May 22 - 28, 2022: Issue 539


Avalon Beach Shops: Some History

General Store, Avalon Beach - ON 165/925 Item c07771_0002_c photo by Rex Hazlewood, Image Courtesy The Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, circa January - February 1922

The bulk of the land on which many of the Avalon Beach Village Shops were built was originally a section of what was known as 'Priests Flat' when the land had been given to John Joseph Therry. As part of Father Therry's original vision for the area 12 acres alongside the beach had been set aside and later dedicated to the Council as a public recreation area, to provide permanent access to the beachfront and beach itself.

The Beach itself was also once called 'Burne's Beach' after one of the early landholders and subdivisions that then became the lots on which these early shops were constructed.

No. 17 749. APPLICANT:—Frederick Burne, Forest Lodge. LAND:—County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, shire Warringah, 61 acres 13 perches, on road from Manly to Barranjoey and Central-road, Pittwater,—lot 2, south division, Pittwater Estate, and part 1,200 acres (portion 20 of parish), granted to John Joseph Therry; adjoining properties of City Mutual Insurance Society and executors of late J. Tomkins. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1912, June 12). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 3669. Retrieved from

Unfortunately this gentleman died soon after bringing his Avalon acreage under the Real Property Act. Caroline Maud Marriott Burne, of Liverpool, Matron of Hospital, allowed Alfred Ickerson of Sydney, Land and Estate Agent, to sell the lots. Burnes' relatives do turn up in the sales/tarnsference of some of these lots of lands. There are a few notes about the Burnes family under Extras.

The State Library of NSW Avalon Subdivisions lithographs folder, the National Library of Australia's TROVE digitised records and the NSW Historical Land Records Viewer Volume 2283 Folio110 provides:

The Knightley Estate was first advertised in October 1912 - the lithograph shows one block is reserved from sale:


The First Portion of KNIGHTLEY ESTATE, Subdivided into 43 GOOD ALLOTMENTS, with frontages to MAIN ROAD TO BARRANJOEY and CENTRAL-ROAD (to Clareville Wharf), will be Sold on the Ground, at 3 p.m. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9.

Some of these Choice Sites overlook a Surfing Beach. The frontages are 66 feet, with depths up to 200 feet back to lane.

TERMS: 10 per cent, deposit, balance in 32 quarterly payments, at 5 per cent, per annum.


MOTOR CARS from Auction Rooms; 98 Pitt-street, at noon on DAY OF SALE. Return Ticket only 4/.

And from TRAM TERMINUS, NARRABEEN, at 3.45 and 2.30 p.m. on Day of Sale. Return Ticket, 2/ each.

Messrs. PALMER and McGRECOR are Solicitors of the Owner. Advertising (1912, October 12). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 21. Retrieved from

KNIGHTLEY ESTATE Advertising (1912, November 4). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved from

Avalon subdivision plans, Item no. c027560005, courtesy State Library of N.S.W.

NSW Historical Land Records Viewer Volume 2283 Folio110:

It can be seen that the wife of A J Small, Jessie, bought three blocks in Bellevue Avenue, as well as the Hanson land for a weekender was also brought from this acreage holding.

Arthur Jabez Small acquired 35 acres, 2 rood, 20 and 3/4 perches, the bulk of the residue of the estate, on December 10th, 1924. These lots are seen in The Avalon Estate, Avalon Beach lithographs from that same year onwards:

Avalon Subdivisions - The Avalon Estate, Avalon Beach, Item No c027560010h and section from to show Lot numbers courtesy State Library of NSW. Visit:  Avalon's Village Green: Avalon Park Becomes Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve 

The NSW Historical Land Records Viewer Volume 3674 Folio 35 A J Small provides records of those sales:

Herbert Clements Lester  bought Lots 12, 70, 71 and 72 on February 4h, 1925 (Volume 3708-Folio 155) - Lot 12 was and is the corner of Old Barrenjoey Road and Avalon Parade, the other 3 lots were near the corner of Bellevue avenue and on Avalon Parade:

Lot 12 (Volume 4620 Folio 100) was sold on February 22nd 1934 to Stanley Montgomery Wickham. On February 28th, 1934 he took out a Mortgage which was to Rachel Simpson, widow, of Rose Bay. This was discharged on January 20th, 1943. 

Here was built what was named The Dutch Garden and Avalon Beach store.

Wickham family

Stanley Montgomery Wickham 'Stan' (4 January 1876 – 16 August 1960) was a pioneer Australian rugby union player, a state and national representative centre who captained the Australian national side on a number of occasions in the early 1900s. He was tour captain for the inaugural Wallaby overseas tour, that to New Zealand in 1905.

Born in Parramatta, to Sydney and Jane (nee Galvin - married in 1861), S M Wickham was the youngest child and fifth son:

WICKHAM-GALVIN-On Thursday, the 4th instant, by special license, at St. John's Church, Darlinghurst, Mr. Sydney Wickham, to Miss Jane Galvin, both of Sydney. Family Notices (1861, April 9). Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), p. 1. Retrieved from

Sydney and Jane Wickham Births - from NSW BDM's


Mr. Wickham was schooled at Parramatta Marist Brothers followed by Sydney Boys High School graduating in 1889 where he learned his rugby. After school he played for the Parramatta Two Blues in 1893 & 1894 then the Wallaroo club side in Sydney in 1895 and 1896. He lived in Lucknow near Orange, New South Wales from 1896 to 1899 and played rugby there, making representative Country sides for clashes against City in each of those years. In 1900 he returned to Sydney and commenced with the Western Suburbs DRUFC in its inaugural year of competition. He would play 87 first-grade games for the club.

Representative career

Wickham was first selected in a New South Wales representative side in 1895 aged 19 and would go on to make 37 Waratah appearances in a state representative career than lasted till 1906. He made 24 state appearances in matches against Queensland. Howell cites his finest Waratahs game as an 1897 tour match against the visiting All Blacks when he scored two tries and booted a conversion for a rare 22-8 New South Wales win over New Zealand.

Wickham 2nd row, left with 1908 Wallabies

Stan Wickham (#30) with named 1908 Wallabies. (1908). The Australian Rugby Football Team (The Wallabies) Retrieved from - National Library of Australia.

He first represented at the national level against New Zealand, in Sydney, on 15 August 1903. He made two Test appearances against Great Britain who toured Australia 1904 and then in 1905 he was selected for the Wallabies tour of New Zealand, the first overseas campaign by an Australian rugby side. He was one of fourteen New South Welshman, who with nine Queenslanders made up a twenty-five strong squad. It was a disappointing tour for the Wallabies who played seven games and won only the last three against Manawatu-Hawkes Bay, Wanganui-Taranaki and Auckland.[2] Wickham played every match on tour and was top-scorer with eighteen points from two penalty goals and three goals from marks. In total he claimed five international rugby caps for Australia, four of them as captain.


Wickham had been two years retired by the date of the 1908–09 Australia rugby union tour of Britain. New South Wales state selector James McMahon was tour manager and in those days the idea that anyone other than the captain would coach the side was frowned upon. McMahon was initially the only accompanying official but Howell writes that a public campaign resulted in Wickham also being included on the tour as Assistant Manager acting unofficially as coach.

