September 16 - 22, 2018: Issue 376


Historic Photographers Of Pittwater: The Macpherson Family - Memories On GlassExhibition As Part Of The State Library Of N.S.W. Open Day On October 6th, 2018

Pittwater Online News had a call from Margot Riley, Curator at the State Library of N.S.W., who related the very exciting news that 70 of the Macpherson family photos attributed to William Joseph will form part of the October 6th Open Day at the Library in an Exhibition called 'Memories on Glass'.

In February 2017, the State Library was delighted to announce major philanthropic funding to deliver their new galleries as part of plans to transform the Mitchell Building. The Michael Crouch Family Galleries on the first floor offer an imaginative showcase for the vast  collections, among the richest national resources exploring the history, development and culture of Australia.

The opening exhibitions feature:

  • more than 300 works from the Library’s collection of landscape and portrait oil paintings
  • the six UNESCO Memory of the World collections, displayed together for the first time, including First Fleet journals, personal diaries of Australian soldiers on the Western Front and the world’s largest glass-plate negatives of Sydney Harbour taken in 1875
  • a collaboration with Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones and four Sydney elders that tells personal stories of Aboriginal Sydney and how the elders have continued the legacy of their ancestors
  • extraordinary images of Sydney captured by the Macpherson family of enthusiastic amateur photographers at the turn of the 20th century

Margot will be speaking at 11 am about the 'Memories on Glass' exhibition and then giving a guided tour of all the exhibition spaces afterwards that but there will be talks and tours running all day. 

Local History buffs will be interested to hear about Margot's findings about the Macpherson photographic collection which confirm that these images were taken over a much longer time frame than first thought - from 1875 through to the 1930s - and that there were actually several photographers in the Macpherson Family - not just William Joseph. 

"In fact, the most professional camera operator in the family was probably Edward Hume Macpherson," Margot says, "whose pictures were published and discussed in the Australasian Photographic Review: eg: 

Supplement to the Australasian Photographic Review, Vol. 8, No. 6, p.35, 22 June 1901. NB: mistakenly credited as C H Macpherson in this instance.

Based on Margot's revised time-frame for creation of the Macpherson archive - using visual analysis combined with genealogical information and costume dating - she has also been able to suggest quite a few revised identifications for family members and the sites of their activities. 

"As you can imagine it is a big story and there is still much to discover but the exhibition will enable us to highlight what we've uncovered so far..." Margot said on Friday.

Pretty exciting information - and no doubt Pittwater Online News will be able to update our own insights into this wonderful family who gave the name 'Warriewood' to a place here. A Sydney Mail item found while researching the Pittwater road as part of the Roads TO Pittwater series, using Macpherson photographs, has already been added in.*

After a dance around the office, yes Pittwater Online News will be attending Margot's talk, it was obvious the Macpherson page should get a re-run to get you into the spirit and inspire you to visit our own Mitchell Library, the State Library of N.S.W. on October 6th - or during the coming school holidays.

There's a lot more happening for all ages at the Open Day - Library Open Day:

Celebrate with us!
Library Open Day

We’re opening up the Library with six free exhibitions, interactive digital experiences and a rich program of fun activities for the whole family. Be the first to visit our new galleries and learning centre at our free Open Day on Saturday 6 October, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Start the day at 10am on the steps of the Mitchell Building with a Smoking Ceremony. 

Come and enjoy:

  • Craft activities, dress-ups, storytellers, balloon twisters, kids tours and our new adventure trail
  • Free workshops with children’s authors and illustrators Aura Parker and Tim Harris
  • Curator talks and special tours (English and Mandarin)
  • Author talks with Caroline Baum, the Library’s inaugural reader-in-residence
  • Free family history and HSC workshops
  • Free workshop using the Library’s eresources

The Library café will be open from 10 am.


* History pages that are accumulating/forming an ever expanding interlinked (hyperlinked) 'map' in Pittwater Online News are revisited an average of 100 thousand times each every year and are used as an information resource by all ages - adding new information in to a certain page as and when it is found is part of the process being undertaken to maintain and offer as much as possible on each subject in a permanently and easily accessible platform. 

We are indebted to residents and family members who generously provide the opportunity to speak with them and share as yet unseen/unknown family materials along with the State libraries in every state of Australia, particularly the State Library of N.S.W., National Library of Australia, the Powerhouse Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, National Museum of Australia, National Archives of Australia, State Library of Victoria, along with a host of overseas libraries from France through to the U.S.A. who have also provided access to materials and made these available for all for all time through their digitisation programs of newspapers, art works, records and photographs. 

As Margot says 'it is a big story and there is still much to discover' - but what a project to undertake!

Thank you all for all your help so far.


The Macphersons Of Wharriewood: The William Joseph Macpherson Albums

The photographer, William Joseph Macpherson, his wife, Gertrude, and a young girl (probably their daughter Catherine Dorothy) in image no. 1 of Box 2 - Image No.: c071150001, Glass negatives including images of boating, beaches, motoring and houses in the Sydney region, ca 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson - courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.
William Joseph Macpherson on Narrabeen Lagoon - 'Narrabeen' (nos. 45-46, 48-51). Circa 1890 to 1910 - from State Library of NSW Album: 'Box 21: Glass negatives including views of New Zealand farms, Sydney Harbour, Narrabeen, and maypole dancing at the SCG, ca. 1890-1910.' Presented by David William Macpherson, 2014 - Above: c071860040 in this series - courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.
In 2014 the State Library of NSW acquired a collection of 400 glass plate negatives taken by William Joseph Macpherson (1866-1923) between 1890 and 1910. The photographs were presented to the Library in 2014 by a descendant of Macpherson, David William Macpherson, having been passed down through the family. 

The photographs have now been digitised and have been uploaded for viewing and commenting on the Library's Flickr page. The making these available to the wider public is a boon for Pittwater residents, researchers and historians as Warriewood and parts of Narrabeen stem from the sale of land owned by the Macpherson family - the name Warriewood itself comes from this family and was used as a second name for some relatives:

Wharrie is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides islands. It comes from Guaire, an old Gaelic personal name meaning noble or proud


— Blue Certificate to Lyn Macpherson (16), "Wharriewood," Hopetoun-ave., MosmanNo title (1934, April 22). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 3 (SUNBEAMS SUPPLEMENT). Retrieved from 

William Joseph Macpherson was born on March 25, 1866, at Surry Hills, New South Wales. He was the second eldest child of Edward Augustus Macpherson, who arrived at Port Jackson in 1833 aged 10 months. Edward Augustus Macpherson was the son of Joseph Wharrie and Catherine Macpherson. He took an assignment of land dated December 28, 1875 and house known as “Hawthornden” in Roslyndale Avenue, Woollahra, New South Wales. The Macpherson family resided there between 1876 and 1902 but remained associated with the site until 1918. 

Macpherson was an enthusiastic amateur photographer, documenting Sydney streets and beaches, parades and boating events, trips to the countryside (including the Blue Mountains and Woy Woy), family members and cars. The photographs are a superb snapshot of turn of the century life, capturing many aspects of Sydneysiders going about their daily activities. 

They also allow us to see images of Manly, Narrabeen and Warriewood not previously sighted and share some insights into a family that had so much influence on our area, as well as other places, and yet remained a fairly private people who, from these images, appear to revel in the simple life and family.

Joseph Wharrie Macpherson who passed away after almost two decades in the colony:

MACPHERSON JOSEPH 1180/1856 AGE 57 YEARS DIED SURRY HILLS CHIPPENDALE  Born 1799 or 1805 - NSW Births, Deaths Marriages records 

Of dropsy, on the 25th instant, at his residence, Bourke- street, Surry Hills, Mr. Joseph Macpherson,sen., aged 51, late of the Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney, after a lingering illness, which he bore with Christian resignation. Family Notices (1856, May 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from 

THE FRIENDS of the late Mr. JOSEPH MACPHERSON, senior, are respectfully informed that his funeral will move from his late residence, Bourke-street, Surry Hills, opposite Thurlow's-terrace, THIS AFTERNOON, at 3 o'clock p.m. 27th May, 1856. Family Notices (1856, May 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from 

In The Supreme Court of New South Wales. 
In the will of Joseph Macpherson, the elder, of Bourke-street, Surry Hills, in the Sydney Hamlets, gentleman, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen-days from the publication hereof, application will be made to this Honorable Court byJames Hume and Reverend William Slatyer, that probate of the said Will may be granted to them, as the Executors therein named.-—Dated this 26th day of May, 1856.
W. W. Billyard
Proctor for said Executors,
Macquarie-street, Sydney. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. (1856, May 30). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 1551. Retrieved from 

His mother remarried, her husband being James Hume, the gentleman named in his father's Will.

HUME—MACPHERSON—September 25th, by the Rev. William Slatyer, Mr.  James Hume, to Mrs. Catherine Macpherson, both of Sydney. Family Notices (1858, October 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from 

James Hume was the original Architect) for St. James's CathedralAdvertising (1837, October 27). The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 - 1848), p. 3. Retrieved from 

To the Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.
Sir,-Your correspondent D. is quite correct in reference to the construction of the granite tramways on the Commercial Road, London, the paving between the intervals of the lines consisting of the common stone pitching used throughout the London roadways at the time of its construction, which took place before macadamised toads were tried in the metropolis.
I may mention that this stone tramway was laid down for the especial service of the East India Company. Their long horse trains of covered waggons travelled the two lines during the whole of the day, earning goods from the East India Docks to the Company's East London warehouses ; proceeding down the east side of the Commercial Road, and returning to the Docks for further loadings by the west. So far from any objection being made by the residents on either side of that long line of road, the great advantages of these tramways were at once recognised by the numerous merchants and traders having constant dray and waggon communications with the great inlets and outlets for foreign trade by moans of the Commercial Road. Although the centre of the roadway was always kept, by the Road Trust, in that excellent condition which the extensive daily traffic required the great superiority of the granite blocks, by reason of the infinitely less injury done to the carriage-wheels than that inflicted fey the common stone pitching was speedily seen, and by payment of an additional toll to that of the ordinary turnpike rate, almost all the regular carters and draymen (the construction of whose wheels permitted their passing on the granite tram-ways) used them in preference to the centre road. Casual carters, however, made so many successful attempts to evade the additional toll by turning from the tramways when approaching the turnpike, that street keepers were appointed to prevent this practice.

Of the value of private trims to parties not connected with their constructors, an example may be cited in the case of the trams of the Australian Agricultural Company and Newcastle Coal and Copper Company, from the Newcastle and Burwood coal mines, a few miles from the town, and which run through part of it to the coal staiths on the river. Vehicles belonging to private individuals are allowed to be attached to the carriages, and on Saturdays, when the suburban residents go into Newcastle for their weekly market supplies, an empty coal carriage or two is made available for their use, and which is as great a service to the shopkeepers as it is to their customers.

Before I conclude, I may be permitted to add a few words in respect to the paving of the footpaths of Sydney. Various means have been tried by the civic authorities since the establishment of the first Municipal Council in 1842. The most favourite plan appears to have been to place a sandstone curbing along the line of street (although valuable granite is procurable within a few miles of Sydney), and to fill up the intervals between the curbs and the houses with clay or other earthy materials, whose virtues in respect to paving purposes are exemplified after a few hours' heavy rain. Now, if those who are interested in this important feature of street economy will take the trouble to inspect the pavement laid down by Mr. James Hume, architect, so far back as 1841, before his residence in Elizabeth-street, they will perceive how easily and economically a -permanent and substantial footpath may be constructed. It is formed of a stone conglomerate, curbed and bound by granite blocks, and,- although laid down about fourteen years, it now shews but faint signs of wear or tear. To those who may desire to know the composition of the conglomerate, I will refer them to the file of theSydney Morning Herald for the last half of the year 1844 (the date I cannot conveniently place my hand upon at this moment), and a perusal of Mr. Hume's description of the composition in question, together with his able advocacy of the use of it for paving the footpaths throughout the city and suburbs, will amply repay the trouble of the search.
I am, Sir, your obedient servant, A
Sydney, July 24th. 
STREET TRAMWAYS. (1858, July 26).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from 

HUME On the 15th instant, at his residence, 137, Elizabeth-street, Sydney, suddenly, of disease of the heart, JAMES HUME, Esq., architect and surveyor, in his 64th year. Family Notices (1868, November 18). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from

FUNERAL.—The Friends of the late JAMES HUME, Esq., Architect, are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, THIS MORNING; to move from his residence, Elizabeth-street, at 9 o'clock, and proceed to the Cemetery, Devonshire-street. R. STEWART, Undertaker, Bathurst and Pitt streets.Family Notices (1868, November 17). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from

James Hume, deceased, intestate.
PURSUANT to the Act of parliament 22nd and 23rd Victoria, cap. 35, section 29, intituled An Act to further amend the Law of Real Property and to relieve Trustees, and pursuant to the Act of the Legislature of New South Wales 26 Victoria number 12, section 29, intituled an Act to amend the Law of Property and further to relieve Trustees,—Notice is hereby given, that all persons having any claims or demands against or upon the estate of James Hume, late of 137 Elizabeth-street, Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, architect, deceased (who died at Sydney aforesaid, on or about the fifteenth day of November one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, and letters of administration of whose goods, chattels, credits, and effects, were, on the third day of April one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine, granted by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, to Edward Augustus Macpherson and Joseph Macpherson, both of Sydney aforesaid), are hereby required to send in particulars of such claims or demands to the said Edward Augustus Macpherson and Joseph Macpherson as such administrators, or to their Solicitors, Messieurs Roxburgh, Slade, & Spain, Exchange, Sydney aforesaid, on or before the thirty-first day of July next; and in default thereof, the said administrators will after that day proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims and demands of which they shall then have had notice, and the said administrators will not be liable for the assets, or any part thereof so distributed to any person or persons of whose claims they shall not then have had notice.—Dated this fifth day of November, 1869.
Solicitors for the Administrators,
Exchange, Sydney. James Hume, deceased, intestate. (1869, December 3). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 3137. Retrieved from

Edward Augustus’s Marriage:

On Thursday, 1st May, by special license, at Christ Church, Sydney, by the Rev. Conon Walsh, Edward Augustus Macpherson, to Catherine Wiseman. Family Notices (1862, May 7). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from 

On the 1st instant, by the Rev. Canon Walsh, Mr. Edward A. Macpherson, of Bourke-street, Surry Hills, to Miss Catherine Wiseman, youngest daughter of Mr. Charles Wiseman, tailor, and sister to Mrs. Louis Bernstein, Castlereagh-street South. Family Notices (1862, May 8). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from 

Their children were Edward Hume (born 1863), William Joseph (Born 1866) Tertius Horatio (born 1872) Lucy Isabel (born 1875) and:
BIRTHS. MACPHERSON.—July 11, at Hawthornden, Woollahra, the wife of E. A. Macpherson, of a son. 
DEATHS MACPHERSON.—July 14, at Hawthornden, Woollahra, Augustus Charles, infant son of E. A. Macpherson. Family Notices (1877, July 23).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from 

MACPHERSON.-May 5, at Hawthornden,Woollahra, the wife of E. A. Macpherson, of a daughter. Family Notices (1879, May 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from 

MACPHERSON -August 10, at her late residence Maman Cochet, 370 Oxford street, Woollahra Effie (Feff) Augusta Macpherson, youngest daughter of the late E. A. Macpherson, of Hawthornden Edgecliff road, Woollahra, of consumption, aged 26 years. Family Notices (1905, August 11). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from 

MACPHERSON.—December 7, at Hawthornden, Edgecliff-road, Woollahra, the wife of E. A. Macpherson, of a son. Family Notices (1885, December 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from 
MACPHERSON.— December 7, at Hawthornden, Edgecliff-road, Woollahra, the wife of E. A. Macpherson, of a son. Family Notices (1886, January 2). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 47. Retrieved from 

This son, born a few weeks prior to Christmas 1885, is Septimus Wharrie Macpherson:

Never before perhaps in the criminal annals of the colony has such a remarkable case of impersonation come before the Supreme Court as that which occupied his Honor Mr. Justice Boucaut on Wednesday. The prisoners were Wm. Cameron Llewellyn and Frank Wiseman Loader, of Sydney. On March 12 Mr. E. A. Macpherson, justice of the peace, of Sydney, arrived in Adelaide from New South Wales via Melbourne, and the prisoners came by the same boat, having made the same journey throughout. Nothing beyond the ordinary civilities common to fellow passengers had passed between the three during the voyage, but on arrival at Port Adelaide Llewellyn and Loader asked Mr. Macpherson where he intended staying, and he replied the York Hotel, where the pair also put up. During their stay here the three frequently met at meals and in the smoking-room. There did not appear to be any great intimacy between them, but Llewellyn once took Mr. Macpherson into his confidence, alleging that he and Loader had been into a certain House the previous evening, and had been robbed of the whole of their money—some £17—with the exception of 16s. Loader next approached Mr. Macpherson to borrow some money with which to pay his bill at the hotel, but the request was refused. Llewellyn, however, soon found out a scheme for obtaining money from him. Mr. Macpherson had asked Loader to post a letter for him, together with a newspaper, bearing the name "Septimus Wharrie Macpherson." This must have been shown to Llewellyn, as the next day he asked Mr. Macpherson who Septimus Wharrie was, and received the answer, "My youngest child." He further enquired Mrs. Macpherson’s address in Sydney, and got it. On March 31 Mr. Macpherson was preparing to leave by the steamer Iberia, and in the evening of that day he was in the smoking-room writing a telegram to his daughter to apprise his family of his return by the steamer Iberia, when Llewellyn entered saying," Oh, you're in a hurry, I will send that telegram." It was placed in his hands for dispatch, and on April 1 Mr. Macpherson left. The telegram was not however sent, but in its place one was forwarded to Mrs. Macpherson asking for £100 by wire, and on April 1 when Mr. Macpherson had gone Loader received £100 from the money-order office, which Mrs. Macpherson had forwarded, assuming that it was for her husband. This appears to have emboldened Llewellyn, who was the leading spirit in the matter, and he sent a second wire asking for £50 in Mr. Macpherson's name, giving as a reason that "expenses greater than anticipated." But Mrs. Macpherson fearing that all was not correct, and wishing to put the sender of the message to a slight test, asked the name of her youngest child. Llewellyn was able to come out of this triumphantly, and he at once wired back— " £50 as requested; baby's full name Septimus Wharrie; mind don't delay." On April 3 Loader, after saying once " I wont do it,’' was prevailed upon by Llewellyn to re-enter the money-order office and draw the £50 which Mrs. Macpherson had transmitted after the receipt of the above message. On the same day the pair left for Sydney, whence Detective Hampton brought them back. The jury found both prisoners guilty, and his Honor sentenced Loader to five years imprisonment, adding that he would not be an obstacle to his friends endeavoring to get a remission of the sentence. In sentencing Llewellyn to a term of seven years' imprisonment his Honor said he had been the means of mining Loader for life. Loader burst into tears on bearing his sentence, but Llewellyn, who had preserved a jaunty air throughout, did not move a muscle of his face until his Honor commented severely on the ruin that he had caused, when, he appeared to acutely feel his position. Llewellyn has a mother in Sydney of independent means, while Loader has occupied a good position during the past two years, and has means of his own. The Advertiser. THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1886. (1886, June 3). The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), p. 4. Retrieved from 

Later that same year another case of someone attempting to steal from Edward Augustus:

First Court-(Before his Honor Mr. District Court Judge WILKINSON.)
This was an action to recover £200 damages for alleged malicious prosecution.. The plaintiff was Edward Ramsay, house and land agent, and the defendant Edward A Macpherson, J.P., property owner, residing at Woollahra. The plaintiff alleged that defendant had falsly and maliciously charged him before a Justice of the Peace with having fraudulently embezzled certain money of his (Macpherson's), and that, consequently, a summons was issued, and the plaintiff Was taken before the Justice, imprisoned for a long time, and, committed for, trial, whereas upon coming to trial the Judge presiding directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty, and he was discharged, it appeared that on the 1st October the present plaintiff, Edward Ramsay, was charged before his Honor Judge Murray and a jury of 12 with having on the 10th January embezzled the sum of £10, on the 2oth February £8 10s., and on the 9th March £7 10s.,.the money of his employer, Edward Augustus Macpherson. Briefly the circumstance of the case appeared to have been, as follows : The plaintiff, Ramsay, acted as agent to Macpherson for the collection of certain rents, which on collection he was accustomed to pay into his own banking account, sending a cheque to his employer at intervals, and deducting his commission. In May last Ramsay became insolvent, and wrote to Macpherson informing him of the fact, and accounting for it by stating that he had been robbed of a large amount, and the bank had -stopped his overdraft, consequently the rentals in question could not be paid by him. It was stated that Ramsay had debited himself with the sums, but had, so he stated, owing to misfortune, failed to pay them over. On the other hand, it was stated that plaintiff had denied the receipt of the money, but this was in turn denied. Upon the occasion of the trial his Honor hold that the circumstances were such as not to support the crime charged, and the jury, by direction, returned a verdict of not guilty, and the defendant was discharged. Plaintiff then brought the present action. Mr. Aubrey Davis, instructed by Messrs. Levy and Homsley, appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. Teece, instructed by Mr. Gannon, for the defendant. In a second case the same plaintiff sued William Broadhurst Mitchell, Darling Point, to recover a like amount on a similar charge. In this case the same counsel appeared, Mr. Teece being instructed by Messrs. John 'Dewson and Sons, In a third case the plaintiff sued Martin Haydon, Central Hotel, Market-street, Sydney, to recover a similar amount, for alleged malicious prosecution. In this case Mr. Teece was instructed by Messrs. Slattery and Heydon.

His HONOR said that he considered the defendants to be entitled to a verdict. It was not for him to say whether plaintiff had been guilty of any criminal act or not, and assuming his account of the loss of his property to be correct he was entitled to every sympathy; so that he wished it to be distinctly understood that he did not in any way, upon the evidence before him, desire to reflect upon the plaintiff's character. It was, however, quite plain to him that on the facts brought before them the magistrates had ample evidence upon which to convict, but as to whether it was sufficient to convict the plaintiff whoa before a jury he could not say, but he should think if he had bean a jury-man in the case he would have acquitted Ramsay. As to whether the defendants had any ground for the cases initiated by them, he considered that the circumstances connected with Ramsay's alleged loss of money were such if the defendants were not satisfied with the explanation given to justify them in the proceedings they took. He believed the defendants acted in perfectly good faith, and were not actuated by malice, and that there was reasonable cause, from what took place between the respective parties, to justify them in the course they had taken. It was plain to his mind that the evidence showed that these three defendants believed, at the bottom of their hearts, that a crime had been committed by Ramsay, and if they so believed, and had good grounds, as they thought, for so doing, it was quite plain they were entitled to a verdict. He therefore gave a verdict for the defendant in each case. METROPOLITAN DISTRICT COURT.—MONDAY. (1886, December 21). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from 

SUBSCRIPTIONS and DONATIONS received from 1st to 30th SEPTEMBER, 1880:
E. A. Macpherson, Hawthornden, Woollahra.
Joseph Macpherson, per E. A. Macpherson  Advertising (1880, October 1). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from 

Season Tickets for tramway: Advertising (1881, October 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from 

The following is a list of the new magistrates appointed by the Government, and whose appointments were confirmed at the last meeting of the Executive Council. The names appear in a supplement to yesterday's Government Gazette … Edward Augustus Macpherson,  Hawthornden, Woollahra.  NEW MAGISTRATES. (1883, August 4).The Sydney Daily Telegraph (NSW : 1879 -1883), p. 6. Retrieved from 

Why 'Hawthornden'? - the property was originally owned by a Major Roberts, who in 1874 was leaving - his property soon to become Edward Augustus home for his children:

Advertising (1874, December 18). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved from

