December 4 - 10, 2022: Issue 565


the black swamp camping reserve becomes Kitchener Park, beeby park & Mona Vale Golf Course

No 330. 'Long Reef Sydney Coast, Pittwater - Manly Road' - this is actually Bungan Beach looking south towards Mona Vale and Long Reef from Bushranger's Hill. by Henry King, circa 1880The enlarged sections shows the northern end of what was called the 'Black Swamp' at Mona Vale beach where The Oaks and La Corniche would be built a few decades later, and the amount of water that was part of that landscape then. The visible poles would have been part of the telegraph system for the Broken Bay Customs Station and Barrenjoey Lighthouse, which then operated as a warning system and also a place from which rescues for ships and people in danger were lanunched. 

Sketches drawn in the middle of 1944 for the rehabilitation of the area known as 'Black Swamp Reserve' and the then 9-hole Mona Vale Golf Course show areas underwater or 'too swampy' to do a detailed survey. Historical records along with anecdotes from locals show the water used to flow down from the hill of Warriewood where the hospital was onto these areas, while at Mona Vale's village green park, waters would flow down from the hill on which the current public school is towards the ocean as well as along grooves in the landscape towards Bayview.

There was also a flow of water onto the old The Oaks and later La Corniche grounds, with block of land sold during the 1950's and and 1960's having covenants placed on them to direct the flow of waters through pipes towards the ocean. The earliest sales for then 'The Oaks' lists a lake as being part of the grounds, complete with resident bird life.

An earlier history page on the now endangered Black-Necked Stork, Mycteria Australis, records these birds being 'shot at Pittwater', on one occasion at a 'lagoon near Pittwater' is some indication that the flow of water across and through local landscapes is much changed from what it was originally.

Many of these watercourses were covered over or filled in or, as creeks, captured in underground pipes to enable the settling of lots of lands for what is today an urban landscape.

The flow of water across the landscape remains though, as shown in these maps from 1944, when the Army, after using Mona Vale Golf Course grounds as training grounds, was undertaking rehabilitation works and removing the tank traps, along with images from June 5th and 6th 2016, when an East Coast low brought so much local flooding, as well as from the end of February and March this year, when incessant rains showed the areas the landscape funnels water across it. Mona Vale golf course is not alone in flooding during these weather events, many golf courses are built to celebrate their landscapes and create challenges for their users as much as a good physical walkout for those not using a buggy. However, Mona Vale Golf Course was built on an area originally called by Europeans 'The Black Swamp' for good reason - the inundation of water from the elevated areas surrounding, and the landscape and its plants as a filter itself, clearly produced a blackish coloured swamp.

MVGC Rehabilitation by Army map dated 28th of August 1944, courtesy National Archives of Australia - this shows the areas that were then underwater or swampy and the areas that were scrub, along with where the tank trap had been built alongside the beach

MVGC Rehabilitation by Army map dated 13th of September 1944, courtesy National Archives of Australia


Mona Vale Golf Course, June 6th, 2016


One of the most interesting places on the coach road between Mosman and Newport is "The Oaks," the home of Mr. G. S. Brock. Just after passing the Mona Vale Stores, you see on your right  a picturesque group of buildings. The style is very attractive and uncommon in this country. A large gateway  lets you into the grounds, where tame kangaroos and other animals, are playing about on the grass. Some fine dogs greet your approach to the main buildings where, if you are fortunate, you will find Mr. Brock at leisure - for he is a very busy man.

Mr. Brock has made a great impression upon the district.

He is of average height, compactly built, with strong features. His face reminds one of the old Romans as they have been pictured for us. He is clean shaven, quick in speech, and direct-in his utterance, very prompt and somewhat masterful in manner. A man, that can be plainly seen,— a man of strong individuality. He stands alone, and requires no support but his own keen brain and active body. He is a man to take the lead and keep it, a man who by his greater pushfulness makes enemies as well as friends. 

One of the most noticeable buildings about the place is Circular in Shape. The ground floor is used as stables, and here Mr. Brock has some fine horses, including the stallion " Souvenir,", a beautiful and spirited Arab that seems to understand every word his master says to him. On the next floor is a music room, with piano, organ and other instruments. Being circular, it is splendidly adapted for dancing. Among the articles hung upon the walls are fencing foils and boxing gloves,—and a glance at the face of the proprietor will convey to you the hint that if you are not anxious for violent exercise you had better at all hazards retain his hearty good will. There are other buildings on the heights above this one, in course of erection. They are intended for a grand series of residences, and there will be a Great Central Hall, with contiguous apartments for the use of all the residents. This hill overlooks the ocean, and gives a splendid view of the bright Pacific. The beach is but a few yards off; to the left, on land, is a fine racecourse; in front a lake, on which swim black swans, some of them paying devoted attention to their floating nests. There are other birds and animals in the lake. Gambolling after one of the young ladies is an alema, a curious animal,' something between a monkey and kangaroo, very pretty and perfectly harmless. Mr. Brock purposes starting A Dairy on the other side of the racecourse from the houses, for the use of the residents. He has had many handsome offers for the estate, but refused them all. Several of the would-be purchasers wished' to turn it into a pleasure resort, but as the probability was they would get a licence and sell drink Mr. Brock promptly refused to consider their proposals. As soon as the Government begin in earnest to build the Spit to Newport Tramway, Mr. Brock promises to put on 200 men to complete all the work which for years he has planned for this beautiful country home. If they do not start it in a reasonable time he may himself install a 80 passenger Motor-Coach, but only to "The Oaks" and only for the service of the people living there. Families will be able to come to the Oaks and stay any length of time at moderate expense enjoying all the delights of country and … farm life—without all the work. ' '

There is an Art Gallery Also in the buildings, where Mr. Brock, junior, plies his capable brush. The walls are  covered with his pictures, all showing marked talent. On the way from America, the land of novelty, is A Sculpturing Machine, which a skilled operator can make facsimiles of a human face simultaneously. From the photographs of the it is a wonderful affair, costing a pounds. The marble busts can turned out very fast and cheap,—say 5 or 6 hours for about a pound a piece' quite knocks out hand work—but it requires a hand to guide the rapidly cutting chisels, and the hand of an artist in order for good results. A sculptor, however, can with one of these machines of much better work than with the hand only. The instruments that do the out- resemble somewhat the little cutters dentists use to bore out teeth for stopping. They have only to be moved over the marble slowly and the lifelike image is graven. When the tram was started from Manly Mr. Brock put on about 200 Men to get the place ready, but when that fine project fell in pieces he took most of the men off again. He keeps a brick kiln going constantly, and there are always men employed building.

Some day " The Oaks " will be the name of one of the finest health resorts in the world,-meantime it is a most comfortable and beautiful home. 

“THE OAKS,” (1904, September 3). The Mosman Mail (NSW : 1898 - 1906), p. 4. Retrieved from 

FROM:  Album 57: Photographs of the Allen family, 2 May 1911 - 7 October 1911 Digital Order No. a3289055; 'Top: Enlargement of view taken looking over the Polo GroundsThe road up the hill leads to Barrenjoey' and Digital Order No. a3289054; 'Below Enlargement of view taken from Brock's house, 3rd of September, 1911'. Both Courtesy State Library of NSW. Shows the 'lake' verges of the Black Swamp were still present on Brock's former land holding in 1911, along with the polo ground.

Mona Vale Golf Course, March 8th 2022 - video courtesy Brian De Bono:

The Black Swamp Camping Ground

This originally was Pittwater's oldest dedicated to the public reserve in the Mona Vale area, first set aside in 1870 as 'The Black Swamp Reserve', was, as the name suggests, a swampland and showed that the flow of water through this area had been known since earliest European settler times. In 1870 part of this was set aside as a recreation ground. The Gazette Notice describes:

Department of Lands,

Sydney, 8th February, 1870.

HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, directs it to be notified, that in pursuance of the provisions of the 4th section of the Crown Lands Alienation Act of 1861, the land specified in the Schedule appended hereto shall be reserved from sale for Recreation and for Camping.


No.4 County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, at Pitt Water, 180 acres: Commencing on the sea-coast at the north-eastern corner of E. Jenkins' 60 acres ; and bounded thence on the south-west by the north-eastern boundaries of that land, D. Rowan's 50 acres, Thomas Collins' 115 acres 2 roods, and J. T. Hughes' 50 acres, being in all a line bearing north 60 degrees west 93 chains; on the north-west by the south-eastern boundary-line of J. T. Hughes' 50 acres aforesaid, bearing north 30 degrees east 19 chains to the margin of Winnererremy Swamp ; thence by the margin of that swamp northerly about 4 chains; on the north-east by a line (dividing it from Robt. Campbell's 700 acres grant) bearing south 60 degrees east 85 chains 20 links to the sea-coast; and on the east by the sea-coast southerly, to the point of commencement. Government Gazette Notices (1870, February 8). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 306. Retrieved from 

Parish of Narrabeen, County of Cumberland [cartographic material] : Metropolitan Land District, Eastern Division N.S.W. 1886. MAPG8971.G46 svar (Copy 1). Courtesy National Library of Australia

This was modified a few times to accommodate the Village of Turimetta and the selling of some of those Crown Lands:

Plan of the Village of Turimetta and Suburban Lands - Parish of Narrabeen - Vesper St, Mona Street, Allen St, Pittwater St, Wangara St, 1897 “Village of Turimetta” with cemetery. Note the site of the farm known as “Mona Vale”, a name given to this place by early resident David Foley according to family records. Item c046820016, from Pittwater Subdivision records, courtesy State Library of NSW - 

Ernest Clement Vernon Broughton (29 January 1865 – 15 August 1917) was a politician in New South Wales. He was born on 29 January 1865 at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, the son of Alfred Delves Broughton (the police magistrate at Drayton, Queensland) and Clemence Lamonneire dit Fattorini.

He arrived in New South Wales in 1882; began as an estate agent in city with brother c.1884, and on his own from 1887. He was Honorary secretary of the School of the Arts Debating Society; honorary treasurer of the Queen Victoria Memorial Fund associated with Prince Alfred Hospital; director of Sydney Hospital from 1907 until 1917; treasurer of Surgical Aid Society; committee member of the Fresh Air League; member of Australian Protestant Defence Association; vice president of the Pioneers Club in 1885; he helped to found British Empire League in Sydney.

On 15 February 1890 Broughton married Amelia Lockyer (Millie) Newcombe, the daughter of William Newcombe, at St Peters Church, Woolloomooloo. Their home in Ashfield was called Delves, a Broughton family name. They also owned a summer cottage Sur-le-mer at Cronulla.

In 1909 after a fiery meeting, he was appointed as the second President of the New South Wales Rugby League, replacing fellow politician Henry Hoyle, one of the three founding fathers of Rugby League in Australia. Broughton though lasted just 3 weeks before illness forced him to stand down from the role. He was replaced by yet another politician, Edward O'Sullivan.

Broughton was a member of the Progressive Party and later the Liberal Reform party. In 1901 and 1902, he was mayor of the Municipality of Ashfield. He represented the electoral district of Sydney-King in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 3 July 1901 to 16 July 1904. He then represented electoral district of King from 6 August 1904 to 19 August 1907 and again from 10 September 1907 to 14 September 1910. Mr. Broughton died on 15 August 1917 at The Pines Hospital, Randwick, Sydney, following a twelve-month illness. He was buried in Randwick cemetery.

Mr. E. C. V. Broughton sold on the ground on Saturday last the whole of Gilbert Park Estate, Canterbury, at prices ranging from 2a 7d to 17s per foot, and also, under instructions from the Minister for Lands, sold at his rooms,250 Pitt-street, on Thursday last, the following lots in the village of Turimetta, adjoining the Rook Lily Hotel, Pittwater : — Section 1, lots.1 and 3, ... each ; section 2, lot. 10, .£18 ;lot. 11, i£19; section 3, lot. 1, £10; lot. 2,J613; section 4, lot. 5, .£10 : section 7, lot. 10,£8; section 8, lot. 13, .£12. Total sales,-£120.  FACTORIES AND SHOPS ACT. (1897, January 31). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 8. Retrieved from

There were even 'weekend camping lots' sold at the then Village of Turimetta during these years. 

Some idea of the landscape, with more swamp oaks and other plants may be seen in this article:

Citizen Soldiers on Trek--"C" Company, 7th Infantry Regiment.
(See letterpress on page 24.)

1- The Party Nearing Pymble 

2.-The Men at Breakfast. 

3.-Resting During a Halt on a Difficult Track. 4. Unloading the Transport Waggon. 

5. The Party Leaving the First Bivouac. 

6.-A Signalling Party at Work. 

7. Filling Water-bottles. 8. "Officers' Mess”. 

9. A Bivouac Before Reveille,

Citizen Soldiers on Trek.

_ (See illustrations on page 21.)

The question as to whether a country can depend on a citizen army for its defence has often been discussed, and, while opinions' on the subject differ, the South African campaign clearly demonstrated that volunteers, properly trained and officered, are capable of performing equally good work as regular 'troops. One of the most import ant lessons taught by the war is that all branches of the service must possess greater mobility that before, and that 'the men must be trained unto conditions as near to those met with on service's possible. It was with these Objects in view that the Trekking Party of "C" Company of the 7th Infantry Regiment (St. George's Riffles), which is illustrated in this issue, was organised. This company may fairly claim the honour off setting an example to the remainder of the local volunteer forces in this respect as it has now has two treks to its credit. The first took place at the beginning of the present year, while the one illustrated extended over Saturday afternoon, Sunday, and Monday, October 4, 5, and 6. Both treks were highly successful, for, although some arduous 'work' was performed, the practical instruction received will prove of incalculable Value to those who participated in the treks. Captain F. Walsh (the officer commanding "C"! Company) has commanded 'both trekking' parties ; the first consisting of about 20 men and the latter of about 40. Lieutenant J. M. Moore (of  “B" Company) also took part in the latter trek, and both officers are shown at dinner in one of the pictures. 

The experiences gained during 'the first trek were exercised to advantage during the more recent one, and resulted in a greater amount of work being accomplished. The second trek took place north of Sydney, within the country bounded on the north by the Kuring-gai Chase, and on the west by the North Shore railway line. A start was made from Sydney on Saturday afternoon, the party proceeding to the Spit, Middle Harbour, and thence via the Pittwater and Narrabeen roads to near Newport, where the party bivouaced for the night. 

Some interesting night operations were carried out in the vicinity of the Narrabeen Lagoon, a small party having been detached at the junction of the Spit and Narrabeen roads, with instructions to move from its halting place at 9.30 p.m., and attack the main party, which was holding the bridge over the Narrabeen Lagoon. The operations we're not hampered by any conditions, and as the parties were several miles' apart, the commanders of the opposing forces had ample opportunities to display their skill in handling the men. The bivouac was reached about 8 p.m. on Sunday. Reveille sounded at 6 a.m., and the party moved off a little after 7 a.m., scouting, etc., being practised throughout the day. The country over which the party travelled on Sunday was of the roughest description, and in some places even the roads were so bad as to make progress slow, and the transport cart had to be unloaded on several occasions. The party bivouaced near Pymble on Sunday night, and on Monday morning resumed the march towards Sydney, attack and defence work being carried out during the day. The party was made as mobile as possible, and, with that end in view, tents, etc., were not carried, the men relying entirely on their great coats. The party covered about 45 miles during the trek. The officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the company who took part in the trek are to be congratulated on giving up the holidays, with a view to increasing their military knowledge, even at great personal discomfort, and it is to be hoped that the authorities will recognise the value of these trekking parties, and grant mere encouragement to our citizen soldiers than is at present the case. "Rank and File." Citizen Soldiers on Trek. (1902, October 15). Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907), p. 21. Retrieved  from 

Photos taken by Norman and Lionel Lindsay as 'Rock Lily Toughs and their tarts' on a visit to the Horeaux-Briquet Hotel-Restaurant The Rock Lily show some people photographed at the beach end side of this location and may be associated with a house named 'St. Helena' that was built on the northern side of present day Golf Avenue, then called 'Allen street'. These images give us an insight into the landscape on the eastern most side of the Black Swamp Reserve and allow us to glimmer the sand dunes in the background: 

from State Library of NSW Album: Portraits of Norman and Lionel Lindsay, family and friends, ca. 1900-1912 / photographed chiefly by Lionel Lindsay,

Department of Lands,
Sydney, 23rd February, 1910.

It is Hereby notified that, in pursuance of the provisions of the 101st section of the Crown Lands Act of 1884, the following portions of Crown Lands are declared to be set apart as the site for extension to village lands at Turrimetta.


County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, at the village of Turrimetta, area 12 acres 2 roods 26 perches: Commencing on the south-western boundary of Robert Campbell's grant of 700 acres, at its intersection with the south-eastern side of Bilgola-street, being the road from Manly to Newport; and bounded thence by that street south-westerly 7 chains 3/10 links to the northernmost corner of reserve 15,057 for public recreation; thence by the north-east boundary of that reserve and its prolongation south-easterly in all, being a line bearing south 38 degrees 22 minutes east 11 chains 51 t„ links ; thence by lines bearing south (30 degrees 21 minutes east 5 chains 47 links and north 29 degrees 30 minutes east 10 chains ^ link to the south-western boundary of Robert Campbell's grant of 700 acres aforesaid ; and thence by that boundary bearing north-westerly 12 chains links, to the point of commencement, as partly measured and shown on plan catalogued Ms. 1,738 Sy.

Note. So much of the Proclamation of 23rd January, 1892, describing the boundaries of the suburban lands attached to the village of Turimetta, is hereby revoked. EXTENSION TO VILLAGE LANDS AT TURRIMETTA (1910, February 23). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1199. Retrieved from

In November 1891 the original 'General Cemetery' of ten acres was detailed on the plan for the new 'Village of Turimetta'. It was next to a 'Recreation Ground' (what is now Kitchener Park) and the “Black Swamp” (now part of Mona Vale Golf Course) and was located on the corner of Bilgola and Mona Streets (now Barrenjoey Road and Golf Avenue and formerly Beeby Park) with sections allocated for Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, Jewish, Independent, Church of England and a “General” section. Trustees were appointed for these different sections from among the residents.

Department of Lands,
Sydney, 12th June, 1901.

IT is hereby notified, for public information, that in accordance with the provisions of the 100th section of the Crown Lands Act of 1884, His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor,
with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to approve of the appointment of the undermentioned gentlemen as Trustees respectively of the portions of land hereinafter particularised, namely:—
The portion of the General Cemetery at Turrimetta, parish of Narrabeen, dedicated 11th November, 1891, set apart for Unsectarian Burial Ground :—
Messrs. Henry Boulton.
Joseph Baker.
Stuart Greig.
Henry Ball.
James Joseph Roche.
James Symonds
[Ms. 1901-3,772 Ind.] 
Government Gazette Appointments and Employment (1901, June 12). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 4597. Retrieved from 

Department of Lands,
Sydney, 2nd November, 1901.

IT if hereby notified, for public information, that in accordance with the provisions of the 106th section of the Crown Lands Act of 1884, His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor,
with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to approve of the appointment of the undermentioned gentlemen as Trustees respectively of the portions of land hereinafter
particularised, namely :—
The portion of the General Cemetery at Turrimetta (Narrabeen), dedicated 11th November, 1891, set apart for Presbyterian Burial Ground :—
Messrs. John Woods,
Frederick Trenchard Smith,
Alexander Ralston,
Hector Campbell, together with the Moderator and the Clerk of the Presbyterian General Assembly and the Minister of the congregation for the time being.
[Ms. 1901-8,025 Ind.]
The portion of the General Cemetery at Turrimetta (Narrabeen), dedicated 11th November, 1891, set apart for Wesleyan Burial Ground :—
The Reverend Thomas Frederick Potts.
Messrs. Samuel Morrison.
James Symonds.
Edward Edget Baylis.
Richard John Wild.
[Ms. 1901 8,025 Ind ] W. P. CRICK.
 Government Gazette Appointments and Employment (1901, November 2). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 8508. Retrieved from 

This site was never used as a cemetery. 

By 1904 negotiations to purchase an alternative site for the cemetery along 'Lane Cove Road' were underway. Perhaps the proximity to the “Recreation Ground” as well as the “Black Swamp” itself, were factors in this decision. The construction of Brock’s Mansion and cottages (commencing 1894) virtually across the road from the planned cemetery may also have had some influence on the decision to relocate.

Plan of land approved to be purchased as a site for a 'cemetery' for the Village of Turimetta 27th February, 1905

Sketch plan of Mona Vale - [Cemetery] - Lane Cove Rd Item c046820023, Mona Vale Subdivisions, Courtesy State Library of NSW

On the 17th of October 1905, a new site consisting of ten acres of land along Lane Cove Road was dedicated for use as a 'General Cemetery' in the Government Gazette. 

NOTIFICATION OF DEDICATION OF LANDS FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES, UNDER THE CROWN LANDS ACT OF 1884. (1905, October 18). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 6998. Retrieved from 

The land was part of an 80 acre grant to notorious local farmer Thomas Collins, although by then he had onsold it and it eventually became part of a Halloran subdivision. Some of the Collins land had already been subdivided, including the 'Collingwood Estate' which began selling in 1886. This subdivision included the block upon which the “Rock Lily” Hotel was built. The subsequent subdivision of the “Rocklily Estate” in 1905 clearly shows the cemetery in the new location on Lane Cove Road. During this period the Warringah Shire area had a population of around 2800, with 700 dwellings.

Rocklily Estate between Narrabeen & Newport - Macpherson St, Item c046820022, showing site for Mona Vale Cemetery

The plan for the cemetery in the new location on Lane Cove Road dated May 31st 1906 depicts eight sections for Church of England, Methodist, Congregational, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Unsectarian and Jewish burials, with one section unallocated. 

Once again Trustees were appointed from among the residents:

Department of Lands,
Sydney, 10th October, 1906.

IT is hereby notified, for public information, that, in accordance with the provisions of the 100th section of the Crown Lands Act of 1884, His Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to approve of the appointment of the undermentioned gentlemen as Trustees respectively of the portions of land hereinafter particularised, namely:—
The portion of the General Cemetery at Turrimetta, dedicated 18th October, 1905, set apart for Unsectarian Burial Ground:—
Messrs. George Powell.
Isaac Larkin.
James Seggi Russell.
George Byles.
Albert Heaton.
. [Ms. 1906-17,093] 
Government Gazette Appointments and Employment (1906, October 10). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 5624. Retrieved from 

The Trustees appointed in 1906 for the Church of England portion were John Blackwood, Cornwallis Wade Browne, Samuel Stringer, Stuart Greig and William Boulton. 