In 1916 he married Grace Kathleen Claire McDonald - the marriage was registered at Randwick. Grace was the daughter of William James McDonald and Jennie. The newspapers of then provide a few details abut this June wedding, including that the Wickhams will live in Manly:

Mr. Stan. Wickham, the well-known old-time Australian Rugby captain and champion, was quietly married on Saturday last at St. Jude's Church, Randwick, to Miss Grace Kathleen Claire McDonald, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Wm. McDonald and Mrs. McDonald, of "Woodbine," Argyle-street, Parramatta. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. J. McDonald. The Rev. W. J. Cake-bread performed the marriage ceremony, and Mr. Ward Prentice, an old Rugby comrade of the bridegroom and vice-captain of the first Australian team of footballers that toured England and Wales, when Mr. Wickham went home as one of the N.S.W. representatives, was best man. 

Among those also present were Mrs. Ward Prentice (the bridegroom's sister), Mrs. J. McDonald, Mrs. Rigglesford (aunt of the bride), and Mrs. Barber. The bride wore a tastily-designed tailored khaki costume, with hat to match. Miss Bonnie McDonald (bridesmaid) wore a mole costume with white cloth trimmings; Mrs. McDonald, mother of the bride, a black coat and skirt. At the breakfast, at St. Jude's rectory, the toast of the occasion was proposed in felicitous terms by the Rev. Mr. Cakebread. Mr. and Mrs. S. Wickham have made their new home at Manly. WEDDING BELLS. (1916, June 17). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), p. 11. Retrieved from

Grace and Stan came to Avalon in 1924 with their two young children, Stanley (born 1917) and Lois (born 1923), to take up tenancy of A. J. Small’s General Store. 

Avalon Beach General Store run by Stan Wickham, on Avalon Parade, New South Wales, circa 1930, Image No.:nla.pic-an24768496, courtesy NLA from album Prospectus photographs of Avalon, 1930 

In 1934 the Wickham’s had built their own store on the diagonally opposite corner, where the wine store now stands. In fact the Wickham's owned the whole shopfront's from Old Barrenjoey Road up to where Wickham Lane is now.

Wickham store - Circa 1934 

View along Avalon Parade in 1930's
This classic photo shows the commercial area of Avalon Beach in the 1930s. ‘Avalon Beach Store’ was built by Stan Wickham in 1934 and in the same year, the ‘Avalon Service Station’ and the neighbouring NRMA Patrol Hut were built by A.J. Small. J.T. Stapleton’s huge real estate advertising sign and agency has been erected on the northwest corner of Avalon Parade and Old Barrenjoey Road (the old Westpac site). Note the condition of the surface of Avalon Parade, especially as it begins to climb the headland. ABHS photo

While Stan was out making deliveries Grace would run the store, including the Post Office within the store, redirected telephone calls, handled holiday lettings for the cottages and homes as they sprang up, raised her children and as a nurse, acted as the local GP until a doctor had settled in the valley of Avalon.

On a tragic note, she also took the telegram which informed her of her son being shot down over Germany in 1939 whilst a flier for the Royal Air Force.

Son of Stan Wickham 

Pilot-Officer Stanley McDonald Wickham (22), who died on Monday while serving with the R.A.F., was a son  of Mr. Stan Wickham of Rugby Union fame, and a grandson of the late Mr. Sydney Wickham, who preceded Mr. Syd. Davies as town clerk of Parramatta. His parents, who reside at Avalon, received the news yesterday In a cable from the British Air Ministry. 

"Although the cable just says he was killed in an aircraft accident," Mr. Stan Wickham said last night, "we think he was serving on the Western Front.

Educated at North Sydney High School young Wickham gained his advanced A flying certificate as a member of Sydney Aero Club. He left Australia nearly two years ago to take up a four year commission with the R.A.F. AIRMAN KILLED (1939, December 20 - Wednesday). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), p. 1. Retrieved from


LONDON, Monday. 4

A Royal Air Force casualty list announces that Pilot-Officer S M Wickham who was born at Parramatta (NSW) has been killed on active service. Pilot Officer Wickham's father lives at Avalon near Palm Beach. AUSTRALIAN IN R.A.F. CASUALTY LIST (1940, January 2). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 3. Retrieved from

The R.A.F. casualty list includes Pilot Officer S. M. Wickham, of Avalon Beach, New South Wales, and acting-Flight Lieutenant E. J. Heatherington, of Timaru, New Zealand. Both were killed on active service. The sixteenth casualty list contains 66 names. Details are : Killed in action 5. NAZIS LOSE TWO 'PLANES IN RAID (1940, January 3). Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), , p. 1. Retrieved from 

Fortunately this little report allows us to know their son had some fun while here:

Car Driver's Arm
CONSTABLE: Do you know that you should not be driving a car with your arm around a young lady and with her head on your shoulder?
 Young Man: I admit that; but look at her; wouldn't you put your arms around her, too? 
Laughter swept through the room as Manly police court to-day heard, in evidence, of this dialogue between Constable Adams and Studley Walter King, of Salisbury-road. Rose Bay. The constable, according to evidence, had smiled and said, "Sorry, show me your car licence, please." King had been charged with having, at Pittwater-road, Collaroy, on June 7, driven a car of which ho did not have proper control. "AH Too Common" Police evidence stated that King was travelling at 25 miles an hour. Mr. J. H. Yeldham (for King) asked the magistrate to administer a caution, but Mr. Arnold, S.M.. in fining King 30s, with 5s costs, remarked, "The practice is all too common." 
At the same court, Stanley McDonald Wickham, of Avalon Beach, on a similar charge, was fined CI, with 5s 6d costs. Sergeant O'Leary, police prosecutor, said that on the night of June 20 Wickham was driving his car at 15 miles an hour at North Steyne, and cut sharply in front of a P.D. carDefendant had his arm around a young lady.
AROUND GIRL (1936, July 2). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 27 (LATE FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from

Wickham Lane, running beside the Post Office’s present site is named after the Wickhams. The request initially came from residents soon after he passed away and then another came from the RSL and would be to honour the young man lost. Warringah Shire Council Minutes of Meetings provide:

Meeting held February 2nd, 1940: E. Morehead: 16/1/40, suggesting that as old Barrenjoey Road is now being put into good order it is worthy of a new name, and perhaps could be named after a British Stateman, or better still, called Wickham Road, as the son of Mr. Wickham, at whose store the road finishes, has paid the supreme sacrifice for his country. Motion Lost. Name to remain the same.

Meeting held on July 11th, 1950: Avalon Beach RSSAILA, 4/7/50 requesting that the name "Wickham Avenue' be given to the lane adjoining the R.S.L. Clubhouse instead of "Wickham Place", as already approved. Resolved; That the Council agree to the change of name. (Crs. Butcher, Harries)

Meeting held on September 5th, 1950: 5) Avalon Branch RSSAILA, 23/8/50, inquiring whether the planting Council would be prepared to supply ornamental trees for planting along Wickham Avenue, leading to the Branch's hall from Avalon Parade. Resolved, - That trees be supplied to the Sub- Branch for planting et about 30-ft. spacing, as recommended by the Engineer. 