Some Famous Relict
"Drummon of Hawthornden." the Scottish poet of the end of the sixteenth century, and the beginning of the seventeenth, made his beloved house of Hawthornden immortal; but it deserves that gift on account of its own beauty. It is a home of romance and was so in the days of the poet, tit for the romance of his old life, when at the age of 68 years, after mourning for a life-time the death of his daughter of Cunninghame of Barnes on the eve of their wedding, he met Elizabeth I-iOgan of Restairig, loved her for her resemblance to his first love, and married her. The present owner is a lineal descendant of the poet's father, and is Sir James Hamlyn Williams Drummond, fifth baronet, who resides mostly on his Welsh estate of Edwin ford. Llandila. ! The river North Esk flows through the grounds, forming "The Den." and Sir Walter Scott wrote of the district in "The Lay of the Last .Minstrel"— 
O'er rtoslin all that dreary night, 
A wondrous blaze was seen to gleam, 
Twas broader than the watch-fire light. 
And redder -than the bright moonbeam. 
It glared on Hoslin's castled rock. 
It ruddied all the copse-like glen; 
'Twas seen from Dryden's groves of oak, 
And seen from caverned Hawthorn den. 
The den is wonderfully deep and close, with great rugged rocks, perpendicular and threatening, rising front the bed of the stream. In those rocks an extraordinary feature is the series of caves, historic in the War of Independence, associated with the the names of Wallace Bruce, and also, in the later days, with that of Knox, for they were "Wallace's Refuge" and one of them is "Bruce's Library," and another was "Knox's Pulpit." 
On the cliffs rises the castle, held in its earliest records by the family of Abernethy, deriving their name, so it is said, from the Culdee At'bacy of Abernothy, Sir Lawrence de Abernethy held the castle for Edward I of England, and was on the march to help Edward II. when he heard of the defeat of that King at Bannockburn His informant was the Douglas, whom he met in pursuit of the English; so he promptly changed sides and joined in the pursuit His wisdom deserted him later, and he on the wrong side in 1837 and probably earlier, as Sir Alexander Kamtav of Dalhousie was in possession of Hawthornden in that year, and also captured Abernethy. *ho had been fighting Douglas bravely and with much success. Although Abernethy's estates were forfeited and given by charter to Ramsay, they are ... possession of a son of Abernethy soon afterwards. Ultimately a daughter of Sir Walter passed them on to her nephew. Sir Walter Douglas, by charter; and the family of Douglas sold Hawthornden to Sir John Drummond, son of Sir Robert Drummond, who was master of Works to King James V.. and Surveyor of all Kings buildings. Sir Robert, a  det of the Drummonds of Carnock, died in 1592. and had evidently gained a good repute, for Alexander Montgomerie, the poet, wrote: — 
This realm may rew 
That he is gone to grave. 
All buildings brave 
Bid Drummond now adieu. 
Tradition says that a two-handed sword belonged to King Robert the Bruce. It is five feet two inches in length, and has a quadruple guard of cross shape, the guard being eleven inches from point to point. The blade is practically straight, much worn, and not very thick, a very businesslike weapon. Making allowance for its six hundred years of age, it must have been a very deadly tool in the hands of so capable a wielder as the king. There is no inscription on it. but an inspection would not make it more convincing. Another relic is a table which belonged to Robert III. and his Queen, Annabella Drummond. The front parts are handsomely carved, and the back parts straightened by plain uncarved legs. A centre panel in the front has the lion rampant of Scotland arid the date 1396, while at the corners are repeated the initials, "Il.S." in monogram, with "111.'" underneath; and in the centre of the ends is the monogram, "A.D." There are painting of Mary Queen of Scots, and of personages connected with the family ot Drummond, and some of later date by Sir Henry Raeburn. Captain John Forbes, who married Mary Ogilvie, is so represented. The other Raeburn is that of Lady Drummond, wife of the second baronet. Captain Forbes is painted in his naval uniform; he was a distinguished officer, who was made a baronet for his services in 182S, under the style of Sir John Forbes-Drummond, Baronet. 
The long line of the modern house forms the north side of the courtyard and has its west end extended to a railed in platform, from which is obtained an impressive view of the river at the bottom of the ravine. There the observer sees the river flowing towards him, the rocky sides of the glen sinking almost- straight down to the water. The north front presents a wonderful view as it is built absolutely on the edge of the cliff, with the windows overlooking a tremendous chasm. One of the rocks close to the house has the romantic name of "The Lovers' Loup" from a tradition that two disconsolate lovers sprang from it rather than be separated. This front shows the Scottish feature of a round, tower with a conical roof, two dormer windows, and two crow-stepped gables.' The entrance to the courtyard is close to the "keep." One enters through a thick wall into a passage, which has a stair on the left leading to rooms above, the walls provided with horizontal shot-boles. A pediment above contains a square panel, which has the Drummond and Scott arms, impaled on a shield. On the door is a knocker which tradition asserts belonged to King Robert III.—(Weekly Scotsman.) HAWTHORNDEN (1928, June 14).Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), p. 10. Retrieved from 


Here is Hawthornden, gem of Midlothian — embowered in trees, and undermined with caves — the home of William Drummond, Scottish scholar and poet of the seventeenth century. It mi as to this picturesque and romantic spot that Ben Jonson walked from London on foot in order to pass a few weeks with the Scottish poet among these classic solitudes. Hawthornden (1932, March 16). Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 2. Retrieved from 

These weren't the only Scotch people to name a new home after what an old one stood for - unfortunately this one comes through to us because of a tragedy - no link has been established with the the Macpherson families of Warriewood, just the Macpherson Clan - this one on the other side of our continent:

One of the most terrible tragedies it has ever fallen to our task to chronicle occurred at Newcastle on Wednesday evening, when a well-known settler of the Toodyay district and his wife were murdered by a man in their employ. About four miles from the town of Newcastle Mr. and Mrs. John Macpherson, and their son and daughter, both of whom are barely in their teens, live on their farm which is known as Hawthornden. The father was upwards of seventy years of age, and the mother was likewise well advanced in age, while the boy and girl were aged eleven and fourteen years respectively. These four persons were, it appears, all on the premises on Wednesday night, and there was also staying there a man named John Johnson, who is said to have been in Mr. Macpherson's employ. The family appear to have re-tired to rest at their usual hour, and it was after they had gone to bed that the events of the terrible outrage occurred. According to the telegrams, Mr. Macpherson was found by those whom his daughter summoned for assistance, shot through the head, and lying outside the dwelling-house, while, in one of the rooms of the house, lay Mrs. Macpherson, who had been literally battered to death. A third victim was tho boy, whom they found lying in bed, wounded in the head so seriously as to render the chances of his recovery exceedingly doubtful. The witness of this shocking tragedy was the fourth member of the family, Miss Macpherson, who, probably, would also have fallen a victim to the murderer's hand, had she not escaped through the window, and summoned assistance. The perpetrator of the outrage is said to have been a man named John Johnson, who has left the premises, and is now at large. Two parties of police are in pursuit of him, and they are on his tracks. It is reported that he is armed with a gun, and it is probable that there will be some difficulty in effecting his capture. The whole town of Newcastle has been thrown into a state of excitement by the tragic occurrence, and it formed the chief topic of conversation in the city on Thursday.
Our correspondent at Newcastle wired the following particulars, at nine o'clock on Thursday morning :
" A most dreadful tragedy occurred last night at Hawthornden. Mr. and Mrs. Macpherson were brutally murdered. Their son also was attacked, and there are no hopes of recovery. The daughter escaped through the window. The perpetrater is supposed to be a man named Johnson, who is still at large. The inquest is now on.” SHOCKING TRAGEDY AT NEWCASTLE. A WELL-KNOWN SETTLER AND HIS WIFE MURDERED. (1889, January 19).Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954), p. 29. Retrieved from 

Mr. E. A Macpherson seemed to write similar letters as those that wold be dispatched to Warringah Shire Council during the first four decades of its existence:

The following, amongst other correspondence, was dealt with;— A communication from Mr. E. A. M'Pherson, Hawthornden, Edgecliffe-road, requesting that the work in connection with the drainage of his property, bounded on the north by Boronia-street, on the east by Bourke-street, and on the south by Telopea street, be done without delay, was referred, to the improvement committee. Borough Councils. (1887, July 23). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 6. Retrieved from 

William Joseph Macpherson's photographs of this childhood home:

Including the Garden House of 'Hawthornden', Woollahra (no's. 1-3), stone gates of 'Hawthornden' (no. 4), 'Hawthornden', Woollahra (no's. 5-6), Box 03: Glass negatives of the Sydney and Blue Mountains regions, ca 1890-1910. Images No.: c071770004, c071770003, c071170004H, c071170002H (Garden House), c071170001 (Garden House - girls tapping in sign which reads 'Norena' - sisters Lucy and Effie or William's wife and his mother?), c071170005,  c071770008 and c071170006H - courtesy State Library of NSW

Is this Effie or Gertrude - the same slim girl tapping in the sign to the Garden House - the same stakes for an arbour and bed of daises can be seen in the lead path to the house? Tim Macpherson, son of David who donated these valuable items, states this is Lucy Isabel, as is the photo of 'Corn Girl' - Lucy also passed away when young:

From Box 04 Glass negatives of the Sydney and Blue Mountains regions, ca 1890-1910. By William Joseph Macpherson. Images No.: c071400001 and c071400002 - courtesy State Library of NSW.

MACPHERSON -August 10, at her late residence Maman Cochet, 370 Oxford street, Woollahra Effie (Feff) Augusta Macpherson, youngest daughter of the late E. A. Macpherson, of Hawthornden Edgecliff road, Woollahra, of consumption, aged 26 years. Family Notices (1905, August 11). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from 

MACPHERSON.-October 22, at her mother's residence, 45 Hereford-street, Glebe Point, Lucy Isabel, eldest daughter of the late E. A. Macpherson, aged 34 years. No cards. Family Notices (1909, October 25). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from

The Macpherson daughters of Edward Augustus or Catherine Dorothy - Image No.: c071770010 (possibly with her Narrabeen - Warriewood cousins).
courtesy State Library of NSW

Lucy Isabel or Catherine Dorothy - Image No.:  c071860053,  c071400003, Box 21 - courtesy State Library of NSW

Edward Hume never married. 

Edward Hume Macpherson, Image No.: c071800001 and c071670004 - From: Box 12, Views of Whakarewarewa, New Zealand, ca. 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW.

William's mother Catherine Macpherson, died 1894 (nee Wiseman), (?) Images No.: c071630019 and c071630018,  courtesy State Library of NSW.

William did, the daughter of a Captain aboard the steamers that plied the coasts of New South Wales. William's Marriage

MACPHERSON— FLETCHER.— October 22, .at the residence of the bride's parents, Adraville, Jane- street, Balmain, by the Rev. James Cosh, William Joseph, second son of E. A. Macpherson, of Woollahra, to Gertrude (Buddie), fourth daughter of Captain A. Fletcher. Family Notices (1890, November 19). The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909), p. 1. Retrieved from 

Gertrude's parents:
FLETCHER—WATSON—June 24th, at Pyrmont, by License, by the Rev. John M'Gibbon, Captain A.Fletcher, to Jemima, 2nd Daughter of the late Mr. James Watson, of Sydney. Family Notices (1858, July 10). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from 

Gertrude's birth occurred soon after her parents lost her sister: 

FLETCHER—February 6th, at Terrara, Shoalhaven, Mrs. Archibald Fletcher, of a daughter. Family Notices (1870, February 25). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from 

On the 23rd instant at Terrara, Shoalhaven, Mary Turner youngest daughter of Archibald and Jemima Fletcher, aged 3 years and 7 months, of croup. Family Notices (1870, January 25). Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), p. 1. Retrieved from 

FLETCHER —On the 22nd May, at her residence, Wattle street, Sandhurst, Jemima, the beloved wife of Archibald Fletcher, and sister to J. B. Watson, Esq., aged thirty-nine years. Family Notices (1876, May 27). Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), p. 18 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved from 

FLETCHER.— May 21, at her residence, Sandhurst, Victoria, Jemima, the beloved wife of Archibald Fletcher, and sister of Mr. James Watson, and Mrs. J. Bowd, of Sydney. Family Notices (1876, May 23). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from 

Still another old resident of this suburb has gone the way of all flesh, after a long and painful illness at his residence, Jane-street. We refer to Captain Fletcher, who was for many years in the service of the Illawarra Steamship Company, and he became quite a figure-head of the steamer portion of that company. The captain was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland, in 1828, and he came to Sydney 27 years afterwards (1853), immediately afterwards joining the Illawarra Co., in which service he continued till 1903 (with the exception of a short break during a visit to Victoria), when he retired to live on his means. During that long service he commanded most of the company's fleet and was the most popular captain in the service. He, being of a genial disposition, was warmly respected by all with whom he came in contact, and he was highly esteemed in shipping circles. The captain had resided for twenty years in this suburb. He has left a widow and an unmarried daughter at his late home, and five daughters and three sons by a previous marriage, all of whom are married and settled down in various parts of the State. His funeral, which took place on Thursday, was largely attended by friends and relatives. He was interred at the Waverley Cemetery, The Moderator (Dr. Waugh) and the Rev. J. F. Blair conducted a service at the house, and the Rev. Mr. Blair officiated at the grave- side, where the deceased was also accorded a Masonic funeral, he having been an old member of the Balmain Lodge. Messrs. Wood and Co. attending to the funeral arrangements. CAPTAIN FLETCHER. (1905, February 11). Balmain Observer and Western Suburbs Advertiser (NSW : 1884 - 1907), p. 3. Retrieved from 

Captain Archibald Fletcher, of the I.S.N. Co., was, at a largely, attended meeting of Shoalhaven residents held at the Temperance Hall, Terara, on Sept. 23, 1870, presented with an address and a gold lever watch, the cost of which had been raised by one-shilling subscriptions in the district. Mr. .John McArthur presided. Five hundred and fifty persons subscribed to the testimonial, the presentation of which was made by Mr. Aldcorn. Several speakers referred to the high esteem in which Captain-Fletcher was hold and which he had won by his courtesy and gentlemanly bearing at all times during the many years he had resided in the district, and particularly while in the steam company's service. Captain Fletcher, in acknowledging the presentation, said he was pleased to think he was on the best of terms with everybody. The rule that guided him through life was to do unto others as he would have them do unto him. A POPULAR SKIPPER. (1902, December 6). The Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser (NSW : 1891 - 1937), p. 4. Retrieved from 

FLETCHER. — February 7, 1905, at his late residence, Adraville, Jane- street, Balmain,  Captain Archibald Fletcher, aged 76 years. Family Notices (1905, February 11).Balmain Observer and Western Suburbs Advertiser (NSW : 1884 - 1907), p. 6. Retrieved from 

FLETCHER.—The Funeral of the late Captain ARCHIBALD FLETCHER (formerly with the Illawarra S.N. Company) will leave Adraville, Fawcett-street, Balmain, THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON, at1.45, for the Waverley Cemetery. WOOD and COMPANY, Funeral Directors, etc . Family Notices (1905, February 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from 

William and Gertrude had two sons and a daughter, Archibald William Roy (born February 19, 1892) Jack Douglas (born July 20th, 1893) and Catherine Dorothy (born 1894).

MACPHERSON. - February 19, at her residence, Shirva, Young-street, North Sydney, the wife of William J. Macpherson, of a son. Family Notices (1892, February 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from 

Jack and Roy Christmas 1899 Hawthornden, Image No. c071770006Box 17 - courtesy State LIbrary of NSW, The Mitchell Library.

His father Edward Augustus held to that Scotch ethos that 'land is life' 

Roslyndale Villa: Advertising (1884, July 5). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 19. Retrieved from 

TO LET, Pine Point, Middle Harbour spit, near Clontarf.-FIFTY ACRES, Cottage 9 rooms, suitable for picnic grounds; steamer passes daily. Apply Mr. MACPHERSON,  Hawthornden,  Edgecllffe-road, Woollahra. Advertising (1889, February 7). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from 

ROCKLANDS, det., Edgecliffe-rd., To LET 10 rooms, outhouses, grds, b.r., Key Macpherson, Hawthornden. Advertising (1895, November 9).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from 
The meeting for the election of representatives to the tenth synod was held in the Christ Church schools on Tuesday. The Rev. E. Symonds was in the chair. Messrs. F. B. Wilkinson and George Michael were elected as synod representatives, and Messrs. F. B. Wilkinson, George Michael, and E. R. Garnsey were elected as nominators for the parish. At the close of the meeting an enlarged photograph of the late Rev. C. F. Garnsey was unveiled by Mr. E. R. Garnsey. The photograph is a gift to the school by the members of the family of Mr. E. A. Macpherson, of Hawthornden, Woollahra. CHURCH MEETINGS. (1895, January 25).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from 

Edward had a brother, also named Joseph Wharrie Macpherson:
Joseph MacPherson [on packet McPherson] Date of death 22 July 1885, Granted on 25 February 1886

In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
In the will and codicil thereto of Joseph MacPherson, late of No. 3, Hornton-street, in the parish of Kensington, London, but formerly of Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, solicitor, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof in the New South Wales Government Gazette, application will be made to this Honorable Court, in its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, that probate of the last will and testament of the above named deceased, who died on or about the 22nd day of July, a.d. 1885, may be granted to Edward Augustus MacPherson, the brother of the said deceased, and Edward Hume MacPherson, the eldest son of the said Edward Augustus MacPherson, both of Hawthornden, Edgecliffe Road, Woollahra, near Sydney, in the Colony aforesaid, the executors and trustees in the said will named.— Dated this 14th day of January, A.D. 1886.
Proctor for the said Executors. 98, Pitt-street, Sydney
ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. (1886, January 15). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 344. Retrieved from 

His mother left a great deal for then too:

In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
In the estate of Catherine Hume, late of Hawthornden, Edgecliffe Road, in the Borough of Woollahra, near Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, widow, deceased intestate.
APPLICATION will be made, after fourteen days from the publication hereof, that administration of the estate of the abovenamed deceased may begranted to Edward Augustus Macpherson, the son and only next of kin of the said deceased.
Proctors for the Applicant,
City Mutual Chambers, 66, Hunter-street, Sydney. PROBATE JURISDICTION. (1894, August 14). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 5112. Retrieved from 

The Owner Dies Intestate,
The estate of the late Catherine Hume, of Woollahra valued at £44,755, paid duty last week. The deceased died intestate. A RICH ESTATE. (1894, September 18).The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909), p. 6. Retrieved from 
A Large Estate.
The will of the late Catherine Hume, of Woollahra, upon which stamp duty to the amount of ,£790 4s. -was paid last week, was sworn at £44.755. The testator, died intestate. A Large Estate. (1894, September 17).Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 6. Retrieved from 

By 1900 - Hawthornden is for rent:

Advertising (1900, November 10). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved from 

MACPHERSON -January 12, at the residence of his son Edgecliff-road Edward Augustus Macpherson, aged 65 years. By special request, no cards. Family Notices (1902, January 16). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from 

MACPHERSON -In sad and loving remembrance of Edward Augustus Macpherson who died at his residence, Abner, Edgecliff road Woollahra, on Sunday evening 12th January 1902.  Family Notices (1907, January 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from 

The Macpherson family first started coming 'over the harbour' regularly to stay at a place which has become the name of the electorate, and formerly, a council adjoining Pittwater. The original spelling by the owners was 'Warringa' - taken from the name the people who had been dispossessed of their land, alike Macphersons and Wharries became the name for this other quieter home away from home - Middle Harbour — Warringa; 

The recent appointment of a committee from Government departments interested in spelling and pronouncing name is given to localities by the aborigines should secure a most desirable uniformity in the correct use by the public :of -the designation of many of our country towns. For the following reasons, however, it would be further desirable that other aboriginal nomenclature in this State should also be- 'used, and an extension in their Inquiries' given to this committee so that appropriate native names may be reverted .to. As we have but scant records in Australia, it cannot but be very desirable that any names used by them should be perpetuated when significant, and euphonious. An excellent authority, the late Rev. William Ridley, In his work on the 'Kamilaroi Dialect and other Native Languages,' has dilated on their wonderful inflection, and Rev. Peter MacPherson and Rev. John Fraser have also emphasised the euphonious construction of aboriginal local names. The historic remains of the early aborigines consisted almost wholly of ingenious weapons and carvings on sandstone rock, but few of the original weapons of the wild aboriginal now remain, and the keys to some of the dialects are lost. 

An invaluable collection of anthropological remains made in the early days by the trustees of the Australian Museum was unfortunately- destroyed in the Garden Palace fire, and can, never be replaced, so that the best use should be made of any records still in existence. Savants in the old world have repeatedly appealed to the Governments of Australia to preserve- any relics of the early aboriginal inhabitants, as owing to their isolation in the Antipodes comparatively little is known of them in scientific circles, although their ethnology is both ancient and interesting. The old European pioneers who were brought -into first contact with the aborigines in their wild state have now nearly all departed, but sufficient data should be obtained' before it is too late from any persons possessed of the knowledge so as to identify every important geographical feature, as originally named by the natives. The late Sir Thomas Mitchell, when Surveyor General, took a great interest in the aborigines, as is evidenced by his invention of .the screw-propeller, whose working was suggested to him by that remarkable aboriginal weapon, the boomerang. 

Mr. J. Larmer was one of the best known surveyors employed under him, and that gentleman prepared about 70 years ago a memorandum recording, from extensive personal observation and inquiry, the aboriginal names of many of the principal bays and promontories on the South and North shores of Port Jackson, from which, through the courtesy of the chief draftsman of the Land Department, the following names are extracted, showing the European designation then obtaining placed opposite to the original native names: 

— Billy Blue's Point — Waning area; Hulk Bay — Quiberie: Milson's Point— Kiarabilli ; Point East of Milson's— Wudyong; M'Laren's Store — TVurru Birri; Careening Cove Bay— Wete Weye- Point west of Robertson's — Kurraba; Robertson's Point — Wulwarrajevmg; Mosman's Whaling Estate Sirius Cove— Gorambulla gong: Bradley's Head — Burroggy; Chowder Bay — Koree; West Head— Gurugal; Middle Harbour — Warringa; North Harbour — Kunna; Frenchman's North Harbour, or Balgowlah Township— Jilling; Darling Harbour— Tumbulong; The Spit, Middle Harbour — Burrabru; Point east of Spit — Parriwi; Long Nose Point — Ytrroulbine; Goat Island— Milmil; Jack the Miller's Point — Coodye; Slaughterhouse Point — Tarra; Bennelong Point — Jubughalee; Mrs. Macquarie's Point — Yourong; Elizabeth Point — Jerrowan; Mr. Macleay's Point— Yarrandabby; Point Piper— Willarra; Rocky Point south of Vaucluse — Burrowey; Vaucluse Point — Moring; Siddon's and Watson's— Kutti; Lang's Point— Kubung hana; Sow and Pigs— Birrwi Birra; Shark Island— Boam Billy; Clark Island— Billongalolah. 

It will be seen on comparison that, since the making of this list by Mr. Larmer in 1837, the names of several of the localities given have been altered, as is evidenced on the map of the County of Cumberland issued from the Lands Department in 1891. For example, Hulk Bay is now called Lavender Bay, although it had also been previously renamed frc— Moxham Bay, and thus had three European names given to denote its early use by the hulk Phoenix, and by two sons-in-law of old 'Commodore' Billy Blue, who once resided in the locality. Kirribilli was renamed by the first settlers Milson's Point, but this latter name has been since given to the point west of it, fronting the grant of the late John Campbell of the wharf, whilst the original name of Kirribilli is retained for the eastern headland, where the old fort was erected, now adjoining the residence of the Admiral. The bay, which fronted the store of M'Laren, an early whaling merchant, is now styled Neutral Harbour ; and the designation previously given to it by Governor Phillip, owing to its being devoted by proclamation for the anchorage of foreign vessels, reverted to. 

Mosman's Whaling Estate; Sirius Cove; has been abbreviated to that of Mossman's, and the work of another pioneer merchant honoured, but the native name is almost unknown to the large population which has settled there of late years. Tarra, the western headland of Sydney Cove was first renamed; Point Maskolyne, then Slaughter-house Point, and then Dawes Point, after the astronomer who took the first observation there. Jack the Miller's Point has been abbreviated into Miller's Point, although the land has been long alienated from him to other private owners, notwithstanding the claim made about 40 years since by his son on his return after a long absence in foreign parts. Bennelong Point is still marked as such on the map, although the proper aboriginal local name is Torjegully, and it now is better known as Battery Point. 

The remarkable career of this early aborigine, Bennelong, is thus attempted to be perpetuated, no doubt, to recall to Australians yet unborn that he was one of the first aborigines taken to Europe, and his other romantic dealings with the early settlers in Port Jackson. Watson's Bay, on the other side of the harbour, commemorates a well-known early Australian mercantile navigator, but that of his -contemporary Siddons, who, for a long time faithfully kept the light-house, is no longer linked with his in that connection. Ball's Head was named through the landing near it of Lieutenant Ball, who was one in command on the First Fleet, and started from the adjacent inlet when he made the first exploration of the Australian Continent, wending his way over the ridge leading to the head of Middle Harbour, and thence down the coastline to Manly Cove, besides, which he had the great honour to be the first man to circumnavigate the Australian continent. The reasons which actuated the first colonists in changing the native names to those of Goat Island, Shark Island, Garden Island, and j Sow and Pigs are not now apparent, although there must have been something which suggested their doing so. One would think that the original titles would now be more appropriate and sound better, and might well be reverted to in order to record their ownership, say by aborigines of the tribe Cadi, whose boundaries extended on the -south side of Port Jackson, from South Head to Long Cove. The aborigines of the Australian continent have never received direct payment for the lands taken from them, as has been the practice in other British possessions, so that the least that can now be done is to commemorate the extinct tribesmen, who numbered about 1500, and once inhabited tie localities near Port Jackson. In the recent controversies respecting the claim of the Commonwealth or State Government to Goat Island the circumstance had been overlooked that it was the ancestral home of Bennelong, and afterwards used as a place on which were imprisoned unruly aboriginal natives, long before being utilised by the Government for other purposes. 

Governor Phillip had a happy knack of giving appropriate names to localities, as for example in naming Manly Beach after the courageous blackfellows whom he met when first landing there, but the nomenclature given to some of the bays by other European authorities was not usually appropriate, so that it is a great pity the native names were not retained. Further, owing to this departure from original names, there are two bays called Shell Cove on the northern shores of the harbour. Such duplication is very confusing, for although some distance apart, they lie only on different sides of the promontory separating Middle Harbour from the main channel. At the mouth of the Parramatta River on the west side of Ball's Head there is a bay marked on the map 'Ball's Head Bay', but for many years it was better known as Sugar Works Bay, and subsequently Kerosene Bay through the industries carried on in the vicinity. These absurd alterations in names are 'not at all exceptional j as for far less reason many spots j have had their names altered to suit j the whim of those who wished in this way j to hand their friends' names down to posterity. It is no doubt very commendable to [ honour the earl,y European pioneers in Australia by calling spots where they resided after them, but there .has been indefensible action in naming other localities from the places in the old country from which the colonists came, as this often leads to ludicrous misconception, as, for example, naming them after historic cities to which they bear not the slightest resemblance, and from their physical features can never be made to do so. True, some of the names given in the early days to localities in Sydney have in course of time become disused, as, for example, that of Bunker's Hill, called after Captain Bunker, and not from the celebrated American battle-field, but its situation at the north end of Cumberland street is known, to few modern Sydneyites. The reason for changing Charlotte-place to Grosvenor-street is not so apparent, even though its origin is disputed, some saying that it was named after Queen Charlotte, and therefore brings to mind the early connection of the Crown with the colonies when George III. was king, and she his consort. The confusion which obtains at this early period of our history in the names of the localities around the site of the first settlement shows the necessity for some authoritative gazetteer being published giving the reasons for the names allotted to the various spots, so that coming generations may be induced to take a greater interest in their native land, and be as well posted In the history of this southern ' continent as they are in the making of cities of the old world. Notwithstanding the labours of the local Anthropological and Historical societies, many of the records of Australia narrating the experiences of the early explorers have been destroyed, so that there will be now some difficulty in recalling aboriginal names. (To be concluded next week.) 
THE CONTRIBUTOR (1905, August 9).The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 342. Retrieved from 

This land is first known as Joseph Wharrie's - Edward Augustus's elder brother:

Department of Lands,
Sydney, 11th  June, 1872.
NOTICE is hereby given, that application has been made by Mr. Joseph. Macpherson, to erect a Wharf on piles in front of his properly at Pine Point, Middle Harbour, as particularized in the annexed description and all persons interested are invited to state, within one month from this date, their objections, if any, why Mr. Macpherson should not be allowed to erect such Wharf.
Description referred to.
County of Cumberland, parish of Manly Cove, at Middle Harbour: Commencing on high-water mark of Middle Harbour, fronting Joseph Macpherson's property, being part of R. Hughes's 10 acres, near the south-east corner of that land; and bounded on the south by a line easterly 30 feet; on the east by a line northerly 14 feet; on the north by a line westerly to high-water mark aforesaid; and on the west by high-water mark southerly, to the point of commencement. ERECTION OF A WHARF. (1872, June 14). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 1550. Retrieved from 

Retrieved from North Sydney Council webpage on 'Warringah Lodge'
The foreshores of Middle Harbour were barely developed in 1879 when Edward Augustus Macpherson built a two-storey 10-12 room stone retreat for himself and his family.