That left the lands set aside at Mona Vale free for another use:


PARK FOR MONA VALE.  The Warringah Shire Council has decided to give consideration to the question of converting the old cemetery site on the Newport-road, Turrimetta into a recreation reserve. The reserve adjoining is swamp, and its addition would permit of golf links, etc, being constructed. PARK FOR MONA VALE. (1912, September 3). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from

Department of Lands,
Sydney, 20th November, 1912.

IT is hereby notified that, in pursuance of the provisions of the 101st section of the Crown Lands Act of 1884, and the 39th section of the Crown Lands Act of 1889, the land hereunder described shall be reserved from sale pending determination of the portions to be set apart for the public purposes hereinafter respectively specified, and reserved and exempted from lease generally, and they are hereby reserved and exempted accordingly.




Metropolitan Land District, and Warringah Shire.

No. 48,328 from sale (48,329 from lease generally). County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, at the village of Turimetta, containing an area of 12 acres 2 Roods 26 perches. The Crown Lands within the following boundaries: commencing on the south-western boundary of Robert' Campbell's grant of 700 acres, at its intersection with the south eastern side of Bilgola-street, being the road from Manly to Newport; and bounded thence by that street south-westerly 7 chains 3/10 links to the northernmost corner of reserve 15,067 for public recreation ; thence by the north-east boundary of that reserve and its prolongation south easterly in all, being

a line bearing south 38 degrees 22 minutes east 11 chains 51 and 9/10 links thence by lines bearing south degrees east 5 chains 47links and north 29 degrees 35 minutes east 10 chains 1/10 link to the south-western boundary of Robert Campbell's grant of 700 acres aforesaid ; and thence by that boundary bearing north-westerly 12 chains 8/10 links, to the point of commencement,—partly shown on plans Turrimetta 11 to 17 inclusive. [Mb. 1912-18,257} RESERVES FROM SALE AND LEASE GENERALLY. (1912, November 20). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 6927. Retrieved from

In 1909, at a Meeting of Warringah Shire Council, one of the Councillors asked that the name of the Mona Vale Park be changed to Kitchener Park to honour Lord Kitchener. This was agreed to. By 1912 this name was showing up on maps for the area.

This preceded the renaming of the larger section of the Reserve as Beeby Park, to honour George Beeby, then Minister for Lands. This 'Beeby Park' was Notified on May 18th 1910 and Gazetted on August 8th 1910. 

George Beeby was a New South Wales politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1907-1913 and 1917-1920. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 1916-1917. He held various ministerial posts, including that of Lands Minister where he was in the practice of handing over land to local Councils. The large tract of green at Long Reef and Collaroy originally known as 'Griffith Park' exists due to the vision of Mr. Beeby.

Ten acres were set aside and although early land maps such as the 1886 version above show a section of this marked off for use as a cemetery, the current one on Mona Vale road was where people placed their dearly departed.

Beside this was the larger area originally called 'The Black Swamp'  - from Warringah Shire Minutes of Meetings:

Thursday, 29th October. 1935. Cr. Hewitt moved - That the Black Swamp Reserve at Mona Vale Black Swamp be named "Beeby Park". Cr. Nicholas seconded. Carried

This would later be the name applied to the smaller section of parkland on the corner of Barrenjoey road and Golf Avenue, although much of that acreage was sublet to Mona Vale Golf Course and Club members for use - the remainder would be turned into a carpark for B-Line commuters, despite the community objections. That green space had been utilised by the adjacent Boy Scouts and Girl Guides units prior to being turned into a car park.

Historical Land Records Viewer map of Turimetta - and enlarged sections to show details

c046820008 Map of the Village of Turimetta and Suburban Lands - Parish of Narrabeen - Vesper St, Mona Street, Allen St, Pittwater St, Wangara St, 1910 - and enlarged sections to show details, courtesy State Library of NSW, Mona Vale Subdivisions folder

Although the above 1910 lithograph lists owners of those who bought lots from 1897 on when the Crown Lands were put up for sale, it's worth some, including George Ellis, advertised some of their holdings in the Village of Turimetta soon afterwards, or had it sold out from under them during the following few decades:

TURIMETTA, Pittwater. — Six acres, Cottage, fruit and ornam. trees, etc., £259. G. Ellis, Mona Vale Store. Advertising (1902, January 15). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 3. Retrieved from

In September 1902 James Booth opened a hall for dancing parties at Mona Vale on the corner of Darley street and Pittwater road (then Bay View road) - thus the sometimes 'Bay View' sometimes 'Mona Vale' address given. The opening night was a gay affair, people coming from miles away and all directions in coaches and by foot. 

That Well-known Building,
fronting Pittwater-street Village of Turimetta between NARRABEEN and NEWPORT. It is substantially built of brick on concrete foundation, iron roof, and contains LARGE HALL, with TWO SHOPS (used as office and retiring room) in the front.
The land part of lot 11 of sec. 2 of the village of Turimetta has 50ft frontage to Pittwater street, with a depth of over 150ft At the rear is a store of Iron, also room with LIGHTING PLANT therein.
This useful building is in good order, and all fittings will go with the Freehold.
RICHARDSON and WRENCH LTD , In conjunction with CLARKE and SOLOMONS will sill by auction at the Rooms, on FRIDAY, October 20, at 11 30 a.m.
The Pittwater Hall, with lighting plant, etc.
Messrs. SHIPWAY and BERNE, Pitt-street, are Solicitors of the Mortgagee. Advertising (1917, October 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from

The Black Swamp - drainage

From the outset of Turimetta, later Mona Vale, being declared a village on January 23rd, 1892, the flow of water across and through the landscape prohibited the building of structures and pursuit of farming in some areas, although this was a 'food bowl' for Sydney from its earliest settler days. This became more so as the amount of market gardens grew, not only around Mona Vale's village green, but also at the point where Rock Lily, as the area around the Rock Lily hotel and restaurant was then known, and where overlapped with Warriewood valley, which would soon become known for its brilliant farm produce - particularly tomatoes. 

Those living there appealed to then then quite new Warringah Shire Council to mitigate the flow of water, at first with very little support:


The council engineer has come to the conclusion that owing to the towns of the land between Mona street and the outlet, and its being subject to tidal waters, nothing of any practical value can be done without large expense in reclamation. This the council would not be justified in undertaking, and the matter resolves itself into preventing the salt water from flowing up the drains into private property. He holds that owners of the property by a small combined effort should be able to safeguard their own interests by constructed' inexpensive self-acting flood gates. This is done throughout all the country districts. MONA VALE DRAINAGE. (1909, April 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved  from


A petition, signed by sixty residents, was presented to the Warringah Shire Council at its last meeting. The object wat to draw attention to the drainage of Mona ValeThe Black Swamp is nothing more than a pool of stagnant water the greater part of the year, and when not under water is considered a menace to health by reason of the amount of decaying vegetable matter washed into it during every storm. It was suggested that a drain be made from Warriewood and Newport roads to the ocean, via Bayview. If this were done a considerable portion of good residential and agricultural ground would be opened up. The matter is to have consideration. MONA VALE DRAINAGE. (1913, June 18). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 10. Retrieved from 

In 1924 the reserve came under the jurisdiction of the council, and this allowed them to investigate how to make those reserves more of use to the residents, which included ensuring they did not flood every time it rained - although when it does rain, even today, the original flow of water across Mona Vale Golf Course shows where historical inundations occurred:

Reserve No. 45,244 at Mona Vale, parish of Narrabeen; county of Cumberland, area. 62 acres 2 roods 11 perches, notified 18th May, 1910, for Public Recreation, known as Black Swamp: — The Council of the Shire of Warringah. [Misc. 1924-6,406] NOTICE APPOINTING TRUSTEES UNDER THE PUBLIC TRUSTS ACT, 1897. (1924, September 12). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 4357. Retrieved from 

Once the Council had the right to oversee these reserves, Warringah Shire Council Minutes of Meetings records the slow path towards turning what was the original lands, and their problems with flooding, into recreation grounds in the first meaning of those words, although obviously they had been looking into this since soon after that council itself was created in 1906 - unfortunately, but the time the Council was in a position to do something, the Depression of the 1930's impacted upon their financial ability to do so. However, then, as now, the residents of Pittwater did what they could as volunteers to fill in the gaps. Records from the Minutes of Meetings of Warringah Shire Council provide insights and chart the change from a place that flooded to a village green where every sport coming into or going out of fashion was accommodated, and even includes the commencement of the Mona Vale Golf Club over 60 acres of the site. Records from the National Archives of Australia, along with those kept by the NSW Records and Archives function of the State Government, also provide insights:

The Warringah Shire Council Minutes of Meetings record in the archives of 17th July 1908 shows a list of works for clearing some of those streets impacted,  that tenders be invited for clearing Darley Street Mona Vale, from Bayview road to Newport Road'' - Carried That Tenders be called for clearing about 8 chains of Mona Street Mona Vale, westerly from Bayview road. (Given to C J Devlin for £10; 27th April 1908 – same date D McLean given an extension of his time to construct deviation at Basset street as he was busy erecting fencing at Dee why Lagoon for the council. C Johnson was given contract to erect a log culvert in Vineyard street at a lump sum of £12/10

17th July 1908: Also, same date; ''that the Trustees of Reserve 15067, Mona Vale, be written to to see if they will be willing to hand the Trust over to the Council.''

8th May 1908; Pipes for Bayview - order 9-12’’ pipes for Roches Wharf

May 1919: Engineer, Mr. Drainage. MacGibbon, report on the practicability of draining the Black Swamp from the south east corner. 

22/3/1920: In pursuance of Notice, Councillor Hewitt moved  and proposed "That this council deems it expedient to acquire or purchase portion of the Salvation Army land situated between of land. of Kitchener Park (Black Swamp) and a block of land owned by Mr. DePossel, on the north, a wire 'fence or thereabouts on the south, the Pacific Ocean, on the east and the Main Pittwater Road on the west, and that the Salvation Army be approached with a view to ascertaining the amount required." Councillor Quirk seconded, pro forma. The notion was defeated on division. Councillors Hewitt and Parr voting for, the remainder of the Council against.

March 7th, 1921: resolved Hewitt and Quirk – that the Engineers report regarding the draining of the Black Swamp be adopted and £160 be voted therefor – the pipes to be laid only one-half the distance suggested in the report

October 4th, 1921 -that in regard to the drainage of Black Swamp, and to the Engineer’s recommendation, that a new trench be cut across private property for the laying of the pipes, the owner of the property to be communicated with, and if he be agreeable, the work to be carried out as recommended

 6/2/1922: That the Engineer report on the best means of draining Black Swamp, and if he considers it necessary, he be empowered to call in another Engineer. 

The Overseers report was read and dealt with as follows : f ]. Resolved, - (Crs. Hitchcock, Campbell) That the Black  Swamp be let out to-morrow morning. - 19/04/1922

May 1st, 1922; seeing if Salvation army wish to contribute to scheme to drain Black Swamp – consideration of cost/plan deferred until next year Resolved, - (Crs. Parr, Campell) That the' copy of the reports in regard to the drainage of the Black  Swamp, Mona Vale, be sent to each Councillor, and the matter be considered at a later date. Resolved, (Crs, Hewitt, Hitchcock) That a copy of the report be also sent to the Salvation Army, with a letter pointing out the benefit that accrues to the Army' s property should the Black Swamp be drained, and enquiring whether they would be prepared to contribute the cost. 

By May 29th 1922 the Warringah Shire Council decided 'that the Public Works department be written to and see if they will send an Engineer to consult with the shire engineer on the drainage of the Black Swamp'

June 22nd 1922:  Black  Swamp: Salvation Army, 9/6/22, declining to promise contribution towards cost of draining the Black Swamp :'Received. 38. Mrs. A I Cox 6/6/22, re land at corner of Darley Street and Stanley Streets, Mona Vale, and enquiring when Black Swamp drain pipes will be put in ; Resolved, - (Cr. Quirk) That she be informed of the council's endeavors to obtain the advice of a Public Works Department Engineer. 

July 10th, 1922 Public Works Department, 4/7/22, intimating that an Enri 252;er had been detailed to report regarding the drainage for Black Swamp, Mona Vale : Received

July 31st 1922; That the council 'deems it expedient to acquire a portion of the Salvation Army land situated between Kitchener Park (Black Swamp) and a block of land owned by Mr. dePossel, on the north, a wire-fence or thereabouts on the south, the Pacific Ocean on the east, and the main Pittwater Road on the west, and that the Salvation Army be approached with a view to ascertaining the amount required. 11 Cr. quirk. seconded. Carried.

'Meeting of 21st August1 1922 - Contd,. 130 Resolved, - (Ore, quirk, ster1and) That a copy of the - report regarding drainage from Condamine, Street be sent to Messrs, Curtis and Pearse for their. information. Resolved, - (Ore, Hewitt, Quirk) That the maintenance men when finished spreading the metal on the- main road be set to ,carry.out the work on Bardo Road,f in acoordance with the toad Zngin 232;er's, report to last. meeting,, the pipes t, be used for 8226; the purpose to be obtained from the Black Swamp work

It Was resolved, - (cr. quirk, Sterland) That the again asked to supply the promised Black Swamp Works Department Drainage, report from its Engineer regarding Black Swamp Drainage, and that the president endeavor to have the matter expedited.

March 26th, 1923: Public Works Department 7/3/23 forwarding copy of report of Department’s Supervising Engineer Mr. H. Leahy in regard to the proposed draining of Black Swamp. Resolved – send a copy to each Councillor. 

23r.d. April 1923 . :,fDJ/e IBlack  Resolved, - (Ore. Parr, Campbell) That Cr. Hewitt. interview Mr. H. E. Ross, Consulting Engineer, with a view to Drainage, getting some satisfactory report from him on the matter of drainage of Black Swamp, and report to next meeting.

May 27th 1923: Black Swamp. Resolved, - (Cra. Hewitt, Corkery) That in regard tote obtaining of . a report regarding Black Swamp Drainage Scheme from Mr. H. E. Ross,- Consulting Engineer, the President interview Mr. Ross instead of Cr. Hewitt as previously agreed,

July 16th, 1923: Professor Vt. H. Warren., 10/7/23, regretting inability to undertake reporting of scheme for Black Swamp  drainage, but r Drainage. reconending Mr4 James Vicars, U. E. &c' : Resolved,. (Crsa Hewitt', Hitchcock).Tbat Mr.. Vicars be asked what his fee would be;

October 8th 1923; That the Engineer  prepare estimates for draining the Black Swamp, in accordance with the two recently approved schemes. Resolved, - (Ore. Mckillop, Campbell) 

January 7th, 1924: . Florence Lodge. 1/1/24, asking for permission to use two of the pipes lying idle at Black Swamp outlet . Received.

June 15th, 1925: The President submitted a-report on his interview with lack Swamp the Engineer for. the Harbors and Drainage Branch of the Drainage. Public Works Department relative to the drainage of the Black Swamp, Lona Vale, and it two resolved, - (Crc. - Hewitt, Hitchcock) that the acheuc for draining the swamp into the Ocean, and the erection of concrete works on the shelf of rocks to keep the outlet free from sand, h be placed before the Harbors and Rivers Branch, and the Engineer detailed to investigate the matter be asked to call on Councillor Hewitt, who 'tll give him the exact location. It was resolved, - (on the notion of Cr. barr, seconded by Cr. McKillop) TIzc't a. letter be sent to Cr. Corkery who is at present in hospital, expressing a the Council's trust that he will soon be better.

Mona Vale Progress Association is again agitating for the draining of Black Swamp. During recent heavy rains the water overflowed across Bayview road and flooded Mona Vale Park. The swamp is an eyesore and a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It is estimated that the cost of carrying out a drainage scheme would be between £2000 and £3000 which it is suggested may be raised by a loan. SWAMP FLOODS PARK (1925, June 16). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 5. Retrieved from 

July 13th, 1925: July,1925 49.F. Borager and Co. 6/7/25, zubnttlnE quote for anctllang v petrol pump at the Ceuncal'o depot.Recca'od. 1. 50. Public 11ork Jctarthent, dcelxnxnr to arm send an Enj'mneer to report reL-sding drainmnc of Black 3uazip1 iion, Vt-i: :Rcsoltcd, - (Crs. Heritt, Vcziflop) That for,tt h. Black Swamp   purpo.e c..f adopting - scheme for the raising of a loan the forks Comrnittce iroect and report

September 7th, 1925: A. Riding 1.- Resolved, - (Crs. Hewitt, Hitchcock) That the reports and I' :L0al. estimates for Black Swamp Drainage and Gladstone Street construction, for inclusion in the A. Riding loan pioposal be PBlack  adopted, and the amount of the proposed loan, as previously - Swamp  approved by increased by £3,000. The notification already published be approved, with the alteration in the amount, Gladstone giving the other particulars rendered necessary by increasing the amount of the loan. / 2. Resolved, - (Cre. McKillop, Heriitt3 That the President be authorised to discuss with the Saution Army authorities, the i*t/< .,..p-lack . matter of the drainage of flack Swamp, with a view to obtaining Swamp. a contribution from them. Mr.A. 3. Small at this stage addressed the Council and I submitted a proposal for deviating Barrenjoey Road where it enters Avalon Flat, so that it will take a course through parrenjoey land, between the Ocean and the present road, roughly Road with the Shore line ; also for widening Avalon Road betv eon the present Bafrenjoey Road and the beach to 100 feet I and to 120 feet near the beach, and for a reserve about 200 feet wide between the propobed deviation and high-water-mark L. Riding Resolved, - Crs, Ellsworth, Hewitt) That the notifying of ioan. the amended loan proposal for A. Riding be deferred until after next meeting, and, in the meantime, the Engineer obtain full particulars, and p±epare all necessary information and estimates for this deviation, with a view to it being include / n the loan.proposal.,.and also that the whole Councilhe 1 on the next Works Committee meeting - and locahitY

Mona Vale 1925, NSW State Records and Archives, Item: FL4901050 


The Warringah Shire Council has decided to apply to the Government for authority to borrow. £32,000 for the purpose of reconstructing some of the principal roads at Mona Vale, Newport, and Barrenjoey.

All the works are situated in "A" riding of the shire, and comprise the following: Barrenjoey road, from Neptune-street, Newport, to Beach-road, Palm Beach, £21,000; Warriewood-road, from Pittwater-road to Vineyard-Street, £1700; Powder works-road, £4000; Gladstone-street, Newport, £1000; drainage of Black Swamp, Mona Vale, £1300; resumptions, surveys, and contingencies, £2300. Included in the estimate of £21,000 for Barrenjoey-road is a sum of £1000 for the formation of proposed deviations of that road.

interest on the loan will not exceed 50 per cent., and the term will be 10 years. To meet the repayment of the principal and interest a special rate of / 4-10 In the £ will be levied in portion of the riding, and a special rate of /00-10 in the £ will be imposed in the remainder of the ridings.  WARRINGAH SHIRE. (1925, October 5). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from 

Later that year this was revised, with the cost rising:

Proposed Special Loan of £28,200.

NOTICE is hereby given that it is the intention of the 1 Warringah Shire Council to apply for authority, under I section 180, Local Government Act, 1919, to borrow the sum of £28,200 for the purpose of carrying out the undermentioned works within A Riding of the Shire, and for purposes incidental thereto:—

1. Construction of Barrenjoey-road, from Seaview-parade, Newport to Beach-road, Palm Beach, including proposed deviations between Neptune-street and Avalon\ . parade, estimated cost (excluding cost of formation of deviations) ,— £17,600 

2. Construction of Warriewood-road, from j Pittwater-road to Vineyard-street, at estimated cost of 1,700 

3. Construction of Powderworks-road; (a) from Pittwater-road to eastern end of Kobado-road; (b) Kobado-road, for its entire length; and (c) Powderworks-road, from the western end of Kobado-road to its junction with the Gordon-Mona Vale road, at estimated cost of 4,000 

4. Construction of Gladstone-street, Newport, estimated cost 1,000 

5. Drainage of Black Swamp Reserves, Mona Vale 1,900 

 6. Resumptions, surveys and contingencies .. 2,000

The interest payable on such loan shall not exceed six and half (6 ½ ) per cent, per annum, and it is proposed to arrange the loan on terms which shall provide for the repayment of principal and the payment of interest, combined, in half-yearly instalments extending over a period of ten years. The approximate amount of each such instalment will be £1,939 11s. 4d,

To provide the sum necessary for such instalments, it is proposed to levy a local loan rate of four-fifths of a penny (4/5ths d.) in the £ on the unimproved capital value of all ratable lands in A Riding of the Shire. Should such rate not provide sufficient for the purpose, the balance will be paid from the General Fund of the Shire. The total unimproved capital value of all ratable lands in A Siding is £3,005,162.

Plans, specifications and reports giving details of the proposal may be inspected at the Shire Hall, Brookvale, during office hours.

Within one month of the publication of this notice, any number, not less than 25 per cent, of the ratepayers of A Biding, may petition the Couneil to take a poll of ratepayers, either as to whether such ratepayers approve of the loan, or as to whether the loan rate should be on the unimproved capital value or the improved capital value, or on both questions. The number of ratepayers enrolled for A Biding is 3,892.

(N.B.—The foregoing proposal is in lieu of the proposal notified ia the Government Gazette of 2nd October, 1925.)

R. G. JAMIESON, Shire Hall, Brookvale, Shire Clerk. ^

23rd November, 1925. SHIRE OF WARRINGAH. (1925, November 27). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 5354. Retrieved from 

January 4th, 1926: W. G. Hanson. 12/12/25, offering to sell the Council a 6" centrifugal pump' for the purpose of the drainage of Black Swamp, Mona Vale. Referred to the Engineer, 

March 29th, 1926; H. T. Sturman. 17.3.26. again drawing the Council's ãttentionto the,fact that stormwaters from Polo Avenue, Mona Vale, overflow on to his property, doing damage Resolved, - (Crs. Hitchcok Hope) That he be informed of ,the Council's proposal for the drainage of Black Swamp, and that this should relieve him of the trouble.