Meeting held on April 30th, 1951:  Avalon Branch RSSAILA, 9/4/51, requesting that consideration be given to laying a concrete path along Wickham Avenue from Avalon Parade to the land owned by the Sub-Branch, stating Avenue that the Sub-Branch has, at its own expense, placed quantities of sand in the Avenue, and requesting that early consideration be given to this request as Wickham  Avenue is the only access 19. to the Hall. Resolved, - That £40 be voted for work on this roadway, the work to be treated as urgent. (Crs. Berry,Wheeler) 

The Lane's name originally extended right through to Dunbar Park. That section between Avalon Parade and the park was officially changed in 1988 to honour a local doctor. The section that runs from the post office to Avalon Public School remains 'Wickham Lane'.

Alison Bosley (Grace is her Great Aunt) explains that this was the path they used to use to go to the shop and later the tea rooms beside it.

“They lived in Central Road, in a cottage called 'Mitta Mitta' and that was the path they walked along to go to work” Alison explains.

Stan Wickham circa 1902/1905 - photo courtesy ABHS

Stan Wickham was also a foundation member of the Avalon Beach SLSC. The Avalon Beach SLSC, and a reel and line on the beach, existed long before a clubhouse. Warringah Shire Council's Minutes of Meetings notes: 17/12/1923:  Resolved, - That maintenance Man Oliver be instructed to return to Mr. Small the life line which he holds, and the surf reel at Avalon Beach, and return the other line to station. 

Mr Small and Mr Wickham and others met at Mr. Small's Avalon Beach home on Sunday, March 8th, 1925 - please note that it should be an 'A' instead of H for Mr. Small's initials:

A CLUB FOR AVALON. A surf life-saving club has been formed at Avalon, the spot rendered famous by the song, or vice-versa. A meeting was held on Sunday at the residence of Mr. H. J .Small, who was appointed president. Mr. Stan Wickham the Rugby Union International, is hon. secretary-treasurer of the new club. THE SURFERS. (1925, March 13 - Friday). Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1916 - 1933), p. 12. Retrieved from

The foundation meeting at 'Avalon' (name of House) - Arthur Jabez Small's weekender in Bellevue Avenue, Avalon Beach - on the steps stand Dr. Sydney dentist, Arthur Cecil Hanson with A J Small (second from left in white trousers) on his right, Stan Wickham (3.) and Bert Paddon (also white trousers - born 1906) to his left.  Also among these founders of Avalon Beach is A G (Tom) Hanson - verandah, and Small’s son Geoff is on the far right of the verandah, who was also in the first squad. Third boy from left in balcony bay alcove is Neville Fox, gentleman without collar back row of those on steps looks like Mr. Henry Fox while the tall lad beside him looks like Vincent. If you compare the faces in this picture with those of the Fox-Williams wedding picture 

As noted above, Stan Wickham was a champion sportsman prior to coming to Avalon - numerous articles explain:


STANLEY WICKHAM, as a Rugby Union wing-three-quarter, carved out a niche in the temple of sporting fame by the slickness of his dodging preparatory to shooting over the goal-line and scoring. He had this instinctive trickiness as a boy at school in Parramatta.
He carried it with him into senior football with the old Parramatta Club in 1893, a boy on the end of a three-quarter line of men. 

When the old "Parra" club went west, he linked up with the Wallaroos, and in the colors of that famous old club added to his fame. In time the Wallaroos had to make way for district clubs. He then captained and starred as goal-kicker for Western Suburbs, in the first grade, and closed the chapter in 1908. 

Stan Wickham was always a very pleasant sportsman. He still is. As a member of the New South Wales team in New Zealand in 1901 In the first match at windy Wellington, ho astonished the natives by kicking a goal from an angle they reckoned impossible in in the gale. When he had fully developed he weighed about 12 stone and generally played in the centre. 

There is no man in the game today, who can dodge as Stan Wickham used to. It was a sidestep and then off. He once literally went through four Queenslanders close to the line, and then scored. 

In representative Rugby he scored 120 points — 14 tries, 10 goals, 10 penalty goals and 2 goals from marks. His goal-kicking was so good that there is no one to-day his superior. At one period he lived in Lucknow, and then played with Central Western, whose headquarters were at Orange. They had a great side at the time. 

Stan's honors included representing N.S.W. against New Zealand, Maoris, and Queensland — 30 matches in all. Perhaps he has a Wallabies cap, too, for he went to England in 1908 with the first Australians as assistant-manager. Another of Stan's records is that he has posted "The Referee" week by week for well over thirty years to a friend in South Africa. 

What's become of Stanley Wickham? 
In his own words, he has "settled down" to some steady business. He has a prosperous store serving the fashionable Avalon district, near Palm Beach. He finds it too far away to follow football regularly, and the fact that he is also the local postmaster restricts his wanderings. But he could not resist the Test Match last Saturday, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and enjoyed his first view of this Springbok team. An old knee injury prevents Wickham from indulging in anything more than an occasional round of 'golf'.
WHAT'S BECOME OF? (1937, July 3). Smith's Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1919 - 1950), p. 13. Retrieved from

LIKE Mark Twain's famous pre-demise 'obituary,' our recent reference to ex-Parramatta and Rugby Union international, Stan Wickham, as the 'late,' was 'somewhat premature.' Stan, of course (like Johnie Walker) is still going strong at his seaside home at Avalon Beach and, come January next, he'll be 80 years young. 

'Tell the folks in Parramatta that I'm feeling as fit as a fiddle,' said Stan', when I phoned him to apologise for having inadvertently written him off  this world's ledger. Stan, who was playing with Parramatta Rugby Union Football Club when the team temporarily folded up in 1884, is sad about the side's present eclipse. ''Tell the boys I'm open to an offer,' he cracked as we hung up. ROUNDABOUT (1955, August 17). The Cumberland Argus(Parramatta, NSW : 1950 - 1962), , p. 1. Retrieved from 

Their daughter was a war bride and Grace went to live with her in America:

Mac Arthur  represented at officer's wedding
General was represented by a U.S. Colonel at St. Philip's Church last night at the wedding of Miss Lois Wickham and First-Lieut. Dal Koonce, U.S. Army.

This is believed to be the first time General MacArthur has been represented at a wedding in Australia. Lieut. Koonce Has been attached to General Mac Arthur 's headquarters for nine months. Six high-ranking U.S. officials also were present. 

Lois, 19, is the only daughter of Mr. and. Mrs. Stan Wickham, of Avalon Beach. Lieut. Koonce, 30, is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Koonce, Larchmont Avenue, Hollywood. The bride's father is a former international -footballer. Her only brother is believed to have been the first Australian killed in France this war. 

Lieut. Koonce had to wait three months for official permission to marry.
The bride said yesterday: — "Dal and I met over coffee in a café last Anzac Day. "We did not fall in love at -first sight and would probably never have seen each other again but for a chance meeting at a party the next weekend. "After that we met regularly, and became engaged on my 19th birthday." Lieut. Koonce could not obtain leave for a honeymoon, but he says there will be time enough for that after the war.
MacArthur represented at officer's wedding (1942, December 13). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from

Commonwealth of Australia.
Lands Acquisition Act 1955-1957.
IT is hereby notified that His Excellency the Governor-General acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council has authorized pursuant to the provisions of the Lands Acquisition Act 1955-1957, the acquisition by compulsory process of the land hereunder described, and I hereby declare that the said land is acquired by The Commonwealth of Australia under the said Act for the following public purpose approved by the Governor-General:— Postal services at Avalon in the State of New South Wales.— (62/315)—(Ex. Min. No. 740.)
Dated this eighth day of January, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-four.
Minister of State for the Interior.