Edward, with his brother Joseph Warrie Macpherson after whom the northern Sydney suburb of Warriewood would later be named, had bought up much of the waterfront and land around the site of the house. As a result, the family name Macpherson was attached to one of the early streets of the area which ran along the boundary of their land.

Little is known about Macpherson. Edward’s choice of Italianate styling may have been influenced by a love of Italian landscape art. Certainly early photographs of the house, in its remote and wooded setting on Middle Harbour, evoke the 17th century art of Claude Lorraine and the Campagnia area of Italy. The most characteristic Italianate element of the house is the square tower with its bracketed eaves, arched window and balcony. Interestingly the stone is all heavily ‘rusticated’, or textured which is a characteristic more usually associated with Gothic design which itself was the house style favoured by those of Scottish ancestory. Italianate structures are typically rendered in keeping with the idea of Renaissance civility. Red terracotta tiles capped off the allusions to Italy. A boat harbour was built at the end of the garden in the early 1890s.

McPherson Family at Warringah Lodge circa 1890 - Stanton Library photo, North Sydney Council

Like many other colonial home owners, Macpherson planted a Norfolk Island Pine in his garden which allowed easy identification among the grey green of the native flora, particularly from the water.

Macpherson’s choice of sandstone was almost certainly influenced by the local availability of that material. He secured the services of the mason Francis Samora and may have given the artisan land near the quarry. The Samora family were living at nearby ‘Pine Villa’ in the 1890s and their name, too, became immortalised as subsequent streets were laid down and Samora Avenue created by the 1940s. ‘Warringah Lodge’ itself had already influenced the nomenclature of local streets for Lodge Road appeared in the plan that accompanied the subdivision and sale the Macpherson land in 1919.

Macpherson’s residency at his Middle Harbour house beyond 1889 is uncertain. ‘Warringa Lodge’ was the address he claimed when petitioning for the secession of Mosman Ward from the newly created North Sydney Council in 1892. The petition was successful but Macpherson’s house remained within the North Sydney Council boundaries. Interestingly, despite Macpherson's claim of residency, Council records show that William Hale was the occupant of the house at that time.

The house was left vacant for two decades from the late 1890s or early 1900s. It was reputedly known locally as a haunted house. Empty and vulnerable in an isolated location, it was vandalised and damaged until sold in 1927. The garden had been subdivided in 1919 and a neighbouring dwelling built.

‘Warringah Lodge’ was an extraordinary landmark for many years in its dramatic and sparsely populated Middle Harbour setting. The desire for waterfront properties by the end of the 20th century, however, meant that other houses crowded around the site so that Macpherson’s old stone home became virtually invisible from the water. From At Home in North Sydney, An Architectural History of a Locality

The family continued to own and visit the property:

Warringa Lodge (with Catherine, his daughter) by William J. Macpherson - from Box 02: Glass negatives including images of boating, beaches, motoring and houses in the Sydney region, ca 1890-1910 Images No.: c071150018, c071770012 (in background) and c071950004 and c071950007- 
Box 17

Colonial Secretary's Office,
Sydney, 31st August, 1883.
HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, directs the publication, in accordance with the "Municipalities Act of 1867," of the substance and prayer of a Petition, addressed to His Excellency, and signed by 512 ratepayers of the eastern portion of the Borough of St. Leonards, who are alleged to represent at least two-thirds of the ratepayers of the proposed Municipal District, praying separation from the said Borough,and erection into a distinct Municipality, under the name of the a Municipal District of "Warringa."
The Petitioners state that they are resident householders or owners of rateable property within the eastern portion of the Borough of St. Leonards.
That they are desirous of being separated from the above Borough, and erected into a distinct Municipality, under the provisions of the " Municipalities Act of 1867."
That the following are the boundaries of the area proposed to be separated, viz.:—Commencing at the intersection of the most northerly corner of the Borough of East St. Leonards with an angle on the eastern side of Bent-street, distant about 6 chains southerly from the intersection of the south tide of Falcon-street with the western boundary line of Thrupp's Grant and bounded thence on the southern side by the northern boundary of the Borough of East St. Leonards, being lines through Thrupp's Grant along the summit, of the southern fall of the table-land, bearing south 4 chains 50 links, south 24 degrees 10 minutes, east 2 chains 83 links south 40 degrees, east 10 chains south 18 degrees 6 minutes, west 5 chains 19 link*, east 6 degrees, south 12 chains and 18 links south 13 degrees, cast 10 chains 68 links north 42 degrees, east 25 chains south 59 degrees, east 12 chains and 70 links, east 3 degrees and 30 minutes, south 1 chain 92 links to a creek falling into Great Sirius Cove and thence by that creek downwards to that cove; and thence on the remainder of the couth, on the east, and on the north by the waters of Port Jackson, Middle Harbour, and Long Bay to a creek: falling into an arm of Long Bay aforesaid from Willoughby Fails ; thence by that creek upwards to its intersection with the western boundary line of Thrupp's grant; and thence southerly by that boundary line, to. the point of commencement.
" Your Petitioners, therefore, humbly pray, that your Excellency will be pleased to grant their prayer that the said described area may be separated from the said Borough of St. Leonards, and may be constituted a separate Municipality, under the name of the Municipal District of Warringa."
Names. Addressee.
456 E. A. Macpherson Freehold, Long Bay, Middle Harbour
457 W. J. Macpherson Freeholder, Long Bay, Middle Harbour. PETITION FOR DIVISION OF THE BOROUGH OF ST. LEONARDS. (1888, August 31). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 6133. Retrieved from 

Another Warringa – Neutral Bay

Friends of CAPTAIN CHARLES Mc KINNON are kindly Invited to attend the Funeral of his late dearly loved Wife, Isabella, which leaves "Warringa," Military-rd., Neutral Bay, North Sydney, TO-MORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON, at 3 o'clock, for Presbyterian Cemetery. Gore-hill. 
WOOD and COMPANY, Undertakers and Embalmers. 799 George-st.. Sydney; Balmain,
and 76 Walker-st., North Sydney. Telephone 726. Family Notices (1895, August 31). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1923), p. 8. Retrieved from 

WE, the undersigned Edward Hume Macpherson, William Joseph Macpherson, Catherine Wiseman Macpherson, Algernon William Jones, Richard Cooke, Walter Cooke, George Moffitt Robinson, James John Glover, Walter Glover, Jane Glover, and William Cope, hereby give notice that by Deed of Dedication dated the 12th day of July, 1902, registered No. 901, Book 715, we have dedicated certain lands in the parish of Willoughby and county of Cumberland as roads for public use.—Dated at Sydney, thin 12th day of July, 1902.
JAMES J. GLOVER. WALTER GLOVER. JANE GLOVER. WILLIAM COPE. WE, the undersigned Edward Hume Macpherson, William Joseph Macpherson, Catherine Wiseman Macpherson, Algernon (1902, July 18). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 5115. Retrieved from 

His brothers Tertius Horatio and Septimus Wharrie also married.

Tertius Horatio :
MACPHERSON — ROBINSON. —June 20, 1899, at St. Clement's Church, Mosman's, by Rev. E. C. Beck, Tertius Horatio, third son of E. A. Macpherson, Esq.of Edgecliff-road, Woollahra, to Ethel Mabel, second daughter of N. J. Robinson, of North Sydney. Family Notices (1899, August 10). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from

Tertius was already living at Narrabeen when he married - he was a farmer who thrived on the land at Narrabeen and Warriewood:

The monthly meeting of the Narrabeen Progress Association was held on Saturday evening last. The principal items on the business-sheet wereconsideration of the forthcoming meeting convened by the Mayor of Manly for the purpose of forming a tram-way league and election of officers for the ensuing year. The returns showed that it was necessary to raise the fee from 2s to 5s per annum, as in order to do effectual work the expenses were very considerable. This was unanimously agreed to on the motion of Mr. Macpherson. The election of officers resulted in the whole being re-elected, viz., Mr. T. J. West, president ; Messrs. T. Gibbons and J. Wheeler, vice-presidents ; Mr. T. G. Gibbons, hon. treasurer ; Mr. T. H. Macpherson, hon. secretary ; Messrs. West, Macpherson, Gibbons, McLean, and Powell, executive committee. A special vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Macpherson, in which he was highly eulogised for the able way he had performed his duties as secretary, especially in connection with the tramway movement. Mr. Macpherson suitably responded, stating he was always pleased to assist in the welfare of the district. Mr. West (president) briefly responded to the vote of thanks passed to him, as did also Mr. T. G. Gibbons (hon. treasurer). NARRABEEN PROGRESS ASSOCIATION. (1898, December 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from 

A meeting of the league which has been established to forward the construction of a tramway from Manly to Narrabeen, and eventually on to Newport, Bayview, and Pittwater, was held last night at the Aquarium-hall, Manly. The Mayor of the borough (Alderman W. H. Fletcher) was in the chair; and among those present were many prominent residents, together with representatives from the various organisations of Narrabeen, Pittwater, and Greendale. The chairman explained that at a public meeting hold some months back, it was resolved to form the Manly-Narrabeen Tramway League. But since then nothing practical had been done. At present, the league existed, but it was without an executive, and the present meeting had been called in order to appoint office-bearers and adopt rules. The draft rules were thereupon read by Mr. H. Allum, the honorary secretary pro. tem., and, after some discussion, these were adopted unaltered. The following office-bearers were elected: — President, Alderman W. H.. Fletcher (Mayor of Manly); vice-presidents, the aldermen of Manly, Dr. Thomas, Dr. H. C. Watkins, and Messrs. John Woods, H. S. Badgery, T. J. West. W. T. Smollie, S. C. Sadler, T. C. Haylock, E. Ridge, James Symonds, H. E. Farmer, J. Waterhouse, R. Wilkinson, W H. Vivian, D. Farrell, W. H. German, S. Gregg, .T. Powell, J. J. Lough, and P. T. Taylor; committee, Messrs. John Woods, J. J. Roche, H. G. Stephenson, M'Lean, E. Ridge, James Symonds, D. Farrell, J. Waterhouse, and Dr. Thomas; honorary treasurer, Mr. H. T. Robey; joint honorary secretaries, Messrs. S. L. Ridge (Manly), T. H. Macpherson(Narrabeen), and Henry Allum (Brookvale). PROPOSED TRAMWAY TO NARRABEEN. (1899, March 11). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1923), p. 14. Retrieved from 

At the Invitation of Mrs. T. H. Macpherson, a very happy party was held at her home, "Wimbledon," Narrabeen, for the annual Christmas tree. The party consisted mainly of about 80 boys and girls connected with St. Faith's Church of England Sunday School, Narrabeen.SOCIAL GOSSIP (1926, January 3). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 19. Retrieved from 

Tertius and Ethel had two girls, both born at Manly, Mabel Gladys (born 1901) and Isabel Winifred (born 1906).
Ethel passed away in 1932:

MACPHERSON.—November 1, 1932, at her residence, Wimbledon, Deep Creek-road, NarrabeenEthel Mabel, beloved wife of Tertius Macpherson, and loved mother of Gladys and Bell. Family Notices (1932, November 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from

MACPHERSON -The Funeral of the late Mrs ETHEL MABEL MACPHERSON of Wimbledon Deep Creek road, Narrabeen will leave our Private Mortuary Chapel 92 Corso Manly THIS AFTERNOON (Wednesday) at 2 o clock for the Manly Cemetery T WAUGH and CO Funeral Directors Tele YUU18_ Manly. Family Notices (1932, November 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from

In 1933 Tertius married again:

MACPHERSON-DE SILVA.-July 3. 1033, at St. Faith's Church, Narrabeen, by the Rev. Knox. Tertius Horatio Macpherson, third son of the late E. A. Macpherson, of Edgecliff, to Cora Anne De Silva, elder daughter of the late Frank Ross Sutherland, of Elgin, Scotland. Family Notices (1933, July 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from

Septimus Wharrie married in 1912:
His daughter Lyn, born 1918, is the published artist that opens this page!

It is to their father that they owed their inheritance and introduction to the beauties of Narrabeen and Warriewood. This item gives an insight into at least one acquisition of land here and an approximate timing of the purchase by year or years - although records indicate quite a few others here and elsewhere:

A Claim for Commission.
In the District Court Monday Woodin and Robberds, auctioneers, &c, of Pitt-street, proceeded against Edward Augustus Macpherson, of Edgecliffe-road, Woollahra, for the recovery of a sum of £200, as commission on the sale of certain lands. Plaintiffs purchased several lots of land for the defendant in the neighborhood of Narrabeen, the price of one property being £8000. Plaintiffs' claims in respect of some of the transactions were complied with, but with regard to others the present suit was brought. A verdict was given for £150. A Claim for Commission. (1892, September 20). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 3. Retrieved from 

Monday, September 19. (Before Judge Wilkinson.)
Claim for Commission.— J. E. Robberds and Thomas William Woodin v. Edward Augustus MacPherson. The plaintiffs sued the defendant for work, journeys, and attendances performed as agents for the defendant, and for commission in connection with the sale of land at Narrabeen, near Manly. The amount of claim was £200. Judgment was given for the plaintiffs for £150.  DISTRICT COURT. (1892, September 20).The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1923), p. 3. Retrieved from 

The above also makes you wonder if William Joseph's photos did appear anywhere outside of the Family Albums - the gentlemen in this picture, already run in prior History pages, look alike those that appear in his albums - and from the same time - or season- are they Macpherson sons, or agents sent forth to look at lands for purchase:

On the Narrabeen Lagoon,

The picture, shown on this page, is taken at one of the most picturesque spots on the lagoon. It is on the opposite side from Manly, close to the gasworks ; though it is sacrilege to name, the lagoon and gasworks in the same breath. The party in the boat wended their way pleasurably up one of the many pretty tributaries. The picturesquely-wooded foreshores, with their fretted rocky caves and mirror-like waters, form a surpassingly beautiful scene. Ferns, flowers, and grasses are plentiful. Shady nooks and bathing places easily found. The picture is quite an artistic creation, and does not belie the original.
Regular bodily, exercise is worth a host of physicians.
On the Narrabeen Lagoon-Manly. (See letterpress on this page.) On the Narrabeen Lagoon, (1892, March 19). Australian Town and Country Journal(Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907), p. 30. Retrieved from 

During 1892 Edward Augustus Macpherson and his elder sons were changing the status of the lands and waterfronts surrounding 'Warringa' Lodge:

APPLICATIONS having been made to bring the lands hereunder descried tender the provisions of the Real Property Act, Certificates of Indefeasible Title -will issue, unless Caveats be lodged in Form B of the said Act, on or before the date named opposite each case respectively.
No. 7,916. Long Bay, Middle Harbour, 2 roods 12 perches,—is part of 5 acres 0 roods 20 perches granted to James Wm. Bligh. William Joseph Macpherson. Residence: Katoomba
No. 7,915. Long Bay, Middle Harbour, 2 roods 10 perches,—is part of 5 acres 0 roods 20 perches granted to James Wm. Bligh. Edward Hume Macpherson. Residence: Woollahra
No. 7,914. Long Bay, Middle Harbour, 1 rood 5 1/2 perches, is part of 5 acres 0 roods 20 perches granted to James Wm, Bligh. Tertius Horatio Macpherson, by his guardian, Edward Augustus Macpherson. Residence: Woollahra
No. 7,913. Long Bay, Middle Harbour, 1 acre 1 rood 23 perches, is part of 5 acres 0 roods 20 perches granted to James Win. Bligh. Catherine Wiseman Macpherson, wife of Edward Augustus Macpherson. Residence.Woollahra
NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1892, January 15). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 334. Retrieved from

What else was happening at Narrabeen in 1892? - A horse race, another court case pertaining to, and masses of people catching steamers to Manly and piling on coaches to come north to Narrabeen and further, limited fishing prospects already due to overfishing, someone trying to open a third option for alcohol purchase, the remembering of James Wheeler by his daughter and yet more land purchases towards Mona Vale:

Racing at Manly.
A race meeting was held on the Narrabeen Race-course on Wednesday. There was a good attendance. The Pony Race was won by Mr. Rudd's pony, and Mr. J. E. Black's chestnut, Tom, appropriated the Hack Race. The Trotting Handicap fell to the lot of Mr. A. Fraser's Jack, while Mr. J. E. Black's Peter Jackson won the Hurry Scurry Race. A lad named Albert Hunt, who rode Mr. Harris's pony, was injured about the head owing to the animal which he was riding having run off the course into the bush. Racing at Manly. (1892, September 29).Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 5. Retrieved from 

Cyrus Edgar Fuller's Bankruptcy.
The Narrabeen and Sherwood Land. Ls' Bankruptcy. — (Before his Honor Mr. Justice Manning.) MOTION UNDER SECTION 130.
RE Cyrus Edgar Fuller (bankrupt), ex parto the official assignee, Emily Mason (respondent). Mr. Gordon, instructed by Mr. W. Lindsay, appeared for the official assignee, and Mr. Minter for the respondent. This was a motion for an order declaring that the official assignee is entitled as against Emily Mason (respondent) to the share and interest of the respondent in certain lands (some forming part of the Mount Ramsay Estate, and others being situated within the municipality of Prospect and Sherwood), and at Narrabeen standing in the name of Emily Mason, and for an order directing her to transfer, hand over, and assign to the official assignee such lands and her share and interest therein, upon the grounds that the lands were in truth and in fact portion of the estate of the bankrupt, and as such passed to the official assignee for the purpose of paying the creditors of the bankrupt ; that the lands, or certain portions thereof, were lands belonging to the bankrupt, and were transferred by him to Emily Mason with intent to defeat and delay his creditors within the meaning of the statue 13 Elizabeth, chapter 5, and within the meaning of the 4th section, of the Bankruptcy Act of 1887; that the purchase of the lands was a fraudulent and collusive arrangement between the bankrupt and Emily Mason with intent to defeat and delay the creditors of the bankrupt, and although bought in the name of Emily Mason, the lands were in fact purchased by the bankrupt; that the purchase of the lands in the name of Emily Mason by the bankrupt constituted a settlement void as against the official assignee within the meaning of the 55th section of the Bankruptcy Act of 1887. Or in the alternative for an order declaring that the official assignee is entitled to a charge upon the lands for all moneys of the bankrupt expended in the purchase thereof, upon the grounds that the expenditure of those moneys or a part thereof constituted a preference within the meaning of the 56th section of the Act; and the expenditure of those moneys was void within the 58th section of the Bankruptcy Act of 1887. And for an order restraining Emily Mason from charging, alienating, or otherwise dealing with the lands in defraud of the rights of the official assignee therein. And for such further or other order as might be necessary in the premises.
Negotiations had taken place between the parties with a view to settlement and terms had actually been agreed upon, but afterwards a difference of opinion arose in regard to details. It seemed that mortgages had been given over the properties to the extent of £1440, including a mortgage to the Bank of New South Wales for £850. The terms of settlement which had been agreed upon wore that the official assignee should give Miss Mason releases from the persons holding mortgages over the lands claimed, and that thereupon Miss Mason should convey her equities of redemption to the official assignee. Of the £850 borrowed from the bank £400 was said to be money borrowed for J. E. Black. Miss Mason asked that her rights as against Black in relation to this sum should not be interfered with. His Honor asked whether there was any possibility of a compromise Mr. Minter : No your Honor. His Honor decided that he could not make any such stipulation in favour of Miss Mason ; but at the same time said that of course the official assignee would not be entitled to recover the same amount twice from Black. He was sorry that he had to put any more on Black's shoulders, which had enough to bear already. It seemed that he was a very kind-hearted man. That was why he suggested the compromise. An order was made that the official assignee obtain and deliver to Miss Mason within four weeks releases from the persons holding mortgages over the lands claimed in the notice of motion, and that thereupon Miss Mason should convey her equities of redemption to the official assignee. Cyrus Edgar Fuller's Bankruptcy. (1892, March 26). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), p. 7. Retrieved from 

From early morning yesterday the Port Jackson Steamship Company's steamers were Kept running to Manly, the trips being patronised to the various steamers' utmost capacity. The crowds who visited Manly numbered nearly 8000 people. The ocean and harbour beaches were the chief places of resort, and many people found their way round the Marine Parade and over to Fairy Bower, Shell Bench, Queen's Cliff, and Fairlight, while numbers of vehicles convoyed hundreds of people to Narrabeen, Rock Lily Hotel, Bayview, and Newport.
Smart's museum and Eaves' camera-obscura drew a great number of visitors. A large contingent of the Salvation Army conducted religious services on the ocean beach. MANLY. (1892, October 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from 

Sir,-The period for which Manly, Curl Curl, Deewhy, and Narrabeen Lagoons are closed against the use of fishing-line expires on the 22nd December next - three days prior to the Christmas holidays. These waters are the constant resort of amateur line fishermen, picnic parties, &o, especially at holiday times and are nearly the only fishing grounds within easy distance of the metropolis that are not denuded of fish by netting. All interested in keeping these waters closed against the use of fishing-nets should move in the matter at once, otherwise they will discover when too late, that, as in the case of Woy Woy, another favorite line fishery will be lost
I am, arc,
LINE FISHERMAN. THE CLOSE PERIOD FOR FISHING. (1892, November 17). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from 

George Jennings made on application for the renewal of the license of a house at Narrabeen. Inspector Atwell and Mr. Moss objected to and Messrs. C. Bull and Burns supported the application. Sub-inspector Mill sent in a formal objection to the granting of the license on the grounds that the house had been closed since October 17, 1889, and the license allowed to lapse in consequence of the licensee not being able to get a living, as there were two other houses in Narrabeen and they were more than enough for the requirements of the population. 

The applicant stated that he had been residing on the premises for three months, carrying on a boarding establishment. He thought he could get a first-class living as 10 coaches went past daily from Manly. He also stated that the traffic and population had increased considerably within the last year. Several other witnesses residing in the neighborhood were called and supported the application. Senior-sergeant M'Intosh stated that there were only four coaches went past the house from Manly and returned daily. The travelling public had not increased. A petition from the inhabitants of the district was also received. The Bench eventually refused to grant the applicationPOLICE. (1892, April 22). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1923), p. 6. Retrieved  from 

Image No.: c071420012 from Album Box 05: Glass negatives of Sydney regions, including Clovelly, Coogee, and Manly ca 1890-1910 by William Joseph Macpherson Courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales - and cropped enlargement from. Looks alike 1908 images of the visiting Great White Fleet arriving in Sydney Harbour and the celebrations that Manly engaged in as part of this. 

A sensational coach accident occurred yesterday morning on the Pittwater-road, about two miles from Rock Lily. A vehicle containing 16 passengers overturned, three of the occupants being slightly injured. The coach is the property of Charles Massey and Co., of Manly, and runs between Rock Lily and Manly.

As usual, four horses were attached to the vehicle, and all went well until the party reached Sheep Station Hill, which is very steep. There the reins of the leading horses became entangled with those in the pole of the coach. The driver, Harry Duncan, endeavoured to right matters, but before he was able to do so the horses swerved, the coach was overturned, and the passengers quickly found themselves on the roadway. When most of them had recovered from the shock caused by the accident, it was found that three of their number had been injured. Dr. Thomas, of Manly, was immediately sent for, and on arrival attended to their injuries.

