Tom Thumb 'Canoe' Furlough House Narrabeen - Restful Sea Breezes For Children and Their Mothers From Telegraphs to Telephones - For All Ships at Sea and Those On Land Mona Vale Training Grounds - From Lancers on Horses to Lasses on Transport Courses Fred Verrills; Builder of Bridges and Roads within Australia during WWII, Builder of Palm Beach Afterwards Communications with Pittwater Ferries To Pittwater A History of Pittwater - Part 4: West Head Fortress Pittwater's Lone Rangers - 120 Years of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase and the Men of Flowers Inspired by Eccleston Du Faur Early Pittwater Launches and Ferries Runs Avalon Beach SLSC - The First Clubhouse Avalon Beach SLSC The Second and Third Clubhouses From Beneath the Floorboards at Hyde Park Barracks Bungaree Was Flamboyant Andrew Thompson - 'Long Harry' Albert Thomas Black John Collins of Avalon Narrabeen Prawning Times - A Seasonal Tide of Returnings Oystering in the Pittwater Estuary - Oyster Kings and Pearl Kings and When Not to Harvest Oysters Yabbying In Warriewood Creeks Eeling in Warriewood's Creeks (Includes A Short History of community involvement in environmental issues/campaigns in and around Narrabeen Lagoon - 1974 to present by David James OAM) Eunice Minnie Stelzer - Pittwater Matriarchs Maria Louisa Therry - Pittwater Matriarch Katherine Mary Roche - Pittwater Matriarchs Sarah A. Biddy Lewis and Martha Catherine Bens Pittwater Matriarchs Pittwater's New Cycle Track of 1901 Manly to Newport The Rock Lily Hotel Barrenjoey House The Pasadena Jonah's St Michael's Arch The First Royal Visitor to Australia: the Incident at Clontarf March 12th, 1868 Pittwater: Lovely Arm of the Hawkesbury By NOEL GRIFFITHS - includes RMYC Wharf and Clareville Wharf of 1938 + An Insight into Public Relations in Australia George Mulhall First Champion of Australia in Rowing - First Light-Keeper at Barranjuey Headland Captain Francis Hixson - Superintendent of Pilots, Lights, and Harbours and Father of the Naval Brigade The Marquise of Scotland Island The First Boat Builders of Pittwater: the Short Life and Long Voyages of Scotland Island Schooner the Geordy Boat Builders of Pittwater II: from cargo schooners and coasters to sailing skiffs and motorised launches The Currawong: Classic Yacht The Riddles of The Spit and Bayview/ Church Point: sailors, boat makers, road pavers winning rowers VP Day Commemorative Service 2015 – at Avalon Beach RSL Cenotaph: 70th Anniversary Captain T. Watson and his Captain Cook Statues: A Tribute to Kindness Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways; Hordern or Wiltshire Parks to McKay Reserve – From Beach to Estuary Pittwater Reserves, The Green Ways: Clareville Wharf and Taylor's Point Jetty Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways Bilgola Beach - The Cabbage Tree Gardens and Camping Grounds - Includes Bilgola - The Story Of A Politician, A Pilot and An Epicure by Tony Dawson and Anne Spencer Pittwater Reserves - The Green Ways: Mona Vale's Village Greens a Map of the Historic Crown Lands Ethos Realised in The Village, Kitchener and Beeby Parks Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways; Bungan Beach and Bungan Head Reserves: A Headland Garden Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Green Family Elanora - Some Early Notes and Pictures The Stewart Towers On Barrenjoey Headland Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Williams Family Early Cricket in Pittwater: A small Insight Into the Noble Game from 1880's On The Pacific Club's 2016 Carnival in Rio Fundraiser for Palm Beach SLSC Marks the 79th Year of Support Bert Payne Park, Newport: Named for A Man with Community Spirit Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Fox Family Surf Carnivals in February 1909, 1919, 1925, a Fancy Dress Rise of Venus and Saving Lives with Surfboards Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Paddon Family of Clareville Mermaid Basin, Mona Vale Beach: Inspired 1906 Poem by Viva Brock Early Pittwater Schools: The Barrenjoey School 1872 to 1894 The Royal Easter Show and 125th Celebration of the Hawkesbury Agricultural College: Farmers Feed Us! The Newport School 1888 to 2016 Pittwater's Ocean Beach Rock Pools: Southern Corners of Bliss - A History The Royal Botanical Garden Sydney Celebrate 200 Years in 2016 The Porter Family of Newport: Five Brother Soldiers Serve in WWI Church Point and Bayview: A Pittwater Public School Set on the Estuary The Basin, Pittwater: A Reprise: Historical Records and Pictures Lighthouse Keepers Cottages