Description of Land.
All that piece of land situate in the Shire of Warringah containing an area of 1 rood 3i perches more or less being Lot 1 of Deposited Plan 11462 Parish of Narrabeen County of Cumberland State of New South Wales and being Lot 97 on plan catalogued in the New South Wales Branch of the Department of the Interior Negative No. 12728 N.S.W.; commencing at the southernmost corner of Commonwealth Property acquired by notification in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. 58 dated 11th August 1949 and bounded thence on the southeast by part of a northwestern side of Old Barrenjoey Road bearing 198 degrees 29 minutes 66 feet (H inches thence on the southwest by a northeastern side of Sanders Lane bearing 286 degrees 27 minutes 35 seconds 177 feet 8 inches thence on the northwest by part of a southeastern side of Wickham Lane bearing 16 degrees 27 minutes 65 feet lli inches thence on the northeast by the southwestern boundary of the aforesaid Commonwealth Property bearing 106 degrees 27 minutes 180 feet to the point of commencement.
Commonwealth of Australia. Lands Acquisition Act 1955-1957. NOTICE OF THE ACQUISITION OF LAND BY THE COMMONWEALTH. (1964, January 23). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973), p. 376. Retrieved from

SM Mother's death:
WICKHAM.—April 12, 1901, at her residence, Church street, Parramatta, Jane, the beloved wife of S. Wickham, aged 60 years. Family Notices (1901, April 13). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from
WICKHAM.-— The friends of Mr. S. WICKHAM are notified that the Funeral of his beloved wife, Jane, will leave her late residence, Church-st., Parramatta, TO-MORROW, SUNDAY, at 3.39, for St. John's Cemetery, Parramatta. Family Notices (1901, April 13). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 16. Retrieved from
Father's death:
WICKHAM.— June 22, 1919, at Hardie street, Neutral Bay, Sydney Wickham, late town clerk of Parramatta, aged 87 years. Family Notices (1919, June 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from

Grace's father's death:

Death of Mr. Wm. McDonald.
Mr. Wm. McDonald, of Argyle-street, died on the 20th October, after a comparatively short illness, from heart failure following an attack of throat affection. The deceased was a well-known Parramatta boy, son of Mr. Robert McDonald, one of the past generation of Parramattans. The funeral took place on Thursday and was largely attended. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. Paterson, and the general arrangements were in the hands of Mr. Ralph Metcalfe, undertaker. Death of Mr. Wm. McDonald. (1903, October 24). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), p. 4. Retrieved from

McDONALD.— The Friends of Mrs. W. J. McDONALD and FAMILY are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of her dearly beloved Husband and their Father, William James; to leave his late residence, Argyle-st., Parramatta, THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON, at 4 o'clock, for Presbyterian Cemetery, Parramatta. R. METCALFE, Undertaker, Tel. 96, P'matta. Parramatta. McDONALD.— The Friends of ROBT. McDONALD are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved Brother, William James McDonald; to leave his late residence, Argyle-st., Parramatta, TO-DAY, THURSDAY, at 4 o'clock, for the Western-rd. Cemetery. McDONALD.— The Friends of Mr. and Mrs. J. RIGELS-FORD are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their dearly beloved Brother, William James; to move from his late residence, Argyle-st., Parramatta, THIS DAY, at 4 o'clock, for Western-rd. Cemetery. McDONALD.— The Friends of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. GRANGER and FAMILY are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their late beloved Brother, Mr. W. McDonald; to move from his late residence, Argyle-st., Parramatta, at 4 p.m. ACORN LODGE DRUIDS, No. 81, Parramatta.— The Officers and Members of the above Lodge are respect-fully requested to attend the Funeral of our late Brother WILLIAM JAMES McDONALD; to move from his late residence, Argyle-st., Parramatta, on THURSDAY, at 4 p.m., to Western-rd. Cemetery. Advertising (1903, October 22). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from

McDONALD.— October 20, 1903, at his late residence, Argyle-street, Parramatta, William James, McDonald, late of Railway Department, Clyde, aged 40 years. Family Notices (1903, October 21). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 4. Retrieved from
McDONALD.— October 20, 1903, at his late residence, Argyle-street, Parramatta, William McDonald, beloved husband of Jennie McDonald, aged 40. Family Notices (1903, November 14). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), p. 4. Retrieved  from

NSW BDM's: MCDONALD WILLIAM J15249/1903 Parents: ROBERT and JANE registered at PARRAMATTA - birth was registered in 1856 according to NSW BDM's

Jennie passed away in 1921:
NSW BDM's: MCDONALD JENNIE19674/1921 Parents: FREDERICK and MAHALA registered at AUBURN

Stanley Montgomery Wickham, retired storekeeper, passed away on the 19th of August, 1960. 
On November 30th 1953 he transferred some of Lot 12 to two gentlemen as tenants in common.

Window of modern dress shop Cherub, Avalon, Photo taken January 13, 1955 by Curly Fraser, Taken by Australian Photographic Agency for account: Gordon Brown, Newport, courtesy State Library of New South Wales.

After he passed away the estate passed to his widow, Grace Wickham:


Since the sale of Avalon Beach Estate at Christmas additions and improvements have been effected on the estate. The rock pool baths at the southern end of the beach have been extended 18ft., and are now 57ft. long, with a smooth -bottom. Ladies' dressing sheds have been erected Immediately at the roar, on a spot once occupied by a jumble of rocks, and a general store and refreshment room of original design has been built close to the beach. Several landowners are already building homes on their lots. A new, wide road has been constructed, giving the land direct access to the beach, and at the side of all the roads, trees, of eight different varieties, chosen as specially suitable for the land and atmosphere, have been planted: One of these is the Illawarra Flame Tree, which carries blooms of fire color. IMPROVING AVALON (1922, March 22). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 10 (FINAL RACING). Retrieved from

The third BIG lot of shops in Avalon Village came via Arthur Jabez Small in conjunction with others. NSW State Records and Archives

Avalon Development Pty [Proprietary] Ltd [Limited], Contents Date Range: 01-01-1939 to 01-01-1959

AVALON DEVELOPMENT PTY . LTD capital £5,000, in £1 shares, to acquire and deal In land and building,. and to acquire certain land in the Shire of Warringah. First directors, George K Cowlishaw, Gordon Hastie, John L Jones, Arthur J Small and Cameron M. Sparks. NEW REGISTRATIONS. (1939, October 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from

Warringah Shire Council records show:

August 22nd, 1939:  Avalon Development Pty. Ltd. brick shops, flats and residences, Lots 10/11,  Avalon Estate: Approved subject to the floors of all stairways being constructed with, concrete, this rule to apply to all flats shown on the plan.

Avalon Beach—Erection of 5 shops and three flats, for Avalon Development Pty. Ltd.—E. L. Thompson, Architect; R. H. Browne, 24 Potts St., Ryde, Builder. Tenders Accepted or Received (1939, December 13). Construction (Sydney, NSW : 1938 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from


Part XII.

In the matter of John Lloyd Sydney Jones, of Avalon parade, Avalon Beach, builder.

NOTICE is hereby given that a preferential dividend of 20s. in the £1 and a second and final dividend to ordinary creditors is intended to be declared in this matter. The dividend will be paid to those creditors who have proved their claims on or before the sixteenth day of November, 1942.

Dated this twenty-third day of October, 1942.