Mrs. Rachel Cornu, who resides at Rock Lily Hotel, was found to be suffering from bruises on the right side, and shock. James Cooper, 39, an engineer, of Russell-street, Granville, sustained a scalp wound, which necessitated the insertion of three stitches. The third victim was Alfred Alexander Smith, a school teacher, living at Augustus-street, Enmore, his injuries consisting of cuts on the forehead and shin. The coach was quickly righted and continued its journey to Rock Lily without further mishap. SENSATIONAL ACCIDENT. (1905, December 30). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from

WHEELER.—In sad remembrance of James Wheeler, of Narrabeen, near Manly, who died June 29, 1890, aged 80 years. Inserted by his daughter, M. Mahony. Family Notices (1892, June 29). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from 

Property Sales.
Richardson and Wrench, Limited, report having sold the following properties during the past week; The Commercial Hotel, having a frontage to Oxford-street; £5000. Twenty-four blocks of land, by order of the Minister for Works, being portions of the village and suburb of Turmietta, near Rock Lily, Narrabeen, at prices up to £39 per lot. … Property Sales. (1892, April 30). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 7. Retrieved from 

Tertius Horatio had good reason to be part of the Narrabeen Progress Association - bringing a tram to the area made it more accessible for those who may be inclined to buy land in what was still a rural, bush and seaside holiday resort a fair way from town. Even the local school children knew that, and with his wn daughters growing, he may have wished to ensure they had the chance to have the education he had had:

Mrs. Elizabeth Wheeler, an old resident of Narrabeen, died on May 9 at the age of 92. The deceased arrived in the colony In 1828 in the ship Sir Joseph Banks, and resided in Phillip-street for many years. Her husband, the late James Wheeler, sen., purchased land at Narrabeen, where Mrs. Wheeler resided, and survived her husband 15 years. She leaves nine children and numerous grandchildren and groat grandchildren. Her remains were interred at the Manly Cemetery. PERSONAL. (1905, May 17). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from

As Is well known' to those who take more than a passing Interest In the education of our young, that recently the Department introduced a new Syllabus. Some of .the subjects so Introduced have been severely, criticised by teachers and parents alike, whilst.others are worthy of all commendation. As a case in point may be mentioned an object lesson given by the teacher, Mr. M'Donald, in the local school. He had been instructing the children in the meaning of such terms as "The Franchise," "Adult Suffrage," and the methods of voting and conducting an election. In order to further impress the subject upon the minds of his pupils, he decided to, on tho afternoon of breaking-up for the Easter holidays, hold a mock election. The matter was heartily taken up by the scholars, and two boys-Harry Hanson and Weston M'.Donald-were the candidates. Each had a written manifesto., which was read as an electioneering speech, after which the scholars asked the candidates a number of questions, and it was remarkable how the chief matters of local interest were understood by the children. The desire for motor buses, the stoppage of illegal net-fishing and better roads were all evidenced, and was quit impromptu. The vote was taken in the orthodox manner, the result being that Weston M'Donald was returned. Each of the candidates thanked those who had voted for them, after which the usual vote of thanks was passed to the returning officer, Mr. M'Donald; who briefly responded. NARRABEEN PUBLIC SCHOOL. (1905, May 20). Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915), p. 6. Retrieved from

Why 'Wharriewood'

Apart from the obvious name carried for generations and brought to this new land, where everyone named something after themselves to remind them of home or place their own stamp on where they stood, in the Macpherson family respect for places usurped such as the naming of 'Warringah' Lodge, or places their parents may have spoken of when they were younger, having left Scotland during tough times there that had prevailed for generations, and the sight and landscape itself, its contours, moods and colours would have lent itself to reminding of places left. Just as P. T. Taylor named his Bayview residence after the "Glen Sannox' of his youth, the Macpherson sons may have been reminded of their own heritage as much as wanting to honour their father and grandfather:

As stated above Wharrie is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides islands. It comes from Guaire, an old Gaelic personal name meaning noble or proudClan MacQuarrie (also MacQuarie, McQuary, MacQuaire, MacGuarie, Macquarie) is an ancient Highland Scottish clan which owned the islands of Ulva, Staffa and Gometra as well as large tracts of land on the Isle of Mull, which are all located in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. Clan MacQuarrie (Scottish Gaelic for: son of Guaire) is one of the seven Siol Alpin clans descended from the Kings of the Picts and Dál Riata. Clan MacQuarrie is one of the four oldest Highland clans and can trace its ancestry to 9th century Kenneth MacAlpine, the first King of Scots.  [1]

The Scottish Gaelic surname for Macpherson is Mac a' Phearsain which means son of the parson. The Celtic church allowed priests to marry and the progenitor of the chiefs of Clan Macpherson is believed to have been a man named Muireach or Murdo Cattenach who was the priest of Kingussie in Badenoch. The Clan Macpherson is part of the Chattan Confederation (Clan Chattan). In 843 the chief of Clan Chattan was Gille Chattan Mor and one of his sons, the first chief of Clan Macpherson was forced to resettle in Lochaber by Kenneth MacAlpin, first king of Scots. The chief may have been the lay prior of Ardchattan and he seems to have been named in honor of Saint Cathan.

Macpherson clan traditions is that in 1309 Robert the Bruce offered the lands of Badenoch to the chief of Clan Macpherson on the condition that they destroyed the Bruce's enemies, the Clan Comyn, and the Macphersons carried out the king's wishes. The Clan Macpherson is sometimes known as the Clan of the Three Brothers owing to the fact that chief Ewan Ban Macpherson had three sons: Kenneth Macpherson of Clunie, Iain Macpherson of Pitman and Gillies Macpherson of Invereshie.

The clan motto is Touch not the cat but a glove. But means without. The 'glove' of a wildcat is the pad. If the cat is 'ungloved', its claws are unsheathed. The motto serves as a warning that one should beware when the wildcat's claws are 'without a glove'. It is a reference to the historically violent nature of the clan and serves as a metaphorical warning to other clans that they should think twice before interfering with Macpherson business. [2]

Badenoch (from the Scottish Gaelic Bàideanach meaning drowned land) is a traditional district which today forms part of Badenoch and Strathspey, an area of Highland Council, in Scotland, bounded on the north by the Monadhliath Mountains, on the east by the Cairngorms and Braemar,on the south by Atholl and the Grampians, and on the west by Lochaber. The capital of Badenoch is Kingussie. 

Apart from the strath of the Spey and the great glens, it consists almost entirely of wild mountainous country, many hills exceeding 3,000 feet (910 m) in height, and contains in the forests of Alder, Drumochter, Gaick and Feshie some of the best deer country in the Highlands. [3]

Sounds a little alike Narrabeen and the 'glen' of Warriewood, and carries forward the blood of the Pict who would not be dominated by anyone and was content to farm and fish and revel among the wild slopes of green treed hills when not called on to defend the same.

There are a lot of people in Australia of Scottish descent - a lot of us have Pict blood, however diluted, running in our veins - and perhaps have a little remembering too of green glens, a sense of what being noble is, and fell at home most around and on hills and mountains with views over water.

Warriewood at this time was still very wooded - although men such as Leon Houreux, of the Rock Lily, was one of the woodcutters who may have worked for fellow Frenchman Gustave Lix who owned the land housing the failed Ingleside Powder Works are stated to have been woodcutters in the valley, even as late as the 1950's and 1960's the valley and its hill surrounds were still very alike the hills above and part of the Narrabeen Lagoon State Parkwe see today.

So - 'Noble Wood' in Gaelic or early Old Scots was the original meaning for 'Wharriewood' - Warriewood.

Image No.: c071860047 From Box 21: Glass negatives including views of New Zealand farms, Sydney Harbour, Narrabeen, ca 1890-1910, Photographs of William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW.

By the time E. A. Macpherson's sons were having sons and daughters of their own he had collected so much land, in so many places, and so much was rapidly changing, that what was once acquired relatively cheaply could be changed from farmland to land that may be built on for homes - although the initial sale at Warriewood focused on the farming lifestyle.

Henry Ferdinand Halloran bought the lands sold in the below advertisement, as well as other lands owned by the family - but they did do their own land sales as well in this area - see below.

It is only very rarely that so fine an estate as this can be brought under notice. Locked up as it has been for many years by the Macpherson family, and being the pick of the Narrabeen district, in which it is situated, it has, to some extent, retarded the growth of the locality, but now that this fine area of 500 acres is available in subdivision, advancement must proceed by leaps and bounds. The subdivision contains 133 large town lots, which include a mile of frontage to the main Pittwater-road; 82 hill sites, overlooking the main road, from all of which the most extensive and beautiful views of Pittwater, Broken Bay, the ocean, and its beaches, and Narrabeen Lake are to be obtain-ed. There are also 66 creek-frontage farm blocks, an analysis of the soil of which shows it to be richer in fertilising ingredients than the famous Richmond River soil, and these are these are offered on 16 years' terms, while purchasers who improve pay no instalments for two years. Our advertising columns show that Messrs. Henry F. Halloran and Company, of 82 Pitt-street, hold a big auction of the estate, on the ground, oh Eight Hour Day, at 2 p.m. and have made complete arrangements to convey buyers and others to and from the land. GREAT WARRIEWOOD ESTATE. (1906, September 29). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 5. Retrieved from

The great Warriewood Estate, Narrabeen, within 400 yards of beach : for auction sale on the ground at 2 p.m. 8 hour day 1st Oct. 06 / Henry F. Halloran & Co., auctioneers & c 82 Pitt St. Sydney. Created/Published Sydney : W.E. Smith, 1906, MAP Folder 114, LFSP 1696, courtesy National Library of Australia, nla.obj-230339655-1

There was no rush to buy all that land and sales continued for years, offering terms such as:

FARM BLOCKS WITHOUT CAPITAL. Men with but a pound or two should call or 'send along for the plan and booklet of the Warriewood Estate, Narrabeen, and see about the rich, deep soiled, well-watered Farm Blocks there in handy little sizes, only 15 miles from Sydney, and near Manly, on terms to suit any man. £1 an acre and NO instalments for 2 years if the land is cultivated. HENRY F. HALLORAN & CO., 82 Pitt Street, Sydney.
Advertising (1909, January 28). The Worker (Wagga, NSW : 1892 - 1913), p. 14. Retrieved from

Jack Douglas Macpherson
There is also some indication that William J. shared his love of photography with at least one son. His second son, Jack Douglas, a farmer too only at Mudgee, another family holding, along with his Brother Archibald 'Roy' enlisted in WWI, and was a member of the 6th Light Horse. He was injured (shattered kneecap) and sent home in 1916 only to reenlist in 1917 and become a prisoner of war held by the Turks until he made his way home after resting from further injury in London, in 1919. His War Record contains a few letters and one postcard that made its way from where he was held to his parents in which he asks his father not to send any more photographs - there is also a note about a package sent back to William that lists photographic equipment and may indicate that in those photos which William appears his son was possibly behind the lens. 'Roy' (Archibald William Roy - eldest son) may also have been part of the passion. 
The Letter from Jack also tells us his uncle was in London when this conflict was occurring:

Jack Douglas Macpherson - photo by William J Macpherson - Images No.: c071150007, c071950009, c071950003- Box 17, courtesy State Library of NSW

Jack - Image No.: c071630017 from Box 9 Views of Rotorua, New Zealand, and some of Sydney, ca. 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson

A few years after Jack returned home he lost his father:

MACPHERSON.-June 21, at his residence, Trevaunance, Grassmere and Waters roads, Neutral Bay, William Joseph, beloved husband of Gertrude Macpherson, and son of the late E. A. Macpherson, of Hawthornden, Edgecliff-road, Woollahra. Family Notices (1923, June 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from 

ESTATE OF £21,281
Late W. J. Macpherson
The estate of William John Macpherson of Mosman, who died on June 21, has been sworn for probate at £21,281. The testator bequeathed the whole amount to his widow and children. ESTATE OF £21,281 (1923, September 25). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 9. Retrieved from 

The estate of the late Mr. William John Macpherson, of Mosman, who died on June 21 last, has, for probate purposes, been valued at £21,281, the whole of which, subject to a legacy of £100 to an employee, the testator bequeathed to his widow and children. LATE MR. W. T. MACPHEESON. (1923, September 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved from 

Jack married a Manly girl:

Miss Marjorie Prior, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Prior, of Manly, to Mr. Jack Douglas Macpherson, of "Yandan," Mudgee, younger son of the late W. J. Macpherson and Mrs. Macpherson, of Cremorne. ENGAGEMENTS (1928, June 3). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 35. Retrieved from 

The marriage of Miss Marjorie Prior, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Prior, of Beach Court, South Steyne, Manly, to Mr. J. D. Macpherson, of "Yandan," Mudgee, son of Mrs. Macpherson, of "The Plaza," Kirribilli, was quietly celebrated at St. John's Church, Wallerawang, recently, when the bride, with her parents, was staying on the Mountains. PEOPLE and PARTIES (1929, May 26).The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 24. Retrieved from 

The marriage of Miss Marjorie Prior, daughter of Mr. E. A. Prior Chief Industrial Magistrate, Sydney, and formerly of Mudgee, to Mr. J. D. MacPherson, grazier, of Yandan, Mudgee, son of the late. Mr W. J. MacPherson and Mrs. McPherson, of "The Plaza," Kirribilli, was celebrated at St. John's Church while the bride, with her parents, was spending a holiday on the mountains. WEDDING BELLS (1929, May 23). Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), p. 30. Retrieved from 

Jack reenlisted in WWII but fell victim to a meningitis outbreak at the Great Army Camp:

MACPHERSON.—June 9, 1942, at Newcastle Hospital, Jack Douglas (Private, Garrison Battalion) beloved husband of Marjorie and loving father of Garron, and son of the late W. J. and Mrs. Macphersonof Sydney.  Family Notices (1942, June 11). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from 

Archibald William Roy Macpherson

c071400006Box 04 Archibald or Jack as boy - courtesy State Library of NSW

Roy, born 1892, became an Engineer. He is mentioned in Despatches and appears in the London Gazette of October 15, 1915. He too served again in WWII.

On his return home he married:

MACPHERSON-GARRARD.-April 14, at St. Augustine's Church, Neutral Bay, by the Rev. L. A. Pear P.A., Archibald William Roy, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Macpherson, of Neutral Bay, to Nancy, elder daughter of Mr. and. Mrs. W. P. Garrard, Cremorne, and granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wigram MacEwen, of Colombo and London. Family Notices (1923, April 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from 

It is to their second son, who also became an Engineer, that we all owe these wonderful images and insights into a family that celebrated family and provided so many with the opportunity to have their own place in the sun here:

MACPHERSON.-February 19, at Araluen private hospital, Neutral Bay, to Mr. and Mrs. A. W. R. Macpherson, of Hale-road, Mosman-a son. Family Notices (1925, February 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from 

MACPHERSON EDWARD BARRIE : Service Number - NX201268 : Date of birth - 19 Feb 1925 : Place of birth - NEUTRAL BAY NSW : Place of enlistment - PADDINGTON NSW : Next of Kin - MACPHERSON ARCHIBALD

MACPHERSON - January 7, at Lynton private hospital North Sydney to Mr and Mrs A. W. R. Macpherson, of Hale road, Mosman-a son. Family Notices (1930, January 11). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from 

As the eldest son of the then eldest son he inherits his father's elder brother's Estate:
LEFT £35,241
Edward Hume Macpherson, of Neutral Baydied on June 30, a bachelor, aged 64 years, and his estate was now, for probate purposes, been sworn at £35,241. Mr. Macpherson left a legacy of £100 to his nephew, Jack Douglas Macpherson, if he acted as executor; £500 to his old friend, Jessie Lutge, of Cremorne, and the Income from the investment of £4000 to his friend Clara Mary Robinson, of Cricklewood. LondonThe residue of the estate was left to his nephew Archibald William Roy Macpherson. LEFT £35,241 (1927, November 24). The Sun(Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 12 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from 

William and Edward Hume Macpherson at Woy Woy (?) Images No.: c071430010c, 071430011 and c071430007  - courtesy State Library of NSW

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 1910, AT 2 P.M.
HARDIE and GORMAN, SYDNEY; AUCTIONEERS IN  LIHHOS. FROM E. WOODBURY and CO., WYONG._CONJUNCTION.  Advertising (1910, November 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 21. Retrieved from 

Catherine Dorothy Macpherson

Catherine Dorothy (born 1894).- Image No.:  c071860053 - courtesy State Library of NSW

The Macpherson daughters of Edward Augustus, and sisters of William J. or his daughter Catherine Dorothy - Image No.: c071770010 (possibly with her Narrabeen - Warriewood cousins). courtesy State Library of NSW

Lucy Isabel or Catherine Dorothy - Image No.:  c071860053,  c071400003, Box 21 - courtesy State Library of NSW

Catherine Dorothy, the little girl seen growing tall in these images who her brother called 'Doff' married a gentleman who landed in West Australia in June 1907 and within days had come to the attention of the Prime Minister. Norman Coutts Fowlie was also a champion golfer, reigning in W.A. for years and continuing his 'green' pursuit up until he passed away, tragically only a few years after they married

PERTH. June 21.
Mr. N. C. Fowlie, of London, who arrived by the mail steamer on Wednesday, stated at Freemantle to-day that it had been practically decided that the Orient line would not carry Commonwealth mails after January 31, the date of the expiry of the present contract, and that the White Star Company would place some of their fast steamers on the Australian line and carry the mail-- via Suez. 

Mr. Fowlie represents the English shareholders in Messrs. Watson Brothers, merchants, of Perth and Fremantle. He says he has a letter from Mr. Bruce Ismay, of the White Star line, with regard to the… REPORTED OFFER BY WHITE STAR LINE. (1907, June 22 - Saturday). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 7. Retrieved from 

PERTH. June 26.
Mr. N. C. Fowlie, speaking of the prospects of the White Star line taking up the . Australian-English mail contract, stated : " Before I left London on July 17 it was well known in the City that the White Star line people had approached Mr. Deakin on the subject of the carriage of the Commonwealth mails to the United Kingdom."
(From Our Special Representative.)
The Prime Minister explained this afternoon that there was absolutely no foundation for the report telegraphed from Perth that he had entered into negotiations with the White Star line to carry the mails. " I know nothing at all," he said, "about the matter." THE WHITE STAR LINE. (1907, June 27).The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 5. Retrieved from 

Mr. N. C. Fowlie is the State amateur golf champion, a distinction he gained by the final play at Fremantle on Saturday with '8 up and 7 to play,' from Mr P. C. Anderson.  MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE. (1912, July 22).The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), p. 3 (THIRD EDITION). Retrieved from 



Mr. Fowlie moved to Melbourne in 1928 and then to Sydney in 1930:

The Engagement is announced of Miss Dorothy Macpherson only daughter of the late Mr W J Macpherson of Cremorne and Mrs Macpherson of No 9 Springfield-avenue to  Mr Norman Coutts Fowlie son of the late Mr and Mrs John Coutts Fowlie of the Newk, Seaford Sussex. Family Notices (1930, May 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from 

FOWLIE-MACPHERSON-January 6 1931, St, Philips Church Hill Catherine Dorothy only daughter of the late Mr W J Macpherson of Cremorne and Mrs W J Macpherson of 9 Springfield avenue to Norman Coutts, only son of the late Mr and Mrs Coutts Fowlie of the Newth, Seaford, Sussex England. Family Notices (1931, February 5). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from 

Smart Bridal Ensembles

Mrs. Coutts Fowlie, formerly Miss Dorothy Macpherson, in her lovely gown of magnolia satin enveloped with a billowy tulle veil; and Mrs. Jack Abeshouse, formerly Miss Dorothy Harrison, whose gown of parchment satin featured a bolero bodice studded with diamentes and pearls.
— Dayne and Swiss photos.
Smart Bridal Ensembles (1931, January 10). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved from 

A full coral wedding took place at St. Phillip's Church, Sydney, January 6, between Miss Catherine Dorothy Macpherson only daughter of the late Mr. W. J. Macpherson, of Cremorne and Mrs. W. J. Macpherson, of No 9 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point, and Mr. Norman Coutts Fowlie, only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Coults Fowlie, of Newth, Seaford, Sussex, England. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr Roy Macpherson, of Wynkleigh, Mosman, and was met at the entrance to the Church by the clergy and choiresters, when the processsional hymn "The Voice That Breathed O'er Eden" was sung. 
Departing from the latest bridal fashion, of having a train cut into the frock, which was lent by Mrs. A. Distin Morgan, of Mudgee, the bride arranged that her train of silver lace lined with gold tissue should fall from, her shoulders. Her gown was fashioned of magnolia satin made on long and straight lines,and being sleeve-less, she wore with it long kid gloves in the same toning. Orange buds at either side of her head held in place masses of white cut tulle, and she carried a sheath of golden orchids, from which fell garlands of frangipani. 
Long flowing frocks of deep hydrangea blue suited the two bridesmaids, Miss Evelyn Anning and Miss Katherine Ralston. With their frocks they wore long white kid glove and added pretty hats of tulle and straw turned up from the face. They carried sheaves of shaded gladioli tied with pink velvet streamers. Mr. Cecil Holsher and Mr. Douglas Wright were best man and groomsman. The church was beautifully decorated by the girl friends of the bride, the colour scheme being pink and blue. Mrs. W. J. Macpherson received the guests in the palm court of the Wentworth (where the wedding breakfast and dance were held), looking smartly turned out in black lace and a small black bag. She wore a hip length coat of blue sequins and carried a cluster of blue delphiniums and pink roses. Some eighty guests were present at the wedding breakfast. Mr. R. J. Love, who proposed the health of the bride and bridegroom, took the chair. FASHIONABLE WEDDING (1931, February 9). Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from 

GOLDEN orchids intertwined with frangipanni formed the beautiful floral garland carried by Miss Catherine Dorothy Macpherson when she was married at St. Philip's Church, Church Hill, last week, to Mr. Norman Coutts Fowlie. Cut on Grecian lines, the bride's frock was of magnolia satin, made without sleeves and reaching almost to the ankles. With it she wore elbow-length kid gloves of magnolia-tinted kid. Her veil of tulle was arranged with clusters of orange-blossom over the ears, and her lace train, which fell from the shoulders, was lined with golden tissue. She is the only daughter of the late Mr. W. J. Macpherson and of Mrs. Macpherson, of Springfield Avenue, Darlinghurst, and the bridegroom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Coutts Fowlie, of Sussex, England. Sapphire-blue georgette frocks, with tulle hats of the same shade, were chosen by the bridesmaids, Miss Evelyn Anning and Miss Kathleen Ralston. The reception was held at the Wentworth. Women's World (1931, January 14).Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 21. Retrieved from 

Mr and Mrs N. Coutts Fowlie, of Point Piper, Sydney, have been staying at the Golf House, Macedon, for the past week. They are both keen golfers, although motoring is Mrs Fowlie's chief hobby, and their return to Sydney will be made by car via Canberra and Bowral. Social (1932, October 27). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 35. Retrieved from 

"Had he hit me he would probably have killed me," said Norman Coutts Fowlie, of Point Piper, at Paddington Court to-day, when John Wills (27), laborer, was sentenced to 12 months for the illegal use of a motor car, and to three months for having assaulted Fowlie. It was stated that Wills aimed a blow at Fowlie's forehead with an iron bar when disturbed in the latter's garage. NEWS IN BRIEF (1933, January 6). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 10 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from 

FOWLIE.-On the 5th December at his residence No 453 Hampton street Brighton, Norman Coutts beloved husband of Catherine Dorothy lateinspector of Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Co Ltd (Private Interment) Family Notices (1935, December 6). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 1. Retrieved from 

Catherine is playing golf with many other ladies in Queensland the year after her husband's death. She never remarried and passed away at Ryde in 1970. Her mother Gertrude passed away in 1954:

MACPHERSON, Gertrude.—May 19. 1954, at hospital, late of 9 Springfield Avenue Potts Point, widow of W. J. Macpherson and mother of Dorothy (Mrs. Coutts Fowlie). Jack (deceased) and Roy. Privately cremated. Family Notices (1954, May 21). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20. Retrieved from 

Image No.: c071860042 - Box 21 - Images of Narrabeen
Roy or Jack (?) out with his dad on way to uncle's Narrabeen farm - Image No.: c071400009 and enlarged sections from - from Box 04, Glass negatives including images of the Sydney and Manly areas, ca 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW

Macpherson Family Land Releases

Being part of the generation that went from horse and cart to automobile and dusty track and wilderness to where new families could buy their own block and raise their own family illustrates a shift for members of this family, who all travelled and saw even less developed places alongside the wonderful homes and vistas they lived among here.

The passion William Joseph Macpherson had for photography also allows us to see scenes of Manly and Narrabeen, while placing land where it may be subdivided shows the short distance between those early settlers and the first generation of these Scots born here.

As Horatio was a local farmer records of ways he dealt with floods along Narrabeen Lagoon and its tributaries show how the landscape was changed and how he went about that. Records of Council Meetings from Warringah Shire also record, along with newspaper articles, show a little of the changes that occurred in what remains a creek riddled valley and lagoon fed by other creek tributaries.

Wimbledon, Narrabeen

The home and house referred to as 'Wimbledon', following past practices for this family, invokes landscape, word meanings and definitions, and how they correspond with here, also invokes greens and flats. There are some images in the various boxes of albums from England, possibly from when Edward Hume Macpherson lived there and the Macpherson sons Roy and Jack were both over there serving in WWI.

Images No.: c071860055,c071860056 and c071860057 (London) Box 21

Wimbledon Common (England) is a large open space in Wimbledon, south-west London, totalling 460 hectares (1,140 acres). There are three named areas: Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath, and Putney Lower Common, which together are managed under the name Wimbledon and Putney Commons. Putney Lower Common is separated from the rest of the Common by about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of built-up area of southwest Putney.

King's Mere, Putney Heath - Wimbledon Common, photo by Noel Foster
Wimbledon Common, together with Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common, is protected by the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act of 1871 from being enclosed or built upon. The common is for the benefit of the general public for informal recreation, and for the preservation of natural flora and fauna. It is the largest expanse of heathland in the London area. [4.]

Most know where Wimbledon avenue is in Narrabeen, just as they know where Macpherson street is in Warriewood. The home 'Wimbledon' that gave its name the avenue would be among the many homes in this photo collection - and hopefully up higher than those floodwaters Narrabeen Lagoon is famous for - even then! - even if on Deep Creek Road (now Wakehurst Parkway).

Wimbledon, Deep Creek-road, Narrabeen; Deep creek road (Wakehurst Parkway):
LATE AFTERNOON STUDY IN DEEP CREEK-ROAD, NARRABEEN. Woodland Shades-- (1935, October 30).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), , p. 16. Retrieved from 

Narrabeen—Brick shop and dwelling, Wimbledon Ave. and Deep Creek Road.—L. and R. Brain, Owners; S. Reynolds, Battle Pde., Seaforth, Builder; £700. BUILDINGS AND WORKS APPROVED (1940, May 15). Construction (Sydney, NSW : 1938 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from

Wimbledon (?), Narrabeen - Image No.: c071860003 - from Box 21 - Glass negatives including views of New Zealand farms, Sydney Harbour, Narrabeen, and maypole dancing at the SCG, ca. 1890-1910. Photographs of William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW

Wimbledon (?), Narrabeen - Image No.: c071150005 (and section from enlarged) from Box 02 - Glass negatives including images of boating, beaches, motoring and houses in the Sydney region, ca 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW

Wimbledon (?) Image No.:  c071400011(and section from enlarged), from Box 04, Glass negatives including images of the Sydney and Manly areas, ca 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW


1. On the Narrabeen Lagoon. 2. View from Sheepstation Hill, looking south. 3. Bay View. 4. A dip in the surf at Narrabeen. 5. Near Long Reef. 6. Approaching Narrabeen. 7. One of the creeks.