You Can Rent in NSW - Designed or Inspired by Colonial Architect James Barnet: Includes Historic 'Lit' Days records Bayview Days Ships Biscuits - the At Sea Necessity that Floated William Arnott’s Success Mona Vale Public School 1906 to 2012 St Johns Camden: 176th And 167th Anniversaries In June 2016 - Places To Visit Narrabeen Lagoon And Collaroy Beachfront: Storms And Flood Tides Of The Past Avalon Beach Public School - A History Muriel Knox Doherty Sir Herbert Henry Schlink Shopping And Shops In Manly: Sales Times From 1856 To 1950 For A Fishing Village Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's 150th Sailing Season Opening: A Few Notes Of Old A Few Glimpses Into Narrabeen's Past Beauties Dr. Isobel Ida Bennett AO Taronga Zoo 100th Birthday Parade: 1000 Reasons To Celebrate War Memorials: Manly, October 14, 1916 Avalon Beach Golf Links: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II War Memorials - Mona Vale, November 14, 1926 Annie Wyatt Reserve Palm Beach: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II Tumbledown Dick Hill Waratah Farm and Narrabeen Plums: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II Mark Twain, J.F. Archibald And Henry Lawson - Did They Go Fishing At Narrabeen In The Spring Of 1895?: Probably! Bayview Baths Centenary Celebration in November 2016 hosted by Bayview-Church Point Residents Association Dr. Jenny Rosen's Historical Timeline Palm Beach RSL - Club Palm Beach Celebrating 60 Years Early Years At Narrabeen: The Plane Sailing Day Of 1944 The Five Ways- Six ways Junction; Kamikaze Corner - Avalon Bilgola RPAYC Season on Pittwater and coming of Jubilees in Summer of 1938 Local Explorers’ Modern Day Discovery - Governor Phillip’s First Landing site, Campsite and contact with Local Aborigines in Pittwater: The Case for West Head Beach Rendezvous Tea Rooms Palm Beach: links with 1817 and 1917: Palm Beach Stores and Fishermen St Cloud's Jersey Stud: Elanora Heights: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II Roderic Quinn's Poems And Prose For Manly, Beacon Hill, Dee Why And Narrabeen A Historic Catalogue And Record Of Pittwater Art I – Of Places, Peoples And The Development Of Australian Art And Artists: The Estuary Celebrating World Radio Day: The Bilgola Connection With The Beginnings Of Radio In Australia Emile Theodore Argles - champion of all Australians without a Voice - a very funny Satirist, Manly Poet and Pittwater Prose Writer and Litterateur Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrates 85th Birthday: A Few Pittwater Connections Victor James Daley: A Manly Bard And Poet who also came to Pittwater and the Hawkesbury Let's Go Fly A Kite !: Palm Beach Whistling Kites Inspire sharing How to Make Standard, Box and Whistling Boy Kites - school holidays fun with a bit of Australian and Narrabeen history Clifton Gardens Mosman: An Eternal Green and Saltwater Space, and Of Many Captains Historic Catalogue And Record Of Pittwater Art I: Coastal Landscapes and Seascapes The Bayview Tea Gardens 1920 to 1923 When Run By Thomas Edward And Annie Newey (Nee Costello) An Australian and RPAYC Commodore Aboard an America's Cup Challenger of 1908 and 1914 Henry Lawson - A Manly Bard and Poet: on his 150th Birthday Historic Catalogue and Record of Pittwater Art I: Artists and Artists Colonies Opportunity To Visit Submarine War Grave Renews Memories Of 75 Years Ago Early Bayview - insights courtesy Don Taylor and Margaret Tink Retracing Governor Phillip's Footsteps Around Pittwater: The Mystery Of The Cove On The East Side Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: John (Jack) Ralston and Nora McAuliffe Patrick Edward Quinn: A Manly Prose writer who gave us A Run To Pittwater (1889) and Songs for the Federation of Australia Avalon Beach North Headland Indian Face 'Falls': An Everchanging Coastline Nautical Treasure In Suburbia Narani, Captain Cook Celebrations At MVPS And Elvina Bay Memories - 1970s Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: Alrema Becke Queen of Palm Beach The Beachcombers Surfboard Riding Club: Palm Beach, NSW - 1959 to 1961 Year Dated Beer Bottles Found at Taylors Point Early Pittwater Surfers: Avalon Beach I - 1956: The Carnival That Introduced The Malibu Surfboard and Being Able To Surf Across A Wave Face - Reg Wood Anecdotes Mona Vale SLSC To Be Completely Renewed + A Few Insights from the Pages of the Past The Firecracker That Closed Narrabeen Hotel By Ken Lloyd (Savalloyd) + Narrabeen Hotel Licence Transfer Trail Traces Of WWII Coast Watchers Found On Bangalley Headland - 1942