May 10th, 1926;  26. H. T. Sturman, 28.4.26. claiming £50 compensation for damage said to have beencaused to his land by the letting out of the waters of Black Swamp : Resolved, — (Ci's, Campbelt, Corkery) He be informed that the Council' s employees were not responsible for letting the waters out. 

June 8th 1926  Resolved., - (Ors. Hitchcock, Hope) That the pipes at Black Swamp be placed somewhere where they will be safe. Resolved, - (Ors. HoDe, Hitchcock) That the Engineer Rd ['c kK!3Yv1ew estimate what proportion 17. J. Oliver should bear of the cost of the proposed improvements in front of his place at Bayview, (Contrib- and also that some pipes be mt in at the entrance to'the ( C •'ct. road there, in order that private owners nay be able to got ution.)' on with the improvements they propose. Kalinya Road. Resolved, - (Crs. Hope, Simpson ) That the water- table in the road in front of the Newport Post Office, be cleaned out. Lena Vale !)I. c4 Resolved, Tjat the '-ibgineer /"''3unction fnish an estimate for kering round the curve at the Memorial Junction at Mona Vale, and the Memorial Committee 'I Mona Vale be iven penhission to. remove three unsightly, trees from q / Park. 

August 30, 1926; Resolved; — (Crs Hitchcock; Hope) That tenders be called for blip drainage of Black Swamp, in accordance with the loan • k proposal

November 8th, 1926; TENDERS. 'One tender only was received for the drainage of Black Swamp, Mona Vale', viz, that of G. W. Dean £1780. Resolved  (Crs. Simpson, Hope) That Dean's tender be accepted. 

DECEMBER 6TH, 1926; Resolved, - (Crs. Hope, Simpson) That the Black Swamp Drainage Contractor be requested to get on with his contract as early as possible. 

April 19th, 1927; 6 Mona Vale Golf Club. 5/4/27 Requesting the Council to receive a deputation from the Club regardi% the question of a lease of Black Swamp Reserve. Resolvdd (Ors. Parr, Simpson) 4 That the Club be informed the Council views the question of a lease favourably, but th and matter must trait until the swamp is dratned, in order that it may receive proper considerat.on 

May 2nd, 1927; 12... Mona Vale Progress Association. 11/4/27. Reuestn th Council to resume all the lands betveen Bayview Road and pittwater from Shaw's creekL including Bill’s estate and portion of Roche's Estate. Resolved (Ore .Ho , cock) -That the Association be informed the Council is unablô to make any further''reeumptions this yen. 13. Saute. fl/4/27.Requeeting that a road of access to Mona Vale Beach from Pittwater Road be established between Vineyard Street and Sheep Station Hill. Resolved (Ors; HitcLcock, Hope) They be informed the Council will give consideration to their request when the work of draining Black Swamp is completed. • 14. Same. 11/4/27. Requesting to be furnished with a list of all the works 'carried out last year out of revenue, •snc the amount expended on each. Received. 15. ..•Sarie. 19/4/27. Urging that the Council grant the mona Vale Golf Club a 10 years' lease in Kitchener Park. Rescic'5 olf Club (Ors. Parr, Hope) -The association be inforthed the Council will have no objection to the playing of golf on Kitchener park, but cannot grant a lease.

July 11th, 1927; G. W. Dean. Contractor for Black Swamp Drainage. 28/6/27 Pointing out the'necessity for extra sub-foundation to beach end of pipe line,, and also for reinforcement of the top'of the age pipes through the deep portion of the sand hills. Referred to • the Works Committee for report, theEngiñeerto have ready an estimate,of the extra'cost"involved., :'

October 17th, 1927;  10. Black Swamp Drainage Contract a Extra work: .Reôlvcd .(Crs.Simpsn , Parr) - The matter be referred to the drainage Qmmitteo and Contractor Dean be invited to be prescnt when the inspection is made. 

October 31st, 1927;  Cr. Hitchcock requested that it be placed on record that, in reply, to a question submitted by him at the last meeting, the Shire Engineer stated that the position of the pipe-line in the Black Swamp Drainage works had not been altered from that specified in the Contract, but that when the Works Committee made its inspection, he admitted it had-been, and it was resolved (Ore. Campbell, Ryan) - That :the record be made, as requested.

December 12th, 1927

12. The.consideration of the report regarding the mounting the cannon in Kitchener Park  was deferred until next year.  

February 6th, 1928; Black Swamp,5O. G.W. Dean. Claiming without- prejudice, "extras" to the amount of £346 in respect of his Black Swamp Drainage contract. Referred to the Engineer for report.

February 20th 1928; Black Swamp Drainage. Resolved (Cre. Parr, Hope) - That if the Contractor be invited to meet the Works Committee for the purpose of discussing his claim for "extras". 12. Mona Vale Golf Club. 8/2/28. Requesting to be given a grant of the Black Swamp for the purpose of extending their Golf Club links. . Resolved (Gre. Greenwood, Parr) ,- That a conference- on the matter take place between the Club's representatives and the Works Committee on the Committee’s next meeting day, and I " the whole of the Council be invited to be present.

March 5th, 1928: Resolved (Crs. Atkins, Hope) — That the recommendation Black Swamp of the Committee regarding Black Swamp Reserve, and Mona Vale Golf Club's request for a. grant of an area for golf purposes be adopted, provided the Engineer's plan and Mona Vale. . estimate is satisfactory to the Council; the and Engineer to Golf Club treat the matter as an urgent one. .. . Cr. Hitbhcock. verbally reported that he and Cr.Siwpson in com)any with the Shire Engineer, uade an. inspection of the pathway. to Bilgola rock bath from the 'northern end of Newport Beach, and that they found- it inadvisable to , • bath , construct a path, on account of the danger from overhanging g I - rocks. It was resolved to accept the recoatendation, and to inform Mr. Pratten of it. Resolved (Cr8. Hope, Hitchcock) - That the approved ' and "extras" on the Black Swamp  Draingc Contract, amounting to £210, be paid in full, that the contract deposit be refunded, and Mr, Dean, the contractor, be offored, without prejudice, the sum of £150 in full satisfaction of his further claim for. "extras".

March 19th, 1928: 8. Mona Vale Golf Club. 9/3/28. Requesting permission to make use of the old ambulance shed at Mona Vale, and to remove it to their links.8a. Same. 16/3/28. Submitting proposal for erection of Golf House on Black Swamp.- Resolved Crs. Hitchcock, Hope) - That the Cricket Club having failed to make use of the ambulance shed, it be granted to the Golf Club to remove and alter to suit their purposes Resolved (Crs. Aticins,.Hope) ... That the request for permission to erect a Golf House be referred to the Works Committee. GW Dean 19/3/28. Stating, without prejudice, he is to accept £ settlement of his claim for Black Swamp "extras" in respect of the Black Swamp Drainage contract. iainage Resolved (Crs. Hope, Hitchcock) - That the 0ouncil offer him £200 in full settlement of hjsclaim 

May 14th, 1928: (Ors Hope, ilitchcock) - That the report regarding the construction of drains on Black Swamp Reserve be referred back' to the Engineer for Estimates of.. cost

June 11th, 1928: Resolved (Ore Hope, Hitchco40 - That the report Black Swamp regarding the drainage of  Black Sweap be sent to the Mona Vale Golf Club and the Works Committee interview the Club on the matter.

June 25th, 1928; That £30 be Voted for repairing the damaged portion of the concrete at the Black Swamp outlet

July 9th, 1928: 2. Resolved jCra. Hjtchcock Parr That the Engineer’s plan of 60 acres of Black Swamp Reserve be approved as an area to be granted to the Mona Vale Golf Club for golfing purposes.

July 23rd, 1928: 23. Mona Vale Progress Association. 4/7/28. Requesting (i) That the outlet of Black Swamp be reinforced with protect the pipes from the waves, and (2) that the hole in Vineyard Street. at the foot of the hill be filled in with metal and the road. "crowned". To be informed 'of the vote already pat:eed for Black Swamp cutlet, and the second matter be referred to the OverSeer. 24. Same. 4/7/28. (i) Drawing attention to the bad state of Mona Street end Darley Street, and (2) requesting that taken to deal with the drainage in the vicinity of Bassett Street from the hill frpn the Newport eide. Referred to the Overseer. 27.

That the recommendations submitted by A. Riding Councillors respecting proposed works in A. Riding be adopted; the recommendations being (a) that inquiries be made regarding the possible removal and reconstruction of the bridge by Arthur Rickard and Co. and the Main Roads Board, with a view to having a footway included in the new structure; (2) that the Overseer furnish an estimate Park  Road for maintenance of Lake Park Road, (3) that the work completed on Old Powderworks Road be again rolled and kept maintained, tad (4) that the Deposited plan be inspected to ascertain whether there is any easement or natural watercourse on Mrs .Hanson's land in Old Powdeorks Road, rvi (5) that the blackberries on Mona Vale Kitchener Park be kept in check by the maintenance man, and  that the clearing or the park stand over, (6.) that thc.Over- seer furnih an estimate for forming the footpath in Pitt- • water Road, Mona Vale, from Gordon Road to Bay-view Boa, (7) • . that the Overseer furniqh an estimate of the cost of maintain-. - • na Street thg Mona Street to the foot of the hill, (8) that no action be taken in. regard to Messrs. Ward and Palmer's proposal for the improvement of Maxwell Street, (9) that no action be taken in regard to the Overseers recommendation for the making of a parking space at Mona Vale Beach, (10) that the Inspector's Mona Vale report regarding erection of the public dressing sheds on Mona Surf-bathing Vale Beach be adopted, the floors to be concreted at an additional estimated cost of £12, and that tenders be called for the work, (it) that maintenance wOrk be done on Bungan Road and the road top-dressed with screenings at estimated cost of £15; (124. that in regard to Myola Road drainage, the Engineer furnish an estimate for a drain, culvert and pipes Road Mtola to the ocean only, the idea being to drain the street without road construction and consequent destruction of the grass surface, ('a) that the formation recently made in Stanley Street be kept maintained, the culvert at the top of the hill be blocked and the water directed to the concrete gutter in Calvert's Parade, (14) that owing to the pathway to Newport Rock pool being completely destroyed, a fresh estimate be BAth . made for/pathway of boulders, and the Newport Progress Association be asked to contribute half the cost of the work and of the repairs to the bath, (15) that £40 be voted for Palm Beach Road metalling the section of Palm Beach Road between the two sharp turns below lady Maitland's house, the roaditobe tarred from the tarring vote, (ii-) that £30 be voted for placing tarred metal and screenings between the flagstones on the J cific Road flagged portion of Pacific Road, and the roadway widened at the turn with tarred metal; and that £26 be voted for metalling from the top of thenr.trca portion to Dr.Thring's, the road to be tarred from the tarring vote.

7. Mona Vale Golf Club. 18/2/29. Respecting the Council requirements for preference to ratepayers and residents, PD ona Vale setting out the Club's position,. and requesting a conference with'the Council or its Works"Committee. ' Resolved (ars.. ( . Hitchcock, Robertson) — That the Works Committee and the ( Riding Councillors meet representatives of the Club on the - ground-on next Works Committee day.

Petition from 47 ratepayers of }'almBeach, delnEñding "that the drainage from the hills along Barrenjoey Road, starting at- Gow's old 'store to Davidson's Corner, should, be seen to ct Referred to 4.Riding, Councillors. 25. AJ.Small, 23/7/31, drawing attention to: the "inadequate methods of drainage providcd for the arct in 1'•, the neighbourhood of Wickham's Store at Avalon Beach", explaining v;hnt arc, in-his opinion, the causes of the trouble, and notifying the Council he holds it - responsible for the damage done in Wickham's Store during the last heavy rain storm, Referred to A. Riding Councillors

 2. Mrs. M. Metcalf, objecting to proposal •to out a drain.10- ft. wide through her property at Avalon, pointing out that there is no easement shovh an-her-Certificate of 4041,land Avalon Flat suggesting 'as an alternative, the widening of the OVeekon. Drrinage her lAnd to 6 feet. Resolved, - That Mrs, Metcalf be informed the Council will carry out the widening to 6 feet along the present watercourse through her land, as suggested by her, provided she furnish the-Council with an indemnity against liability in the event of the flooding of her lane, (Crs. Hitchcock, Hughes) 3. Noel Leahy,21/3/32, drawing attention to the "consider- able inconvenience and loss which ratepayers and residents Mona Vale Drainage of that part of the Shire which includes Brake Estate, Mona Vale, suffer during the rainy seasons, and suggesting, that a culvert of .sufficient size be installed at no great loss, and so alleviate the trouble. Resolved, - That this Ietter and the Engineer's report thereon be referred to A. Riding Councillors far consideration on a date to be fixed.

Signed a Lease for Same – five years – 1930 – copy of: 

May 23, 1932: . Re camp erected on Salvation Army's land at Pittwater Road, Mona Vale, by Mr. J. Maclure without permission: Resolved, -.That the matter be referred to the Works Tents Committee for report. (Crs. Barber; Nicholas) 

August 1st, 1932:  C. H. Higgins, and 6 others, 25/7/32, requesting that the unemployed be given work in improving Kitchener Park, Mona Vale; at a cost of from £15 to £20. That £10 be expended by the maintenance men in improving the park: (Crs. Austin, Hughes) 

November 21st, 1932: By Cr. Austin - That local bodies having agreed to provide seats in Mona Vale  Park, they be supplied with a bag of cement, a load of stone, and about a ton of screenings. . By Cr. Austin --That the Inspector be empowered to Avalon the dressing sheds on Avalon Beach. :• : Surfbathing By Cr. Austin - That M•2 Newberx, Licensee of Newport Hotel, be supplied with 2i yds: 7F? tarred metal, as requested in Contrib. his letter of 21st inst. upon receipt of £4, estimated cost. Work (Seconded by Cr. Hitchcock) By Cr. Nicholas - That Tasman 'Street improvements be effect- Tasman St. 0 with coke breeze' and yellow loam, similar to the work in . Clarence Avenue.

July 31st, 1933: By Cr. Austin, seconded by Cr. Hughes-- That the Inspector Mona Vale report whether the lavatories on the right-hand side of Mona Vale Park are fit for removal, with a view, if so, of removing them on to Kitchener Park. 

September 11, 1933: By Cr. Austin - That in connection with the clearing of an area for a vigoro pitch on Kitchener Park a,3 x 1 be put  around it, Council to provide the necessary gravel., 44. J.Booth and 14 other ratepayers of Park Street Mona Vale, respecting the deplorable state of that road", and requesting (e):that the watercourse at the back of Mr.. Johnson's property be filled in, a watertable made at end of street, or concrete pipes installed, and the Street levelled; -(b) that the road on top of the hill be lowered two or three feet,-and the spoil used for making a footpath on the eastern Park Street side; (c). that with regard to the lack of an entrance to Mr. Haygarth's dairy; a culvert be installed and continued to Maxwell Street; i(d):that the scoured-out road Way be filled in and the  road either gravelled-or metalled and Scatted. Resolved, - That a few loads of, gravel be put on the hill on-this road each way from the top. (Crs. Austin, Hughes) .45. ',Mona .Vale Progress Assoc., 15/7/33, submitting following requests.- (a)that the trees in Pittwater Road near the Narrabeen bridge be not cut down; (b) that application be made to the Government for a grant to construct a road from Sheep Station Hill along Mona Vale Beach to Bassett Street; :(c) that application be made for a grant of £1000 to erect dressing sheds and Surf Clubhouse at Mona Vale Beach; and (a). that the Health Inspector inspect the building next to Bayview, erected for a baat shed, but being used for living purposes. Council's decisions:- (a) "Received", (b) consideration deferred-for time being; to be dealt with in meeting; (d) referred to Inspector for further earlier report. - - ' - 46. Mrs. E.Hatcher, Senr., 20/7/33, complaining that a herd of about 60 cows is driven pact her residence in Wyadra Avenue as often as four times a day, that they destroy the Watertables, and render the house unapproachable. Resolved, That she be furnished with a copy of the Inspector's report on the matter. 

November 20th, 1933: By Cr. Hitchcock - That the preparation of plans for drainage at Wilshire Park and Glenburnie Park be expedited. Careel Park; by Cr. Hitchcock - That plans for dredging Careel Park be prepared as soon as possible. By Cr. Austin - That the Engineer 104 into the matter of a horse and dray working on Brookvale Park, owned by a man who is only a very recent resident of the district. By Cr. Austin - That the Works Committee and A. Riding Bayview Park Councillors meet Mr. Caton at Bayview regarding providing a tennis court on the rosined area. By Cr. Austin - That the, Works Committee consider the matter of the timber taken from Kitchener Park to Mona Vale Beach, and Mr. Parnell be asked to be present.


Complaints that gangers on relief work were "loafing on the job" were made by councillors at Warringah Shire Council last night, when it was decided to suspend one ganger.

Referring to Kitchener Park, Councillor Austin said that the work of clearing it for a vigoro ground should have been done for £10, but £43 had been spent on It, and it was not finished. COMPLAINT BY SHIRE COUNCILLORS (1933, December 5). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from

February 12th, 1934: ORDERS OFTHE DAY: 1...Bayview & Pittwater Recreation Club's request that application for funding from the Building Relief Committee for the erection of a Clubhouse on Bayview Park. Resolved, - That the Club's attention be drawn to necessity for supplying full plans, working drawings and specifications,  and it be asked to furnish the Council with names of the people who will guarantee the repayment of the whole cost. (Crs. Hughes, Hitchcock) 2. Mona Vale Vigoro Club's letter to last meeting re ground on Kitchener Park; Consideration was deferred until  next meeting on the recommendation of the President. Black Swamp Reserve Extension - Salvation Army Black Swamp solicitors, letter (deferred from previous meeting-s Reserve Consideration was again deferred till' next meeting) Extension recommendation of the President. . . 

March 26th, 1934: Mona Vale Vigoro Club, 14/3/34, further re proposed vigoro ground on Kitchener Park, stating if Council is prepared to fill in the shallow places to make the surface more even and let the area for the playing season at a nominal charge to the Club, the Club is prepared to bear the full cost of material and labour for putting down a vigoro pitch: Resolved, - That the request be granted.

The Warringah Shire Meeting held on May 7th, 1934 records: Mona Vale Vigoro Club, 30/4/34, requesting Council to proceed with the levelling of the vigoro ground, as the Club has sufficient funds in hand to lay the concrete pitch. Kitchener park.  Referred to the Overseer for report.

A subsequent item in the Warringah Shire Council Minutes records that Relief Workers were clearing the grounds at Kitchener Park, at a cost of around £10 to Council and the Vigoro Club, and had been observed by Councillor Hitchcock as slacking off, hence the offer by the members of the Mona Vale Vigoro Club was welcomed, especially during an era when the Council had little or no money to expend on works. 

August 27th, 1934: Mona Vale Progress Assoc., 19/8/34, requesting the erection of a flag-pole at Mona Vale Park be expedited (b) that a shelter shed be created for Kitchener Park for Vigoro Club. Resolved, - That the association be informed the council has no money available for the purpose, but that has no objection to the association carrying out the work 

March 5th, 1935: Mona Vale Progress Assoc.', 25/2/35, requesting (a) that seats be placed in Kitchener Park; (b) that the Main Roads Board be again requested to recondition the portion of the main road in front of Renwick's Garage, Pittwater Hall, and Stacey's garage. Council's decisions:- (a) consideration deferred; (b) the Association to be informed of the representations made by the Council to the Main Roads Department. 

July 23rd, 1935:  Warriewood Cricket Club, 16/7/35., applying for the use of  Kitchener Park, Mona Vale, for a-cricket ground during the coming cricket season. Resolved, — That they be granted the  use of the ground for the ensuing season on the same terms as Mona Vale Cricket Club is granted the use of the Mona Vale Park  ground. (Crs. Austin, Hewitt)

February 11th, 1936:   The following questions were submitted without notice by the Councillors named, and were replied to by the President in the affirmative, unless otherwise stated. By Cr. Austin - Would you instruct that two or three relief men be put on for the remainder of the week on Kitchener Park to improve the ground for the Warriewood Cricket Club

'Mona Vale road view to MV'; May 5th 1938, NSW State Records and Archives, Item: FL3615038 

Cattle grazing at Pittwater from The Sydney Mail, 28 December 1938 page 12 Pittwater: (1938, December 28). Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 12. Retrieved from

Changes in uses of the lands required gazettal and updates to be officially published:


WHEREAS by notifications published in the New South Wales Governments Gazettes of 18th May, 1910 and 20th November, 1912, the lands described in the Schedule hereto were, in pursuance of the provisions of the 28th section of the Crown Lands Consolidation Act, 1913, notified for the -purpose of Public Recreation, and whereas the Warringah Shire Council is the present trustee of the said land, and whereas it is desired to vest the said land in the said trustee in accordance with the provisions of section 3 of the Public Trusts Act, 1897, as hereinafter mentioned: Now, therefore, I, Lieutenant-General Sir John Northcott, Governor of the State of New South Wales, with the advice of the Executive Council, do, by this notice vest the said lands described in the Schedule hereto in the Warringah Shire Council and its successor as trustee for an estate in fee simple to hold for the purpose of Public Recreation, subject to the conditions and provisos and with the powers following: Provided that the said estate shall immediately cease and determine upon the revocation of the whole or any parts of the said reservations so far as regards the lands comprised in such revocations. Provided also that the said trustee shall not be capable of alienating, charging or in any way disposing of the said lands or any parts thereof except in the manner following, that is to say: The said trustee shall have power, subject to the written consent of the Minister for Lands being first had and obtained, to lease the whole or any parts of the said lands at such rent for such purposes during such term and subject to such provisions and conditions as the said Minister in writing approves, and subject to any statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations now or hereafter made and relating to the management and control of the said lands: Provided, lastly, that every lease shall contain a proviso that it shall cease and determine immediately upon the revocation of the whole or any parts of the said reservations so far as regard the lands comprised in such revocations.


Land District—Metropolitan ; Shire—Warringah.

County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, village of Turimetta, area about 11 acres 26 perches, Reserve 48,328 from sale for Public Recreation notified 20th November, 1912being the land bounded by Golf-avenue, R. 72,164, for Baby Clinic and Public Hall, notified 31st January, 1947, Barrenjoey-road, Kitchener Park and Beeby Park.