The distance from Manly to Bay View is about 15 miles. The road is by the Narrabeen-road past Rocklily. A proposal to put down a tram line is now being considered, and a member of the ministry was recently driven over the country, which in many parts is remarkably picturesque. MANLY TO BAY VIEW—A POPULAR EASTER RESORT BY ROAD. (1900, April 14). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 878. Retrieved from

Image No.: c071950005 Box 17, Albums of William Joseph Macpherson - 'Bay View', courtesy State Library of NSW and Macpherson Family.

(By C.B.)
Is Narrabeen lagoon a "drowned river val-ley," such as our own beautiful harbour? The phrase seems paradoxical; but scientists, like poets, possess genius and originality of thought and expression. They are allowed license. According to Mr. Griffith Taylor, physiographer in the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology, "Sydney harbour is the type example (of drowned river valleys), and is renowned all over the world. It is especially valuable as a harbour, because no large river drains into it ; hence there is no silting." Silting marks the great difference as regards navigation between Port Jackson and Narrabeen lagoon. Narrabeen, as most "Freeman'' readers know, is a favourite picnic and pleasure re-sort on the coast, six miles north of Manly, with which it is now connected by tram, thanks to the forethought of Mr. Griffith in providing facilities of communication to beauty spots of the unrivalled districts of Narra-been and Pittwater. 

Narrabeen, pretty poetic name, was the daughter of the aboriginal chief Yowal, who held sway over the country on the south side of the lagoon. She was, by all accounts, the belle of the district, a century ago ; and she was good as she was beautiful. The young braves of the rival chief, Bulgah, who held dominion in the country north of the lagoon all courted Miss Narrabeen, but she "dissembled her love" for an object, and that object was to gain information about a small gang of bushrangers, who had planned to rob a settler, the first white man in the district. This settler had always been on very friendly terms with her father, and she said, she owed him a good turn. She in-him of the intended raid of the bush-horses. belore. owing to the treachery of one All but one the bushrangers attacked the houses before any defence could be made. All but one of the family were massacred. Narrabeen means "worked". "worked" is expressive and significant of the creeks that feed the lagoon from the water streams Tumbledown Dick, a conspicuous mount on the Stony Creek Road from Gordon-Pymble to Rocklilly, on the Pittwater Road. 

To popularise the lagoon, it should be regularly dredged, so that visitors might enjoy boating, and see without obstruction or difficulty the grandeur of the western attractions. To close the mouth of the lagoon and make it a lake, would flood the premises on its south shore, east of the bridge. Another menace to the pleasant little village is the danger of sand drift, which is already in evidence from Collaroy beach to the mouth of the lagoon. The beach has risen in some places in a few years 15 feet. Can't the ocean beach be grassed and staked? Just a generation ago, the writer, accompanied by his two sons, saw Narrabeen for the first time. We had spent a week down in picturesque Pittwater, whither we went by excursion steamer. After a week's sojourn, Mrs. Boulton, who then kept the New-port Hotel, provided us with a generous lunch, as we had arranged to walk to Manly. She cautioned us in crossing Narrabeen to keep clear of the quicksand bed, where her husband had lost a bullock team, near the mouth (there was no bridge across in those

days). We had a pleasant dip in the waters of the lagoon, and afterwards hired a boat. The Charon of the lagoon told us of an en-chanted island and a haunted castle further west. Our curiosity was excited. We sallied forth on discovery bent. But, alas, for our worth on discovery bent. But alas for our enterprise: We had not proceeded more than a mile when we stuck in a sand bank. The youngsters, got out, pushed and shoved, and got the skiff afloat. But she did not float very long before she again grounded. That damped for the time being our ardour for exploration on Narrabeen lagoon. We re-turned the boat to its owner, and asked : Was there a channel in the lagoon, and if so, why was it not staked for the guidance of strangers? His reply indicated a go-easy boat proprietor. A few weeks ago my long-cherished wish for visiting the western end of the lagoon was gratified. My son and grandson, who were then having a holiday at Ocean House, Narrabeen, sent me word, the "lake was full." The residents call it a "lake," when the mouth of the lagoon is closed by heavy easterly weather, and no outlet for the water from the hills. The Eden of Narrabeen was

worth seeing. I felt compensated for my long wait. We spent a whole day in the enjoyment of scenery — water, wood, and hill, which was charming beyond description. 

At the head of the lagoon is a large delta, intersected by three streamlets; known locally as Deep Creek, Middle Creek, and South Creek. 

Deep Creek has a steep hill on its north side, the delta on the south side. The side of the hill is clothed from base to summit with a variety of shrubs and trees. The lordly gum was there, and lovely tree ferns. Cabbage-tree palms were seen in graceful clusters. The waratah and Christ-mas bush were, conspicuous by their fresh, glowing foliage, indeed the whole cliff side for several miles was gorgeous and rich in vegetation, and redolent of 'bush incense.' The creek full of fish, bream, whiting, flat-head, mullet, we could see playing "chasings" like children. They are seldom disturb-ed, for the creek is too narrow for netting, and too snaggy for rod or line fishing. The silence and solitude of the place was broken by the hum of bees, the song of birds, prominent among which were the kookaburra, with his loud guffaw, the thrush, with his metallic notes, the coach-whip, with his stock-whip crack, and the cat bird, which must have strayed from his habitat in the north. The ribbon-like creek is a sanctuary for fish, and the bush bordering it for the feathered tribe. Maybe they (fish and birds) owe something to the aegis of good fairies, whose dell we saw near the mouth of the creek. A small waterfall formed a pool at the base of an opening in the hill. It was surrounded by cabbage-tree palms, young tree-horns, lily pilly, wild climatic, and other vines. It was a fit place for Queen Mab to hold her court and dictate her laws : Fairies small, two-foot tall, With, caps red on their head, Dance around on the ground, Fairies black, green and white, You moonshine revellers, and shades of night, You orphan-heirs of fixed destiny, Attend your offices. 

Middle Creek runs through the delta. It has not such attractive features as its sister north of it. Beset with snags, it was difficult. to steer the boat. We were diverted by the antics of an iguana that we saw up a tree after a bird's nest. It scooted at our shouting, opened its enormous jaws as if to intimidate anyone approaching it. "Oh, how like a young crocodile, " exclaimed the youngster of the party. It was about 5 feet long, the largest of the lizard tribe, I had seen for many years. Like its sister creeks, this one was a veritable fishpond. 

Near the mouth of the South Creek, close to the island, which appeared to have lost its enchantment, was a deep pool full of large fish. (Was this pool the abode of a bogie or bunyip that lent enchantment to the island?) From the empty shells and other indications around the pool, it would appear that Uhlan fishermen haunted the spot to dynamite fish. The unsportsman-like, if not barbarous, practice should be severely punished. We had not time to visit the 'haunted castle.' We heard enough, however, to soothe our disappointment, for, like many other much-talked-of structures, it was but an "air castle"or a "castle in Spain." But an old hand told me that in his father's time there was a building in the creek at the foot of Tumbledown Dick, known as "Poteen Castle." On that we exchanged meaning glances. "Is it there still?" I asked "A drop of the crathur would not be unacceptable now." "Next time" he cheerily promised — "if there are no 'gaugers' about."

Narrabeen (1914, December 17). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 19. Retrieved from

NB: the above tale about where the name of Narrabeen came from and being attributed to a local lass is incorrect according to Sheila and George Champion OAM. The place-name actually means ''source of fresh water’’ in the Guringai Lanuguage

Applications have been made to bring the lands hereunder described under the provisions of the Real Property Act, Certificate of Indefeasible Title will issue, unless Caveats be lodged in accordance with the Third Schedule to the said Act, on or before the 15th JANUARY, 1908.
No. 13,753. APPLICANT:—Tertius Horatio Macpherson, Narrabeen. LAND:—County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, Shire Warringah, 62 acres 1 rood 34 perches on Narrabeen Lagoon and Pittwater Roads, part portion 8 granted to Thomas Collins, exclusive of the road 1 chain wide the area of which has been deducted from the total area; adjoining the property of J. Wheeler.  NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1907, November 27). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 6473. Retrieved from

Land sale at Narrabeen: 

TO-MORROW'S LAND SALES. (1912, January 5). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from 

Macpherson's subdivision at Narrabeen, which was offered by Messrs. J. E. Green and Co., brought from 20s to 38s per foot. THE EARTH. (1912, January 12). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 10 (CRICKET EDITION). 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 March, 1912.
No. 17,427. APPLICANT:—Septimus Wharrie Macpherson, Glebe Point. LAND:—County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, shire Warringah, .33 acres I rood 23 perches, on Pittwater-road, and on Main Creek, at Narrabeen Lagoon,—part land granted as 50 acres( portion 47 of parish) to William Bernard Rhodes. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1912, January 24). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales(Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 364. Retrieved from

NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT.— APPLICATIONS having been made, to bring the lands hereunder described under 'the provisions or 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 28th FEBRUARY, 1912:
No. 17,427. APPLICANT : — Septimus Wharrie Macpherson, Glebe Point. Land: —County Cumberland, parish Narrabeen, shire Warringah, 55a. lr. 28p., on Pittwater-road, and on Main Creek, at Narrabeen Lagoon,— part land granted as 50a. (portion 47 of parish) to William Bernard Rhodes. Advertising (1912, February 10). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 2 (FINAL SPORTING). Retrieved from 

Macpherson's appear in the earliest Warringah Shire Council Minutes of Meetings. This notice, a few decades on, is interesting when in contrast against Tertius later giving land to council closely alongside where Wimbledon Avenue now is:

26th August, 1918 - Continued. 8, W. B. Giles 21/8/18, stating Mr. T. H. Macpherson's bedrock price for land adjoining  Narrabeen Lake, proposed to be purchased for a park Resolved (on notion of Councillor Atkin, seconded by Councillor Duffy) that application, under Seal of the Council, be made for the Governor's approval to the Council purchasing from T. H. Macpherson, for public recreation purposes. 25.acres, or thereabouts, on the north shore of Narrabeen  Lake, and being part of Portion 8, Parish of Narrabeen  County of Cumberland for Two thousand. four hundred pounds (.£2400) on the following terms, namely :- £100 cash deposit, balance to stand over until after the termination of the war, and to be then repaid in six equal annual instalments, interest at 6% , to be paid on unpaid balances

In same minutes:

A. J. Small 22/8/18, requesting tree planting on Barrenjoey Road, and on Clareville Beach recreation reserve, and stating willingness to contribute to cost Referred to the Engineer for report. 

There was an apparent uproar about having 25 acres put aside apparently - possibly the cost, and the plans ended up being ditched - this acquisition of land for public purposes is one of the markers of the Warringah Shire Council of the 1920's - under this policy and program numerous areas now still intact were acquired for the people here and those who visit:

Local Government Department 23/10/18, relating to French's Forest Progress Association's protest against the purchase of  Macpherson's land at Narrabeen for park purposes. I 5. Local Government Department, 31/10/18 relative to the Brookvale Progress Association's and a public meeting's protest against same proposed purchase :. Councillor Atkin Ditto. moved, That in view of the apparent close proximity of the termination of the war, consideration of these matters be deferred for three months, and that the Local Government Department be asked to stay its hand accordingly.; Councillor Sterland seconded. Carried. Councillor Corkery voted in the negative. .

W. B. Giles. 8/5/19, on behalf of T. H. Macpherson re: proposed park, withdrawing from sale the land offered for public park purposes at Narrabeen   Resolved, 8212; That the Department be informed that the Council's application for the purchase of the land as now necessarily withdrawn, and that a letter be sent to Mr Macpherson thanking him for has consideration in holding the offer open so long.

NARRABEEN needs a drain. 

A week after the heavy downpour of rain some houses at Narrabeen are still almost surrounded by water. Local residents hint, not unreasonably, that the locality needs a drain. News of the hour in Topical Pictures (1923, July 23). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from 

T. H. Macpherson 8/4/22, agreeing conditionally to Contribution £50 towards the cost of a culvert to connect Pittwater Road with the unnamed road on the north side of Narrabeen Lagoon: Received. S.W. Macpherson, 29/3/22 requesting sufficient time to go thoroughly into the question of the matter of the public creek having access across his property from the proposed bridge across Narrabeen Creek: Resolved; - (Crs. Hewitt, Quirk) That fresh tenders be called for the construction of a foot- bridge across Narrabeen Creek.

27th June, 1922 - Contd. J - : Tenders, Macpherson’s One tender only was received for the construction of  Macpherson Bridge, Narrabeen, and was not accepted.

18th September 192 That Contractor Heaton's offer to extend the wing fencing on the eastern approaches to Macpherson's culvert, Narrabeen, be accepted.

J. W. Maund & Christie, 6/2/23, submitting plans (1) of proposed subdivision by T. H. Macpherson of part Portion 8, Narrabeen Lake, adjoining Carefree Estatecontaining new road, and (2) of proposed subdivision of another part of same Portion abutting into the Lake; and also stating proposals for dredging the Lake for the purpose of filling in the land : Referred to the Works Committee for report

Tramway Commissioners. 28/1/24 (1) declining to alter arrangements made for extension of tramway terminus at Narrabeen and (2) stating that no action is at present being taken to remove the waiting shed : Resolved, - (era. Parr, Hewitt) That a reply be sent stating the Council does not agree that there Is no danger to the public; further that the bus stand will remain as at present, and  the Council trusts the Department will co-operate and arrange for the to stop at the waiting room. Wimbledon Estate. .Maund & Christie -29/1/24, re Wimbledon Subdivision Estate. (No. 1 
Macpherson's) requesting modification of certain' of the Council's requirements re road construction ; Resolved, -. (Crs. Campbell, Hewitt) That the previous requirements regarding gravelling be adhered to, and it be explained to the writers that their client is being treated in the same way as other subdividers.

Wimbledon Estate - Narrabeen Lagoon Dredging February 1924: That the Council assist Mr. Macpherson in every plausible way on the lines of the plan submitted with the letter, the dredging to be on the lines of the Councils letters of July 28th and 31st

The above, current site of still fairly flat land subject to flooding when all that rain comes down the creeks and into the Lagoon is probably not a surprise to residents.

Rapid development is taking, place on the northern side of the lake. An estate recently cut up (Collins' Estate) is rapidly being built on. Other large estates on the northern side are now being subdivided, notably, Macpherson's Wimbledon Estate, Carefree Estate, and Elanora Estate. In each case portions of the lake frontage are being dedicated to the council for public recreation purposes, and the time when there will be a public road or public reserve right round the lake, should not be far distant

Some of the land on the north side is low-lying, particularly part of Wimbledon Estate — the land nearest the main road — but the owner, with commendable enterprise, has just entered into a contract, for the raising of the land by dredging operations. This will not only render useful what is now waste land, but will deepen the lake channel and make it more attractive for boating, etc. 

About £30,000 was sunk in the electric lighting scheme, the president went on, 'and 500 private consumers were benefiting — after two years. We thought that was wonderful, but to-day we have 1400 people subscribing. And hundreds of new applications are coming in from all parts, of the shire.WHAT BRIDGES MEAN. (1925, February 1). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 7 (Social and Magazine Section). Retrieved from 

Advertising (1926, March 21). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 19. Retrieved from

Richardson and Wrench, Ltd., in conjunction with
Messrs. Sunter and Mackenzie, reports having sold on the ground yesterday portion of the Wimbledon Estate No. 2, Narrabeen, at prices ranging from £5/10/ to £6/15/ per foot. PROPERTY SALE. (1926, April 6). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from 

Another name that's gone now:
Advertising Service 4,5,26. requesting permission to erect four advertising boards at corner of Bassett Street-and Pittwater Road; corner of Gordon Road and Pittwater Road; corner of Warriewood Road and Pittwater ' Read, and at Macpherson's Swamp, Narrabeen. Referred to the Inspector

Residents trying to stop the destruction of local trees: 

Narrabeen Progress Assn. 22.6.26. nominating the following gentlemen as Honorary Rangers to assist the Council in putting a stop to the cutting of trees Reserves namely T. H. Macpherson,.Kinneir Tarte, P. W. Heaton, J. Atkinson and P. Ferguson : 'Resolved; .(Crs. Atkins,. Caapbell) That the gentlemen named be appointed Honorary Rangers and each be given a letter of authority, 

Meeting of 27th September, 1926: That the Inspector's recommendations regarding the water-course through S. W. Macpherson's land, Warriewood, be adopted.

APPLICATIONS have been made to bring the lands respectively described under the provisions of the Real Property Act. Caveats may be lodged on or before the respective dates mentioned:—
30th October, 1929.
No. 27,488. Tertius Horatio Macpherson, 61 a. 34 p.,por. 55 (ph.), on Narrabeen Lagoon and Narrabeen Creek, ph. Narrabeen, co. Cumberland. (A title by possession is claimed against John Scanlon or Michael Sullivan, devisee of Robert Pearce, who died in 1840.)  NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1929, August 30). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 3593. Retrieved from

Where Bilarong Reserve is now, 5.3 hectares, stems from Tertius Macpherson - transferred to council in 1931, and was preluded by a community push to have access to the lagoon - from Warringah Shire Council minutes:

52. Warriewood Progress Assoc. - 25/10/29. (1) Again requesting that Orchard Street be made trafficable, and (2) requesting that the work of draining the bad ditch and remetalling in Vineyard Street near Macpherson Street Orchard Road be expedited. -. Decision,: (i) Overseer to furnish an estimate for making a trafficable track; (2) referred to A. Riding Councillors. ,. .. . . 53 Greenhills Improvement League. 25/10/29.. (1) Requesting that corner of Kobado Road and Powderworks Roads be widened, that the dangerous covering over the drain be removed, and that a silent cop be installed at the junction, (2) on the necessity for regulating the waters of Narrabeen  Lake, (3) on the danger to children from potholes dredged in the Lake, (4) that a protective railing be placed at the corner of Narrabeen  Road and Ingleside Road to obviate the existing danger, and (5) requesting the Council to use its best endeavours to prevent the reservation along  Narrabeen Lake being included in T.H. Macpherson 's Real Property Application

10th of March 1930
A letter from A. R. Bluett, Solicitor, 5.3.30, advising the Council against proceeding with litigation in connection with Mr. T.H. Macpherson's Real Property Application 1 portion 52, Narrabeen  Lake, was Resolved (Crs. Corkery, Hitchcock) - That the Council adopt the advice, and Mr. Bluett be instructed accordingly.

Tertius had clearly been a core member of the Narrabeen community since his Narrabeen Progress Days when part of the group who worked for over a decade to get a tram to Narrabeen and provide easier access - even if he benefited from such a development. Although Warringah Shire records show a policy of requiring a dedication of portions of land by developers to be set aside for public use, advised against litigation, and allowing people to follow their own hearts, often produces the same result:

Council Reserve - Dedicated to Council from Tertius Horatio MacPherson on 9th December 1930. Title transferred to Council (C42190) on 27th January 1931. Covenant on original title ‘that the transferee will not use or permit to be used the land hereby transferred for any purpose other than as public park for public recreation’ - visit Bilarong Reserve POM - Pittwater Council, June 2008

In 1932 Isabel, his second daughter, married - 13080/1932 BIRD DOUGLAS P MACPHERSON ISABEL T M SYDNEY
The marriage was not popular with her father who in his will stated 'and as to the other one half thereof for the child or children if more than one in equal shares of the said testator's daughter Isabel Winifred Bird by any husband other than her present husband Douglas Bird whether by or during their present marriage or any re-marriage, and in default of any such children of the said Isabel Winifred Bird for the children of Peter Dunn who shall attain the age of twenty-one years in equal shares.'

In 1933 one of the aspects of being one of the early landholders of inherited wealth rears its head for those still standing where others want to move in and profit - from Warringah Shire Council Minutes of October 23rd, 1933, Item:

50. Suburban Subdivision Co. Ltd. 18/10/33, further regarding the need of access to the bridge across Deep Creek, Narrabeensuggesting the Council resume 50 links right-of-way through Macpherson's property, and also between it and the lagoon, and that the Deep Creek construction of the road be carried out as an unemployment relief work, stating that the two Companies interested would undertake to strengthen and repair the bridge at their joint expense. Resolved- That the Valuer General be asked to make a special Evaluation of land for a road Covering the private right-of-way through Macpherson’s land from the end of Deep Creek road to the bride over Deep Creek. (Drs. Hughes, Austin)

At the same time, although a few months earlier (and taking much longer to resolve):
June 19th, 1933
At this stage Mr. A. C. Greenwood presented an authority from Isaac Larkin-for himself and Mr. Isaac Larkin to discuss with the Council matter of theproposed acquisition of the Narrabeen Progress Association's block of Land upon which the South Narrabeen Surf Clubhouse stands.Mr. Greenwood stated that the matter had been referred to him by Mr. Larkin  in the ordinary course of business; that Messrs. J.T. Hewitt, S. Twight, T.H. Macpherson and other members of the original Progress Association desired that the land should not be disposed of except at the Valuer General's valuation, the Money to be paid into a Trust Fund and not given to any private individual; that when the money has been paid, the members of the old Association would meet for the purpose of deciding what fund or organisation the money should go to. Mr. Greenwood said he felt sure that while Mr. Larkin lived the Council would not get the land free of cost, and that Mr. Larkin would appoint his son as Trustee to succeed him when he died; also-that the old original members of the Association who had been interviewed also objected to Mr. Larkin agreeing to the Council's request. Resolved, - That the matter be dealt with in Committee later.

Another instance of how landscape appearance is changed:
July 3rd, 1933
QUESTIONS AND MOTIONS GENERALLY. The following requests, submitted by the Councillors named, were agreed, to By Cr. Hitchcock, seconded by Cr. Austin - That the trees on the western side of Pittwater Road from Narrabeen Bridge to Powderworks Road be removed altogether instead of being lopped as previously directed. By Cr'. Hitchcock, seconded by Cr. Hughes 

Tertius passed away in the winter of 1936:

MACPHERSON. - June 5, 1936, at his residence, Wimbledon, Deep Creek-road, Narrabeen, Tertius Horatio Macpherson, aged 64 years. Family Notices (1936, June 8). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from

MACPHERSON. - The Funeral of the late TERTIUS HORATIO MACPHERSON, of Wimbledon, Deep Creek-road, Narrabeen, will leave our Private Chapel, 92 The Corso, Manly, THIS AFTERNOON (Saturday), at 2.15 o'clock, for the Church of England Cemetery, Manly. T. WAUGH and CO., Funeral Directors. Tele., YU1118. Manly. Family Notices (1936, June 6). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved  from 

Just as Edward Hume and William Joseph spent time as good mates together until they were parted by mortality, Tertius Horatio and Septimus Wharrie also may have been close. Septimus is the brother named in this Will problem after Tertius passed away - the will originally made on February 5th 1936, indicating he may have been ill for months prior to succumbing.

The late Mr. Tertius Horatio Macpherson, formerly of Narrabeen, left an estate of £18,000. By a settlement he had settled the whole of his property on trust for himself, and directed that, after his death, the income should be held until the death of the last surviving child of his daughter, his brother, and of another person, on certain trusts, and, subject to these, the trustee should hold the trust premises on trust for the child or children who should attain 21 years of his brother, and the other half on trust for the child or children of his daughter by any husband other than her present husband. By his will, dated February 5, 1936, Mr. Macpherson devised and bequeathed his estate to his executor upon trusts Identical with those contained in the settlement, other than the life estate to the settlor.
The Court was asked by originating summons taken out by the trustees to determine: (i) Whether the trusts of Income created by the deed and will were void under the rule against perpetuities, and (2) whether the gifts In remainder were also void. His Honor re-served his decision.
Mr. F. W. Kitto (instructed by Messrs. Maund and Kelynack) appeared for the trustees of the settlement; Mr. R. S. Murray-Prior (Instructed by Mr. Nathan J. Payne); Mr. G. Amsberg and Mr. Malor (Instructed by Mr. J. H, Yeldham). Mr. David Wilson (instructed by Messrs. Minter, Simpson, and Co.), and Mr. M. L. Hardie (Instructed by Mr. Robert Lloyd) for various defendants. IN EQUITY. (1937, July 3). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from 

(Before Mr. Justice Nicholas.)
Judgments were given recently by his Honor on questions of construction arising in administration of the trusts of the will of the late Mr. Tertius Macpherson, formerly of Narrabeen. Mr. Macpherson devised his estate, amounting to about £18,000, upon trusts identical with those contained in a settlement executed prior to making his will. Following the decisions as to construction of the will, argument was heard on the validity of the settlement, and at its conclusion his Honor reserved his decision.

The settlement was executed on behalf of the settlor by his attorney. By it the settlor "assigns and conveys unto the trustees all and singular the property specified in the schedule hereto and the investments at any time hereafter representing the same or any part thereof." The schedule begins with the words "All the real and personal property whatsoever of the settlor, including. . ." and among the properties enumerated are "land comprised in certificate of title vol. 1862 folio 35; unsold lots In Wimbledon Estate Nos. 1 and 2, balances owing on land contracted to be sold by the settler." It was contended that the power of attorney had been revoked before the settlement was executed because between the dates on which the power of attorney and the settlement were respectively executed the settlor sold portions of the land referred to in the foregoing sentence.