V. C. BEAR, Trustee.

V. C. Bear & Horsfield, 11C Castlereagh-street, Sydney. 1176. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DECLARE DIVIDEND. (1942, October 29). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973), p. 2561. Retrieved from


NOTICE is hereby given that at the expiration of three months from the date hereof the names of the companies set out below will, unless cause is shown to the contrary, be struck off the register and the companies dissolved: ... Avalon Developments Pty Limited COMPANIES ACT, 1961 (SECTION 308 (2)) (1976, November 26). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 5258. Retrieved from

Sketch by Kerwin Maegraith.

The Immediate Past - President of Manly-Warringah Branch, Mr. T. J. Chegwyn, has been a master builder for about 18 years, and is a well-known cottage-builder in the Avalon Beach district, where he resides. Mr. Chegwyn served his apprenticeship in Ealing, London. He came to Australia in 1912 and settled in N.S.W. He was in charge of construction for the Fresh Food and Ice Co. for a number of years. Previous to that, Mr. Chegwyn was engaged on Government Savings Bank works, and building. Before the last war he did construction work in South Australia and New Guinea. He formed the local fire brigade at Avalon Beach and played an active part in fire-fighting. During the war he was in the V.D.C. Mr. Chegwyn was president of Manly-Warringah Master Builders' Association for 12 months.


The Treasurer of Manly-Warringah Branch, Mr. Dawson has been a master builder for 30 years. He commenced his career as a cottage builder on "spec," and in later years went Into flat-building in a big way. He has built many of the blocks of flats in his district, and he is one of the oldest-established builders in Manly. Mr. Dawson is an active member of the Rotary and civic clubs, and the Red Cross. He has a family of two boys and a girl. One son, Wally Dawson, is a civil engineer with the Cement Association, and will be remembered as an International Wallaby footballer, having played in England, U.S.A., and the Continent.

Mr. W. A. DAWSON.  

Personalities (1953, August 5). Construction (Sydney, NSW : 1938 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from

The butcher gets the doctor for them

When residents of a north-side surfing beach want the doctor they ring the butcher, who delivers the message to the doctor's home three doors away.

The doctor, a young ex-serviceman with four years' A.I.F. service, is the only one in a radius of seven miles. He applied for a telephone when he went to live at the beach three months ago. He has renewed his application four times since, without success. Last week the P.M.G.'s Department told him: "There is little likelihood of connecting a telephone because we have no cable!" The doctor has had to refuse local confinement cases because he has not a phone.

Mr. Sam Meeks, butcher, of Avalon, said yesterday:- "We are indignant because our doctor is not allowed a telephone. "Only recently I had to stop serving a customer, drop my chopper, and leg it down the road because an emergency call came through. 

"When I'm not here people ring the store, the fire station, and the local garage to get the doctor. 

"I know at least a dozen weekend cottages nearby, connected with the telephone, which- are occupied only at weekends during the summer. "Surely the PM.G.'s Department could ask one of the subscribers to give up his lime for the doctor." The local garage owner, Mr. J. Ward, said yesterday: "When the doctor has an urgent case he, has to run down to the butcher or across the road to me to telephone for the ambulance." The butcher gets the doctor for them (1946, September 15). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from

They Needn't Take The Beer Down Now

Avalon Beach area got a liquor licence today after six men had told Mr. Wells, SM, how hard it was to get "supplies" for their beach residences.

Architect Henry Ruskin Rowe, "The Cabbage Tree," Avalon-parade, said he had tried to get deliveries made by licensees farther away. "But they just laughed at me," he said. With a doctor, the president of the Board of Fire Commissioners, a woolbroker, a builder and a company director, he supported the application of William James McDonald In the Licensing Court. The new licence will permit McDonald to deliver wine, spirits and beer in bulk In conjunction with his grocery business In Avalon-parade. 

The licensing Inspector and holders of licences at Palm Beach, Newport and Collaroy objected to the new licence on the grounds that the area was already well served and that deliveries could be arranged from them. "That's frivolous." said Rowe. Even to get a glass of. beer at the Newport Hotel.'' Rowe said, ''one had to queue up after paving 1/- for a glass — and sometimes the beer went off by the time the bar was reached.''

He denied a suggestion by Sgt. Brownette for the licensing inspector that deliveries were made to Avalon before the war. "You had to take It down, old chap," he said. Sgt. Brownette: But Grace Bros, used to deliver two dozen to me at Springwood any time I liked. Rowe: You were probably one of the crowned heads. (Laughter.) Asked about the requirements of other people In the area, Rowe said: "Oh, they're all wowsers down there." They Needn't Take The Beer Down, Now (1946, November 26). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 9 (CONUTRY EDITION). Retrieved from

Liquor licence Granted For Avalon Beach

In the Metropolitan Licensing Court yesterday, Mr. Wells, S.M., granted a spirit merchant's licence to William James McDonald for his mixed grocery and hardware business at Avalon Beach.

Objections to the granting of the licence were made by the Licensing Inspector and by Mr. A. B. Hollingdale, on behalf of the Newport Hotel, Port Jackson Stores, at Palm Beach, and a licensee at Collaroy, on the ground that the area was already well provided for.

Evidence was given by permanent residents and week-end visitors of the difficulty in getting supplies of liquor.

Among those who gave evidence in support of the application was Thomas Januarius Smith, Wanganella Street. Balgowlah, president of the Board of Fire Commissioners, who said he was a frequent visitor to Avalon Beach. The district was not supplied with liquor and he had failed to get supplies at the Newport Hotel or at Palm Beach. Liquor Licence Granted For Avalon Beach (1946, November 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved May  from

Hotel Plan Opposed At Avalon

A number of Avalon residents yesterday opposed the transfer of a hotel licence from Redfern to Avalon. They claimed that the hotel would disturb the peace of the area, and would attract an undesirable class.

Charles Leslie Dawe applied to the Metropolitan Licensing Board for the conditional removal of the publican's licence of the Royal Standard Hotel, Cleveland Street, Redfern, to Barren-joey Road, Avalon.


Among the objections raised by residents were:

Henry Robert Holmes, of Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon (retired clergyman): The district was quiet and suitable for family life. Campers were of a most respectable type. He had not met one resident in the dis-trict in favour of a hotel.

Cecil Leslie Cook, of Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach (exporter): If a hotel was established at Avalon a less desirable type of camper would be attracted to the camping reserve. Road traffic would also become more congested.


Frederick Fuller: A hotel would lead to drunkenness and disorderliness.

Douglas Bernard Sheather: The district was sufficiently catered for already.

George K. Dunbar (sales manager and a Warringah Shire councillor): Population at Avalon did not warrant a hotel.

Gordon Henry Lobban (motor car salesman and an ex-Serviceman): The only new buildings at Avalon at pre-sent should be new homes.

The further hearing was adjourned till Friday.