County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, within suburban Lands of Turimetta, area 62 acres 2 roods 11 perches, Reserve 45,244 from sale for Public Recreation, notified 18th May, 1910, known as Beeby Park and being the land bounded by portion 17, section 11, end of road, section 12, road, Kitchener Park, end of road, portions 53, 10 and 13 and the high water mark of the South Pacific Ocean. P. 55-8,795.

Signed and sealed at Sydney, this 27th day of July, 1956.

J. NORTHCOTT, Governor. By His Excellency's Command, ROGER NOTT, Minister for Lands. (7688) GOD SAVE THE QUEEN! NOTICE VESTING LANDS IN TRUSTEES UNDER THE PUBLIC TRUSTS ACT, 1897. (1956, September 7). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 2607. Retrieved from

Kitchener Park: good sports - all sports + Guides and Scouts too

At the Turimetta 'Village Green' park section, today known as Mona Vale Park alongside the library and public meeting hall, officially opened as such in 1904, the main sports then were tennis and cricket, with early photographs showing the placement of the same. People would also gather here for musical events and a grandstand that was later moved into Kitchener Park.


The official opening of a new stand for the Warringah Shire Band took place on Saturday afternoon. The rotunda is situated in the park at Mona Vale, where the Ceremony was held, in the presence of a representative gathering. The first annual banquet in honor of the band was held at the Rock Lily Hotel at night, and was a great success. WARRINGAH SHIRE BAND. (1910, November 15). Evening News(Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 7. Retrieved from 

The Warringah Shire Band will play tomorrow afternoon at 3.10 on the rotunda, Mona Vale. A collection will be made for the Manly Cottage Hospital. Shipping. (1911, October 28). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 16. Retrieved from 

from Warringah Shire Records;
18/11/1918: 21. P. Austin Hon. Sec. Patriotic Committee, Mona Vale Band Stand, suggesting that the band stand be moved from Kitchener Park  to Cannon  Park, Mona ValeReferred to the Engineer for report and estimate. 22. Mrs. K. M. Roche28/10/18, re cutting down of ornamental trees at Bayview Referred to the Engineer.

Manly.—A warrant has been issued by the Manly Police Bench for the arrest of William Took (correct name supposed to be Alfred Bowden), charged with stealing a baritone, value £4, the property of John Duffy and others, trustees of the Warringah Shire Band, at Mona Vale, on or about 22nd November 1910. Offender is about 22 years of age, 5 feet 3 inches high, sturdy build, dark complexion, brown hair- clean shaved, broken nose, “A.B.” tatooed on one arm has a white coat with yellow facings in his possession an ex-Sobraon boy; may have a white flannel shirt with his Sobraon number on it; usually plays an instrument in circus bands. Can be identified. Complainant, William Johns, Mona Vale. Offences not otherwise described. (1911, February 1). New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 - 1930), p. 50. Retrieved from 


Spectators standing in front of bandstand at School picnic and sports day held in Kitchener Park, 1912. Courtesy Olga Johnson and Mona Vale Library Local History Unit.

The Briquet - Hewitt Lands

Leon Houreux, who commenced the Rock Lily Hotel in 1885, passed away on April 27th, 1907. His daughter Leontine, who had come to Sydney and married Auguste Briquet  on May 28th, 1906, inherited his properties. The Rock Lily was and remains opposite the present day Mona Vale bowling club and backed onto the Black Swamp Reserve and current day southern end of the Mona Vale Golf Course.

Photos taken by Norman and Lionel Lindsay as 'Rock Lily Toughs and their tarts' State Library of NSW Album: Portraits of Norman and Lionel Lindsay, family and friends, ca. 1900-1912 / photographed chiefly by Lionel Lindsay, show some people photographed at the beach end side of this location and may be associated with a house named 'St. Helena' that was built on the northern side of present day Golf Avenue, then called 'Allen street'. These images give us an insight into the landscape one the eastern most side of the Black Swamp Reserve: 

When he passed away the licence was transferred from his daughter, who inherited his wealth, and debts, to her husband:

Rocklily Hotel, Rock Lily, Manly, from Leontine J. Briquet -adminstratix of Houreux Leon, to Auguste Briquet; HOTELS CHANGE HANDS. (1907, September 28). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 5. Retrieved from

When Justine Briquet began bringing her inherited holdings, from her father Leon Houreux, under the Real Property Act the extent of the land her father held becomes apparent. Briquet lands ex-Houreux as listed in the NSW Land Registry Services Historical Land Record Viewer ( HLRV) list the Volume and Folios of these as:


1. THE ROCKLILY HOTEL, A WELL-KNON HOLIDAY HOUSE, standing In its own grounds, having frontage of 170 feet to the PITTWATER-ROAD, and 205 feet to VINEYARD STREET, also the Recreation Reserve opposite, having 112 feet frontage to the PITTWATER-ROAD, with an average depth of 276 feet, situated close to the junction of BAY VIEW and NEWPORT ROADS. The House Is built of brick, on brick foundation, with verandah In front, and wide verandah and grape trellis at side, and containing hall, bar, 2 dining rooms, 4 private dining rooms, sitting room, parlour, servants' dining room, 5 bedrooms,  servants' bedrooms, store room, 2 lavatories, kitchen, wash- house, cellar in basement, detached bathroom.

The grounds opposite Rock Lily Hotel - circa 1901-1907 - August Briquet is the gentleman standing beneath the tree

Rock Lily Hotel of Leon Houreux from album, Box 14: Royal Australian Historical Society : photonegatives, ca. 1900-1925, courtesy state Library of NSW

IMMEDIATE POSSESSION. The LICENSE and GOODWILL go with the Property. THE TRAFFIC to and from Pittwater at WEEK ENDS and during the HOLIDAY SEASON is very CONSIDERABLE, and as the drive from Manly is comfortably- undertaken by MOTOR OMNIBUS or by UP TO DATE  COACHES, MANY VISITORS are ATTRACTED to the DISTRICT. As a SEASIDE RESORT in the hands of an ENERGETIC MAN the ROCKLILY HOTEL might be made one of the FIRST SEASIDE HOUSES north of Sydney.

2. EXTENSIVE COACHING STABLES, occupied by Messrs. Cooper and Co., Coach Proprietors. They comprise stable (24 stalls), coach Houses, workshops, blacksmith' forge, shelter sheds, feed rooms, etc. . THE LAND about on to the hotel site, and has 324 feet frontage to VINEYARD-STREET, with a depth of 160 feet

NEWPORT. A WATERSIDE PROPERTY, comprising Lots 4 to 7, Section E, Newport Township, having 264 feet frontage to BEACONSFIELD-STREET, with a depth of over 200 feet, extending to the WATERS of PITTWATER, together with the weatherboard COTTAGE and UNFINISHED STONE RESIDENCE thereon. By Order of the Executrix of the late LEON HOUREAUX.

RICHARDSON and WRENCH, Ltd., will sell by auction at the Rooms, Pitt-street, on FRIDAY, 27th SEPTEMBER, at II o'clock, The above attractive properties at PITTWATER. E. TREVOR JONES, 5 Bond-street, is Solicitor to the Estate. Full particulars In future issue. (3289 - BY ORDER OF THE EXECUTORS ESTATE LATE Advertising. (1907, September 7). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 25. Retrieved from

Guy Jennings in his book ‘A History of Newport’ reports this two storey stone house to the left in picture was never finished and became a playground for children. Fence opposite is that of Newport Public School. The unfinished house described above, soon after Mr Houreax's passing and offered for sale, and that in this photograph, seem very alike. Scrutiny of early Land Maps also points to this structure.

'Newport Road' - ca. 1900-1910, Image No.: a116490h, courtesy State Library of NSW.

Bungan/ Newport ridge view over Newport, circa 1906/07 - shows the landscape as well as Houreaux Newport stone building, courtesy National Library of Australia

Voluntary sequestration is a legal process by which you are declared insolvent by an order of the High Court and your debts are (in layman's terms) written off. The Estate, 

VOLUNTARY SEQUESTRATIONS- The estate of Leon Houreux, late of Rocklily, Pittwater, near Manly, hotel-keeper, deceased- on the petition of Leontine Justine Briquet, of Rocklily, Pittwater. Mr. W. H. Palmer, official assignee. LAW REPORT. (1908, January 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from 

Soon after her father passed away a court decided to take the licence off the new owners:


The Local Option Court (Judge Backhouse and Messrs. Smithers and Macfarlane, S.Ms. decided this morning to reduce the hotel licences in the Middle Harbour electorate to two, and ordered the cessation of the licences held by James M'Taggart, of the Aquarium Hotel, Corso, Manly, and by A. Briquet, of the Rocklily Hotel, on the Pittwater-road. Four wine licences were also cancelled. LOCAL OPTION (1908, March 18). The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909), p. 1. Retrieved from

There is no doubt this impacted on the business and required the selling off of some properties. When Justine Briquet began bringing her inherited holdings, from her father Leon Houreux, under the Real Property Act the extent of the land her father held becomes apparent. Not only did he acquire lots of land at Newport and around the Rock Lily Hotel, including opposite, but also on then Allen street, current day Golf Avenue in Mona Vale, where a building called 'St. Helena' was also erected. 

Not only did he acquire lots of land at Newport and around the Rock Lily Hotel, including opposite, but also on then Allen street, current day Golf Avenue in Mona Vale, where a building called 'St. Helena' was also erected:

No. 16,855. APPLICANT :—Justine Leontine Briquet, Rocklily. LAND:—County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, shire Warringah, 2 acres, 2 roods, 2 acres 3 roods 1/4 perch, 9 acres 3 roods, on Bay View Road, in Darley and Allen streetsand on South Pacific Ocean, near Pittwater,—lots 3 and 14 to 17, section 1, lots 16 to 36, section 2, Mona Vale Estate, and part 700 acres (portion 17 of parish) granted to Robert Campbell; adjoining properties of F. Ball, Trustees Church of England, and J. T. Hewitt. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1910, December 21). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 6886. Retrieved from

Briquet's Subdivision - Mona Vale - Pittwater - Mona St, Bay View Rd, Pittwater Rd, Allen St, Darley St, 1911. Item No.: c046820059 - shows position of band stand in the park, the Roman Catholic Church on the corner and also 'St Helena' at the rear of Lots 28 and 29 in then 'Allen' street, soon to be renamed Golf Avenue

The advertisement for this subdivision provides a brief description of 'St. Helena' and attributes ownership to the gentleman she married on May 28th 1906, Auguste Briquet, a year before her father passed away on April 27th, 1907:


Briquet's, subdivision.
33 LOTS, including absolute OCEAN BEACH FRONTAGE,
"ST. HELENA," Mr. Briquet's Residence, with land 105 feet x 231 feet (Lots 28 and 29), fronting ALLEN-STREET, a splendid Cottage, of W.B., iron roof, 7 rooms, verandah, and kitchen, cellars. 
THIS ESTATE, COMMANDING a magnificent and unsurpassed view, and situate about 2 minutes' walk from the Junction of Bay View, Newport, Gordon, and Pittwater Roads, 3 minutes to Post Office, Public School, and "Rock Lily Motel," adjoining the vast Government Reserve and Lake on one side, and Brock's Mansion on the other. „
"MONA VALE BEACH," between 1 and 2 miles long, can easily compare with the best Beaches in Australia, and the Fisherman and Surf Bather can indulge here at leisure.
ONLY 18  CHOICE BUSINESS AND BUILDING SITES, on the main Bay View-road, 5 minutes' walk to Pittwater Bay and Ocean Beach, and just past the "Rock Lily Hotel.’’
TERMS FOR THE LAND: 10 per cent, dep., bal. 3 years at 5 per cent. . . 1
HARDIE and GORMAN, Auctioneers, 133 Pitt-street.
 Advertising (1910, December 17). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 8. Retrieved from 

Volume 2195 - Folio 182, for the above Lithograph showing the Lots and different numbered Sections, provides the sales of these lots and includes those lots sold to family names that became synonymous with  the early years of the Mona Vale Golf Club - the Austin family, for instance:

Vol- Fol: 2265-185, for the Allen Avenue/Golf Avenue lots shows part of Lot 29 and part of Lot 28 sold to Florence Auburn Lodge, wife of Harold Lodge of Gordon, Gentleman, on October 8th, 1918 and July 23rd 1919 respectively - these were the lots on which St. Helena had been built, although it looks as though the building was at the back of these and Mrs. Lodge purchased the front sections. This may have been because the Briquets continued to use St Helena as their home or that it was used, alike the Rock Lily, as a place where others could stay as either a boarding house or a summer rental - with the nearby La Corniche:

The lady purchaser passed away in 1938 and her family then sold one of the Mona Vale holdings to Essie May Oliver, Spinster of Mona Vale, while the other lot went to Oliver Moreton Lodge of Tumut, Grocer and Robert Irving Newton of Sydney, Accountant, who would be one of her sons and her adopted son. The change of registered ownership also shows a section of Lot 28 that would have been used to access the back parts of Lots 28 and 29 where 'St Helena' was:

LODGE.—July 7, 1938, at Mount Pleasant, Mona Vale, Florence Auburn, wife of Harold Lodge. Family Notices (1938, July 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from


An estate valued at £62.925 has been left by Mrs. Florence Auburn Lodge, of Mona Vale, who died on July 7, aged 68. Subject to a number of minor bequests and a life interest to her husband, the principal beneficiaries are the testator's sons and her adopted son. ESTATE WORTH £62,925 (1938, August 26). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 1 (LATE FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from

The rear of Lots 28 and 29, on which the premises was situated, were sold to Henrietta Margaret Jane Hill on February 8th, 1921, with Justine Briquet acting as Mortgage holder for her:

Henrietta Margaret Jane Hill, nee Lister, was born July 4th 1881 at Petersham, Sydney and passed away February 2nd 1924 at Manly. 

HILL.—February 2, 1924, suddenly, at her residence, 2 Alton Flats, Wentworth-street, Manly, Henrietta Margaret, dearly beloved wife of William Wilson Hill, of Manly and Mona Vale, age 42 years. Family Notices (1924, February 3). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from


Mrs. W. W. Hill, wife of the general organiser of the Olympic Fund Appeal in N.S.W., and a well known figure in the sporting life of the State, died suddenly yesterday afternoon at her residence at Manly. The funeral will leave. T. Waugh and Co's. parlor, 92 The Corso, Manly, at 10.30 a.m. to-morrow for the Church of England cemetery, Manly. MRS. W. W. HILL DEAD (1924, February 3). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from



The funeral of Mrs. W. W. Hill took place at Manly Cemetery, Church of England section, yesterday morning. The Rev. C. R. Kessop officiated. The chief mourners were the husband and eldest son, while other relatives present were Messrs. W. P. Lister, A. C. W. Hill, R. D. Hill, A. S. Lister, J. Lister, T. Lister, H. Lister, A. Croker, T. Croker, W. Croker, S. H. Lister, H. J. Lyster, H. A Swinney. There were also present Messrs. H. P. Poulton, J. R. Henderson, J. McMahon, F. G. Underwood, H. D. Wood, W J. Harris;, E. W. Richards, W. T. Kerr, V. Horniman, J. S. Lord, J. G. Hicks, R. W. a Weaver, M.L.A., H. Austin, E. S. Thorne O. S. Merrett, F. Williams, H. Hay, R. Hudson, J. G. Blackwood, H. E. Hewitt, J. W. Austin, F. Lane, R. Miller, R. 0 Martin, P. Heyland, E. S. Thorne, F. Lugsden, H. R. Miller, 0. Graham. H. R. Baird, J. Davoren, W. R. Gallagher, F. Howe, F. T. Huthnapco,  O. Humphreys, H. Rogan, T. Carroll, J. J. Sides, L. Sides, and S. Eve. OBITUARY. (1924, February 5). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from

Henrietta's Mother was Henrietta Matilda nee Leahy,  her Father Thomas Proctor Lister;


There passed away early this morning a well-known citizen, Mr. Thomas Proctor Lister, J.P., and an alderman for many years for the Victoria Ward, North Sydney. Mr. Lister was a Yorkshireman, and arrived in Sydney in the early sixties. For thirty years he held an auctioneer's licence, and was in much repute as a "wielder of the hammer." He had been ailing for some time past, and his death, which took place at his residence, Hillside, Lavender-street, North Sydney, is attributed to heart failure. He leaves a widow and seven children — four sons and three daughters. Mr. Lister was a brother of the well-known auctioneer of Pitt-street, Mr. John Proctor Lister. DEATH OF MR. T. P. LISTER (1903, April 3). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 4. Retrieved from

Death. LISTER. — At his late residence, "Hillside," Lavender-street, North Sydney, Alderman Thomas Proctor Lister, J.P., of Long Preston, Yorkshire, In his 61st year. Family Notices (1903, April 3). The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909), p. 5. Retrieved from

LISTER— The Funeral of the late ALDERMAN THOMAS PROCTOR LISTER, J.P., will leave his late- residence, "Hillside," Lavender-street, Lavender Bay, North Sydney. TO-MORROW (Saturday) AFTERNOON, at 3 o'clock, for Church of England Cemetery, Gore Hill. WOOD and COMPANY, Funeral Directors, Sydney and Suburbs. . Tel. 720. Family Notices (1903, April 3). The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909), p. 4. Retrieved from

In 1907 Henrietta had married William Wilson Hill. 

William Wilson Hill was born in August 11th 1882 in Ryde, Sydney, a son of Peter C Hill, a successful Builder (Stonemason), and Isabella (Wilson) Hill. He was a brother of Nellie Mary Hill, Frank Selwyn Hill, Walter Hill, George Thomas Hill, Arthur Culmer W Hill, Ralph B Hill, Harold Septimus Hill and Edwin Charles O Hill.

The Children of the union between William and Henrietta Hill:
Lister Wilson Hill 1908 - 1968
Iris Isabella Hill 1909 - 1951
Nellie Culmer Hill 1910 - Unknown
Peter Proctor Hill 1912 - 1982
Alice Henrietta Hill 1914 - Unknown
Eileen Margaret Hill 1916 - Unknown

Her husband, William Wilson Hill, with whom she had had four daughters and two sons, held on to the property and discharged the mortgage, by then to the Commonwealth Bank, in 1941. 

Mr. Hill is known as a foundation member of the Mona Vale SLSC and acted as its second President from 1924, and would also become President of the Mona Vale Golf Club. His contribution to Australian sport was much more than what is obvious though, and some inkling of why Hawaiian champion swimmers visited Mona Vale pool in 1933 becomes more obvious in what the newspapers of then recorded - including that his other family members were also strong in the sports arena:


The well-known inter-State Rugby forward, who has been appointed secretary of the New South Wales Rugby Union, in succession to Mr. H. C. Holden. MR. W. W. HILL (1906, November 4). The Sunday Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1903 - 1910), p. 15. Retrieved from

NSW 1907 'Waratahs' Team. Image from Davis sporting collection part I : rugby union, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Item: SLNSW_FL970782



Last year Mr. W. W. Hill retired from the position of secretary to the New South Wales and Metropolitan Rugby Unions, owing to pressure of business, and he now finds that owing to an increased demand on his time he must relinquish his sporting activities.

When Mr. Hill resigned from the Rugby Union the Herald published some details of his career more particularly as a footballer. In 1910 Mr Hill was recognised as the best forward in the State. Although a tall heavy man had weight did not detract from his brilliancy In the open. During his 12 years as secretary he organised tours to and from all the Rugby countries including those of the famous Wallabies to England, France and America; the ''Waratahs'' to America and the big International carnival held in Sydney In 1910.

In 1913 Mr Hill accepted an invitation by the Leland Stanford and Californian universities to go to America to referee the annual match. He was also asked to referee the game between Scotland and France in Paris in 1912.

Mr Hill has held every office in swimming  from hon. secretary to vice president. He organised and formed the Australian Swimming Union In 1908. Always the moving spirit in big movements he was mainly responsible for the visits to Australia of Kahanamoku and Norman Ross and for the despatch to Europe of the late Barney Keiran and Cecil Healy and others and also the Olympic team 1906, 1909, 1912 and 1920. For the 1920 Olympic games he acted as hon. secretary of the fund for which over £5000 was raised.

Mr Hill will be presented with a richly embellished illuminated address at the Natation Day dinner on October 1 by the amateur bodies. MR. W. W. HILL. (1920, September 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from

The president of the Mona Vale Club is Mr. F. C. V. Lane, formerly one of the most distinguished swimmers. The secretary is Mr. J. G. Blackwood, of Starkey and Starkey, York-street, and the treasurer Mr. L. Grant, of Mona Vale. "HE'S DEAD" (1923, February 25). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 3. Retrieved from


At its first annual meeting, last Sunday, Messrs. C. D. Paterson, R. D. Doyle, D. D. Mclntyre, O. G. H. Merrett, L. A. Ellison, and E. Reeve, representing the S.L.S A.  were the guests of Mona Vale Club. 