In the course of reserved judgment his Honor said that In support of the contention that there had been revocation, he had been referred to passages in text books and amongst other judgments to that of Chitty, J., in re Oriental Bank Corporation (28 CD.) in a vain endeavour to discover on what basis the doctrine of revocation by the conduct of the principal is founded, whether on an intention expressed by or imputed to the principal or to the fact that the principal has parted with control of the subject-matter of the power, and whether notice by the principal to the agent is requisite in order to bring about revocation. Whatever the principle, the conclusion he came to was that the settlor in this case had not revoked the power of attorney. The power was very limited in scope. It recited that the settlor appointed Mr. John Hamilton, solicitor, of Wellington, New Zealand, to be his attorney, "to sign, seal, execute, and deliver for me in my name and as my act the deed to be engrossed by the s-!d draft." The Act was merely ministerial. His Honor did not think that it was revoked merely because the settler sold one of the assets which were the subject of the settlement. The question might arise on construction of the settlement whether the proceeds of sale of one of the assets enumerated in the schedule pass as settled property. On the whole he thought the proceeds of sale do pass, being included in the words "all the real and personal property whatsoever and where-soever of the settlor" and not excluded because in the schedule the unsold properties were enumerated as among the assets.
Mr. F. W. Kitto (instructed by Messrs. Maund and Kelynack) appeared for the trustees of the settlement: Mr. R. S. Murrayprior (instructed by Mr. Nathan J. Payne), Mr. G. Arnsberg and Mr. Malor (instructed by Mr. J. H. Yeldham), Mr. David Wilson (instructed by Messrs. Minter, Simpson, and Co.), and Mr. M. L. Hardie (instructed by Mr. Robert Lloyd) for various defendants. IN EQUITY. (1937, August 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from 

Macpherson and another v Maund and others.
Mabel Gladys Macpherson and Isabel Winifred Bird appealed from part of the Decretal Order of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in its Equitable Jurisdiction, made on August 20 last, by Mr. Justice Nicholas.
The respondents to the High Court appeal are John Williams Maund, John Williams Maund, Junior, Cora Ann Macpherson, and Joselyn Wharrie Macpherson and Patricia Dunn (infants under the age of 21 years).

The respondents. John Williams Maund and John Williams Maund. Junior, were plain-tiffs, and the appellants (Mabel Gladys Macpherson and Isabel Winifred Bird) and the remaining respondents. were defendants in a suit Instituted by Originating Summons before Mr. Justice Nicholas in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Equity.

The part of the Decretal Order appealed from is that which determines the ultimate destination of the property mentioned in clause 5 of the will of Tertius Horatio Macpherson, deceased, and of the property mentioned in clause 7 of the Deed of Settlement, dated February 10, 1936. and made between Tertius Horatio Macpherson of the one part, and the respondents, John Williams Maund and John Williams Maund. Junior, and Richard Hunter Maund, of the other part.

It was held by Mr. Justice Nicholas that the property in question passed to the children of Peter Dunn, who should attain the age of 21 years, and that the gift in the will and deed to the children of Peter Dunn was not void as infringing the rule against perpetuities.

The substantial ground relied upon by the appellants was that this decision was wrong, and that his Honor should have held that the gift to the children of Peter Dunn was void on the ground that it followed, and was dependent upon, a gift admittedly void is being an infringement of the rule against perpetuities. The appeal stands part heard. 
LAW REPORT. (1937, November 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from

In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
In the will of Tertius Horatio MacPherson, late of Wimbledon, Narrabeen, in the State of New South Wales, gentleman, deceased.
PURSUANT to the Wills, Probate and Administration Act, 1898, and the Testator's Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act, 1916: Notice is hereby given that every creditor and any other person having any claim against the estate of Tertius Horatio MacPherson, the abovenamed deceased, who died on or .about, the 5th day of June, 1936, and probate of whose will was granted by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in its Probate Jurisdiction, on the 25th day of November, 1936, to John Williams Maund and John Williams Maund, junior, the executors of the will, is hereby required to send particulars in writing of such claim to the said John Williams Maund and John Williams Maund, junior, to the care of the undersigned, at their office hereunder mentioned, on or before the 17th day of October, 1938, at the expiration of which time the said John Williams Maund and John Williams Maund, junior, will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased amongst the persons entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which, they have notice; and notice is hereby further given that the said John Williams Maund and John Williams Maund, junior, will not be liable, for any assets or any part thereof so distributed, to any person of whose claim they shall not have had notice at the time of such distribution.—Dated this 4th day of August, a.d., 1938.
Solicitors for the Executors,
62 Margaret-street, Sydney. PROBATE JURISDICTION. (1938, August 12). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 3292. Retrieved from 

Septimus Wharrie Macpherson also had extensive land holdings in Narrabeen and Warriewood as seen by his 1912 application to move these acres under the Real Estate Act. 

December 16th, 1929
A report by the Clerk, setting out points for the Council’s consideration in connection with the proposal of Narrabeen  Beach Estates Ltd, for the acquisition, reclamation and subsequent subdivision of a large area of land between Powderworks Road and Macpherson  Street was read. - Resolved (Crs. Robertson, Hitchcock) Council again write to the Lands Department requesting that the Reserve for Access adjoining Main Creek be dedicated to the Council for public recreation purposes. Resolved (Crs. Ross, Robertson)- That the Company be asked to furnish the names of its Directors. (This motion was carried, on division, by five votes to four, those voting in the affirmative being Crs Robertson, Austin, Ross, McPaul and Hitchcock, those in the negative Cs. Greenwood, Parr, Corkery and Campbell). Resolved(Crs.,Parr,Campbell) -That the Council disapprove of the proposal as submitted, and request the Company to set out more fully what it proposes to do. 

A commercial newspaper spruiking, per the Editorial you pay for it could be presumed, offers the glittering hope of a home by the sea and tells us of further roads developments - a long way from those dirt tracks:

Beauties of Narrabeen
FEW If any of the delightful surfing beaches which adorn the coast on either side of Sydney have grown be rapidly In recent years as Narrabeen. One does not need to be a resident of long standing to remember the time when the houses there could be counted on the fingers of one hand, and It was a rare sight to see more than a dozen surfers on the beach together. 

What a transformation greet! the visitor to-day! Thousands of pleasure seekers go there by tram and car each week-end to sport In the sparkling surf, row up the delightful reaches of the lake, and climb the hills to feast on the glorious panoramic view which stretches at their feet. Truly, Nature has been kind to Narrabeen. 

Apart from its lure as a week-end resort; Narrabeen has been chosen as a home centre by thousands of Sydney's best known people. Many of those who bought land there In the early days have been able to re-sell at substantial profits, but others have refused to part with their holdings, no matter how great the Inducement. 

A chance for Investors and those who require homesites in this premier seaside suburb is offered by the subdivision of the Narrabeen Estate by the well-known realty specialists, Arthur Rickard and Co., Ltd. Served by the new concrete road, which is now being built, the estate Is bound to meet with a ready demand. It offers one of the few opportunities now remaining of securing land in such a rapidly-growing centre. The completion of the North Shore bridge will spell boundless prosperity for the seaside suburbs beyond Manly, and none will enjoy a greater measure than Narrabeen. SURF, LAKE AND SIGHTS (1930, January 19). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved from


— Blue Certificate to Lyn Macpherson (16), "Wharriewood," Hopetoun-ave., MosmanNo title (1934, April 22). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 3 (SUNBEAMS SUPPLEMENT). Retrieved from 

Sir,-Preposterous as the idea may seem to the venerable officials who compile tramway time-tables, and the Jocular subordinates who Infringe them, the Insatiable North Shore dweller used formerly to expect the tram leaving the Railway at 11.49 p.m., due Fort Macquarie at 12.3 a.m., to make more than a shallow pretence of catching the midnight ferries. During the enforced contemplation due to awaiting the 1 o'clock ferry the belated traveller can devote some semi-apoplectic reflection to the vexed question of tramway deficits. Ideal solution appears to be tearing up the tracks and heaving them bodily into the harbour, where they will be less an interference to navigation than now to travel on land.
I am, etc.,
Mosman, April 25.
TRAMWAY TIME-TABLES. (1930, May 1).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from 

LOVELL-MACPHERSON.-November 8, 1937, at Presbyterian Church, Mosman, James Keith, son of Frederick James Lovell, Strathfield, to Joselyn Wharrie, daughter of S. W. Macpherson, MosmanFamily Notices (1937, December 14). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from 

OVERDUE RATES.—Shire of Warringah.—Land to be Sold for Default.—The following persons are required to take notice that the Council of the Shire of Warringah has applied to the Public Trustee to sell the land specified below against their names, of which they appear to be the owners or in which they appeared to be interested, for overdue rates amounting to the sums mentioned in each case; and that in default of payment forthwith to the Public Trustee of the said rates and all interest charges and expenses in connection with the said applications and proceedings by the Public Trustee, the said land will be offered for sale by the Public Trustee at public auction: —
Narrabeen Beach Estates Limited (In Liquidation), Septimus Wharrie Macpherson, of Mosman, and Ralph Andrew Miller Mills, of Sydnev; overdue rates, £327 8s. 7d.; land, part portions 39 and 2, Pittwater-road, Narrabeen North.
Narrabeen Beach Estates Limited (In Liquidation), Septimus Wharrie Macpherson, of Mosman, and Ralph Andrew Miller Mills, of Sydney; overdue rates, £220 3s. 3d.; land, part portion 96, Warriewood-road, Narrabeen North.
Narrabeen Beach Estates Limited (In Liquidation), Septimus Wharrie Macpherson, of Mosman, and Ralph Andrew Miller Mills, of Sydney; overdue rates, £569 9s. 3d.; land, part portion 47, Narrabeen North.
OVERDUE RATES.—Shire of Warringah.—Land to be Sold (1944, February 25). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 357. Retrieved from

Narrabeen Beach Estates Limited, Septimus Wharrie Macpherson of Mosman, and Ralph Andrew Miller Mills; overdue rates, £100 15s. 3d.; land, pt. por, 46, Warriewood and Pittwater road, Narrabeen North. OVERDUE RATES.—SHIRE OF WARRINGAH.—Land to be Sold (1946, August 23). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1932. Retrieved from

Septimus passed away in 1947, aged 61. His ashes were placed at the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens, where a plaque is still.

MACPHERSON, Septimus Wharrie.-June 3 1947 at Manly District Hospital, of 20 Hopetoun Avenue, MosmanPrivately cremated. Family Notices (1947, June 7). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 38. Retrieved from 

SEPTIMUS WHARRIE MACPHERSON, Late of Mosman. Near Sydney, in the State of New South Wales. Gentleman Deceased -After fourteen clear days  Elizabeth  Macpherson, of 20 Hopetoun avenue Mosman aforesaid, widow, will APPLY to the Supreme Court of Victoria that its SEAL may be AFFIXED to the Exemplification of Probate of the will of the said deceased, granted by the Supreme Court of New South Wales on the 16th day of December, 1947. to the said Elizabeth Macpherson. ABBOTT. BECKETT STILLMAN. & GRAY, solicitors, 422 Little Collins street Melbourne. Advertising (1948, August 31). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 9. Retrieved from 

More Macpherson Lands

At Woollahra, at Waverly, at Mosman, at Neutral Bay, at Warriewood and elsewhere the name for a street as 'Macpherson' denotes some of the estates once held by this family - a few others:

No. 16,180. APPLICANTS:—William Joseph Macpherson, Edward Hume Macpherson, both Sydney, Tertius Horatio Macpherson, Narrabeen, Lucy Isabel Macpherson, Sydney, and Septimus Wharrie Macpherson, Sydney. LAND:—Municipality Woollahra, 12 acres 29 1/2 perches, in Edgecliffe-road,—part Point Piper Estate, and part 1,130 acres granted to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey ; adjoining properties of trustees 14 Wallaroy Estate and estate late Sir Daniel Cooper. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1914, July 29). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 4305. Retrieved from

No. 20,716. (Leasehold). APPLICANTS William Joseph Macpherson and Septimus Wharrie Macpherson, both of Sydney; Edward Hume Macpherson, London, England; and Tertius Horatio Macpherson, NarrabeenLAND:—Municipality Woollahra, 12 acres 30 perches, 2 roods 20 perches, 18 perches, and 1 rood perches, in Edgecliffe-road,—being part Point Piper Estate, and part 1,130 acres granted to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey; adjoining properties of E. Walker, A. A. Smart, H. Y. Russell, estate late Sir D. Cooper, estate late J. F. Flashman, and W. J. Macpherson. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1917, August 17). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 4638. Retrieved from

Image No.: c071400007- Box 04 Paddington coach(that Travelled to Point Piper)

Hawthornden Estate - ‘Properties & Premises’ by Hardie & Gorman Pty.Ltd. (1919) Sydney.
Real estate monthly brochure produced by Sydney real estate agents Hardie and Gorman from 1918.

This was the off week for indoor auctions by Messrs Raine and Homo, but the firm was busy completing sales by private contract as follows - Waverley, Macpherson Estate, 13 allotments, comprising the whole subdivision (in conjunction with Mr. K S Williams),£3996,… REAL ESTATE. (1922, October 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from 

Primary Application - Edward Augustus Macpherson 6 perches in Sydney Parish Saint James County Cumberland Volume 96 Folio 219 1840 - 1870
Primary Application - Catherine Wiseman Macpherson 1 acre 1 rood 23 perches at Long Bay Middle Harbour in Parish Willoughby County Cumberland 1069 Folio 120 1863 - 1892
Primary Application - Catherine Wiseman Macpherson 138 acres 2 roods on Sangrado, Clontarf & Alleyne Street Middle Harbour in Parish Manly Cove County Cumberland Volume 1569 Folio 91 1902 - 1904
Primary Application - Edward Augustus Macpherson 1 rood 5 1/2 perches near Long Bay Middle Harbour in Parish Willoughby County Cumberland Volume 1069 Folio 27 1863 - 1890
Primary Application - Edward Hume Macpherson 2 roods 10 perches at Long Bay Middle Harbour in Parish Willoughby County Cumberland Volume 1069 Folio 24 1863 - 1892
Primary Application - Edward Hume Macpherson 26 acres 3 roods 26 perches at Middle Harbour Parish Willoughby County Cumberland Volume 1668 Folio 57 1863 - 1906
Primary Application - William Joseph Macpherson 2 roods 12 1/2 perches at Long Bay Middle Harbour in Parish Willoughby County Cumberland Volume 1069 Folio 25 1863 - 1892
Primary Application - William Joseph Macpherson 18 3/4 perches in Roslyndale Avenue in Municipality Woollahra Parish Alexandria County Cumberland Volume 2814 Folio 238 1913 - 1918
Primary Application - Edward Hume Macpherson 2 roods 20 perches in Edgecliffe Road in Municipality Woollahra Parish Alexandria County Cumberland Volume 2817 Folio 34 1913 - 1918
Primary Application - William Joseph MacPherson 12 acres 29 1/4 perches in Edgecliffe Road Municipality Woollahra Parish Alexandria County Cumberland Volume 2585 Folios 26 to 30 1909 - 1915
Primary Application - William Joseph MacPherson & others 13 acres 32 1/2 perches in Edgecliffe Road in Municipality Woollahra Parish Alexandria County Cumberland 1916 - 1918
Primary Application - Archibald William Roy Macpherson 9 1/2 perches in Roslyndale Avenue in Municipality Woollahra Parish Alexandria County Cumberland Volume 4200 Folio 65 1927 - 1928

APPLICATIONS having boon 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 uefohe the 4th May, 1917 :
No. 20,164. APPLICANT:—Henry Ferdinand Halloran, Sydney. LAND :—Municipality Manly, 2 roods, near Alleyne-avenue and Pittwater-road, part 30 acres (portion 30, parish), granted to John Burton ; adjoining properties of estate late T. Cripps, H. L. Crawford, and H. F. Halloran.
Diagrams delineating these lands may be inspected at the Land Titles Office, Sydney.
16th March, 1917.
NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1917, March 16). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1575. Retrieved from

Primary Application - Septimus Wharrie Macpherson Pittwater Road and on Main Creek at Narrabeen Lagoon Shire Warringah Parish Narrabeen Volume 2239 Folio 168 1911 - 1912
Primary Application - Septimus Wharrie Macpherson 18 acres 22 3/4 perches on Pittwater Road in Parish Narrabeen County Cumberland Shire Warringah Volume 3903 Folio 102 1926 - 1926

Primary Application - Tertius Horatio Macpherson 61 acres 34 perches on Narrabeen Lagoon & Narrabeen Creek in Parish Narrabeen County Cumberland Shire Warringah Volume 4396 Folio 73 1926 - 1930
Primary Application - Tertius Horatio Macpherson 66 acres 1 rood 10 perches on Narrabeen & Pittwater Road in Parish Narrabeen County Cumberland Volume 1862 Folio 35 1863 - 1908
Primary Application - Septimus Wharrie MacPherson 1 rood 6 1/2 perches in Hereford Street & Hereford Lane in Parish Petersham County Cumberland Municipality The Glebe Volume 4294 Folio 204 1924 - 1929

Primary Application - W J MacPherson & others Several parcels of land in separate localities - County Harden, County Northumberland, Municipality Marrickville, Municipality Woollahra, City Sydney & Town Lismore 1916 - 1916

Advertising (1886, February 8). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from

Collingwood Estate, Parish of Narrabeen, a few miles from Manly, at the corner of Pittwater Road & Lane Cove Road [cartographic material] : 30 choice blocks from 3 to 7 acres each : at the rooms Pitt St., Friday, 12th Febry. 1886, at 11.30 / Richardson & Wrench
Sales plan for land in the suburbs of Mona Vale and Warriewood in Sydney, bounded by Vineyard Street, Pittwater Road, Emma Street, Lane Cove Road, Herbert Street, Boundary Street, Orchard Street, Alfred Street, and Forest Road. "John Hope Balmain, licensed surveyor (under "Real Property Act")". Also available online - courtesy National Library of Australia.

In 1906 it becomes apparent that part of this land now belongs to Edward Hume Macpherson as Mr. Halloran, whose career is chequered with such land grabs (land owners unknown) prepares to sell off parts of north Warriewood where it merges with 'Turimetta' village - soon to become Mona Vale.

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, OX OE HEFOHE THE 30TH MAY, 1906.
No. 14,087. APPLICANT :—The Australian Widows Fund Life Assurance Society, Limited. LAND :—County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, 19 acres 1 rood 20 perches, situated at Newport, Pitt Water,—is part of 60 acres (portion No. 36 of parish) granted to Robert Melville, and part of 50 acres (portion No. 37 of parish) granted to Richard Porter; adjoining the property of D. Scott.

No. 14,106. APPLICANT Henry Ferdinand Halloran, Sydney. LAND:—County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, 4 acres 2 roods, 7 acres 3 roods 16 perches, 17 acres 32 perches, 10 acres 26 perches, 71 acres 33 perches, and 86 acres 1 rood 8 perches, situated in Vineyard-street, Herbert-street, Emma-street, and Lane Cove Road, near Pitt Water,—being lots Nos. 8, 12, 14, 13, 17, 22, 18 and 19 of section A, lots Nos. 1 to 18, the sites of Vineyard-street, Alfred-street, and Orchard-street, and reserves of section B of the Collingwood Estate, and is the whole of 40 acres, portion No. 3, 26 acres portion No 5, and 20 acres (portion No. 54 of parish) granted to Thomas Collins, and part of 115 acres 2 roods (portion No. 53 of parish) and part of 80 acres (portion No. 2) granted to the said Thomas Collins, exclusive of the roads 1 chain wide and 50 links wide, the areas of which have been deducted from the total areas; adjoining the properties of J. Austin and A.E.Lee or D. Macpherson, J. Baker, Union Bank of Australia, J. F. Duffy, E. H. Macpherson, C. P. Harrington, land owners unknown, and Crown Land.
NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1906, April 11). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 2352. Retrieved from

Although this branch of the Macpherson family clearly had the 'canny Scots' knack for developing wealth through land acquisition, the second generation were those who met a developing nation's thirst for your own little block of green with a view of sky in the manner that reflects the shift from a vast rural and dedicated to farming enclave surrounding the 'town of Sydney' as it became a city.

Remembered mostly through the naming of streets in now crowded suburbs, what shines through William Joseph Macpherson's photographs is a love of family, of love of cars, sailing, great views, architecture, automobiles and gardens - as much as a requirement to travel for family and business reasons. They worked. 

They didn't hold back from allowing others to have a home when that became part of the times they lived in - nor, in the case of Narrabeen and Warriewood, were they immune to the need of setting aside places for public use so access to these green reserves and the waters of Narrabeen Lagoon could be Kept.

Through W.J.'s images depth to what is now mere street names is granted.

Advertising (1904, July 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from

Above - Image No.: c071860044 'Ocean View Store, Narrabeen' Circa 1890 to 1910 - from State Library of NSW Album: 'Box 21: Glass negatives including views of New Zealand farms, Sydney Harbour, Narrabeen, and maypole dancing at the SCG (children's display 1901), ca. 1890-1910.' Presented by David William Macpherson, 2014

Agricultural Ground, SEPTEMBER 18, 1901.

1. Grand Combined Display. 2. Dancing Around the Maypole. 3. Maypole Display. 4. Types of Fancy Dress Worn by Children. 5. Three=Legged Race.
6. Among the Side Shows. 7. Outside the Ring. 8. Obstacle Race. 9 Girls' Wands and Clubs. 10. A Weil-Earned Rest.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS' ANNUAL DISPLAY. (1901, September 28). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 800. Retrieved from

Iamge No.: c071170014, from Box 03, Glass negatives including images of the Sydney and Blue Mountains regions, ca 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson

References And Extras

1. Clan MacQuarrie. (2017, October 5). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from
2. Clan Macpherson. (2017, August 18). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from
3. Badenoch. (2017, August 17). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from
4. Wimbledon Common. (2017, October 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from
5. TROVE - National Library of Australia
6. State Library of N.S.W., The Mitchell Library.

As the MacQuarrie surname is very ancient and of Scottish Gaelic origin, a precisely accurate translation to the English language is impossible. Due to anglicisation and migration over eleven centuries many variants of the name MacQuarrie have been promulgated. Individuals and families with the following established spelling variants are members of clan MacQuarrie:

MacQuarrie, MacQuarie, MacQuary, MacQuarry, McQuarrie, McQuarie, McQuary, McQuarry, McQueary, McQuerry, M'Quarrie, M'Quarie, M'Quary, M'Quarry, MacQuery, MacQuore, MacQuorie, MacQuorrie, MacQewry, McQuery, McQuore, McQuorie, McQuorrie, McQewry, M'Query, M'Quore, M'Quorie, M'Quorrie, M'Qewry, MacQuire, McQuire, MacQuaire, MacQuairie, MacQuhirrie, McQuharrie, McQuhurrie, McQuhore, McQuhorre, MacQuhirr, M'Quhoire, M'Quhury, M'Quhurrie, M'Quhurie, M'Quhyrry, M'Quhirrich, M'Qwhyrrcht, Makquhurrie, Makquhory, Makquharry, Makquhary, Makquharie, Makquyre, Makquoyrie, Quarry, MacWharrie, MacWharrey, Wharrey, M'Worich, M'Warie, M'Vorich, Makwidy, Wharrie, M'Coirry, M'Corry, Corry, McCwerie, McCrary, McCreary, Makcory, Makcorry, Makcurre, M'Rore, MacGuaidhre, MacGuarie, MacGorrie, MacGorry, McGorre, M'Goyre, M'Gourie, M'Gowry, M'Geir, Gorey, MacGurrie, MacGurr, Gurr, MacGuaire, MacGuire, MacGuire, MacGwyer, MacGwier, MacGyver, McGuaire, McGuire, McGwyer, McGwier, M'Guaire, M'Guire, M'Guire, M'Gwyer, M'Gwier, Maguire, MacGeir, and Querry.

Right: Coat of arms belonging to the Chief of the MacQuarries of Ulva.

A large portion of the ancient patrimonial property was repurchased by Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, brother of Lt. Colonel Charles MacQuarrie (see above) and Governor of New South Wales, and from whom Port Macquarie and Macquarie Island in the South Pacific derive their names. On 16 July 1804 both Lachlan MacQuarrie, the last Chief of the Clan, and his son Donald were present at the "christening" of Jarvisfield, the estate belonging to Major General Lauchlan Macquarie on the Isle of Mull. Governor Lachlan's mother and the last Chief were half-cousins. They both shared Lachlan MacQuarrie, the XIV Chief, as grandfather, but descended from different wives.

The Coat of Arms belonging to the Chief of the MacQuarries of Ulva is on display at Macquarie University in honour of Lachlan Macquarie.

The MacQuarrie tartan. 
This is James Grant's version of the MacQuarrie tartan which appeared in his book Tartans of the Clans of Scotland, published in 1886, and is the most common MacQuarrie tartan today. It is very similar to the MacDonald of the Isles tartan, the only difference is that the MacQuarrie has two thin green stripes to the MacDonald one thin green stripe. The MacQuarrie's were followers of the (MacDonald) Lords of the Isles.

"Macpherson". A plate illustrated by R. R. McIan, from James Logan's The Clans of the Scottish Highlands, published in 1845.

Coat of arms of the Chief of Clan Macpherson, the Macpherson of Cluny Blazon: Parted per fess Or and Azure overall a lymphad of the first sails furled Argent and pennonned at the masthead Gules between in dexter chief a dexter hand couped at the wrist grasping a dagger point upward and in sinister chief a cross crosslet fitchy both of the same. ref: Image Courtesy Czar Brodie. 

Saving Cluny Castle.
To Mr. H. J. Macpherson, of 17 Samson street, East Perth, we are indebted for the following summary of the history of Clan Macpherson and of the efforts now being made throughout the world to save the Clan's ancient headquarters from falling into alien hands:
There is fascination in tracing the origin and history of the Clan Macpherson. The Chatti as they were originally called, were a warlike tribe who moved across Europe and settled for some time in Germany. They proved so troublesome that the Germans implored the help of Tiberius Caesar, and so they crossed from Holland to Scotland in A.D.. 76, landing in the north-east corner, which was thereafter called Cattiness (today Caithness).