Mr. W. Lieberman, of Messrs. Lieberman, and Tobias, appeared for the applicant; Mr. J. E. Cassidy, K.C, instructed by Messrs, Maund and Kelynark for objectors ; and Sergeant J. H. Milne for the police. Hotel Plan Opposed At Avalon (1947, June 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from

A blot on the city 

May I congratulate you on your editorials during the past 12 months, and at the same time suggest one on the disgraceful lack of sewerage in many areas of Sydney. The sanitary service is a blot on our supposedly modern city. And here's another : How can Mr. Anthony, as Post-master-General justify his action in changing Avalon Beach area, after 15 years, from automatic phones back to trunk phones. Is it Melbourne rubber stamp administration? The rubber stamp says that in a 15 miles radius of each capital city there shall be automatic phones and that outside that area shall be trunk lines

W. J. McDONALD, Avalon Beach. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG (1953, November 22). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 62. Retrieved from

Big fine for small beers:


William James McDonald, store-keeper, of Barrenjoey Road and Avalon Parade, Avalon, was -fined £100 in Central Summons Court yesterday on a charge of having sold a smaller quantity of beer on March 13 than authorised by his spirit merchant's licence. 

The charge against McDonald stated that he was fined £40 in February, 1950, for selling a single bottle of wine.

Constable Humphries, of the Licensing Squad, said he spoke to two women about 10.15 a.m. on March' 13. They had just been sold four bottles of beer for 10/ in McDonald's store.

John Michael Brennan, Judge of the District Court of New South Wales, said he had known McDonald since 1949, and had found him to be a decent living man and a good citizen.

McDonald had given his time, and loaned transport, to help the local Parents and Citizens' Association, Progress Association, and Surf Club.

Brennan added, "Judging by the disgruntled mutterings I have heard from many people about not being able to get enough, I can only infer he doesn't make a practice of this sort of thing."


H. Ruskin Rowe, architect, of Double Bay, said that McDonald's store was wellconducted. He said he had never seen any people in or around the store under the influence of liquor.

He had known McDonald for 30 years, and as a store-keeper for 10 years. He had always found him obliging, and knew him to be a tee-totaller.

Sergeant William Jenkins, of Mona Vale police station, said he was a frequent visitor at the store. Apart from the sale of a single bottle of wine in 1950, he had never had any complaint or known of any offence by McDonald.

McDonald had made his store available to police for use as a headquarters when a constable named Green was missing from Whale Beach three and a half years ago.


Lieut.-Commander Cecil Crook, of the Crescent, Avalon Beach, said McDonald was president of the Avalon Beach Chamber of Commerce, vice-president of the Avalon Surf Club, and president of the Avalon Flora and Fauna Protection Panel.

McDonald spent numerous hours each week working for various functions, and had made transport available for honorary work.

Mr. J. Kelly, L.M., ordered that no conviction be recorded against McDonald. He said he was obliged to fine him £100 because that was the legal penalty for a second offence. FINE OF £100 FOR SINGLE BOTTLE SALE (1954, June 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from

Video: General Motors Holden Range of Products and Avalon Beach shopping village in 1960

Avalon Beach - view down Avalon Parade, 1958. Photo courtesy Grace Family.

These images are from the 2018 Avalon Beach Historical Society curated by Geoff Searl OAM (with info from Mr. Searl) - they were taken by Geoff and John W. Stone who was the principal photographer for the then Warringah-Pittwater News. John was one of the original tenants in the Barefoot Boulevard building, moving there in 1965.

Gary Clist's photos of avalon beach: 

I grew up in Avalon from about 1955 to the end of 1967, when my family moved to Noosa, near where I still reside. 

Thanks to John Stone and Ken Meadley from the 1960's (plus) record and photo shop I got interested in photography, and even went back in 1970 to work there for a year, and I still have most of my old photos. I thought it was about time to share some of the ones I took of Avalon in 1968, and more to come from 1970. The following are just a few. In no particular order, of the many I have. Hope you like them.

Barefoot Boulevarde Building not long after opening

1968 Bottle shop opposite Avalon Tyres

The then NSW Premier Bob Askin opened it. Clipping  from when Bob Askin opened the Bottle Shop opposite Avalon Tyre Service.  That's me holding the Club Pennant- clipping and information courtesy Brian Friend OAM

I remember that day! Great excitement. My kids think it’s hilarious that there was a marching band for the opening of a bottle-o. - Maureen P.

1968 Total Petrol station 

Depending on the year. Phil used to own that and then I think the Hessinks did before Tom. Tom was still at the Avalon Tyre service across the road. Later on it became Totally Toms (Tom Gilbert). - Brian Friend OAM

Eatons Timber yard was across the road too, near Avalon Tyres. - Eric Gumley 

1968 Old Barrenjoey road from outside Avalon Public School looking north


1970s skipping race 2: Sports Day skipping race, 1970 – no Woolworths carpark in sight; see how the reserve runs all the way to beach

Stapleton arcade to the right of the original Bank of NSW

Milk Bar Craig F; That “shed” on the hill was also known by locals as Barney’s hut

Yvonne L; I worked at Plunkets pharmacy in 1965 for a few years was next door to the milk bar from memory.....used to buy heaps if lollies from milk bar ....

Jenny S-W; Got any photos of the old la fiesta - that was also a local hang out!!  John S -; when I was friends with Boyd we hung at Jimmy’s . Later La fiesta was the hang being a grom playing space invader  and pinnies . Surfing legends such as Ted Spencer Bommie and David Chidgey Russell Hughes and Brian Bariscool were the hangers drinking Cappuccinos . Great memories

La Fiesta Milk Bar in Old Barrnjoey Road - owned and run by Terry and Pam Papadis, they had three children; Theo, Nic, and Fay. - Alison G.

Karen D R; I worked in the CBC Bank around 1968-69 - Virginia L; For those who were querying what used to be across from the hostel, there it is Ampol

1970 - Corner of Avalon Pde Avalon shops, Old Barrenjoey Rd 

1970 - Corner of Avalon Pde Avalon shops, Old Barrenjoey Rd 

1970 - Old Barrenjoey rd, Avalon 

1970 - Old Barrenjoey rd, Avalon 

1970 - Avalon Newsagency  Yvonne L;-  What a surprise when I saw this Photo. very sure that is me as a new mum recognised the out fit and the shoes ..Looked back on some photos and hair the same as well. So thanks for the memories...

Outside the Newsagency

Outside the Newsagency 

Outside the Newsagency 

Outside the present day Avalon liquor Shop, 1970 when was shop

Outside the present day Avalon liquor Shop, 1970 when was shop

1970 – Avalon florist shop top sign

Simmonds Lane, Avalon  Beach, 1970

References and Extras

A FRACTURED SKULL CAR OVERTURNED SYDNEY , Wednesday . A fractured skull was sustained by James McDonald, 84, of Avalon Beach, when he was thrown from a motor car in Gladstone-road , Newport, this afternoon. The car, which was driven by Harold Eaton, got out of control, and after skidding , overturned. Manly Ambulance conveyed McDonald to hospital, where he was admitted in a serious condition. A FRACTURED SKULL (1929, July 18). Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from


APPLICATIONS have been made to bring the lands hereunder described under the provisions of the Real Property Act, Certificates of Indefeasible Title will issue, unless Caveats be lodged in accordance with the Third Schedule to the said Act ON OR BEFORE THE 6th JANUARY 1909: - 

No 15,531 APPLICANT Frank Henry Burt, Sydney LAND -County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, shire Warringah, 18 acres 1 rood 20 perches, at Pitt Water, lot 18, villa sites. Pitt Water Estate, and part 1200 acres (portion 20 of parish) granted to John Joseph Therry, adjoining properties of A E Wickham and W H Holt  Advertising (1908, December 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from 

No. 18,923. APPLICANT: James McKinlay, Marrickville. LAND: County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, shire Warringah, 8 acres 1 rood 12 1/2 perches, on Pittwater. near Refuge Cove,—part lot 11, Villa Sites Pittwater Estate, and is part 1200 acres (portion 20, parish), granted to John Joseph Therry ; adjoining properties of A. E. Wickham and — Kilminster. Diagrams delineating these lands may be inspected at the land Titles Office, Sydney.