The outstanding incident of the year was the work of Mr. A. W. Slater, in resuscitating a little boy named Thomas, who had been taken from the water apparently lifeless. Eighteen members gained surf bronze medallion awards, and two passed the hon. instructor's test 


Jock Blackwood and his enthusiastic henchmen of Mona Vale have placed W. W. (Billy) Hill's neck in the collar once again by electing him president. W.W.H. had many years of unremitting and excellent work as hon. secretary of the N.S.W.A.A.A. and Australian Swimming Union, the Olympic Games Fund, and 15 years secretary of the N.S.W. Rugby Union. Some few years back he retired. Mona Vale are to be congratulated on getting him back. W.W.H. was one of the finest water polo players of his day, represented N.S.W. at Union Rugby, and was Newtown District Cricket Club's Aunt Sally for some time. In 1912 and 1913 he accepted invitations to referee the annual Rugby Union match between two American Universities in California, involving a return trip of 14,000 miles. One of the best administrators amateur sport has known, Billy Hill will be a great asset to Mona Vale Surf Club. SURF DOINGS (1923, October 26). Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1916 - 1933), p. 13. Retrieved from


Mr. J. G. Blackwood, the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union forward, and hooker for the State team In New Zealand recently, is in charge of the surf club's affairs at Mona Vale. Mr. W. W. Hill, of Rugby Union fame, has become president of this club, and his first official motion has been the creation of a swimming as well as a surfing club . The recent conference between the surfing and swimming authorities has borne good fruit. Consequently, in order to compete for a trophy donated by Mr. Hill, the Mona Vale surfers will also form a nucleus of the Mona Vale Swimming Club. Ex-champion F. C. V. Lane Is a resident of this district, which is likely to produce some able swimmers. SWIMMING (1923, October 30). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from


Following members of the Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club have passed the test for the surf bronze medallion: — E. W. Browne, N. Wilmott, J. Hughes, B. Russell. C. Baldwin, L. Grant and L. Hill. The Instructor's certificate was awarded to J. Williams. Seventeen members of the Infant club are now qualified life-savers. MONA VALE PROGRESSING. (1924, March 1). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 16. Retrieved from

1924 Senior Drill Team. MVSLSC photo

MONA VALE. — Erection of club house; Esplin and Mould, 85 Pitt Street. TENDERS CALLED (1924, March 12). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 3. Retrieved from 


Next Sunday the Mona Vale Surf Life saving Club will hold its second annual meeting, and the new premises of the club will be officially opened. This club is in its infancy, yet it is already in possession of a club-house, which cost £500 to erect, exclusive of painting, which was carried out by the members themselves. It is under the able management of Mr. W. W. Hill, as president, and Mr. J. G. Blackwood (the well-known Rugby Union footballer), hon, secretary and captain. Mona Vale Beach was well protected by the club during the year, and six rescues were effected with line and belt, and a number without. There were no fatalities, Mr. J. H. Williams gained the Instructor's certificate, and Messrs B. Russell, N. Willimott, 15. W. Brewer, L. E. Grant, J. Hughes. C. Baldwin, L. Hill, and S. Perry were awarded the bronze medallions of the Surf Life-saving Association. THE SURF (1924, November 3 - Monday). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 9. Retrieved from


Frank Kurtz and Malola Kallil were the guests of Mr. W. W. Hill and the Mona Vale-Alumni Surf Life Saving Club at Mona Vale Beach yesterday. Mr. Hill, who was the foundation secretary of the Australian Swimming Union, entertained the two famous Americans. Mr. J. Dexter, chairman of the council, Mr. D. Hellmrich, Hon. secretary, and several members of the executive of the Amateur Swimming Association, were also present.

Kallil gave a demonstration of surfboard riding, but found the choppy sea a trifle strange. However, he performed skilfully, and also gave an exhibition of freestyle and backstroke swimming in the Mona Vale rock baths. He caused Interest and amusement by his Imitations of J. Weissmuller and other famous swimmers with whom he has come In contact In other parts of the world. SURF LIFE-SAVING. (1933, March 6). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from

Malola Kallill (U.S.A.), and Phil Hooper (Randwick and Coogee) in a happy pose immediately after the former had defeated the Sydney swimmer in the 100 yards international invitation scratch race. Kallil's time of 54sec established a new Australian record. Glimpses of Australian Sport and Sportsmen (1933, March 1). Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), , p. 18. Retrieved from

William Wilson Hill passed away in 1964. However, the property was sold on April 14th 1960 to a Donald Leslie Clark of Coogee, whose occupation was listed as 'Company Director'. From 1966 the property went through the hands of a few 'Pty :Ltd.' companies and is today the site of multi-storey apartments.

IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Jurisdiction.—Re will of WILLIAM WILSON HILL, late of Kirribilli, near Sydney, in the State of New South Wales, company director, deceased.—Probate granted by the Supreme Court of New South Wales on 14th April, 1964.—Pursuant to the Wills, Probate and Administration Act, 1898-1954, Testator's Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act, 19161954, and Trustee Act, 1925-1942, Arthur Culmer Wilson Hill and Peter Proctor Hill, the executors of the will of the said William Wilson Hill, who died on 19th February, 1964, hereby give notice that creditors and others having any claim against or to the estate of the said deceased are required to send particulars of their claims to the said executors, at the undermentioned address, on or before the 26th June, 1964, at the expiration of which time the said executors will distribute the assets, having regard only to the claims of which they then have notice.—Dated the 20th day of April, 1964. HILL, THOMSON & SULLIVAN, Proctors for Executors, Dalton House, 115 Pitt-street, Sydney. 6800—£1 12s. 6d.IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Jurisdiction.—Re will of WILLIAM WILSON HILL, late of (1964, April 24). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1339. Retrieved from

The Mona Vale Golf Club History book provides:

In the same year (1955) the W.W. Hill Summer Trophy was introduced to commemorate the stalwart support given by him since the Club’s inception. The trophy was a clock mounted on cedar, with an aboriginal motif reminiscent of the first Club Championship which was won by Mr Hill at a time when players supposedly dodged boomerangs, nulla-nullas and spears hurled at them during the course of play. Mr. Hill, a prominent businessman was chairman of the Sydney Turf Club, President of the NSW Rugby Union Association and President of the NSW Swimming Association.



The following is the result of the first round of the Glendon Cup, played during the week-end at Mona Vale:

J. Yewen, 86-18, 68; W. W. Hill, 88-20, 68: W. Burston, 88-20, 63; D. B. Young, 91-22, 63; J. T. Hewitt, 00-20, 70. GOLF. (1928, April 18). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20. Retrieved from

He became president at MVGC in 1934:

MONA VALE CLUB. (1934, March 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved from

The lands adjoining these were owned by John Thomas Hewitt, who was also bringing his land holdings under the Real Property Act:

No. 19,316. APPLICANT:—John Thomas Hewitt, Mona Vale. LAND -County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, shire Warringah, 2 acres 27 1/2 perches, 9 acres 8 perches, on Newport-road and in Mona, Allen, and Darley streets,—lots 36, 37, and 38, section 1; and lot 3, lots 8 to 15 inclusive, lots 37 to 48 inclusive, and part lot 2, section 2, Mona Vale Estate, and parts 700 acres (portion 17, parish), granted to Robert Campbell; adjoining properties of — Ackland, A. Kinghorn. — Bridge, G. Oliver, S. Howlett, Roman Catholic Church, J. L. Briquet, and S. E. Austin. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1915, April 28). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 2385. Retrieved from


APPLICATIONS having 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 30TH MARCH, 1917:—

No. 19,041. APPLICANT:— Justine Leontine Briquet, Mona Vale. LAND: — County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, shire Warringah, 6a. 27p. and 21 p., on Pittwater-road, — part lot 1, section A, Collingwood Estate, and part 115n. 2r, (portion 53, parish),granted to Thomas Collins; adjoining properties of Salvation Army, Cau and Schwartzcopf, and Crown Land. Advertising (1917, March 10). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved  from

The Church that Leon Built – social infrastructure

A simple wooden structure, in what is now Golf Avenue, the church that Leon seemed to have funded in part or whole, indicates despite all the tales of Rock Lily being a sometimes bawdy place, where burlesque queens were quite at home, he followed what many do when they have success and money - build a small church.

A larger structure, opened in 1933, has since been demolished. As has the Anglican church (St John's the Baptist)  that was built on Mona Vale headland, which was opened in 1871 and moved in 1888 to its present home on the road out to Bayview. Of the church that Mr Houreaux initiated: 

NEW CHURCH AT PITTWATER. A new brick church just completed at Pitt water will be a great advantage to the district, which promises to extend very rapidly, as the land is being taken up and new buildings are in course of erection. The church will be formally opened in the course of next month and dedicated to the Sacred Heart by the Very Rev. Monsignor Verdon, of St. Patrick's Seminary, Manly. It is chiefly to exertions of Monsieur Leon Houreux, of the Rock Lily Hotel, that the Catholics of the district are indebted for the privilege of having a church where they can assist at Mass and fulfil their religious duties. As there is still a heavy debt on the building it is hoped that further contributions will be forthcoming to help the promoters of this good work. The day fixed for the opening will be duly announced. NEW CHURCH AT PITTWATER. (1889, May 4). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 16. Retrieved from 

In the eighties, Pittwater was a place viewed at by the city folks at a long way past Manly somewhere in the bush. It is refreshing therefore to know that a new church was opened there in May by Monsignor Verdon, the first President of St. Patrick's College, Manly. The church was dedicated to the Sacred Heart. This was the twelfth church which was opened In the Archdiocese of Sydney during the twelve months. Previously Mass had been celebrated in Mrs. Collins' house at BayviewThe older generation will remember the name of Mr. Houreux, who was in charge of the Rock Lily Hotel at Bayview. The Journal mentions: 'To Mr. Horoux, of the Rock Lily Hotel, is due praise for his great energy in promoting the undertaking under many difficulties.' LOOKING BACKWARDS. (1933, September 14). Catholic Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1932 - 1942), p. 9. Retrieved from 

The new church at Mona Vale (on left of picture), with the old church beside itA New Church for Mona Vale. (1941, January 16). Catholic Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1932 - 1942), p. 20. Retrieved from 

A Daughter Arrives

Victoria's Public Records Office - Shipping Lists, records among unassisted (paid for themselves) passengers: 


Justine Leontine, sometimes named as Leontine Justine, was born in Paris. Her gravestone in Mona Vale Cemetry lists her date of birth as April 19th, 1873 meaning she was either 9 when her father came to Australia and 27 when she arrived in August of 1900.

Born in 1860, Auguste Briquet, described as an 'electrician of Mona Vale', won the lady's heart and they were married, around the time Leon appears to be getting quite ill - MARRIAGES BRIQUET-HOUREUX-May 28, 1906, at Sydney, by the Rev E Tremayne Dunstan, Auguste Briquet, to Leontine Houreux, daughter of Leon Houreux, of Rock Lily Hotel Pittwater. Family Notices. (1906, May 30). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from 

Mona Vale Golf Club 

The bulk of what was the Black Swamp camping grounds has been retained as an open green space through the work of the founding members of the Mona Vale Golf Club and all those who came after them and since. As part of Warringah Shire Council allowing this section of the reserve to become a golf course there was a requirement for membership to be 60% residents and when the course was formed, much of the labour work to fill in those spots that habitually flooded was carried out by volunteers from the club.

The beginnings of playing golf at Mona Vale can trace itself back to The Oaks/La Corniche and a small course set out and opened for the benefit of visitors and another version of a golf course set up in the old polo grounds by Arthur Rickard from 1910 when he acquired the lands and property:


This MAGNIFICENT and UNIQUE PROPERTY comprising about 114 acres, under TORRENS TITLE is situated 10 miles from MANLY, about 500 yards from the Rock Lily Hotel, on the main road to Pittwater and Newport, rendering it accessible from the city by either MOTOR CARS or COACH, has large FRONTAGES to DARLEY STREET, 'the PITT WATER-ROAD, BASSET STREET, and the PACIFIC OCEAN'! 

THE BUILDINGS specially designed for a RESIDENCE of a PERFECT SANATORIUM, with Cottages for families attached, of brick on concrete foundation with Mansard roof with promenade, contain imposing MAIN ENTRANCE and HALL, billiard-room, lounge, smoking-room, 25 bedrooms, extra large dining hall, 6 bathrooms, and most up-to-date domestic arrangements, and servants' quarters.

ADJOINING THE CLUB-HOUSE is a STUDIO MUSIC-ROOM, with artistic lead-light windows and ceilings. LARGE FERNERY. A Short Distance from the main building is an octagonal house of brick and wood, containing in the upper portion BALL-ROOM (12ft x 42ft), -with up-to-date arrangements in basement.

IN the GROUNDS are the THREE BRICK COTTAGES above referred to, also TWO OTHERS in course of construction, and on the far side of the grounds is a six-roomed W.B. Cottage, with tiled roof.

THE GROUNDS are tastefully laid out with ornamental shrubs, lawns, and statues in front of the CLUB-HOUSE, while an area of about 40 acres opposite has been made ready for SPORTING purposes. GOLF, POLO, CRICKET, FOOTBALL, LAWN TENNIS, etc, and a 6-furlong Racecourse.'

THE PROPERTY. DELIGHTFULLY SITUATED on the shores of the PACIFIC OCEAN, embraces large beach Frontage where SURF Bathing can be indulged in without risk. Added to other attractions there is a NATURAL FRESH WATER LAKE in the grounds, enhancing their beauty, and at the same time affording a PERMANENT WATER SUPPLY. '

CONSIDERING the rapid strides in Motoring as a means of transit, and the unrivalled position of the  health and holiday resort, there should be a great future FOR THE OAKS.

BATT, RODD, AND PURVES, LTD, have been instructed to sell the above by PUBLIC AUCTION, at their Rooms, 88 Pitt-street. Next TUESDAY, the 7th of MAY, at 11.30 a.m. MESSRs. Minter, Simpson and Co., solicitors for the MortgageeAdvertising. (1907, April 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 22. Retrieved from

The Brock Estate - 1907, inner page brochure, Item No.:  c046820077, Mona Vale Subdivisions, Courtesy State Library of NSW


The ceremony of opening the Mona Vale Hydro formerly known as Brocks Mansion Pittwater took place yesterday afternoon. The estate which has a frontage to the beach was recently acquired by Mr Arthur Rickard of this city and he has leased the house to Mr Fox as a hydro and the polo grounds as golf links.

Upwards of 80 people accepted invitations and in the unavoidable absence of the Minister  for Works the ceremony of opening the hydro was performed by Mrs Griffith.

A dinner presided over by Mr Arthur Rickard followed, among those present being Mrs Griffith, Mr G B Edwards MP and Mrs Edwards, Dr Arthur M L A mil Mrs Arthur, Mr E W Quirk (president of the Warringah Shire Council) Mr D Hogan (town clerk Manly) Mr P J Carew (Warringah Shire clerk) Mr J J Mulligan, Mr Jas. Rickard, Mr G Crowley, Mr J W Duesbury, Mr Robey, Mr G Morgan, Mr Scott Fell and Mr Robey.

Mr Quirk proposed the toast of the Federal and State Parliaments coupled with the names of Mr G P Edwards M P and Dr Arthur MLA both of whom responded.

Dr Arthur M L A submitted Success to the Hydro which was acknowledged by Mr Arthur Rickard (who said that the surfing beach on the estate was one of the safest in the State) and by Mr Fox the lessee. MONA VALE HYDRO. (1910, December 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from

From then on attracting people to the 'Mona Vale Hydro' was the goal and a golf links of nine holes was party of that:


.... Mr. F. W. Fox, who is a well-known gentleman, and has been long and honorably identified with city business life, and his good lady, Mrs. Foy (who has large and fashionable guest establishments at Neutral Bay), are to be complimented upon their enterprise in undertaking this venture, and deserve every possible success. For several years past, and particularly since surf-bathing became popular, the need has been felt of a really first-class accommodation house near the seashore. The hotels and boarding-houses at the beaches have proved, inadequate to accommodate, in the best style the great and growing number of families who desire to spend their summer vacation at the seaside. Taking a furnished cottage is the only other, alternative, and this has decided disadvantages. In the first place, the majority of people cannot afford a sufficiently long vacation to make it worth while. Again, the responsibility of house keeping greatly detracts from the pleasure of a holiday. Is it any wonder then that the question is asked again and again: "Where is there a really first-class place to stay, at the sea side, where one may enjoy every comfort and have absolute peace and quiet— a place equal to the resorts of Europe and America?" We now have the answer: in the Mona Vale Hydro. The building alone is a source of never-ending delight. It is as the pictures denote, a palatial structure, and an architectural triumph. The decorations, both externally and Internally, are extremely artistic, and a constant pleasure to the eye. This octagonal building is constructed of brick and wood. The upper portion contains a ballroom 42 x 42, with a specially-constructed floor. The main entrance hall is lavish, and the mansion contains, all beautifully designed, a -billiard-room, ladies' lounge, promenade roof, smoke-room, ballroom, and theatre. The dining hall, which, is about 36'x 72 feet, is very large, and Imposing. The sights of the building alone should prove a continual joy to those who are fortunate enough to secure apartments there. It is quite a pleasure to roam around the mansion with its great staircases, its stained glass windows, its huge columns, Its beautiful mantels, and the general ornateness of its spacious rooms. There are 25 bedrooms and six bathrooms in the main building, though there are adjacent cottages where there is more accommodation. One of these, for example, is extremely handsome with its tiled roof and its large crescent-shaped tiled verandah with bay windows on each side. The front door of this villa gives entrance to a very large reception room, and attached to the premises there is a studio and music saloon, built of brick, with large lead-light, windows and wood-panelled ceilings. Both from, the Mansion and the adjoining buildings glorious views are to be obtained. For miles the coast, broken into enchanting bays and coves, yields a panorama of great beauty, and the charming undulating character of the back country reveals some exquisite landscapes. Here, then, is delicious peacefulness and rest with nature smiling all around one. Everything has been done by Mr. Fox to ensure the comfort of his guests. He has arranged a cuisine of the highest standard; hot and cold baths are to be obtained in plenty; every room is handsomely furnished; there is a large motor garage and accessories.

The hydro is particularly well suited to business men who desire to get away from the city for a few weeks and recuperate their physical and mental faculties, or for country people who need a change at the seaside. No better place than this could be found for the enjoyment of all healthy natural pleasures. What was intended as a racecourse and polo ground now makes ideal golf links, and devotees of this sport could not be better provided for. 

As already pointed out, surf-bathing may be enjoyed with every degree of comfort and safety. There are also facilities for tennis and cricket, and plenty of good fishing may be obtained. The hydro is, therefore, not only a magnificent structure sumptuously furnished— it is the home site of all those pleasures that do most to make life worth living. A convenient motor service to and from Manly has been established, and the business man who must attend the city daily is thoroughly provided for in the time-table. For the benefit of the touring -motorist; equestrians, and others, Mr. Fox has arranged to cater for lunches, dinners, and afternoon teas, and can provide for parties or picnics of any description by previous notice.


WHERE TO SPEND THE WEEK END. (1910, December 25). The Sun : Sunday Edition (Sydney, NSW : 1910), p. 11. Retrieved from

Brock's Surf Beach Estate - Mona Vale - Manly - Waterview St, Grandview Parade, Rickard Road, placement of 'The Hydro' Building and Golf Club House and 'The Oakes' shown as well as land turned over for Golf Links. Beach still called Bongin Bongin Beach. Bathing Sheds shown., January 24th 1911 Auction on the grounds. Item No.: c046820029, from Mona Vale Subdivisions, courtesy State Library of New South

Entries for this first game of golf on this specially prepared Mona Vale Course, one for amateurs and another for professionals, were to be sent to Oscar O'Brien, who had won the amateur golf championship for two years in succession prior to this match and would win it again in 1911. Francis (Frank) Tertius O'Brien, born at Summer Hill in 1884, is named as the architect for these links and was the professional at the Killara course at that time. Frank is the brother of Oscar Hall O'Brien, born 1885 in Summer Hill - both brothers had had the benefit of learning from Soutar. Frank is worth noting as he was responsible for the layout of other courses as well - see under Extras. A gentleman, 'T. Black' is named as the greenkeeper:


The new course at Mona Vale will be opened on Saturday next, with open amateur and professional events. For amateurs there will be an open 18 holes stroke handicap for three trophies; while the professionals will compete in a scratch medal handicap, for substantial cash prizes. Entries, accompanied with club handicaps, close with O. H. O'Brien, 83 Pitt-street, not later than Wednesday next. OPENING AT MONA VALE. (1911, February 18 - Saturday). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 20. Retrieved from

Mona Vale Golf Links

Following is the draw for open amateur and professional 18 holes handicap, to be played on Saturday: -

W. S. Laidley v V. East, L.R.O. Sealy v Merrilees, Gordon Craig v Carnegie Clark, P.R. Russell v L. J. Osborne, E. Lehoneq v F. Amphlett, R. A. Crowther V F. Middows, F. O’Brien v T S Cheadle, N. C. Moses v D. G. Soutar, Horace Ireland v Fred. Alderson, D.S.K. Miller v J W Westgarth, A R Minter v O H O’Brien, M C Tilbury v E Scott Scott, F J Ewens v Dr. T S Kirkland, S J Douglass v J R Lawson, P Briz v W C Douglass, J Porious V C A Cowdery, J Clark v C J Gaut, H O Clissold v H A Clark, C W Bennett v M’William, P G Sharpe v R T Hilder, V G Fisher v J N Graham, J Z Huie v E R Jenkins, G Rankin v C A Fraser, W A Windeyer v J Donald.

Competitors may arrange their arrange their own times for starting, and are requested to bring their own caddies. A special drag will leave Manly wharf at 12 noon on Saturday, returning after play. 

Rule 4 of the special rules for stroke competitions has been suspended for the day. Additional entries will be received at the post.  MONA VALE GOLF LINKS. (1911, February 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from 

An open handicap for amateurs, 18 holes against bogey, will be played off today at Kensington, and an open competition for professionals and amateurs will also be disposed of at the new course at Mona Vale. GOLF GOSSIP (1911, February 25 - Saturday). The Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1896 - 1912), p. 7. Retrieved from 

As can be read below, apart from a few descriptions of the nine holes, a J Donald was the professional attached to the Manly club when these matches took place:

Under most delightful weather conditions, and in the presence of a large gathering of golfers, which included a good sprinkling of the fair sex, the new nine-hole course at Mona Vale was officially opened on Saturday. Several players went down the night before, and stayed at Fox's Hydro (most conveniently situated near the first tee) while a motor 'bus containing 16 took the early starters down next morning. The remainder, numbering about two score, found transit in a special coach and private cars. 

The motor 'bus arrived at the Hydro at 10.30 a.m., after experiencing two short stoppages. The first was at the golf club, where Messrs. W. A. Walton and A. L. Rotter had occasion to call for their clubs, etc. Here, in order to save time, a "sprint" prize of two whiskies was offered to the one who was first back at the car. The distance, roughly, was 200 yards, and the prize, was carried off by "Tiny," settling up being done on arrival at the Narrabeen Hotel.

As both belong to the heavyweight division the incident created much amusement. After Messrs, Rotter and Walton were re-seated the car proceeded on its way. Curl Curl and Brookvale were passed without incident, but when turning a corner approaching Narrabeen the car missed running a snake down by the narrowest of margins. It was at once pulled up, but the reptile was too slick, for notwithstanding a searching investigation by Messrs. Alderson and Osborne, made good its escape. The journey was again resumed, and nothing further occurred till the Hydro was reached, where Mr. Walton signed his name in the visitor's book and then all adjourned to the first tee. 

The Mona Vale course, considering the time it has been under construction (a little over seven weeks) was in remarkably good condition, and reflects great credit to F. T. O'Brien, the Killara professional, and T. Black, greenkeeper. The former supervised matters, while the latter carried the work out in a first-class manner. 