In the year A.D. 915 the chief of the clan, now called Clan Chattan, was Gilie chattan Mor, that is "The Great," who married a sister" of Brudus, Ring of the Picts. It was from this chief's great-grand-son, one of Muriach or Murdock, that the surname Macpherson first came into use. Muriach was the Prior of Kingussie, and as in the ancient Culdie Church instituted by St. Colomba in the sixth century, the clergy was not debarred from marriage, he married the daughter of the Thane of Gawdor and his son Ewan Baan was first called Macpherson or "son of the parson." The clan then became the Clan Macpherson.

Muriach, "the parson," was directly descended from an ancient royal Celtic line, writes Andrew Lang the Scottish historian. Gruach (the Lady MacBeth of Shakespeare) had a son Luiach, a ward of her second husband MacBeth, and it was from this Luiach that the Macphersons of Cluny are descended, so that Cluny Macpherson "The Chief," by right of the ancient hereditary law of Scotland (again quoting another Scottish writer Grant Francis) would have been the legitimate King of the Northam Kingdom had those laws still existed.

Of the twenty-three chiefs of Clan Mac-pherson intail male from the time of Gille chattan (in the time of Malcom Canmore) those of the last three centuries at least have occupied the present castle or its two predecessors, and when need has arisen each of these chiefs has unhesitatingly placed his clan, his sword, and all that he possessed at the service of Scotland and of the cause which he considered likely to uphold the welfare of the Scottish nation. The Clan was originally settled at Locha-ber, but later the ninth Chief Duncan was given grants of land in Badenoch by King Robert Bruce for his services in helping to exterminate the Comyns, for which special mission a dagger was added to the armorial bearings. From then on the Macphersons have always been loyal supporters of the House of Stuart. The Macphersons fought for King Charles I. until exhausted and reduced to impotence by the defeat of his army.
Duncan Macpherson, of Cluny (the 16th chief) at first reluctantly and possibly mistakenly upheld the cause of King James Ii. during the campaign of Grahame of Claverhouse. Afterwards he was compelled with other Highland Chiefs to take the oath of allegiance to William III. at the time of the massacre of Glencoe. Before this Cluny's lands had been laid waste and he and his clan narrowly escaped an-nihilation at the hands of the victorious English and Dutch troops. Duncan again supported the exiled King in the disastrous attempt for his restoration in 1715.
Ewen Macpherson (his cousin) staked his life and all he possessed when he led his clan to follow Prince Charles Edward in 1745. He was instrumental in saving his Prince after the disastrous defeat at Cul-loden and as a penalty for bis loyalty, he saw his lands forfeited, his home burned and his wife a fugitive whose only shelter when she gave birth to a son was a kiln for drying corn. The son Duncan became Lieutenant-Colonel of the 3rd Foot Guards, one of George Ill's distinguished regiments in the war of American Independence and was known as Duncan of the Kiln.
When Prince Charles sought for a custodian of the buried treasure (some £27,000) left in Scotland for the sustenance of his impoverished followers and their dependants, he selected Cluny Macpherson for the task, and for nine years the chief remained a hunted fugitive in his own mountains in order to carry out his master's wishes. He eventually escaped to France and died in exile at Dunkirk, France, in 1756.
In Cluny Castle are housed relics of the greatest interest to all lovers of Scottish history, among them being the famous two-handed sword wielded by "Smith of the Wynd" in the battle on the North Inch of Perth in 1396, mentioned by Sir Walter Scott in his "Fair Maid of Perth," also the black pipe chanter on which the prosperity of the house of Cluny is said to depend and which all true members of the clan believe fell from heaven in place of the one that was lost in the conflict mentioned above. The green flag of the clan that has never known defeat with the lace ruffles and target belonging to Prince Charles, along with a number of auto-graph letters from the Prince, are stored in the castle museum, also the clan relics which have been banded down from gene-ration to generation.
If the immediate members of the family are not able to purchase Cluny Castle and the estates, with the heirlooms of interest to the whole clan, is it too much to ask sympathetic and thinking Scotsmen who are able to prevent it to save them from an alien purchaser? Today, owing to the exigencies of the times and largely also to the pressure of frequently-occurring death duties, the old home of these chiefs has been placed in the hands of a judicial factor for the clearances of the incumbrances on it.
Few such proprietors and families have suffered more serious losses and been as greatly reduced in circumstances as the Macphersons of Cluny. In "Leaves from the Journal of our life in the Highlands," by the late Queen Victoria of England, 1848-1862 (page 47), is the meeting of Cluny Macpherson and his three dear little boys. All these have now passed on as well as the last chief, the late Albert Cameron Macpherson, who died some two years ago.
An inaugural meeting was held in London in December last, presided over by the Right Hon. Sir Ian Macpherson, Bt., P.C., etc., which formed a provisional committee to get in to touch with all members of the clan and Scotsmen all over the world. Representatives have been sent to Canada and the United States of America and W. Cheyne-Macpherson, Captain (late 42nd Black Watch), the present chieftain of the Macpherson Clan, is now in Sydney, N.S.W., making an effort to save for the clan, Cluny Castle, which has been the headquarters of the Macpherson family for about 800 years. Captain Macpherson married Miss Marjorie Travers Jones, daughter of Mr. Joseph Travers Jones, owner of Coodra Station. Yass, N.S.W.
Ewen Macpherson, of Cluny, and James Macpherson, of Ossian, whose works were translated into every European language, are names that will be remembered as long as Scottish history is read. In helping in the expansion of the British Empire the clan has taken a leading and honourable part. Lieutenant-Colonel Donald Macpherson, of Gaskniore, left Scotland in charge of troops for Canada in 1807 at the close of the American war. He settled in Canada and reared a family of nine, which mixed by marriage with the Macdonalds, and Sir John Macdonald became the Grand Old Man of Canada. Sir John Macpherson was Governor-General of India in 1745. 
Another member of the clan, William Macpherson, came to Australia in 1829 as private secretary to the Governor of the day, and liking the country he decided to remain in Australia. He took up land (about 200 square miles) on the Gwydir, calling his station Keera. Eventually, he took up politics and became Clerk of the Legislative Council of New South Wales (1844-1862). He married, reared a family and died about seven miles out of Liverpool, N.S.W., a stained glass window to his memory being placed in St. Andrew's Cathedral. Young Allen, his eldest son, was educated at Mr. Cope's school in Sydney. He inherited Keera, and afterwards took up land at Mt. Abundance, in Queensland.
So far an Australian provisional committee has been formed in Sydney, consisting of Messrs. Hugh Munro, of Keera ; H. E. Ross, of Ross and Rowe, architects; Col. J. Sclater, of the Canadian Pacific Rail-ways; Ian F. Macpherson, of Double Bay; and Captain D. J. MacGowan, retired British India S.S. Co., Mossman. The head office address is Historical Cluny Castle Preservation Trust, 16 Barrack-street, Sydney, to which all communications can be addressed.
CLAN MACPHERSON. (1934, June 14).Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from 

SHIPPING. Arrivals-On the 18th instant, the Java, Todd master, from Cork, with 202 male prisoners. Surgeon-Superintendent, Dr. Dixon. Passengers -Lieut. ,Wixon and family, Ensign Codd, Messrs. John, Michael, and Patrick Macnamara, 29 rank and file of the 4th, 17th, and 21st regiments, five wozmen, and four children. Same day, the Lonach, Driscoll master, from London via Hobart Town, with nterclhandize. Passengers--? essrs. Humlphries, )Dr)sdale, Francis, HI. Cox, J. Cox, Pettingtoz:, Rogers, Mrs H Cox and 3 children, Mrs. J. Cox and 2 children, Dr. Osborne. R.N., Captain Wilson, H.M. 63rd regiment, Mrs. Humphries and 3 children, and 14 steerage passengers. Same day, the Edward Coulson, Hammond master, from Liverpool via Hobart Town, with merchandise. Passengers-Mr. & Mrs. Pearson and family, Mr. Macpherson and family, Messrs. C. & M. Fitzsimmons, Miss Waddle, & 61 steerage passengers. SHIPPING. (1833, November 20). The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 - 1838), p. 3 (AFTERNOON). Retrieved from

THE history of the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew dates from as far back as the month of August, 1819 nearly fifty years ago, when Governor Macquarie laid the original foundation stone. After that proceeding there was a cessation of the work for some considerable time, owing, it is believed, to the funds having been diverted to buildings of a parochial character. According to the united testimony of the Hon. Charles Cowper (for several years Premier of this colony) and of his brother, the "Very Reverend W. M. Cowper (the Dean of Sydney), those gentlemen were pressent when the first foundation stone was laid; but during the long time that the project remained more or less in abeyance, a change in the site was, for some cause, decided upon, which necessitated a relaying of the foundation stone many years afterwards. St. James’s Church was commenced, and took precedence of the projected Cathedral. At this time, and until the year 1835, the present diocese of Sydney formed part of the diocese of Calcutta. In 1836 the late Dr. Broughton, was consecrated Bishop of Australia, and in the following year, with the return of that Prelate to Sydney, he reverted« 'loth e design which had been initiated by Governor Macquarie. The foundation stone was thus re-laid by Sir Richard Bourke, the Governor, ,on the 16th May, 1837, during the episcopacy of the late Bishop, whose name and designation (as the first and sole Bishop of Australia) are inscribed on the north pillar next to tile Communion rails. At this resumption, or rather real commencement of the work, the old foundation stone was removed and placed in its actual site, otrun expenses being also incurred in commencing the present building. 

This site for the building was at length satisfactorily determined by a grant from the Crown, made on the 15th day of January, 1856, but, singularly enough, not taken up by the Church authorities until as late as the year 1865. The structure made some slight progress after the re-inception of the under-taking in 1837, but, from a variety of causes, did not get on us fast as might have been expected, considering the great wealth of the religious body to which it belonged. Twenty-eight years ago the walls were not more than five or six feet high, all round; and after an increased impetus had been given to the work, and the walls of the choir were built, it remained, for several years more, unroofed—a mere unsightly shell, wholly devoid of any use or architectural beauty. In this earlier part of the history of the church the architect was Mr. James Hume, recently deceased. On Mr. Hume relinquishing the post of architect he was succeeded in 1846 by Mr. E. T. Blacket, who made several improvements in the architectural details of what had already been built, and greatly modified and improved the entire plan; Mr. Blacket has continued to be the architect up to the present day. In 1846 a committee w as formed for the purpose of completing the Cathedral, and that committee has carried on the work up to the present time. It was on the 23rd of July, 1855 (when the present Bishop was in attendance at a meeting of the committee) that it was discovered no grant of the land had been properly applied for; but the oversight was promptly rectified, (and a grant obtained from the Government in about a year afterwards. The projected edifice had of course been somewhat delayed by the death in England of Bishop Broughton, and the unavoidable delay that followed, pending the appointment of his successor, the present Bishop. On his arrival here, however, a renewed energy was displayed, and it was resolved that St. Andrew's Cathedral should be completed for use. In 1860 the Building Committee waited upon the Metropolitan (who according to the terms of the grant was the trustee), being desirous of knowing what were his views on the matter with regard to the purposes of the building, and the mode in which it was to be used. The answer of the Bishop —entered on the minutes of the committee, on the 27th December, 1860—was of such a character as gave them every encouragement to proceed. From that time to this the building has steadily progressed, being materially assisted towards its present state of completion by the large contributions of persons who have subscribed towards some special objects in connection therewith-such as the windows, carved woodwork, pulpit, and other similar details; the great cost of which could not be conveniently provided for by any general subscription. In the month of July 1865, a public meeting of the members of the Anglican Church in this colony was held in St. James's Schoolroom, presided over by the late Governor, his Excellency Sir John Young. The result of that meeting proved to be eminently satisfactory. Public interest was once more fully awakened. In that, and in the following year £0500 was sub -scribed by the general public for the completion of the structure; £1400 being also received through the Bishop from the Moore Estate. Two thousand five hundred pounds were also collected by ladies in the diocese, for the purchase of an organ; and a sum of three hundred pounds was subscribed by children for a baptismal font. The disbursements of the committee between January, 1865, and August, 1868, amounted to more than £12,000 ; and there did not appear to be any prospect of difficulty in getting all that should yet be found necessary. Thus, at length, on the meeting of the Diocesan Synod in August lust, it was announced that the church was so far completed as to authorise the hope that with some additional exertion, it might be possible to have it opened on the 30th of November (St. Andrew's Day). A special Ordinance for establishing and regulating the constitution of the Cathedral was, on the 4th of August, introduced by Mr. Alexander Gordon, the chancelier of the diocese, into the Synod ; and having there been fully discussed and amended, it was read a third time and passed on the 13th of that month. In pursuance of this arrangement the Chapter of the Cathedral has been made to consist of the Bishop, the Dean, the Chancellor, the six Canons and six laymen. The Canons are in office for life, but the lay members are subject to election every six years. A great meeting was held in the edifice, on the 13th of August last, at which the Earl of Belmore presided the object of the meeting being to organise some movement for obtaining the funds required. These steps, taken for the purposes of public worship, have proved to be successful, for St. Andrew's was consecrated on Monday last. 
St. Andrew's Cathedral is of comparatively small dimensions, for it is, within the walls, rather less than 160 feet long by 62 feet in breadth, the transept being 110 feet long by 14 feet only. It, of course, will bear no proportion, in point of size, to the great Cathedrals at home, but in its appropriate decoration and internal arrangement it is considered, by competent judges, to bear comparison with many such structures of afar greater size. The whole building (choir and nave) is not more than eight feet longer than the great choir of Chichester Cathedral; but it is, on the other hand eight feet longer than Oxford Cathedral altogether^ and not more than 20 feet less, in its entire length! than that of Bristol. It consists of a nave, choir, and sacrarium, and north and south transepts. It was a part of Mr. Blacketts plan to have had a low lantern tower at the intersection of the cross, but that design has, it is believed, been abandoned. There are to be two towers at the west end of the nave, and pinnacles are to be added along the to of the outside walls, In the choir there are nine windows ; three is the north wall and three in the south ; and two similar windows on either side of the oriel. In the north transept there are three windows, and in the south is the organ and whatever openings for light are required. In the lower part of the nave are ten large windows (five in each lateral wall) and two similar windows on either side of the Apostles' window in the western front-all (thirteen in number) filled with richly stained glass. Besides these windows the entire church is still further lighted with clerestory windows corresponding to those we have mentioned. It is a Gothic building in what is usually known as the later Decorate Style, inclining, in some of its exterior details, to the Perpendicular. Although it is to be the Cathedral, or Mother Church, of the whole diocese, it will also have to serve for the purposes of a Parochial Church for the ecclesiastical parish of St. Andrew, one of the central districts of this city. CONSECRATION OF ST. ANDREW'S CATHEDRAL. HISTORY OF THE EDIFICE. (1868, December 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from 

Lachlan Macquarie, an early Governor of New South Wales, had grand plans for the city of Sydney. He foresaw that Sydney would grow into a large city requiring a large cathedral. With the architect Francis Greenway, who had been transported to Sydney for forgery, the governor planned a church 200 feet square and probably with the seating and galleries facing inward from three sides. The foundation stone was laid with full ceremony on 31 August 1819. Only a few foundations were laid, however, before the plan was abandoned.

Bishop William Grant Broughton, who was consecrated as a bishop in 1836, had a new foundation stone laid in 1837. The plans, prepared by the architect James Hume, were of much more modest proportions and were for a traditional cruciform church in the Gothic style. The designs, dating from the early phase of Gothic Revival architecture, did not show a great expertise in the handling of the particular architectural vocabulary. Only one notable section was completed, the façade of the south transept. However, the foundations were laid and some of the walls were constructed up to a height of about 15 feet. 

James Hume also drew the first plans for the first building of the Great Synagogue (Sydney).

In 1842 Edmund Thomas Blacket presented himself to the bishop with a letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury recommending his talent as an architect and having equal facility in both the Classical and the Gothic style. He was eventually to become known as the Wren of Sydney, having designed two universities, three cathedrals and fifty or more parish churches as well as banks, offices, bridges, mansions and countless shops, cottages and terraced houses. Blacket became the official Colonial Architect from 1849 to 1854.

Blacket was an inventive and stylish Gothic Revival architect who utilised the forms of English Medieval prototypes reproduced in the books of his architectural library to produce designs which, although archeologically "correct", are often highly original. This was just as well, because the task that he inherited from James Hume was not an easy one. It took some convincing to get the bishop to accept his deviations from the original design. The problem was how to make a truly splendid and imposing cathedral on foundations which were only the size of a large English parish church. Taking into account what Hume had done and the fact that some of Hume's rather amateurish window tracery was already in place, Blacket designed the cathedral in the style known as Perpendicular Gothic, used extensively at the cathedrals of Canterbury, Winchester and York. - From Wikipedia

Before Mr. Justice STEPHEN and a Common Jury.
This was an action of assumpsit, for work and labour done by the plaintiff for the defendant the defence WAS payment. The plaintiff, a stone-mason,called Mr. James Hume, the architect of the defendant, who proved the defendant's signature to an agreement for the work in question, and that the work has been done : upon his cross examination this witness admitted that the work is not yet completely finished at least that he had not finally approved of it j the plaintiff called another witness who failed in proving his case satisfactorily and the parties then consented to a verdict for the plaintiff damages £100 subject to the award of Mr. Hume. SUPREME COURT.—TUESDAY. (1841, June 2). The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842), p. 2. Retrieved from

Sir,-There Is no doubt that Mr. James Hume was the architect. He was also architect of the first portion of the Sydney Hospital, also the building at the corner of Pitt and Hunter streets, owned by the Sydnev Insurance Company (and sold to the Commercial Union Company). Some of the directors were Richard Jones, chairman, Hon. John Fairfax O. B. Ebsworth, Alexander Thomson secretary. James Hume, very old in the late sixties was inspector for the company. I was an office lad at that time, and took him the applications for insurance every morning. He resided In a stone cottage next the Girls' High School, Elizabeth-street, now occupied by David Jones' stores. I am, etc., 
JONATHAN WILEY. 78 Pitt-street. Feb. 14. 
BURDEKIN HOUSE ARCHITECT[?] (1933, February 20). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from

By Cyril Blacket

The word reminiscence very often suggests what is practically an autobiography, but in this case the writer's object is rather to revive recollections of persons, places and performances, that have in time past occupied the centre of the stage, as much as possible; although to a certain extent personal matters are unavoidable. The writer was born at Glebe Point in 1857 and was educated at Eglinton House School, right at the end of the road, which was conducted by Rev. John Pendrill. In those days Glebe Point was approached by a road quite devoid of metal and with occasional stumps in the roadway, and many bad places in which vehicles occasionally got stuck. So bad was the road, that the writer's father, Architect Edmund Thomas Blacket, who was then Colonial Architect, on occasions, found it easier to come round in a boat rowed by six men, than to come by carriage by road. At that time the area between the Glebe Road, at its junction with the Ferry Road and the bay, was the . resort of bad characters who lived in caves and trusted to robbery rather than work, and to protect ir»v father, if this area had to be travelled after dark, the six boatmen, armed with heavy sticks, formed a body guard from the boat to the house. When these caves were destroyed the neighbourhood improved. At the age of 16 in 1873, the writer left school and went into his father's office to study architecture, and there met John Kirkpatrick who had joined the office staff as a pupil a fortnight before. This association with one who ultimately built the Commonwealth Bank, and many other well-known and much admired buildings, developed into a friendship which lasted until Architect John Kirkpatrick retired from active architectural practice. He was a great designer, especially as regards exteriors, and won competitions front the age of 19 years onwards. 

Our office was in Mort's Chambers, which fronted Pitt Street on the site of the building now at the corner of Martin Place, which building was one of the -^any competitions Architect John Kirkpatrick afterwards won. The adjoin;ug office was occupied by Architect William E. Kemp, my father's first pupil, who ultimately was architect for Public Instruction and as such designed the Technical College at Ultimo. From our office window we looked out 011 to an open space where bullock teams used to load up with goods bought at Moore's Auction Mart, and were sent to places beyond Penrith and Picton which were then the limits of our western and southern railway systems. We had neither water nor sewerage available at the office, and part of the duties of Kirkpatrick and myself was to empty the used water into the Pitt Street gutter and carry up. supplies of clean, which we got from a tap in a wine cellar below. A few doors down the street was the office of Architect Albert Bond, who was afterwards City Architect, and not far away was the office of Architects Hilly and Sapsford, the first being the designer .of the old Commercial Bank which was removed to the University Grounds, and was generally regarded as one of the most beautiful of Sydney's classic buildings. Architect George Allen Mansfield, who had been with Architect Hilly in his youth, was then in his prime, and not only was he the architect for the Council of Education, but built the Hotel Australia, and maity other noted buildings. Architect Thomas Sapsford afterwards was City Architect and designed our Town Hall,

Street West, and Architect Benjamin Backhouse, who designed the Unitarian Church in College Street, were all then- busy 011 these permanent memorials to themselves. Architect James Barnet who was Colonial Architect and was responsible for the G.P.O. and many other fine Sydney public buildings, created a much discussed architectural problem by his attempt to modernise classic carving 011 the Pitt Street end of the G.P.O. At that time Architect Harry Kent was laying in a solid foundation in structural architecture by his association with Master Builder John Young, and Master Builder E. H. Buchanan was studying matters of theory and design in the office of Architect Albert Bond. Both of these by their ultimate successes showed how closely allied the two branches are, and how one helps the other. On the practical side besides Master Builder John Young, who probablj' occupied the most prominent position as contractor for many of our public buildings, Master Builders Thomas Loveridge, Robert Kirkham, who were both more representative of stonework than general building, and Master Builders John Howie, William and Alexander Elphinstone, William Leggo, and William Stewart, all come back, to the writer's mind as in the front rank, whilst Architects John Bibb, William Bird, and James Hume, and Master Builders Jacob Inder. and William Beaumont, were more or less past their prime, but greatly appreciated. 

In those days architects, builders, and workmen were free agents, who worked whatever hours and at whatever rate of pay was mutually agreed upon by the parties principally concerned. 

The writer has seen 5/- per day, 25/- per day, and 10/- per day respectively, paid for the same class of work at St. Andrew's Cathedral; the smaller rates denoting a depression when work was scarce, and men competed for employment -then when work was plentiful and men scarce and employers competed for workmen, and the 10/- rate was when matters became more normal. When men were available at 25/- per week of six days, meat was 1 1/2- pence per pound, and all else in proportion, so that wages went quite as far as when wages rose to 25/- per day; but building did not die away so absolutely, because they could be built cheaply, let cheaply, and so provide employment.
REMINISCENCES OF A SYDNEY ARCHITECT (1931, December 16). Construction and Real Estate Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1930 - 1938), p. 3. Retrieved from

Application by D. Morris, Wyong, for road on MacPherson Estate to be put in trafficable state, that portion opposite Akhurst's dairy be cleared, and that swamp be drained and culvert beyond Robley's crossing be removed. —Proposed by Cr. Wilkinson, and seconded by Cr. Woodbury, that a sum not exceeding £20 be expended in clearing 14ft track, and that the road be raised (estimated cost 2s 6d per yard) to obviate draining swamp, work to be done by Hubbard's gang. Cr. Wilkinson accepted responsibility regarding the culvert, as he had ordered it to be put there, and in his opinion it would serve the purpose for many years to come.
Erina Shire Council. (1911, September 1). The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW : 1906 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from

Metropolitan Water, Sewerage, and Drainage Board,
Sydney, 4th May, 1934.
Notice to the Owners of Tenements and Premises in— Warringah Shire: Bungan-street, from Waratah-street to Gordon-road 192 yards; Gordon-road, from Bungan street to Herbert-street 671 yards; Herbert-street, from Gordon-road to Vineyard-street 245 yards; Vineyard-street, from Herbert-street westerly 448 yards; Macpherson-street, from Vineyard-street southerly to dead-end 327 yards. P.N. 2,530. Garden-street, from Macpherson-street southerly 356 yards. P.N. 2,534. Bassett-street, from Newport road to Mona-street 926 yards. P.N. 2,539 (W/O 81,815). And the various private streets, lanes, courts, and alleys opening thereunto.
THE main pipe in the said streets having been laid down, the owners of all tenements and premises situated at above are hereby required to cause a proper pipe and stop-cocks to be laid so as to supply water from the main pipe to such tenements and premises within three weeks from the date of this publication. 
F. J. HENRY, Secretary.
NOTICE TO LAY SERVICE PIPES. (1934, May 4). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1783. Retrieved from 

Mosman Recreation Company, Limited
Years ago Mosman was a wilderness, its features were scrub, sand and … Now, as though touched by a magic wand, it has been transformed into one of Sydney's prettiest and most popular marine suburbs. The Swiss style of architecture predominates, and the buildings handy to the waterside are already beginning to crowd one another. With a population of 10,000, it was only natural that the residents should seek amusement and sport in their own suburb. With this aim the Mosman Recreation Co., Limited, was established about two years ago. It is situated in the Belmont-road about 150 yards from the tram stopping place at Gladstone Avenue. At the informal opening on March 19, 1902, the only forms of recreation were quoits and billiards. The official opening took place on January 17, 1903, in the presence of a very large garnering, representative of all the bowling and tennis clubs in Sydney and suburbs, when Mr. John Young, President of the New South Wales Bowling Association, declared the bowling green open, and Mr. W. M. Alderson, the then chairman of the directors of the Mosman Recreation Company. Limited, opened the tennis courts. Shortly after this the club became affiliated to the New South Wales Bowling and Tennis Associations. Since then the members have had in constant use a six-rink bowling green, with an area of 120 x 110ft, four tennis courts (three grass and one asphalt), and three quoit pitches — all of which are now in excellent order. The number of members is 135, consisting of 93 gentlemen and 42 ladies. There is every prospect of a large increase in the number of members during the ensuing club year, which commences on April 1 next. The directors of the company, from whom the club lease the premises, have up to the present time expended on land and buildings about £2500. They contemplate an extension of the pavilion by building a large social room capable of holding two billiard tables, which will complete the original design of the building. The present billiard room will then be converted into a comfortable lounge and reading room. The directors have also in view the purchase of additional land for the purpose of making a croquet lawn for the use of lady members. On March 31 the company will complete the second year of its existence, and the directors have already stated their intention to declare to the shareholders a dividend at the rate of 5 per cent. Names of directors of the company for year 1903-4: — Messrs. W. C. Shipway (chairman). Andrew Allen, J. W. Gibson, H. G. Wise,. EM. Moors, G- D. Hirst, and S. A. Nash: lion, secretary, L. F. Saclier. Office-bearers of club for current year: President, Mr. Livingston Hopkins; vice-presidents, Dr. F. W. Doak, Messrs. B. D. Gray, Edward Hill, W. F. Smith: hon- general secretary, Mr. Alec Thomson; hon. treasurer, Mr. R. C. Scott; general committee — tennis section, Messrs. P. B. Colquhoun, W. Williams, D. B. G. Sheridan, E. N. Selden (hon. secretary) ; bowling section — Messrs. J.. King. M. A- Pinnington, C. D. Rose, Evan Macdonald (hon. secretary). The pictures on the previous page give an idea of the recreation club. The first subject shows the pavilion, which is now being enlarged, parts of the tennis courts on the left, and the quoit pitch in the corner on the right. On the green are several well-known bowlers. Mr. Alec Thomson, the club's general hon secretary, is close to the rails, with his pipe in his mouth. Picture No. 2 shows an incident in the game- The central illustration is a group of members. The president, Mr. Livingston Honkins, the well-known artist, is in the centre of the front row. No. 4 is a snap of 'Hop' and another bowler. The fifth picture is a group of some of the lady members, whose amusement is tennis, and who dispense tea and cakes on Saturday afternoons. 