10th December, 1913. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1913, December 10). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 7336. Retrieved from 

Frederick Burne - Family Notes

There are a few gentleman named 'Frederick Burne' in and around Sydney during this era, just two of these, the first selected because he may have wanted a place to retire to beside the sea given his earlier days and certainly had 'Knightley' as part of his family names, and the second because of ongoing connections with this place:

Father: Frederick Burne, Mother: Betsey Eliza Ferrier


  • Frederick Charles Meredith Burne,
  • Caroline Maud Marriott
  • Edward Owen Poyntz
  • Knightley Felix G
  • Reginald E F
  • Ruby M
  • Haidee M A
  • Frances V K
  • Vera N
  • Claude H


Private Rainald Knightley Burne, killed in action, was born at Ballarat 37 years ago, and was a son of the late Mr. Albert Bodicote Burne, of Sydney. He came of an old military family. Major-General Sir Owen Tudor Burne, who was secretary to Lord Mayo and Lord Lytton, Viceroys of India, and General Henry Burne being his uncles. He left Sydney with A Company of the First Battalion. In civil life Private Burne was employed in the Government Tramway service. He resided at Marrickville prior to enlistment. He leaves a widow and two children. MEN OF THE DARDANELLES. (1915, August 16). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from

BURNE -- killed in action at the Dardanelles, April 25-29, 1915, Private Rainald Knightly Burne, A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade, fourth son of the late Alfred Bodicote Burne of Sydney and grandson of the late Rev Henry Thomas Burne of Bath, Somerset, England. English papers please copy.

BURNE--April 25-29, 1915, killed at Dardanelles. Rainald Knightley, fourth son of the late Alfred Bodicote Burne and Mrs Burne of Balmoral, N.S.W. Inserted by his brother O. T. Burne. Family Notices (1915, August 14). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from

Alfred Bodicote Burne and Frederick Burne were sons of Henry Thomas Burne and Knightley Goodman Burne (nee Marriott). His grandmother was named after grandmother - Jane Knightley.


The late Mr. Frederick Burne, district registrar of Hurstville, was one of a family of twenty of the late Rev. and Mrs. Henry Burne, of Bath (England). Several of Mr. Burne's brothers, including the late Major-General Sir Owen Tudor Burne, K.C.M.G., distinguished themselves in the army and navy. The late Mr. Burne was trained on the Victory, and saw active service in the Baltic during the Crimean war, on H.M S. Imperieuse. After a term in the P. and O. service, he took up land on the Paroo, and later on the Barcoo. In 1881 he was appointed C.P.S., and served at Condobolin, Tumut, Tenterfield, Grenfell, Temora, Gunning, Burwood, Glen Innes, and Inverell. After retirement he settled at Minto; later at Hurstville. A widow, three sons, and four daughters survive. The oldest son, Mr. P. Burne, is police magistrate at Dalby, Queensland. The eldest daughter. Miss M. Burne, is matron at the Lady Edeline Hospital for Babies at Vaucluse. Two sons have returned from Gallipoli incapacitated. LATE MR. F. BURNE. (1916, July 14). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from


Mr. Frederick Burne, District Registrar for Births, Marriages and Deaths, died suddenly at his residence, Gloucester-rd., Hurstville, on Saturday last, at the advanced age of 77 years. The funeral took place on Monday last, the remains being interred in the Church of England portion of Sutherland Cemetery, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. The late Mr. Burne was born at Plymouth (Eng.) in 1839. At the age of 12 he joined the navy and was trained on the Victory, and saw service in the Baltic on H.M.S. Imperial during the time of the Crimean War. He afterwards joined the P. & O. service and came to Australia in 1861. He was in Queensland for twelve years, afterwards taking up land on the Paroo. In consequence of severe droughts he had to abandon his station after five years. In 1881 he entered the Government service, his first appointment being that of C.P.S, at Condobolin. He served successively as C.P.S. at Tumut, Tenterfield, Grenfell, Temora, Gunning, Burwood, Glen Innes, and Inverell. After 35 years service he retired and settled at Minto, subsequently removing to Hurstviile. He leaves a widow, three sons, and four daughters. The eldest son is police magistrate and land commissioner at Dalby, Queensland. Two other sons have been in the firing line at Gallipoli, and have returned home wounded, the youngest and only unmarried son being incapacitated for life.Death of Mr. F. Burne. (1916, June 30). The Propeller (Hurstville, NSW : 1911 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from

The Mayor of Camden

Mr. Frederick Henry Burne, Mayor of Camden (N.S.W,), was born in Jersey (Channel Islands) in 1848, and arrived in Sydney with his parents in 1851. He was educated in the National School Fort-street, Sydney. About five or six years of his early life were spent on the Araluen diggings, He eventually settled at Ashfield (a suburb of Sydney), carrying on the business of contractor and decorator, in which he was so successful that at the end of five years, he retired. 

But after a time, finding that an indolent life was not to his taste, he turned his attention to woollen manufacture, and, having secured premises at Camden, went into that line of business with two partners, one of them being his brother, Mr. E. E. Burne. With his partner he took a trip to England to procure the necessary machinery ; and at the same time he visited Scotland and France. On his return he settled in Camden, and he has taken a leading part in matters which have had for their object the advancement of the town and district. He identified himself with the movement for the incorporation of the town of Camden; and when the election of aldermen took place in April last he was returned at the top of the poll. He was unanimously chosen the first Mayor of Camden. He is also vice-president of the Camden Branch of the Australian Natives' Association. He is considered a shrewd man, and, thoroughly straight in all his actions. To commemorate his election as Mayor he entertained the aldermen and some of the leading residents at a banquet. The affair was a great success. Mr. Burne married, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late Mr. James Riddell, of Bowenfels. MUNICIPAL. (1889, December 14). Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907), p. 24. Retrieved from 


Mr. Frederick Henry Burne, who was the first Mayor of Camden, died yesterday at his residence, Dalmar-street, Croydon. He was In his 85th year. Mr. Burne had control of the woollen mills at Camden. These were sold to a syndicate, and he shortly afterwards left the district. One of the streets In the town is named after him. The funeral will leave the residence at 2.30 this afternoon for the Church of England section of the Rookwood Cemetery. MR. F. H. BURNE. (1930, June 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20. Retrieved from 

The first Mayor Camden, F H Burne, had a brother who was a member of the RPAYC and whose son was a visitor to Pittwater as a member of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and who competed in Pittwater Regattas. His son also married the daughter of George Zephirin Dupain, father of Max. The Dupains were Newport residents by the 1920's- :

The Prince Alfred' Yacht Club held their annual meetings in the Club Rooms, Moore street, on Thursday evening last, Mr. W. M. Marks, vice-commodore presiding. The annual report and balance sheet showed that the club was still flourishing. The number of yachts-on the register was 39, and the membership' roll showed 210. Bona was the most successful yacht, winning the cups presented by the ' vice-commodore and rear-commodore, the championship of club and prize money ,pf . £47 5s. Among the other' 'Successful ones were Petrel, £43 Is ; Fleetwing, £34 13s ; Culwulla, £30 9s ,; Heather, £27 6s ; Aoma, £ai. The Fleetwing holds the Commodore 1OQ Guinea Cup. The receipts for the season amounted to £2638 9s 2d. Of this sum the takings of the bar, billiard tables, etc., in the club -rooms was £2010 1s 9d, and subscriptions and entrance fees £242 1s. The expenditure totalled £2213 2s 8d, the principal items being liquors, etc., £928 5s 5d, club room furniture £120 Is 9d, rent, wages and steamer hire -£898 7s, prize money' £252. 