Sitting, on the verandah of the Hydro a beautiful outlook presents itself, for the links wearing a luxuriantly green appearance stretch below in a miniature valley, which runs to within a few yards of the sea beach. It is a fine sporting course, and contains several very good holes. The first hole takes a deal of playing, either with or against the wind, for it is situated on a peninsular, which is reached by a water carry of fully 149 yards. The fine expanse of water between the tee and the green acted as a great trap for balls on Saturday. However, those who plumped balls in did not lose them (if they were floaters), for a boy with a small canoe was stationed at the water's edge, and immediately a ball went in he made after it. 

The sixth (400 yards) is another good hole, severely bunkered round the green. The eighth is an interesting short hole of the bottle-neck variety, having bunkers both sides of the green, with just an opening facing the tee to admit of an accurately-pitched maahic shot going through. The turf all through is firm and good, and the greens, which at present are very true, are improving every day. 


The programme contained two competitions, i.e; an amateur 18-holes stroke handicap, and a scratch event for professionals. The former attracted an excellent entry, and the play exhibited by the low-mark men was especially good. The winning card, 85, 29—05, was furnished by a dark horse — E. R. Jenkins, of Manly. For a long-mark man his golf was an eye-opener, for he went out In 43, and home in 42, the total being made up by good steady golf. He is handicapped at Manly on 24, but, judging by his display of Saturday, I should say he has been treated far too generously, and could do with a substantial reduction. J. Z. Huie, 84, 13—71, and Fred. Alderson, 87, 16—71, divided honors for second place, and then followed L. R. Oswald Scaly (6) and A. R. Minter (10), with net 72. Sealy's card showed steady going, he went out in 38 and came home in 40, the second half being spoilt by sixes at the 12th and 14th. Next in order came W. S. L'tidley, 77, 4 — 73, and T. S. Cheadle, 78, 5—73. Both these young players exhibited fine form, the former securing the honor of best gross score. 

Laidley played attractive golf from the tees, and, as usual, made very few mistakes on the greens. His card read: — Out 3346 3 043 5—30 In 4 4 5 0 4 6 4 4 5-41 Cheadle's score read 39 both ways, and contained three three's and a two. 

For the professional event there was quite a representative entry. First prize was eventually carried off by the open champion, Carnegie Clark, who negotiated the round in the good figures of 75. Clark started well with a three and two fours, and kept up a steady run of play to the ninth, which he reached in 30. 

The sixth hole (400 yards) is worthy of special mention, for at this hole Clark notched a magnificent three. lie made a beautiful drive, and then placed a three-quarter deck a few yards from the pin, from which he holed a line putt. It was a brilliant piece of play, for this green is very difficult to approach, being almost an island. On the second nine he was a trifle too careful, with the result that he dropped one or two strokes, still he kept going steadily to the finish, and handed in a second nine of 39. His figures were:— Out 3 4 1 5 3 3 5 4 5-36 In 5 3 4 4 5 5 5 3 5-«39 

The outstanding features of his game were good driving and accurate approaching. 

D. G. Soutar and J. V. East tied with scores of 76. Soutar did the first nine in 36, and the second in 40. Dame Fortune was exceedingly unkind to him at the ninth, for at that hole after gelling what looked a perfect drive from the tee the ball could not be found, and had evidently sunk in the soft ground at this spot, or else lodged in the drain (from which one is allowed to pick out without penalty). As it was not definitely known that the ball was in the ditch, Soutar had no alternative but to go back, tee another ball, andd play three from the tee. One incident, therefore cost him two strokes, which was indeed unfortunate, for in the end he was only beaten for first prize by one. East played a nice, all-round game, going out in 39 and coming home in 37. It was a very hot match round, containing four threes and cue two. 

J. Donald occupied third place with a card of 78. The Manly professional after taking 14 for the first three holes, put in a brilliant run to the 12th, as follows:— 4, 2, 5, 3, 2, 0, 4, 3, 3— total, 32. Disaster, however, befell him at the 13th and 14lh, and in the end his completed round totalled 78. F. O'Brien followed with 81 and then came P. G. Merrilees 84. O'Brien's card was marred by a 9 at the 6th, where he found the water hazard and tried unsuccessfully to play out. The latter was hampered somewhat in having charge of the course arrangements. 

The opening wag an unqualified success, and I feel certain that the resort will quickly become a very popular one amongst golfers. Mr. Fox, at the Hydro, made everyone comfortable, and looked after the inside arrangements in his best manner, with the remit that the large gathering broke up well satisfied with their day's outing. 

On the same afternoon a meeting was held at the Hydro, and a local Golf Club formed, named the Pittwater District Club. The chair was occupied by Mr. J. Portus, who explained the financial position, and pointed out the great attraction the club would be to the district. Mr. P. T. Taylor was unanimously elected president, and Messrs. W. A, Windeyer, O. H. O'Brien, C. E. Cowdery. C. J. Grant, J. Portus, and Frank Middows as a committee to draw up rules, etc., and convene a meeting. Mr. C. W. Bennett was elected hon. secretary, but as he was unavoidably absent, and pending his acceptance of the position, the duties were undertaken by Mr. O'Brien. GOLF GOSSIP. (1911, March 1). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 17. Retrieved from

The use of this ground lapsed as the lots were further divided for sale, including the site of that original 9 hole course. 

However, as stated in a History of Mona Vale Golf Club, the present Mona Vale Golf Club began to take shape in 1920 when a grey-bearded Scot named McFarlane scratched out three fairways and greens on the old site adjacent to “La Corniche”. The History of Mona Vale Golf Club, a book produced for the 75th anniversary of this local institution, tells us:

History reveals that McFarlane was aided by a Miss Cameron, who with her mother ran a local boarding house where Mr McFarlane boarded. Using jam tins sunk in decent parts of the turf for holes and rocks to mark the teeing grounds they would play these holes together each afternoon, weather permitting. It is interesting to note that each was properly clad for golf in the custom of the time. Mr McFarlane wore “plus-fours” and Miss Cameron wore a tweed outfit.

It was not long before they attracted the interest of the local residents and the first to join them was E.H Hewitt, a bearded English gentleman known as ‘Skers’, short for ‘Whiskers’ swelling the membership to three. John Austin (later to become Sir John Austin) and Jock Blackwood both born in Mona Vale, also joined in, together with W.W. Hill, J.T. Hewitt (not related to ‘Skers’), Olympian swimmer Fred Lane and E. Hope-Caton, ‘mine host’ of the Rock Lily Inn. 

‘Skers’ Hewitt on the golf course

Visitors to “La Corniche” added to the playing numbers and it became necessary to relocate and extend as some of the fairways encroached on private land.

Kitchener Park, owned by the Commonwealth Defence Department and administered by the local Shire Council, was selected as the new site. To avoid clearing all the dense undergrowth J.T Hewitt allowed the players to use a paddock he owned on the north side of Allan Street (now Golf Avenue), for the first two holes. 

The 9-hole course was completed by voluntary labour in about 1925 when a greenkeeper was hired to maintain the couch greens and fairways with a small horse-drawn mower. A Constitution and Rules were prepared and an inaugural meeting held in October, 1927, to establish the Club with full course facilities. A tent substituted for a clubhouse.

When J.T-Hewitt decided to sell his land for building blocks further work was necessary to contain the entire course on the southern side of the street where it is located today.  Permission was obtained to remove an abandoned ambulance room from the junction of Pittwater and Barrenjoey Roads to set up on the course halfway along the street for use as a clubhouse. A verandah was built on and further additions made from time to time. No joining fee was required and annual subscription fees were set at three guineas for ratepayers and five guineas for non-ratepayers of Warringah Shire. Green fees were one shilling per round.

As a mark of respect for the many members who fought in the 1914-1918 war, an Ex-servicemen’s Association was inaugurated as a continuing privilege to all those serving the country. Associates elected a committee and affiliated with the N.S.W. Ladies Golf Union. Their competitions commenced in May 1930.

Registration of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Mona Vale Golf Club Limited, under the signatures of Messrs. V. H. Coghlan, H. E. Samuels, J. Collin, I. H. Marks, W. W. Hill, R. M. Pegler and J. W. Austin, is dated 16th July, 1931, and to complete formalities the Club affiliated with the Suburban and District Golf Association.

As a tribute to those who had given freely of their time and labour in the construction of the course it was resolved at a general meeting that they be designated Original Foundation Members.

About this time the Shire Council decided to drain the black swamp, an area of approximately 10 Hectares. ‘The Golf Club agreed to contribute part of the cost in return for a fifteen-year lease, rent free. The fairways over the swamp bed were laid out after consultation with the N.S.W. Agriculture Department. The soil was mainly composed of dried reeds forming peat, which also contained a heavy salt content, an indication that it was once a seabed. The Department advised using a mixture of lime and sulphate as fertiliser. From experimental plots laid down in various proportions, the most successful was spread over the dried swamp bed, resulting in lush, beautiful fairways. 

The Salvation Army, owners of the Jenkins’ Estate, embracing all the land east of Pittwater Road, south of Kitchener Park, offered to sell the Club a large package of land which included the area now occupied by Mona Vale District Hospital. Extension of the course to 18-holes would then have been possible, with a similar layout to the present one. However, during negotiations the Salvation Army insisted the land be burdened with a covenant which sought to prevent play and liquor sales on Sundays. Hence, the sale fell through.

In 1932 the Club ventured into the field of inter-club Pennants, the first match resulting in a loss to the Cammeray team. However, the indomitable spirit prevailed and in 1933 Mona Vale recorded its first victory against Dee Why, now Cromer. A Professionals’ Purse held in 1937 to inaugurate the extension of the course to par 72 for the two circuits of the course, attracted about fifty professionals; the winning round was 75. 

Drying up of the peat during a severe drought in 1938 caused extensive shrinkage with cracks up to a metre wide and four metres deep on many of the fairways. Golf balls vanished when they rolled into the cracks. Unlike the black soil plain in the Australian outback where cracks close up after rain, these remained open and had to be filled. The stalwarts came to the aid with some finance and enthusiastically filled the fissures with sand, tea-tree branches and other suitable materials, but cracking conditions continued for many years. Adding to the problem a peat fire broke out under the fairway near Kitchener Park and burned underground for more than a year undermining approximately two hectares, unquenched by a couple of local floods. Subsequently, when it threatened the then 5th fairway, it was subdued  by voluntary effort in digging out the peat to water level. The holes and hollows left in the peat area fairways were eventually filled and re-levelled with spoil obtained from enlargement of the lake during construction of the 18-hole layout.

In the early stages of World War 2 (1939-45) a resolution was passed suspending subscriptions for all members who enlisted in the armed services. This was later extended to include all members serving the country in every aspect.

The Defence Department exercised its right to the land and in 1941 set up a camp on the south-eastern corner of Kitchener Park, close to the course. Foreseeing the possibility of a Japanese invasion the army took over the course, installing barbed wire entanglements along the fairways adjacent to the beach.

A deep and wide tank trap consisting of thousands of power poles laced with steel railway tracks was also built and extended from Turimetta Head through the course to Mona Vale headland. Several  machine gun pits were established on the course and long-ranged gun emplacements erected in the hills nearby. The various north-side Voluntary Defence Corps, aiding in the work, helped increase the club’s bar sales considerably as the bar was a convenient place to conclude the day’s efforts. Later the clubhouse was also commandeered for use as administration offices and an Officer’s Mess for the  camp close to the course. In latter war years a Rehabilitation Centre was set up for servicemen recovering from war injuries.

Members not eligible for war service were determined to keep the Club viable. The barbed wire entanglements took a heavy toll on clothing as members retrieved straying golf balls and it became necessary to play golf elsewhere. Members played by invitation on Bayview and other courses, returning to Mrs Hilda Rowley’s Darley Street garage which became their 19th hole. The ‘Thirsty Thirty’ members, with a leaning towards a noggin after a hard day’s golf, turned a pre war deficit into a substantial surplus. The most popular competitions were those to commemorate Anzac Day, played at Balgowlah, Dee Why (now known as Cromer), and Long Reef Clubs.

The ‘Rum Cup’ was contested with some remarkable results.

Monthly meetings were held in an office in Macquarie Street and Club affairs were kept in order in readiness for the time the Club and course would function again. Although in debt in 1942, there was substantial credit in hand by 1945. 

Towards the end of 1946, as a result of the vigilant committee’s foresight in claiming compensation, the Club received a financial grant to assist in rectifying damage to the clubhouse and the course. With pre-war experience, and recalling the great expense needed to counteract poor drainage and the cracking and sinking of the peat area, the committee debated at length the feasibility of building an entirely new course in the hill country towards Terrey Hills. However, helped along with the compensation and the funds accumulated by the ‘Thirsty Thirty’, they chose to arrange for a contractor to undertake reconstruction following a similar layout to the pre-war course.

The military authorities removed the barbed wire and filled the tank traps, but fairways and greens were overgrown and completely unplayable. The contractor decided to build the greens first, overlooking the fact that as the peat area had sunk considerably, the open drain originally draining the swamp was now useless. The recurrence of the problems of the 1930's, and a shortage of labour, forced the contractor to give up the job, and in his place club working bees carried out the extensive work of reinstating the defunct greens. The open drain was moved some distance to lower ground to overcome flooding in the short term. Pipes were later laid in the drain and are still there to this day.

During 1947 the condition of the course had improved sufficiently for it to be reopened; games were played under rough conditions. Recruitment of new members assisted the financial situation and the course was gradually restored to good condition. The working bees organised for improvements on the course and to the clubhouse brought together the older and new members with a common aim of achieving the desired results.

The associates increased their numbers with the inclusion of a Business Girls Competition held on Saturday afternoons after the Members’ Competition. The Committee affiliated with the Veteran Women’s Golfers Association of NSW and Veteran Members were very active within the Club.

Throughout this period the standard of golf improved and the Club was represented in the New South Wales Amateur Foursomes Championships and the McWilliams’ Wines Tournament. The grade team met with success and had wins in their division of the ‘B’ Pennant. In 1953 the Club’s Captain sponsored the P.G.A. Purse at Mona Vale Golf Course; thereafter this was held annually for many years. Big name winners of this event over the ensuing years included: - Frank Phillips, Eric Cremin, Harold Henning (South Africa), Bill Dunk, Col Johnson, George Bell, Len Woodward and Walter Godfrey.

These founding members names may be familiar to those who know the 1920's foundation of the Mona Vale SLSC took place under their initiatives. Mona Vale SLSC Records show that a further initial meeting took place at the Pittwater Hall in Mona Vale on Saturday, 21st October, 1922. Amongst those present were Messrs. F.C.V. Lane, W.W. Hill, J.W. Austin, J.W. Austin, Jnr., J.L. Williams, F. Baldwin, J.T. Hewitt, G. Blackwood, J.G. Blackwood, J. Dunbar and G. Johnson.  The name for this new edition of Mona Vale Surf Club was the Mona Vale Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club, although 'Bathers' was later dropped from the name.


Golf Club Celebration 

LUSTY shouts of "Bogey, Bogey," followed the singing of "The More We Are Together" by the Mona Vale Golf Club, at its second annual ball last night at the Wentworth; Soprano, tenor, contralto, and baritone voices— 300 of them- entered wholeheartedly into the fun.

Guessing competitions were arranged, but the most popular with the men was, that with a prize of two bottles of champagne for the winner. 

"This dance certainly does sparkle," was one comment. 

Almost every table showed the club's color, cerise, and was decorated, with candy golf sticks, and masses of flowers. 

Gown of Ring Velvet 

The president, Mr. E. Hope Caten, and Mrs. Caten, the latter in black ring velvet, entertained Mrs, K. Hume, in shot taffeta; Mr. and Mrs. Corkery, the latter wearing white satin; Mr. Julius Colin, Mr; and Mrs. P- H. Vyner, the latter in apricot beaded chiffon; Mr. Vyner, Mr. R. G. Jamieson and, Mrs-Jamieson, who chose black lace; Mrs. I. V. Byrne, in gold brocade and black lace; Miss D. Hill, wearing shell pink beaded chiffon; Miss P. Gillingham, in rose beaded georgette; Miss M. Burke, who wore black beaded chiffon, and Messrs. H- Marks, R. H. Modlin, and H. L. Askey. 

Secretary's Party 

The guests of the honorary secretary, Mr. H. S. Luscombe, and Mrs. Luscombe, were Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Stevenson, the latter in flame lace and tulle; Mr. Frank Loneon and Mrs. Lo-neon, who wore jade green satin ; Mr. and Mrs. G. Mulhall, the latter in buttercup taffeta and black trimmings; Miss D. Wilson, wearing sapphire blue shot taffeta; Mrs. S. Finney, wearing black velvet; Mrs. J. R. Little', who chose gold sequins over green char-meuse; Miss S. Finney, in powder blue georgette and gold lace; Mr and Mrs. G. Bombelli, the latter in , blush pink chiffon; Mr. Jeffrey and Mrs; Jeffrey, who wore black velvet; Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Harvey, the latter in blue taffeta; Miss E. Gardiner, who wore silver lame; Miss K. Boulton, in gold sequins; Mr. F. Johns and Mr. A. Johns." 

Mesdames . S. Wiseman: and H. Coghlan combined parties.- Among their guests were Mr. and Mrs,.E. W. Abrahams, Mr. and Mrs. M'Coy, Dr. and Mrs. G. S. Thompson.; Miss Yeo,-Miss. V. Allen, Mrs. Stuart Harvey , Mrs Morrell, and Mr. John. Henry. With the honorary treasurer; Mr. R. M. Pegler, and Mrs. Pegler, were Miss" Chambers, Mrs. Vallmer, Miss A. Byrne, Miss L. Gay, Miss Hi West, 'Mrs. D. Henderson, Miss O. Fernandez, 'and Messrs. Henderson,, E. S. Leech, and Williams. MONA VALE "CHOIR" (1928, June 30). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 12. Retrieved from


Officials of the Mona Vale Club are looking for-ward to the day when the club will be able to boast of one of the longest nine-hole courses In Australia Splendid progress is being made with the reclamation of the Black Swamp and the club will receive a ten years' tenure of that area.

Office-bearers for the approaching season are - Mr V L H Coghlan, president, Messrs I H Marks and A S Osborne vice-presidents, Mr H Samuels captain, Mr R M Pegler, honorary secretary Messrs J W Austin, Jun, E B Brodie. Julius Colin, C C Faulkner, E A V Ostman E R Russell, and S J Wiseman committee. LONG COURSE FOR MONA VALE. (1931, February 5). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from 


Following a conference with the Warringah Shire Council, the Mona Vale Golf Club Intends to register as a limited liability company. Debentures will be issued so as to raise funds for the purpose of extending the links over the former Black Swamp area. It is intended to hold a general meeting of the club on Sunday for the purpose of considering the memorandum and articles of association drawn up by the committee. GOLF. (1931, March 13). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from 


In about three weeks' time two of the new fairways on the old Black Swamp will be taken over by the Mona Vale Club. This will mean cutting out the present eighth and ninth holes. The new course will be about half a mile longer, the grass on the flat is coming on splendidly, and the new greens are showing up well. The club members are delighted with the pi ogress made. MONA VALE'S NEW COURSE. (1931, June 20). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved from 


Mona Vale Golf Club has enlarged Its course by extending across the site of the old Black Swamp, which has been drained. On Sunday afternoon part of the new course will be opened by Mr E A Buttenshaw MLA leader of the State Country party who will hit off the first ball. The new course will be among the longest of nine holes in Australia. MONA VALE'S NEW COURSE. (1931, September 3). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from 


Mona Vale Golf Club's links have been extended across the old Black Swamp area, which has been drained and now presents a fine playing surface. The new course is among the longest nine-hole courses in Australia and play will be commenced on part of the Black Swamp area to-morrow afternoon. Mr E. A. Buttenshaw, leader of the Country Party, will drive off the first ball. MONA VALE LINKS EXTENDED (1931, September 5). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved  from


Before a large and representative gathering of golfers, the newly laid-out links of the Mona Vale Golf Club were officially opened this afternoon by the club president (Mr. V. L. Coghlin).

The club has made remarkable progress in the five years of Its existence. Originally part of the course was a black swamp, but, through the energetic work of the committee and Mr. C. H. Baldwin, the land has been drained, and to-day is a fine nine-hole course of just on 3000 yards. One big improvement is that the area has been fenced. This afternoon an open mixed foursomes against par attracted a large field, Including some formidable combinations from metropolitan clubs. NEW COURSE (1931, November 28). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 6 (LAST RACE HORSES). Retrieved from 

READERS SAY— Cunning Cows

ABOUT your artist's clever cartoon on the "Warringah Shire Council's poundkeeper and the cows." Local cows are of a very superior and knowledgeable breed. When Black Swamps— for a quarter of a century a cattle camp — was being reclaimed for golf links, notices were put up at various spots, "Cattle not allowed to trespass here." However, it took a four stranded barbed wire fence to keep them out. — K. Gardiner, (Mona Vale). READERS SAY. (1932, December 27). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from 


At the meeting of the Warringah Shire Council, the president (Councillor Austin) reported that negotiations were still in progress with the Mona Vale Golf Club for an extension of its present lease. The club's proposal was to secure Black Swamp reserve and spend £3000 on improvements there. The matter was deferred until next meeting. MONA VALE GOLF CLUB. (1935, October 31). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from 

Another green and tee added and officially opened in 1937:


The official opening of the new course at Mona Vale will take place on September 5. The remaining two holes will then be in play extending the course to 6182 yards. The new No 7 green and No 8 tee are practically on the water's edge.

To mark the opening professionals who will be in Sydney for the open championship have been Invited to take part In an 10 holes stroke, with several of the leading Sydney professionals. Among those who have accepted Invitations to play are -Rufus Stewart, W Harvey and W Robertson of South Australia; E Naismith, A. Spence and E Wood of Victoria, M L Kell, H G von Nida, W Bolger, F Richnrdson, F Eyre, W Thomson, Alex Thomson (the Mona Vale club professional) and W Holder of Sydney. Play will begin at 1 30 pm following a dinner at which the visitors will be the guests of the president (Mr. W W Hill) No charge will be made to witness the play. MONA VALE GOLF COURSE. (1937, August 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 23. Retrieved from

During WWII the grounds and surrounds were used as a training grounds and the locality of a camp. To stall a feared invasion by Japanese forces, a tank trap was built across the course from Turrimetta to Mona Vale heads and barbed wire entanglements erected next to the beach. The influx of defence forces to the area briefly lifted the Club’s bar sales until the clubhouse was commandeered for use as administration offices and officers’ mess for the nearby army camp.

TANK TRAPS – HIRE of Buildings

Mona Vale [Hire of cottage 'Allawah', corner of Pittwater and Phillip Roads Mona Vale by the Australian Military Forces. Property owned by Amy Barclay and required as a gun site area and troop camp by 104 Anti Tank Regiment] [0.5cm] Contents date range 1942 - 1942

references - extras

  1. NSW Records and Archives
  2. TROVE - National Library of Australia
  3. Black-Necked Stork, Mycteria Australis, Now Endangered In NSW, Once Visited Pittwater
  4. Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways; Mona Vale's Village Greens A Map Of The Historic Crown Lands Ethos Realised 
  5. Taramatta-Turrimetta-Turimetta Park, Mona Vale
  6. Mona Vale Cemetery: Some History 
  7. Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Mona Vale, Bongin Bongin, Turimetta and Rock Lily
  8. Roads To Pittwater: The Mona Vale Road
  9. Roads In Pittwater: The Barrenjoey Road
  10. Daniel Gordon Soutar's Influence On Local Golf Courses: Some History Notes - Brock's 9-hole Golf Course 
  11. Pittwater Restaurants You Could Stay At The Rock Lily Hotel – Mona Vale - 2021 update  2015 version
  12. Leon Houreux - History
  13. St. John's Anglican Church Mona Vale- Celebrating Its 150th Year In 2021
  14. Brock's The Oaks - La Corniche From 1911 To 1965: Rickards, A Coffee King, A Progressive School, A WWII Training Ground
  15. Mona Vale SLSC's Frederick Claude Vivian Lane Inducted Into Swimming Australia Hall Of Fame - A Few Insights Into A Local Legend 
  16. Mona Vale SLSC: The Clubhouses - Some History 
  17. Mona Vale SLSC Renewal - 2017
  18. Mona Vale Baths -   Mona Vale Training Grounds: From Lancers On Horses To Lasses On Transport Courses
  19. Pittwater Restaurants You Could Stay At The Rock Lily Hotel – Mona Vale
  20. Photographers Of Early Pittwater:  Henry King
  21. Mona Vale Public School 1906 To 2012
  22. Harold Tristram Squire: October 28, 1868 - May 16,1938 - Artist
  23. Mona Vale Stories compiled by Guy Jennings and Joan Jennings, Newport Beach, N.S.W. : Arcadia Publishing 2007
  24. The Murder of David Foley by Shelagh Champion OAM 
  25. Mona Vale Outrages by George Champion OAM
  26. Maria Louisa Therry – Pittwater Matriarchs

1950's Mona Vale Post Office & General Store, 1767 Pittwater Rd. (corner of Bungan Lane) 

Built by Warwick Austin in 1913 as the post office and general store to replace an earlier building on the site. Initially run by John Austin, the business was taken over by James Savage in 1928. It operated as a grocery store, greengrocer, butcher, produce store, telephone exchange and post office, and later the newsagency. They moved the newsagency to the side verandah in the early 1950s, later in the late 1950’s building an extension on the corner, which still exists today. Meanwhile the rest of the building had several changes, grocer with deli attached, butcher next door, bank etc. Ken Gehl bought the store in 1973 and ran it as a self service newsagency. The building still remains on the site today

No. 14,764. APPLICANT:— N.S.W. Realty Co. (Limited). LAND:— County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, Shire Warringah, 16 acres 34 perches, in Bassett and Darley streets and Pittwater Road- Lots 64, 65 and 66, section 1, Mona Vale Estate, and part 700 acres (portion 17) granted to Robert Campbell. adjoining property of L. F. Heydon. Advertising (1907, October 5). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 7. Retrieved from

Mona Vale Estate 

Mr. Geo. S. Brock, who describes himself as "the unfortunate owner of the Mona Vale Estate," which the Government proposes to acquire as a seaside home for convalescents, writes in explanation of the circumstances under which the property came into the market-''In the first place," he said, "I was guaranteed by the Government the tram to the property, and I, In good faith, on the tram being started, commenced my buildings, an then found matter left in the lurch, and after the Government spending £13,500 they only carried the tram one mile out of Manly. To carry on I had to seek financial assistance. Promises made to me were not fulfilled, and now I find myself left with the debts of the building material to the time of £1600. The place cost £30,000, and was valued by Messrs. Raine and Horne at £16,500, and assessed by the Warringah Shire Council at £16,000, and now I did It chucked away for £11500, forsooth, to the Government, who in the first place guaranteed to the tram, and are now at this stage of the proceedings building It, or, rather, extending it. I am not looking for any sympathy on account of my heavy loss, but I consider the value of the material should be added to the purchase, and my good name saved from the Bankruptcy Court. I obtained that material on the strength of the promise made to me in connection with the proposed tram, and my desire is to see the firms who supplied that material satisfied." CLEANLINESS AND DISCIPLINE. (1909, March 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved  from



At the last meeting of the Warringah Shire Council Councillor Quirk moved— "That application be made for the following powers:— The care and management of parks and recreation grounds, public reserves and commons, the care of which is not by or under any statute vested in other bodies or persons; the establishment, maintenance, or subsidising of local bands or orchestras," Councillor M'lntosh seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. It was also unanimously resolved, on the motion of Councillor Quirk, seconded by Councillor Powell— "That the finance committee consider tlio best means of encouraging the establishment of local bands." 

Mr. S. Stringer's tenders were accepted for erecting dressing-sheds as follows:— For Curl Curl beach, £25; for Freshwater beach, £100; for Newport beach, £24. Mr. G. Riddle's tender, £17 10s, for clearing and forming Seagull-road, was accepted. AT THE COUNCIL BOARD. (1909, December 10). The Star (Sydney, NSW : 1909 - 1910), p. 7 (LATEST EDITION). Retrieved from


Alderman Mulligan moved at the last meeting of the Manly Council that the Mayor be requested to ascertain through. Mr. Dugald Thomson, M.P., whether it is intended to show Lord Kitchener the beauty spots of this State, and if so, then to extend, on behalf of the people of Manly, to His Lordship an official invitation to pay our village and the shire. of Warringah a visit.

The mover said he thought Lord Kitchener should visit Manly, as he, no doubt, would see the sights of New South Wales. The vil-lage should occupy a prominent place on the official list. Alderman Patison: He couldn't keep away from Manly. Alderman Quirk seconded the motion, and mentioned that the idea had his support, and Lord Kitchener certainly should visit the most picturesque spot around Sydney. The motion was carried. MANLY'S INVITATION TO KITCHENER. (1909, September 2). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from


A sensation was caused at Mona Vale ocean beach, north of Manly, late on Saturday afternoon, when Dr. Murray Woods, a well-known practitioner of Sydney, was drowned. Dr. Woods, who had resided at Arnott House, Wynyard-square, Sydney, was bathing in the surf. The breakers were beating on the beach with tremendous force, and few dared venture out far. Dr. Woods, however, was amongst the foremost of the bathers, and shortly after 6 o'clock he was noticed to be battling with the waves. 

He was considered a very good surfer, and, therefore, not many of those present relished the idea of offering help without there was absolute necessity. But one young man named Lloyd recognised the seriousness of the doctor's situation, and hastened to his assistance. After a terrific struggle with the heavy surf Lloyd managed to get within a few yards of the exhausted doctor, who suddenly sank. There was a cry of horror from those onshore as the doctor's body disappeared from view. 

Endeavors were made to recover the body, but without success. At 10. p.m. it was washed ashore by the fury of the breakers, and Constable Hewitt of Manly, who had been on the scene for some hours, took charge of It The body was subsequently conveyed to the Manly Funeral Parlors for an inquest. DROWNED IN THE SURF (1911, November 14). Wagga Wagga Express (NSW : 1879 - 1917), p. 3. Retrieved from

Children Find Human Skeleton

Children found a human skeleton at Mona Vale, Manly, on Saturday. ' An examination yesterday by the Government Medical Officer, (Dr. Percy) showed that the skeleton was that of an aboriginal woman, probably buried more than 100 years ago. Police believe that floods washed the skeleton from a tribal burying place. Children Find Human Skeleton (1942, April 6). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from

Heavy Storm Damage on Mona Vale Farm

CROPS on Mr. James Joyce's vegetable farm at Mona Vale were devastated by the recent cyclonic storm when 24 inches of rain, accompanied by high winds and hail, was registered in the district in a few days.

Only a fortnight previously thin property had been visited by "The Land." At that time, as reported in "The Land," the famous celery beds were a picture, the tomato vines were carrying great clusters of extra prime fruit ready for the pickers, and thousands of cabbages and cauliflowers were in extra prime condition.

A return visit last week, however, disclosed a scene of utter desolation so far as the lower and more heavily yielding section of the farm was concerned. In this area two feet of water had covered the flat which is only four inches above sea level. The flood killed out the entire cabbage and cauliflower crops, after the fierce cyclonic blow had actually torn numbers of the plants out of the soil. Fortunately a proportion of the cabbage' crop had been, harvested, but some 6,000 head were destroyed together with 10,000 cauliflowers, many of them due for cutting next month.

The ducklings on the right revelled in the flood conditions and swam around complacently while all around valuable crops were awash. 

The picture above shows Frank Joyce, a son of the owner of the property, among the devastated cabbage crop. After the cyclonic wind had lashed the cabbages  and torn many of them from the ground. 

The bulk of the uncut celery came through fairly well, but the dreaded chocolate leaf spot, hitherto kept under control, is spreading rapidly throughout the plants and many heads will be ruined in addition' to those damaged by flood waters.

Big Tomato Loss

Possibly the heaviest loss occurred in the tomato section where a crop estimated at 1,000 cases has been completely ruined. Only a few cases had been lifted when the storm struck and completely devastated one of the finest crops to be seen in the district. Grown on a piece of new land, top-pruned and trellised the individual clusters' were of remarkable weight and quality.

An attempt was made to pick some of the biggest specimens while the crop was still under water, but these tomatoes, as they ripen, are now showing the effects of the flooding and most will be unmarketable.

With quality tomatoes realising round £1 a case the loss on this crop alone is a severe one.

Other losses included a crop of peas and seed beds of parsnips, cauliflowers and cabbage. The only crop which seems to have escaped the storm damage is a field of long white squash, sown on a piece of high land and now ready to harvest.

In addition to the loss of valuable crops there is the further serious loss Involved in manures, fertilisers, seed, dusting materials and manpower involved In producing the crops.

"It's all in the game," philosophically remarked Mr. .Joyce to "The Land." "As soon as we can clean up the mess we'll have another try." Heavy Storm Damage on Mona Vale Farm (1946, May 3). The Land (Sydney, NSW : 1911 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved from


IT is hereby notified and declared by His Excellency the Governor, acting with the advice of the Executive Council, that be much of the land hereunder described as is Crown land has been appropriated, and so much thereof as is private property has been resumed, under the Public Works Act, 1912, for the following public purpose, namely, a Public School at MONA VALE, and is vested in the Minister of Public Instruction on behalf of His Majesty the King for the purposes of the Public Instruction Act of 1880.

Dated the thirtieth day of April, one thousand nine hundred and forty-seven.

J. NORTHCOTT, Governor. By His Excellency's Command, 

R. J. HEFFRON, Minister of Public Instruction.

Description of Land referred to.

All that piece or parcel of land situate in the Shire of Warringah, parish of Narrabeen, county of Cumberland and State of New South Wales, being allotment 10 of section 7 in the village of Turimetta,—having an area of 1 rood and 37h perches or thereabouts, and said to be in the possession of Thomas Dudley Leafe (administrator of the estate of Thomas Leafe, deceased).

Also, all that piece or parcel of land situate as above, being allotment 11 of section 7 in the village of Turimetta,—having an area of 1 rood and 32 perches or thereabouts, and said to be in the possession of Hugh Rusden Oilman.

Also, all that piece or parcel of land situate as above, being allotment 12 of section 7 in the village of Turimetta, and also being the land comprised in Conditional Purchase No. 44-53 (Metropolitan Land District),—having an area of 1 rood and 32 perches or thereabouts, and said to be in the possession of Rudolph Frederick William Edward Wilkinson. NOTIFICATION OF RESUMPTION OF LAND UNDER THE PUBLIC WORKS ACT, 1912. (1947, May 16). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1148. Retrieved November 16, 2022, from

MAIN ROADS ACT. 1924-1951.

Shire of Warringah : Main Road No. 164 (Pittwater-road): Notification of Approval of Plans of Proposed Realignment between Warriewood-road and Kitchener Park, Mona Vale.

IN pursuance of the provisions of section 27e of the Main Roads Act, 1924-1951, the Commissioner for Main Roads, who proposes to cause the aliginment of part .of Main 1*^ between Warriewood-road and "Kitchener Park, in the Shire of Warringah, to be realigned pursuant to Division 1 of Part Vb of the Main Roads Act; 1924-1951, and to apply the realignment method of acquisition to the lands affected by such realignment, hereby notifies that thp plans of the proposal have been approved by His Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, and such plans (being plans Nos. 164S.277 and 164S.278) may be inspected at the Department of Main Roads and copies of such plans may be inspected at the Warringah Shire Council Chambers.

Signed and sealed at Sydney, this tenth day of March, one thousand nine hundred and fifty-four.

I, Howard Macoun Sherrard, the Commissioner for - Main I Roads, have hereto affixed $e| Official Seal of the Commissioner for Main Roads in the presence of,—

J. Fleming, J. P. (L.8.) MAIN ROADS ACT, 1924-1951. (1954, March 26). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 976. Retrieved from

In those days people would apply to the local police station for permission to bury their dead, and then undertake the burial, including digging the grave, themselves. This probably explains the seemingly haphazard manner in which the early graves are arranged (see Figure 2.8, 2.10 and 2.11). The earliest burials were in the Church of England and Methodist sections. 

The oldest surviving headstone in the cemetery is for Percy Johnson who died in 1914 aged just two years and 9 months. 

NSW BDM's: JOHNSON PERCIVAL W  4549/1914  parents: WILLIAM S LUCY registered at: MANLY

Percival was the great-grandson of William Oliver, who donated part of his land at what was then Chapel Point (now Church Point) for a cemetery and place of worship for the local community. His great grandfather and grandmother rest in this cemetery at Church Point.

Church Point, Pitt Water, 20 mins n. from Syd. [picture]. Photo by A. J VoganCourtesy State Library of Victoria. Image H82.254/8/29 

Percy’s memorial is the oldest marked monument in the cemetery and is an example of Victorian grave architecture, with iron railings decorated with fleurs-de-lis uprights and round florette spears on the corners. The headstone is of marble with lead inscription work in good condition. This monument was restored by the Rookwood Cemetery Heritage Mason, Sach Killam, funded by Percy’s niece in 2013. Percy is buried with his maternal grandmother, Mary Bill, while his paternal grandmother, Louisa Johnson, (daughter of William Oliver) is buried beside him.

The Department of Lands was originally responsible for the cemetery but by 1926 the cemetery was neglected and local people, particularly the Mona Vale and District Progress Association, were urging Warringah Shire Council to take over its management which occurred from May 31st 1929, although the Catholic Church retained control of their portion of the cemetery until 3 August 1984. 

The Council Trusteeship of the remainder of the cemetery was revoked and another Board appointed until October 16th 1956 when Council was reappointed, excluding the Roman Catholic section. 


IN accordance with the provisions of the Public Trusts Act, 1897, I, Sir Kenneth Whistler Street, Lieutenant-Governor of the State of New South Wales, with the advice of the Executive Council, do, by this notice, appoint The Council of the Shire of Warringah as Trustee of the Turrimetta General Cemetery (excluding Roman Catholic portion), parish of Narrabeen, county of Cumberland, dedicated 18th October, 1905, in the place of F. W. Bohm, L. B. Wigney, W. J. Hodge, N. G. Stanton, F. E. Whittaker and E. W. Harvey, removed. P. 56-3,771.

Signed and sealed at Sydney, this 16th day of October, 1956.

K. W. STREET, Lieutenant-Governor. , By His Excellency's Command,

ROGER NOTT, Minister for Lands. (779) GOD SAVE THE QUEEN! NOTICE APPOINTING A TRUSTEE UNDER THE PUBLIC TRUSTS ACT, 1897.—PROCLAMATION. (1956, October 19). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 3046. Retrieved from 

Beeby at Bungan Beach and Newport

Sir George Stephenson Beeby (1869-1942), politician, judge and playwright, was born on 23 May 1869 at Alexandria, Sydney, second son of English-born Edward Augustus Beeby, book-keeper, and his wife Isabel, née Thompson. 


Children of the union:
BEEBY JOHN 3395/1868 EDWARD ISABELLA REDFERN - worked on NSW railways as a Carpenter, within Sydney his whole career
BEEBY ISABEL 4788/1872 EDWARD A ISABEL WATERLOO - became a Teacher
BEEBY EDWARD 5614/1874 EDWARD AUGUSTUS ISABEL ST GEORGE - became a Solicitor specialising in Divorce
BEEBY LUCY ETHEL 4536/1876 EDWARD ISABEL NEWTOWN - became a Nurse within Public Health system, specialising in children and babies - was posted to Lismore at one stage as a Matron

On the 23rd instant, at the residence of her son, Edward A. Beeby, 689, Elizabeth-street South, Hannah, second wife of Mr. John Beeby, senior, of Luton, Bedfordshire, aged 51 years. FUNERAL.—The Friends of the late Mrs. HANNAH BEEBY are respectfully invited to attend her funeral, to move from No. 689, Elizabeth-street South, near Devonshire-street, Strawberry Hill, THIS DAY (Saturday), at half-past 12 o'clock precisely. JOHN HILL and CO., undertakers, King and Riley streets. Family Notices (1865, March 25). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from

NSW Records and Archives shows they emigrated here in 1854:

BEEBY Hannah; Assisted Immigrants Index 1839-1896, Age: 41 | Ship: March. of Londonderry | Year: 1854 -BEEBY Edward; Assisted Immigrants Index 1839-1896, Age: 12 | Ship: March. of Londonderry | Year: 1854 | Copy: Fiche 839 - BEEBY George; Assisted Immigrants Index 1839-1896, Age: 10 | Ship: March. of Londonderry | Year: 1854 - BEEBY Frances; Assisted Immigrants Index 1839-1896, Age: 4 | Ship: March. of Londonderry | Year: 1854 | Copy: Fiche 839

His father passed away when he was not yet 10 years of age:

Death of Mr. Edward Beeby.

Many of our readers throughout the colony will hear with regret of the death of the above named gentleman, who had been for many years connected with the well know firm of Perry Brothers, of King-street, and more recently with the wholesale house of Wm. Perry and Co. of 408. George-street, in which house, at his death he was junior partner. The unfortunate gentleman during the Christmas holidays, was bathing in Cook's River, and scratched his foot and ankle on an oyster shell. Shortly after, his business took him to New Caledonia, and the heat of the climate acted unfavourably on the wound, which was already in an inflamed state. On his return from Noumea his wound was in such a state as to compel his confinement to bed. Fever ultimately set in, and despite every attention he gradually sank and expired at about a quarter to 12 on Sunday evening, leaving a wife and seven children to mourn his death at the comparatively early age of thirty-five. Death of Mr. Edward Beeby. (1878, February 25). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from


BEEBY.—At his residence, Australia-street, Kingston, Newtown, Edward Augustus Beeby, aged 35 years. Family Notices (1878, February 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from


Educated at Crown Street Public School, on 3 July 1884 he became a pupil-teacher at Macdonald Town (Erskineville) Public School under Peter Board, but because of defective eyesight he soon left and drifted into several jobs—in a bulk iron store, as a debt-collector, as a book-keeper and stenographer in the law firm of Creagh & Williams, and as an accountant. In 1890 he attended Henry George's meetings and became a single taxer; next year he was secretary of the first Labor Electoral League formed at Newtown and helped in the return of two local Labor candidates at the general election. In 1892 he became editor and manager of the Bowral Free Press and on 9 March married Helena Maria West. [1.]


BEEBY— WEST.— March 9, at the residence of the  bride, Australia-street, Newtown, by the Rev. J. Shepherd, George Stephenson, second son of the late E. A Beeby, of Sydney, to Nellie, third daughter of the late G. C. West, of Newtown. Family Notices (1892, March 23). The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909), p. 1 (SPECIAL EDITION). Retrieved  from


BEEBY.—October 8, at Braeside, Leichhardt, the wife of Geo. S. Beeby, of a son, premature. Family Notices (1892, November 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from

The premature son survived.

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Last week-end the bigger portion , of the Ministry went to several parts of the country clothed 'in political working attire) and had a strenuous time. This week-end, however, finds about the same proportion hieing themselves away to various resorts in holiday garb, glad of the respite afforded after a particularly heavy week in Parliament. ... Beeby to Newport, ...  WEARY STATE MINISTERS. (1912, November 17). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 7. Retrieved from

(1912). Portrait of Mr. G. S. Beeby Retrieved from National Library of Australia

The Hon. G. S. Beeby [circa 1911], courtesy NSW State Records and Archives, Item: FL3579983

BEEBY-WILLDIGG.- October 2, 1915, at Woollahra Congregational Church, by Rev. W. L. Patison, Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Beeby, Randwick, to Ruby, elder daughter of the late Mr. Chas. and Mrs. E. Willdigg, Woollahra. At home, Loretto, Archer-street, Chatswood, 11th and 17th inst. Family Notices (1915, November 6). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from

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(By E.B.)

By the death of Mr. Alfred Gregory Yewen, which occurred at his residence, Bungan Head, Newport, early on Monday morning, there passed away a notable contributor to the pastoral annals of Australia and a picturesque and forceful personality of the district In which he lived. Born at the Canteen, Croydon Barracks, Surrey, in 1857, his father, a former bandmaster in the British Army, he was the fourth son among nine children. When 30 years of age he came to Australia for the sake of his health, and settled for a while in Queensland. Then, coming on to Sydney, he took an active part In politics. In those days Mr. Yewen was an ardent Socialist In the Old Country he had come within the personal influence of such well-known men as William Morris, George Bernard Shaw, and Walter Crane; and on arrival here be placed his services at the disposal of the ultra-democratic party. The Labour movement-hardly as it is known to-day, but as it existed for many years prior to the war-was then in its inception, and Mr. Yewen, as writer and platform speaker, took no small part In the stirring events through which the hopes of Democracy were transferred from trades unionism of the old fashioned order and hitched to the chariot wheel of a Parliamentary Labour party that was itself then non-existent.