It is very interesting to note that out of a total income of £2038 the subscriptions and entrance fees' for races' only provided the insignificant sum of £242, and the prize money paid only amounted to £252, out of a total expenditure of £2213. 

The club has outgrown the primary objects of its formation— that of promoting the interests' of yachting in our waters, and as the work of managing such a gigantic concern in clubdom, it was found necessary to engage the services of a secretary who will be in receipt of a salary, to which office Mr.. L. H. Wyatt has been appointed. Mr. Sid Dempster, who has been a tower of strength to the club as house secretary, and Messrs. A C Jewett and L. C. Waterman, both good men, have retired from their various positions, owing to the appointment of the salaried official. The following are the officers for the ensuing season :— Commodore, S. Hordern, vice commodore W. M. Marks ; rear-commodore C. T.Brockhoff ; hon. treasurer, J. J. Rouse ; general committee S M Dempster, C. L. Garland. A. W. Crane, A. R. Marks, C. E; Waters, L C Waterman ; handicap committee, F. S. Adams, W. M. Calvert, F. W. J. Donovan; House committee; Dr A Burne, W M: Marks, S. M. Dempster, T. E. Tillock, J. Macintosh ; library committee. F J. Empson, L: C. Waterman, E. E. Gray, auditors; J R Stutter and L. Tange. SAILING. (1902, September 17). Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved  from 


At St. John's Church, Ashfield, on Thursday afternoon, Miss Jeannie M. Dupain, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Z. Dupain, of "Charenton," Ashfield, was married to Dr. A. Dangar Burne, elder son of Dr. and Mrs. A. A. Burne, of "Kinella," Waverley, Rev. Alfred Yarnold being the officiating clergyman. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a beautiful gown of ivory white satin charmeuse, with an overdress of ninon. Her shower bouquet, which, with a rubv and pearl pendant, was the bridegroom's gift. Miss Fairy Bvrne, who was bridesmaid, wore a pretty frock of white Organdi muslin over satin, inlet with Valenciennes and Cluny lace. Her white lace hat was trimmed with pink roses. Her bouquet of pink roses and diamond ring were the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. C. B. Dibbs was best man. 

After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Dupain entertained the guests' at their residence. Those present included—Dr. and Mrs. A. A. Burne, Mr, and Mrs. H. T. Morton, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones, Mr. H. Dupain, Mr. and Mrs. Yarnold, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mortley, Mr. and Mrs. A. Fisher, Mr. E. Fisher, and Miss Belshaw. Later the bride and bridegroom left on their honeymoon, the bride wearing a coat and skirt of blue silk crepe, and a white and green hat. SYDNEY WEDDING. (1912, January 25). Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1900 - 1918; 1925), p. 30. Retrieved from

Alfred Dangar Burne - holds one of the Bures lots of land at Avalon Beach.


The funeral of the late Dr. Alfred Burne took place yesterday from his residence in Dalley-street, Waverley, and the remains were interred in South Head Cemetery.

The chief mourners were Dr. A. Dangar Burne (son), Messrs. Frederick Burne (brother), L. H. Burne, Geo. Burne, and F. H. Burne, jun. (nephews). The Society of Dental Science was represented by Mr. Keith Oatley (president), Dr. P. A. Ash, Dr. P. C. Charlton, and Dr. Frank Marshall. The Dental Hospital was represented by Mr. E. K. Satchell (president), Mr. A. J. Arnott (superintendent), Mr. F. H. Galloway (secretary), and Mr. J. Baird. The Bondi-Waverley School of Arts was represented by Mes- srs. F. P. J. Gray (trustee), A. McCourt, G. S. Inman, and H. E. J. Lloyd. The representatives of the Millions Club were Mr. Stanley Bailey (secretary), and Mr. J. J. Mulligan (treasurer). The Waverley Municipal Council was represented by the Mayor (Alderman R. Jackaman, and the deputy town clerk (Mr. J. S. McKinnon).

The Masonic Craft was represented by Right Wor. Bro. Aubrey Halloran, G. Reg., Right Wor. Bro. W. H. Hellings, S.G.W., and Right Wor. Bro. A. E. Packer, J.G.W., Very Wor. Bro. C. Matthews Drew, P.D.G.I.W., Wor. Bro. John Campbell (representing Bronte and Wav-erley lodges), Wor. Bro. J. H. Collins (Waverley), Wor. Bro. E. V. Agnew (Prince Ed-ward Lodge), Wor. Bro. H. I. Thomson, and Wor. Bro. A. E. W. Watts.

Others included Dr. A. H. Horsfall, Messrs. C. B. Westmacott, C. C. Marshall, M. S. Foley (Foley Brothers), Victor Cohen, W. Clemesha, and H. C. Kerr.

The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. Egerton E. North Ash, of St. Mary's Church of England, Waverley, and the Masonic ritual was recited by Wor. Bro. Saeger, W.M. of Lodge Tarbolton. LATE DR. ALFRED BURNE. (1926, September 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from

Frederick Henry Burne and George Riddell Burne were sons of first Mayor of Camden, Frederick Henry


The sailing activities of the 29th Pittwater Regatta which will te held on Saturday December 28 will greatly exceed those of last year and its immediate predecessors both In numbers of races and of entries In addition to the morning and afternoon contests for yachts heavy cruisers and SASC boats two races for local boats have been restored to the list Also two races have been provided for North Shore dinghies and Vaucluse Juniors both of which classes are new-comers to this regatta

... Event No 4 Mischief Memorial Race SASC boats nominated skippers time at start 11 a m.... Boreas (A D Burne) PITTWATER REGATTA. (1935, December 20). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved from

Avalon Reserve lands:


Warringah Shire Council: Proposed Resumption of Land at Avalon

HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, and in pursuance of the Local Government Act, 1919, has approved of the Warringah Shire Council's causing a notice of resumption of the land described in the Schedule hereto, together with a description of such land, to be published in the Government Gazette and in a newspaper circulating in the area in which the land is located, such land being required .by the Warringah Shire Council for the purpose of providing, controlling and managing grounds for Public Recreation. (S. 58-3,720)

J. B. RENSHAW, Minister for Local Government. Department of Local Government,

Sydney, 12th June, 1959.


All that piece of land situate in Barrenjoey-road, Avalon Beach, parish of Narrabeen, county of Cumberland, being Lot 15, D.P. 9,151, and being the whole of the land comprised in Certificate of Title, volume 3,218, folio 230, and containing an area of 1 rood 3} perches or thereabouts,—said to be in the possession of Inez Dorothy White and shown on plan with the Department of Local Government, Sydney. - (6527) LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1919 (1959, June 12). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1752. Retrieved from