Among his most intimate associates at that time were the Right Hon. W. M. Hughes, Mr. W. A. Holman, K.C., Judge Beeby, and Mr. Thomas Routley, now a member of the Board of Trade. Mr. Yewen, to whom half-measures never were congenial, represented the extremist section of this coterie. He rather typified, in fact, "the gentle anarchist" of Action. But he had landed penniless, and with the remnant of a lung. And when, eventually, the sunshine of Australia began to react upon his health and the exigencies of Journalistic life, to which he was Introduced by the kindness of Dr. Ward, threw him into fresh currents of activity, he took a more optimistic view of things in general. Probably the fact that he saw himself-a lame duck from the start-year by year "making good" in the land of his adoption, supplied, the most unanswerable argument of all. In spite of Karl Marx he had got his own head above water; and what industry and perseverance could do for him he began to think that they might do for others. But Gregory Yewen was a worker always. He never "went slow." In the direst days of calamity and bitterness, when he could see little in the world about him but examples of fiendish "expropriation," he had no time for lazy people.

Yet that is hardly true. For Yewen, though In the old days he seemed quite incapable of seeing the other side of an economic argument, was very much alive to the mysteries of art and science. As a young man he lost no opportunity of self improvement. Off to work as a London stone mason at 6 o'clock In the morning, the evenings often found him at the feet of Huxley and Tyndal. He liked the monumental things in art and literature. Throughout life he read little current fiction. But the picturesque on a grand scale in nature, in music or on canvas, never failed in their appeal. It was Beethoven and Wagner, Shakespeare, Dumas, and Leighton who won and held his admiration.

In recent years, though ever an interested spectator and often a keen and caustic critic, Mr. Yewen took no public part in matters political and economic. Whatever his views might have been on the prospects of revolutionary change, at all events he kept them to himself. Most likely, having parted with so many fundamental principles from which the superstructure of his earlier creed had sprung, he built no more castles in the air. But taking things more or less as he found them and genuinely disappointed in the trend of the Labour movement in Australia, he focussed his attention upon the work he had in hand, and strangely enough when one comes to think of it that had almost exclusively to do with the primary products of the country, especially with sheep and cattle, upon many aspects of which he became in time an authority of comparatively high standing.

Years ago, when still a poor man, he bought land at Newport, and there, on a great promontory, unfolding an interminable view of coastline, he built-the first portion of It by his own unaided labour-a stone cottage. His family were living at the time at Mosman, and from there he would Journey on a "pushbike" over week-ends to the scene of his future home. Sometimes a whole Saturday and Sunday would be occupied by the shifting of a single huge stone. His friends said that he must have the heart of a lion. Still, little by little, hindered sometimes by sickness, sometimes by foul weather, he pegged away, and eventually starting with an angle in the living rock of an old quarry for the first two walls of his sitting-room, he laid the foundations of a house that was destined to be as rugged externally, and Internally as hospitable as its owner. That same sitting-room, by the way, covered with a high Gothic, uncoiled roof, is today the repository of a particularly fine collection of oils and water-colours from the studios of the best-known local artists, whilst the landscape northwards from the adjacent verandah is probably the most extensive and beautiful to be obtained from any headland on the coast of New South Wales. The house grew in size as the purse of my friend expanded. Room was added to room, and now, though it is still a residence, only one storey high, many flights of stairs have been found necessary to chase the new additions up and down the hill. Such as it is, this unique creation, built, at least in part, by this remarkable man with the remnant of a lung, will out-weather the worst storm that hustles up the coast In the next hundred years. 

Right: Yewen and Fitzackerley family homes, Newport, ca. 1920, Courtesy Pittwater Library.

Mr. Yewen's literary experience covered some thirty years of Australian Journalism, and, though latterly he had perforce confined his attention, to questions affecting the pastoral industry, during the earlier portion of his career it was unusually diverse. He assisted the late Gresley Lukin on the Queensland "Boomerang;" for two years or more he sub-edited the Brisbane "Worker," and subsequently-this was after a period of seclusion (and doubtless reflection), during which he shared a strange menage in the country, with two ill-assorted mates, one an anarchist, who was irritable and bad-tempered, and the other a Communist, who was hopelessly lazy-he sub-edited the "Stock and Station Journal." Later on, in conjunction with the late Dr. Gellatly, he founded a short-lived but high-class periodical known as "The Three A's" (All About Australia), and from that he drifted into daily Journalism, becoming a valued member of the reporting staff of the "Sydney Morning Herald."

For fourteen years in this capacity he attended the fat stock sales at Homebush, where he made many friends amongst both buyers and sellers. Indeed, his knowledge of the trade, no less than his integrity, won the admiration of all with whom he came in contact. Later-until his health precluded the possibility of regular literary work-Mr. Yewen wrote the weekly wool article for this Journal. He also contributed extensively to "Dalgety's Review," and for many years was responsible for the contents of the encyclopedic annual published by that firm for the information of the whole wide world on matters relating to the pastoral interests of Australia. AN APPRECIATION. (1923, June 13 - Wednesday). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from 

Joyce Beeby at Newport, circa 1920

His mother's death:

BEEBY, — June 1st. 1934, at her daughter's residence. Mrs. J. M. Harvey. 63 Norfolk Road, Epping, Isabel, widow of Edward Augustus Beeby, formerly of Perry and Co., Newtown, and mother of Florence (Mrs. E. Taylor, deceased). John, George Stephenson, Frances, Isabel, Edward Augustus and Lucy Ethel. Aged 90 years. No flowers, by request. Family Notices (1934, June 2). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from

Sir George Beeby Dead

SIR GEORGE STEPHENSON BEEBY, 'father' of the Arbitration Act, and former Chief Judge of the Federal Conciliation and Arbitration Court, died yesterday at a guest house in Pacific Highway, Killara, at the age of 73. The funeral service will be held at the Northern Suburbs (North Sydney) Crematorium, at 11 a.m. to-morrow.

Up to his retirement a year ago, Sir George had been a leading figure in the Australian industrial legal field for 30 years. Sydney born and educated at local schools, he followed various occupations, including storekeeping and journalism, until the age of 38. when he was elected to State Parliament for Blayney. He took up the study of law and four years later was called to the Bar. Sir George's political career continued until 1920, during which period he represented Blayney, Wagga Wagga and Murray and held the portfolios of Education, Labor and Industry. 

In 1920 he was appointed a judge of the State Arbitration Court, a position which he held for six years, when he rose to a judgeship of the Federal Conciliation and Arbitration Court. This post he held until 1939, when he assumed the role of Chief Judge of the Court. Last year he re-tired. Sir George was intensely interested in educational matters as well as industrial arbitration, and was responsible for the establishment of evening continuation schools as part of the public school curriculum. Outside his official duties, he was a keen student of the drama and had several plays published in this country. He is survived by Lady Beeby, three daughters and a son. Sir George Beeby Dead (1942, July 19). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 21. Retrieved from

Sir George Beeby's Death 

SYDNEY, Sunday. - Sir George Beeby, a former Chief Judge of the Commonwealth Arbitration and Conciliation Court, died on Saturday, aged 73. Sir George, who also had a long political career, retired from the Commonwealth Arbitration Court , bench last year. Born in Sydney on May 23. 1869. He was self-educated and started work at the age of 14 years in a bulk iron store. 


Subsequently he followed various occupations. For a few months he was a school teacher, then in turn he became a stenographer, accountant and journalist. Taking up law as a profession. he was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1900, and was called to the bar of N.S.W. in 1911. He was a member at the State Parliament from 1907 to 1920 and in the first Labour Government formed by Mr. McGowan. Sir George was a judge of the Arbitration Court of N.S.W. from 1920 to 1926. In the latter year he became a member of the Federal Conciliation and Arbitration Court bench, and in March, 1939, was appointed Chief Judge of the court in succession to the late Chief Judge Dethridge. He retired last year. Sir George was the author of several plays and a satirical comedy in verse.  Sir George Beeby's Death (1942, July 20). Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), p. 4 (LATE NEWS EDITION). Retrieved from 


Many Tributes

Tributes to the late Sir George Beeby were paid, yesterday in the Commonwealth Arbitration Court and at the funeral service at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium.

In the Arbitration Court. Mr. Justice O'Mara said that, Sir George Beeby must be given the credit for many important industrial changes.

Mr. G. H. Buckland said that he had taken a prominent part in re-constituting the industrial arbitration system of New South Wales.

The Rev. H. F. Dillon, who con-ducted the service at the Crematorium, said that by strength of will and natural ability, he had risen from a humble beginning to one of the highest positions.

The funeral was attended by members of the Commonwealth and State judiciary, representatives of the Federal and State Parliaments, and officials of industrial organisations.

The Commonwealth Arbitration Court was represented by Judge Drake-Brickman, Judge O'Mara and Mr. D. V. Morrison. Deputy Registrar. The State industrial Ccmmission was represented by Mr. Justice Cantor, Mr. Justice Webb, Mr. Justice Ferguson, and Mr. Justice Do Baun. THe Workers' Compen-sation Commission was represented by Judge Perdriau and Judge Lamond. The Federal Attorney-General (Dr. Evrlt) wee represented by Mr. G. A. Watson.

Others present were Messrs. W. M. Hughes, Federal leader of the D.A.F : E. H. Farrar, Deputy President of the Legislative Council: Hamilton Knight. Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Services; J. B. Shand and L. G. Arthur, Ms.L.A., D. W. Ebe-worth. Industrial Registrar; F. E. Whitham Commonwealth Crown Solicitor: H. C. Finnis Central Coal Reference Board: R. W. Davie. Northern Collieries Association: H. J. Hendy, C. R. Hall, and F. H. Woodcock. Chamber of Manufacturers: W. Fletcher. National Union of Railwaymen: D. M. McDonald. Metal Trades Employers' Assocation: F. J. R. Gibson. Em-ployers' Federation: K. G. Upton, Colonial Sugar Refining Co.: H. B. Cox, Mort's Dock: J. C. Graham. Overseas Shipping Representatives' Association: W. C. Myhill Commercial Steel and Forge Co.; Captains W. O'Connor and W. G. Lawrence. Merchant Service GuildE. A. Cole. Institute of Marine and Power Engineers: Engineer Lieut.-Commander Dar-bon. Messrs. D. R. Hall. T. Routley. A. Nicol G. S. Packard. C Dillon, and R. Cummins. FUNERAL OF SIR GEORGE BEEBY (1942, July 21). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved  from

COME TO MAMMA, says eight-year-old Ann Beeby, of Newport, as she holds out her arms to the walking dolls, Colin and Colinette. Kiddies are gazing in wonder at.. (1949, December 4). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 24. Retrieved from

Relatives at Manly - eldest son of his youngest brother. His brother Edward Augustus Beeby had married Elizabeth Gregerson MacLachlan at Manly in 1903 - divorce proceedings commenced in 1922, Elizabeth citing adultery, and went on until 1934:


The Brungle Presbyterian Church was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Saturday last, the contracting parties being Miss Maude McKenzie, youngest daughter of the late Mr.  and Mrs. D. McKenzie, and Edward Augustus, son of Mrs. Beeby, of Manly.  The bride, who was charmingly attired in white satin, with the customary wreath and veil, and carrying a bouquet of  white chrysanthemums and asparagus fern, entered the church on the arm of her brother, Colin. Mrs. Marmont, gowned in. . pink pebble crepe, attended -the bride as matron of honor, and Miss Doris Kelly (niece of the bride), dressed in mustard crepe morocata, was bridesmaid. Mr. Clem Beeby supported the bridegroom as best man, while Mr. Don McKenzie was groomsman. The celebrant was the Rev. John Malcomson, of Tumut. 

During the ceremony the organ was played by Miss Marj. McGruer. When the register was being signed Miss Jean McGruer rendered "My Prayer." Relatives and close friends of the bridal couple were entertained after the ceremony .at a reception held at the local hall, where Mrs. D. A. McKenzie and Mrs. Frost received the guests. The customary toasts were-honored.  The happy couple left by car for Sydney. The bride's travelling dress being brown wool-de-chéne with hat and shoes to match. Prior to her marriage Miss Mc-Kenzie was entertained at a gift evening by her friends and relatives. WEDDING BELLS (1934, May 31). The Gundagai Independent (NSW : 1928 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from




Vain Fight For Life In Ambulance 


Ambulance officers and laymen Combined with doctors on Tuesday in a three-hour effort to save the life of a man who had suffered an electric shock. Finally exhausted, they found they could not revive him. The victim, Edward Beeby, 34 of Brisbane-street, Manly, suffered the shock when working on a street pole in Manly. He was unconscious when lowered to the ground. Deceased formerly resided "at Gundagai, and was a brother of Mr. Keith Beeby, who live for several years at Gundagai. Deceased married a Gundagai girl —a member of the McKenzie family —and leaves two young children. Superintendendent L. J. Chapman and Ambulance officers H. Simms and J. Underwood, with Dr. Dick, tried for half-an-hour to restore animation. When they failed, Beeby was taken to Manly hospital, C20 gas being administered on the way, while Beeby's friend named Lodge and Underwood continued attempts to revive him. Constable Hendren and Mr. Lodge assisted Drs. Brown and Patterson, nurses and the ambulance men. z Oxygen was administered but Beeby was beyond aid. His arms and his right thigh were burned by contact with the live wire. FORMER GUNDAGAI MAN ELECTROCUTED (1938, November 24). The Gundagai Independent (NSW : 1928 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from

BEEBY.-November 22, 1938, at Manly, result of accident, Edward Augustus Beeby, dearly beloved husband of Maude Beeby, of Brisbane Street, Manly, and loving father of Max, Donald, and Jannette, aged 34 years. Family Notices (1938, November 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from

Long Reef - Griffith Park Foundation Gazettal



New South Wales, to wit.


Chelmsford, Governor.

By His Excellency The Right Honourable Frederic John Napier, Baron Chelmsford, Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Governor of the State of New South Wales and its Dependencies, in the Commonwealth of Australia.

WHEREAS a certain public work, that h to say, the establishing of a Public Recreation Ground at Long Reef, Narrabeen, in the said State, for or towards the completion of which public funds are lawfully available, has been duly sanctioned : And whereas it in necessary and advisable to acquire the land described in the Schedule thereto for the purposes of the said work: Now, therefore, I, Frederic John Napier, Baron Chelmsford, the Governor of the said State aforesaid, with the advice of the Executive Council, in pursuance of the provisions contained in Division 1 of Part V of the " Public Works Act, 100J," do by this notification, to be published in the Government Gazette, and in one or more newspapers published or circulated in the Police District wherein the said land is situated, declare that the Crown Land comprised within the description set forth in the Schedule hereto has been appropriated, and the private property within such description has been resumed, for the public purpose aforesaid, to the intent that upon the publication of this notification in the Gazette, the said land described in the said Schedule hereto shall forthwith be vested in the Minister for Lands and his successors on behalf of His Majesty, for the purposes of the slid A *t, for an estate in fee-simple in possession, freed and discharged from all trusts, obligations, estates, interests, constraints, charges, rates, rights-of-way, or other easements whatsoever; and to the intend that the legal estate therein, together with all powers incident thereto or conferred by the said Act, shall be vested in the said Minister as a Trustee : And I declare that the following is the Schedule of the land hereinbefore referred to : —


All that piece or parcel of land, containing 179 acres 1 rood, 36 parches, or thereabouts, Warringah Shire, parish of Manly Cove, county of Cumberland : Commencing on an eastern side of the main road from Manly to Pittwater, at a point bearing south 15 degrees 65 minutes east, and distant 30 chains 93 f7a links from the intersection of that side of that road with the southern boundary of portion 1,217, John Ramsay's 410 acres grant (Mount Ramsay Estate; and bounded thence by the main road from Manly to Pittwater before mentioned, being lines bearing south 14 decrees 51 minute east. G chains 1links, south 23 decrees It minutes cut 7 chains 39 3/4 links, south 21 degrees II minutes cast 5 chains 1)3y\) links, south 10 degrees 2s minutes east 2 chains NL link#, south 23 degrees 17 minutes west 10 chains 41,',, links, and south 57 degrees 8 minutes we<t 3 chains 17,^ links t > the north-eastern side of a public road 10() links w i le, as shown on plan 11 5,355 1,603 in the Department of Land-; then. by that road, being lines bearing south 7'.) degrees 1 minute east 3 chains 57 links, south 3j degrees 10 minutes, east 1 chain l.'l,',, links, and south 3 degrees 3') minutes east 5 chains links to the margin of Deewhy Lagoon ; thence by that lagoon and its mouth, being lines bearing north 70 degrees 57 minutes east 1 chain 2 ) ,"a links, and south 70 degrees east 7 chains 40 links to high-water mark of the South Pacifics Ocean; the no by that high-water mark bearing generally north-easterly and generally north-westerly to a point bearing north 68 degrees 37 minutes east 20 chains 5, 3/10 links from the point of commencement; thence by a line bearing south 68 decrees 37 minutes west 20 chains 5 3/10links, to the point of commencement,— as shown upon a plan in the Department of Lands catalogued Ms. 3, 648.

Being part of portion 1,218, William Cossar's 500 acres grant and said to be in the possession of William Booth, of the Salvation Army.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand, and caused the Public Seal of the State to be hereto affixed, at Sydney, this twentieth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred und twelve, and in the second year of His Majesty's Reign.

By His Excellency's Command,

G. S. BEEBY. [5151]

GOD SAYS THE KING! NOTICE OF RESUMPTION OF LAND UNDER THE "PUBLIC WORKS ACT, 1900." (1912, February 28). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1509. Retrieved from


New South Wales, to wit.

(L.S.) G. Strickland, Governor.

By His Excellency Sir Gerald Strickland, Count della Catena, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Governor of the State of New South Wales and its Dependencies, in the Commonwealth of Australia.

WHEREAS by the Public Parks Act, 1912, it is enacted that it shall be lawful for the Governor to declare that any land resumed for public parks or grounds for public recreation or as places for bathing shall be as to the whole or any portion of such land subject to the provisions of this Act: Now, therefore, I, Sir Gerald Strickland, Count della Catena, the Governor aforesaid, with the advice of the Executive Council, do, by this my Proclamation, declare the land at Long Reef, area 175 acres 2 roods 80 perches, resumed for the purpose of a public recreation ground by notification in the Government Gazette of 29th February, 1912, republished in corrected form, 14th August, 19 12, and hereinafter described, to be a public park witbin the meaning of the Public Parks Act, 1012, and that it be known by the Lame of " Griffith Park," that is to say :—


All that piece or parcel of land chaining 175 acres 2 roods 30 perches or thereabouts situated near Long Reef, Warringah shire, parish of Manly Cove, county of Cumberland : Commencing at the intersection of the south-eastern side of a road 100 links wide, dedicated 11th August, 1912, and shown on plan Ms. F,618 Sy., with the cis'ern side of the road from Manly to Pittwater, as widened and shown on plan Ms. 8, 618 Sy.; and bounded thence by the latter mentioned road bearing south 14 degrees 63 minutes east 544 85/100 links, south 28 degrees 14 minutes east 736, 29/100 links, south 22 degrees 11 minutes east 606 79/100 links, south 10 degrees 28 minutes east 301 5/10 links, south 23 degrees 17 minutes west 1,071 68/100 links, and south 67 degrees 8 minutes west 280 47/100 links to the north-eastern side of a public road 100 links wide shown on plan R. 5,355-1,603 ; thence by that road bearing south 79 degrees 1 minute east 285 13/100 links, south 35 degrees 10 minutes east 143 3/10 links, and south 3 degrees 30 minutes east 506 1/10 links to the margin of Deewhy Lagoon ; thence by that lagoon and its mouth being lines bearing north 76 degrees 57 minutes east 120 6/10 links, and south 76 degrees east 740 links, to the high-water mark of the South Pacific Ocean ; thence by that high-water mark generally north-easterly and north-westerly to its intersection with the southern side of the road 1 chain wide first mentioned ; and thence by that road bearing south 68 degrees 37 minutes west 2,024^ links, to the point of commencement, as shown on a plan in the Department of Lands, catalogued Ms. 3,618 Sy.; being part of an area of 179 acres 1 rood 86 perches resumed for public recreation on the 28th February, 1912 (republished 14th August, 1912). ' [Misc. 1914-6,610]

Given under my Hand and Seal of the said State, at Sydney, this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fourteen, and in the fifth year of His Majesty's Reign.

By His Excellency's Command,

J. L. TREFLE. [8347] GOD SAVE THE KING! PROCLAMATION (1914, May 20). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 3034. Retrieved  from 

Department of Lands,

Sydney, 20th May, 1914.

IT is hereby notified, for public information, that, in accordance with the provisions of the "Public Parks Act, 1912," His Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to approve of the appointment of the Council of the Shire of Warringah as Trustees of Griffith Park, Long Reef, Narrabeen, under the name, style, and title of "The Trustees of Griffith Park, Long Reef, Narrabeen."

[Ms. 1914-6,510]

J. L. TREFLE. Government Gazette Appointments and Employment (1914, May 20). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 3003. Retrieved from


The Lands Department has granted £150 to the Warringah Shire Council towards the maintenance and improvement at Griffith Park (Long Reef), Narrabeen, In accordance with the council's proposal to spend £100 or its own funds for the same purpose. The council has accepted the terms, and the money is to be spent in sand clearing and path making. LONG REEF RESERVE (1915, February 10). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved from


Land District—Metropolitan ; Shire—Warringah.

No. 79,606 from sale (79,607 from lease generally). Parish Manly Cove, county Cumberland, about 50 acres, that part of Long Reef or Narrabeen Beach and Collaroy Beach lying between the mean low water mark of the Pacific Ocean and the generally eastern boundaries of all registered titles, resumed, reserved or dedicated lands and ends of streets having frontage to or abutting on the landward side of the beach and extending from the south-easterly prolongation of the most northerly south-western boundary of Birdwood Park to the northern boundary of portion 1,218. Ms. 16,009 Sy.R. P. 557,954. RESERVES FROM SALE AND LEASE GENERALLY. (1957, May 17). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1590. Retrieved from