'Jl' ''''h'-fi ,j'li,'l':x AXU PAVILION. 'n far and Tennis Courts; on the right, is the Q«°it Pitch ' ' 111 Ii WOOD''
3. SOME OF THE CLUB'S MEMBERS. 1. TWO SKIPPERS. Mr. Livingstone Hopkins is on the right. 5. LADY MEMBERS.
Mosman Recreation Company, Limited (1904, March 2). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 539. Retrieved from 



THE watersheds of the coastal lagoons at Manly, Curl Curl, Deewhy, and Narrabeen are, in the main, rolling uplands, interspersed with deep sheltered gullies densely clothed in underscrub, in some places literally impassable for the tangle of vine and undergrowth. Each gully is traversed by a creek, a veritable babbling brook of the poets, smaller or larger according to the area it drains. The descent is usually steep. Nearly every creek has waterfalls, which vary in height, from a few feet to twenty or thirty, flowing through soil composed of silt from the higher lands and the decaying debris of the bush, gum leaves, and rotten wood, which with sand from the erosion of the rocks makes up a compost of the highest degree of fertility. Common bracken grows in these places to the height of a man, and boronia (binnata) to the same size. The coachwood, a cousin to Christmas bush, may also be seen at its best; the flowers are somewhat similar to those of the latter, but larger, and the petals are wider separated. The foliage is also much larger, making a beautiful shade tree. It does not thrive away from its damp gullies; otherwise it would be seen more in suburban gardens.

NARRABEEN, the largest lagoon in the Warringah shire, drains the most extensive area. Substantial creeks flow into it, the drainage of many square miles — South Creek, Middle Creek. Deep Creek, and others. There are waterfalls on tributaries of several of these creeks. The falls illustrated are easily accessible to pedestrians



and vehicles, including motors. To secure the photographs we left the tram at Narrabeen terminus, crossed the lake by bridge, and walked along the causeway to the big headland which ends at the road just on the other side of the lake. 'Rounding the spur the road stretches straight into the west. 

On one side is an arm of the lake, into which Powderworks Creek runsthe other side is hilly and well covered with week-end cottages.The road is of red soil, with deep cart-ruts, which were filled with water from recent rains. There is a slight but nippy wind from the south-west, which makes walking a pleasure. On past two gum trees of large diameter, one on either side of the road, their branches intermingling overhead, and up a slight rise to where a road branches off to the left. We ignore this turn-off and descend a slight hill with a small cottage 'at the bottom, on to the right, and over a little culvert. Three minutes through a rough piece of road, a swamp to the right very densely overgrown with all kinds of small scrubs — amongst which large swamp mahogany trees rear themselves above the smaller stuff — and we arrive at the road's end. Immediately in front of us is a large pool about 100ft x 50ft, backed by a waterfall. This fill is rather disappointing, in itself; but the surroundings are beautiful. A few years ago a large mahogany tree sloped across the pool at such an angle that it. was easily . walked upon to its utmost branches. There were also a number of giant cabbage-tree palms, perhaps 100 feet high. To-day only one remains; the others have, fallen to some wanton axe. The stockwhip bird is found here in great, numbers, its note being heard continually. The conditions are very favourable for these birds' breeding-place. 

APPARENTLY this is about as far as you can go, the cliffs being rather precipitous; but to the left of the falls is a medium-sized palm, and underneath this is a faint track up the hillside. Climbing this and descending slightly, we reach the rocky bed of the creek. The soil has long since been washed away, leaving the naked rock, over which, the water runs noisily. There are many pools filled with beautiful drinking-water, and in the larger yabbies (small crayfish) of a greenish hue can be seen if one sits still enough. The sides are covered with umbrella fern, and tall plants of boronia with flowers just past their prime lift their heads above the ferns. The bed of the creek soon becomes too rough, and compels us to go further up the hillside, which is very steep and clothed with great red gums, turpentines, bloodwoods, and oaks. The ground is covered ankle-deep with oak needles, and in some places is almost impassable with the top hamper of large oaks that have been felled for shingles. The pale pink of boronia past its prime, the paler pink of a sister variety just coming into bloom, the purple hardenbergia and yellow dillwynia all combine with the many shades of green and the russet brown of dead leaves and bracken to make a lovely combination of colour. Above the noise of running water gurgling and babbling, and the noise of a waterfall somewhere in the near distance, sounds the song of birds— the sharp, penetrating crack of the stockwhip, followed by the 'weet-weet' of its mate, and the equally penetrating and beautifully full note of the grey thrush. A yellow robin — silent now, although later on, when dusk creeps over the gully, its note will predominate —perches motionless on the bark of a dead tree, watching ?with large eye our every move. You can be sure its nest is close by, but so well hidden with Nature's camouflage that you need to look closely to find it. We could sit for hours enjoying the scene before us. There is constantly something to interest. Three or four crows Avith their harsh 'car-car' wheel overhead, and finally land in some trees on the top of the ridge. BUT move we must, as the sun is creeping slowly up the eastern side of the gully, leaving us in the shade. We travel along the side of the hill— heavy going with the debris of fallen trees and many prickly bushes, some without flowers, others a variety of wattle with creamy blossoms and a nutty fragrance, but very prickly, sticking through your clothes and piercing the flesh. A few yards further on and the falls come into view. There are few waterfalls anywhere round Sydney to equal these for beauty and size. If they were on the Mountains special tracks would be cut to reach them. The lower falls are about twelve feet wide and fifteen to twenty feet high. Above them is a shelf of an ironstone kind of rock about 50 to 70 feet wide. On to this falls the upper half— fifty feet or more. A large figtree grows underneath the falling water, its leaves being continuously wet with the spray. When running well this fall makes a great roar, which can be heard for a long distance off. Above it again there are several small cascades, and higher again is marshy land from which the creek draws much of its water. This marsh land is the real home of the Christmas bell, and in the season large bunches can be picked with very little trouble. Another wild flower always found in damp situations is the sprengelia, a long spikehead of beautiful pink stars with a white eye; it forms a pretty bunch, and keeps well in water. A few yards to the west of the upper fall, on the hilltop, native roses can be picked Sprengelia can also be obtained here in quantity, and a bunch of native roses: sprengelia, and the long spikes of heath, both pink and white, make a wonderful combination of beauty and perfume. Most wild -flower pickers pull a specimen or two of every flower in sight, including those that do not keep well, and by the time they reach home many have wilted and the whole becomes an untidy hotchpotch. Presently these hillsides will be white with flannel flowers. These should be picked with one other -flower only— a tall bright purple spike called steeple, which name describes it very well. 

THERE are other creeks in the neighbourhood which carry a good volume of water, and make a precipitous descent, on which waterfalls may be found. But these cannot be explored on this trip for want, of time. The hills about them are literally carpeted with wild flowers at the present time. This locality is off the beaten track, but is easily accessible from Narrabeen, and those who love the bush and its flowers and birds will find it a new country with surprises on every hand. OUTDOOR AUSTRALIA (1920, October 20). Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), , p. 14. Retrieved from

This charming waterscape is within about an hours trip from Sydney. It is an arm of South Creek, which branches off Narrabeen Lake. Note the shadow on the Water. IN A SUBURBAN BACKWATER (1923, July 1).The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), , p. 13. Retrieved from 

ON DEEP CREEK, NARRABEEN LAKE, A delightful spot between Manly and Newport, N.S.W. No title (1924, October 22). Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), , p. 33. Retrieved from 

HALLORAN—COBCROFT—December 23, 1903 at the Scots Church, Sydney, by the Rev W. M. Dill Macky, D. D. Henry Ferdinand eldest son of E. Roland Halloran, of Petersham, architect, and eldest grandson of the late Henry Halloran, C.M.G., to Alice Mabel, fourth daughter of the late William Chowne, of Sydney. Family Notices (1904, January 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from

A PRETTY PENINSULA, Which the Government Would Alienate. To an Enterprising Sydney Auctioneer. THE BULLARING LAGOON RESERVATION, AND THE QUESTION OF ITS ALLEGED 'SALE.'

A case of unusual and remarkable interest was heard at Gosford last Friday. It will b© remembered that we drew attention in Uiese columns,, some months ago, to the fact that an 'advertisement ' had appeared in the ^Government Gazette. stating, .that Mr. H. F. Halloran had made an application 1 regarding the purchase of the Bullaring Lagoon Reservation at Kincumber. The advertisement showed that the Government was about to permit the sale of portion of this reservation to Mr. Halloran, but that any person interested in opposing the sale might enter a caveat, upon depositing tthe J sum of £10 with the chairman of the Land Board at Maitland. The local Progress Association strongly objected 'to the sale. Subsequently y; Mr; John Norton, the conductor of this journal, who owns property in the locality, deposited the required £10, and j LODGED A CAVEAT against the sale. It was an episode in the opposition of various residents of Kincumber to the sale of the land fronting the Bullaring Lagoon that was considered by Mr. F. G. Adrian, P,M.. and Messrs. Norman and Archbold, justices of, the peace, at the Gosford Court of Petty Sessions, last Friday.' Henry Ferdinand Halloran of Avoca, near Kincumber, proceeded under the Small Debts Act against James Caldwell Lansdown of Kincumber, and complained that the latter broke and entered certain land of the plaintiff called ''Avoca,' in this district/on the twenty-sixth day of December last past, with a horse and vehicle, and cut up the turf and damaged the golf links of the plaintiff, whereby the plaintiff had sustained damage to the amount of ten pounds (£10), which sum the defendant refuses to pay.' The plaintiff was represented by Mr. Peter MacPherson, of Gosford, and the defendant was represented by Mr. H. A. Moss.' His Worship Mr. Adrian said that this, was a case in ; which the plaintiff, Henry Ferdinand Halloran, said that the defendant Lansdown had BROKEN, AND ENTERED certain lands, the plaintiff thereby sustaining damage to the amount of £10. The defendant said that he was not guilty. Mr. Moss said that he appeared for the defence, and said that the lands were unenclosed lands, and that under subsection i 5 of section II of the Small Debts Recovery Act, if the subject of the ownership of the lands allegedly trespassed upon were in dispute, ... was the subject of those proceedings, and that a caveat had been lodged against the sale of the land. Therefore,' their Worships had no jurisdiction. Mr. MacPherson said -that the law required that the dispute as' to ownership must be bona fide. The case for the plaintiff was...
A PRETTY PENINSULA, (1913, February 16). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from

William Joseph Macpherson Photographs: Some Of What's In These And When And Where: Extra Extras! - A Few Incentives To Explore This Great Collection For Yourself

In 2014 the State Library of NSW acquired a collection of 400 glass plate negatives taken by William Joseph Macpherson (1866-1923) between 1890 and 1910. The photographs were presented to the Library in 2014 by a descendant of Macpherson, David William Macpherson, having been passed down through the family. 

The photographs have now been digitised and in September 2017 were uploaded for viewing and commenting on the Library's Flickr page. A few of these run below matched with some information found in TROVE (National Library of Australia) so you can see the Collection celebrates so much of what happened in their times. 

A love of family and home, sailing, architecture, and events that celebrated Australia shines through and gives us visions of Sydney and its locales which happen when you turn the camera the other way and capture what else is going on around the subject, as much as capturing the essence of your focal point. Mr. Macpherson was an Artist with a clear interest in Photography itself and the world in which he lived.

Manly: Harbourside And Beach

c071630014 - Manly Box 9, 
c071420007, c071420008, c071420009, c071420010, c071420026- Box 04 and Box 05- Glass negatives of Sydney regions, including Clovelly, Coogee, and Manly, ca 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW
Above - Images No.: c071170016, c071170017 and c071170018 - a fire at Darlington - courtesy State Library of NSW

Shortly before noon yesterday a fire broke out in a clothes-cleaner's establishment, owned by Eugene Viau and Company, at 40 City-road, Darlington. The fire originated n a cleaning-room, a large weatherboard and iron-roofed building. The cause of the outbreak is unknown, as when it was discovered the place was in a mass of flames. In the room were a number of vats containing benzine, which burned furiously and set fire to the woodwork in the building. The fire brigade first heard of the outbreak through an alarm box. Anticipating a big job Superintendent Webb went on to the fire and ordered out a number of engines from the districts in the vicinity. The firemen got two hydrants to work, and in about half an hour had the flames under control. The fire while it lasted caused considerable excitement, as it was known that the building contained benzine. The spirit was principally in large open vats, and not being confined, burnt away without any explosion. As the result of the outbreak the cleaning room was gutted, while the pressing room was damaged by smoke and water. The contents of the building were uninsured. One of the proprietors of the establishment in trying to extinguish the flames, was badly burnt about the arms and body. He was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where, after being detained for a few hours, he was allowed to return to his home. AN EXCITING FIRE. (1905, February 22).The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1923), p. 10. Retrieved from 

Premises occupied by the French Dyeing and Cleaning Company at Darlington were destroyed by fire on  Tuesday. Ninety -gallons of benzene were burned. Mr. Eugene Viau, the  owner of the business, was severely injured. General News. (1905, February 24).Robertson Advocate (NSW : 1894 - 1923), p. 1. Retrieved from 

Darlington is a small inner suburb bounded by City Road and Cleveland Street to the north, Abercrombie Street to the east, the old Eveleigh railway yards to the south and Golden Grove Street to the west. The land is undulating, and was once traversed by the Blackwattle Creek near its eastern border. The Gadigal people fished its waters and lived from the tall turpentine and ironbark forest that its rich soils once supported.
Images c071170020 and c071730011 – The Spit  Junction from Box 03 Glass negatives including images of the Sydney and Blue Mountains regions, ca 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson and The Spit from Box 14 views of New Zealand, and Martin Place and Middle Harbour, Sydney, ca. 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson  - courtesy State Library of NSW

Spit Junction about 1905. The Sydney Morning Herald costs a penny. C-class tram 79 tows a D-class combination car towards Milsons Point whilst another coupled set of trams head towards Mosman. Image No.; c071170021 from Box 03, Glass negatives including images of the Sydney and Blue Mountains regions, ca 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson
Above Image No.: c071150015 Standard Mixed Paint Works Cowper Bay – Cowper Wharf – Woolloomooloo 

The important industry of paint manufacture has been recently initiated in Sydney by the establishment of a factory at Cowper's Wharf. This has been brought about by the cooperation of several gentlemen of this city, who about six months ago formed a company for the purpose and immediately commenced  the erection of suitable premises.  The promoters were the Hon. A. Stuart, the Hon. G. R. Dibbs. Mr. W. B. Wilson. Mr. Louis Philims, and Mr. M. C. Jewell, Mr. A.  Stevens being appointed secretary. An encouraging beginning has been made, and it is the intention of the promoters to form a small limited company to ensure the business to be entered into on a larger basis. The managing partner is Mr. Jewell, an American, to whose thorough practical knowledge of the industry and mechanical ingenuity in carrying out the construction of the building and erection of the machinery, the successful commencement of the enterprise is to a large extent attributable. As a preliminary establishment of the business on a sound footing, Mr. Jewell went to America last fall, and visited the principal paint factories in the United States, and,. Having thoroughly grasped the latest improvements in the machinery and process of manufacture, ordered such of the fixer appliances as could not be obtained in the colony, and returned to Sydney to undertake the fitting-up of the factory. 
A portion of the machinery and the shafting have been provided by local makers from Mr. Jewell’s designs. The erection of the premises was commenced on 14th January last, on a block of ground on the eastern side of Cowper’s Wharf, having a frontage of 80 feet to the wharf, and of 77 'wt to Bland-street. The new building is of galvanised iron, and four stories high, forming a conspicuous object among the surrounding tenemen's. It occupies 40 feet of frontage to the wharf; the remaining space being taken up by a store-shed previously in position. The ground on which the new factory stands was formerly the site of an iron building, part of the premises used for stone-dressing by Mr. John Young. This building was in the way, but as the municipally bylaws would not permit of its being pulled down, Mr. Jewell had it raised bodily to the top of the new structure, of which it now forms the uppermost story.
The various parts of the factory are capacious and well arranged for the admission of light, and whose interior has a cleanliness to be expected in an establishment of this kind. 
The building was finished at the beginning of this month and on the 14th instant the machinery began commenced running. 
With the … the company cm turn out between eight and nine to .. of paint per mouth, But, as we are informed, of superior quality to any paints in popular case, and at about the same cwt. On Thursday last the prompters and several other gintlemcn visited the factory to formally open the factory. Among those present were Mr. Alexander Stuart, M.L.A., Mr. G. R. Dibbs, MLA, Mr. M. Chapman, M.L.A., Mr. W. E. Wilson, Mr. Louis Phillipa, Mr. Jewell, Captain H. Grainger, Mr. K. R. Stuart, Mr. Charles Stuart, and Mr. A. Stevens.
The party were conducted through the factory, and shown the various operations; with which they were much interested and gratified. In the grinding room some colour was taken from a mill then at work and laid on a palette, for comparison with the paints of two....
The party then separated, expressing the warmest wishes for the prosperity of the new industry. THE STANDARD PAINT COMPANY'S WORKS. (1884, June 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved from 
Image No.: c071150011 Ship name KENT – Steamer - courtesy State Library of NSW

The steamer Kent, lately reported ashore on I . Reef, North Queensland coast, while bound from this port to Java, was floated off again uninjured, and continued her voyage. STEAMER KENT AFLOAT. (1892, August 30). Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , p. 4. Retrieved from 

Messrs. Birt and Company, shipping agents, write to us as follows: You will be interested to learn that we have received cable advice from our agents at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, that the steamer Kent has arrived, all well, and has been ordered on to Capetown. The telegram was dispatched early on the morning of the 29th ultimo, and the steamer evidently arrived on the evening of the 28th, her due date. THE KENT. (1899, December 5). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 6. Retrieved from 

The Attack on the Ship Kent.
There are reasons for believing that the vessel which fired on the ship Kent on the morning of November 22, was the Russian transport Kamskatka. The Attack on the Ship Kent. (1904, November 25). Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951), p. 5. Retrieved from
Above - Powder Hulks at Middle Harbour (?) - Image No.: c071800017, from William J Macpherson Photographs, courtesy State Library of NSW
Visit: The Riddles of The Spit and Church Point: Sailors, Rowers, Builders

 The Powder Hulks, Middle Harbour.

Above: Some months ago the city was scared by the statement that powder enough was stowed in the magazines at Goat and Spectacle islands to reduce all our houses to ruins, and dynamite enough to make powder of the ruins. Ministers were importuned about the business, but they said it had always been so and it always would be so, or, at least they implied so much by their studied inaction. We' hurt

grown almost accustomed to the consciousness as well as the presence, of danger before it was' decided that some of the powder should be shifted. Many localities were spoken of, and at last one was chosen far up Middle Harbour, quite away from town -away also from the ordinary tracks of tourists. Yachts beat up sometimes and cruise about the old hulks, and with good wind venture even a little farther up the narrowing estuary ; but other life there is none. A little farther up that ' Artisans' College ' which is now amusing the Court and filling the daily pipers might be found; a little lower, some of the loveliest homes our harbour foreshore knows ; but immediately around the hulks nothing hut rocks and water and trees. An explosion could only wreck beauty, and beauty would rise again, we know. The powder is safer down there and the old hulks complete rather than mar the picture. | POWDER HULKS, MIDDLE HARBOUR. The Powder Hulks, Middle Harbour. (1883, June 16). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 1120. Retrieved from 

Ships in Sydney Harbour - always a great subject for any photographer!

Sydney Harbour by William J Macpherson or Jack Douglas Macpherson (son) Images No.:  c071800016, c071150017 (Jabez Howes - San Francisco - above flying USA Flag)  and c071400010 - courtesy State Library of NSW

Perils of the Sea. 
JABEZ HOWES IN A hurricane. timber and sails lost.
After an absence of many months from Sydney, the American ship Jabez Howes, a vessel well known by reason of the popularity of Captain Clapp, is back in Port Jackson. This time the vessel is from.Puget Sound, timber laden. The trip was not accomplished under easy conditions — quite the contrary, for the ship was called upon several times to prove her sea-going qualities. In fact, her troubles started early. A BAD START.

The tugboat let the vessel go off Cape Flattery on November 8, and almost immediately the wind came away strong from southeast. The ship at this time was only five miles off the land. The wind freshened, and the sea was rising all the time. Without much warning there was a change, the wind having veered to the southwest. A whole gale was blowing, and the Jabez Howes was tumbling about in dangerous seas. THE DECK CARGO. An anxious time was spent by those on board, for there was a great quantity of deck cargo. The deck loed, in fact, measured 90,000ft. Sea after sea broke on board, and at length some of the lashing was broken, and several thousand feet of timber got adrift. Although the conditions were not favourable, and the ehip was being thrown about very much, Captain Clapp and his crew succeeded in saving a lot of the cargo, but not before a quantity of it had gone over the side. 
For two days the gale raged, and, though little damage wee done to the deck fittings and rail, the breeze had been busy aloft. Several sails were blown out — blown to ribbons. These included two upper topsails, the foresail, lower mizzen topsail, maintop, gallantsail, jib, and the foretopmast staysail. 
The Jabez Homes was not alone in the gale, having had for a time the company of two schooners. These vessels, however, put tack to port. The blow began to moderate after 48 hours, but the weather did not take up altogether. The ship did not have a fair deal at all, for, having got through the big blow, was met by a succession of adverse breezes. As showing how far the bad luck went, it took the vessel 21 days to get down to the latitude of San Francisco. 
At the end of the 21 days, the weather became more favourable, and the ship at last crossed the Equator — 42 days out.- Crossing the line, the ship had ^more trouble. According to Captain Clapp, conditions here were most unusual. They did not. get any trade winds; but, instead, continuous rain and contrary winds-- Eventually the ship got a slant of wind, which carried her across the meridian. ? IN A HURRICANE. She did not long enjoy the favourable breezes, for when getting in the vicinity of Fiji a hurricane burst upon the vessel. There was nothing left to do but run before it, and all sail having been shortened, away she went. In three days the Jabez Howes made 600 miles, and when the wind moderated she found herself in the vicinity of Norfolk Island. Here there were more contrary breezes.. However, Lord Howe was sighted, and then all hands were delighted to find that at last things were going to turn out all right. A north-east wind came along, and the Jabez Howes was brought to Sydney Heads. She was trken In tow, and ended a most exciting voyage, which lasted 73 days. A SHARK CAPTURED. While near the Savage Island, north-east of the .Friendly Islands, during a spell of fine weather, there was some excitement on beard, caused by the capture of a large shark. The monster had been following the ship for some considerable time, and one of the company— a son of Captain Bur well, commander of the big U.S. cruiser Oregon — made several efforts to land the brute. After repeated efforts, success rewarded the fisherman. The shark, which had up to this time been diffident about taking bait, was tempted by an extra large piece' of pork. Not much time was lost in getting him on board, for' willing hands hoisted him up, when it was found to be over 10ft in length. The backbone was secured, from which young Burwell intends making a walking-cane for his father. Captain Clapp also reports that Mr. Williamson, a former mate of the ship, who was married to a Stockton -N.S.W. lady last voyage, has received a good appointment at Honolulu. Perils of the Sea. (1904, January 25). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 4. Retrieved from
Hereward wreck: 1898 - Image No.: c071770009

Iron full rig ship, 1,513 tonnes. Built Glasgow, Scotland, 1877. A 3-masted international cargo vessel. On a journey from Java to Newcastle under Captain Gore, she got into difficulties on 6th May 1898 in a violent storm. The Hereward was blown ashore onto Maroubra Beach and lay sadly with its masts canted over the sea. The vessel was almost salvaged when another storm blew it back on shore where it began to break up. Sections of the hull can be viewed underwater within the surf zone after periods of scouring. 

The- ill-fortune which persistently attended the efforts to float the iron ship Hereward, stranded at Maroubra Bay, near Coogee, during the tempestuous weather experienced in May last, continued last night, when, after the vessel had been got afloat, the tow-line parted, and the Hereward drifting ashore became a total wreck. The ship had been kedged for the past two months by means of a cable attached to a big anchor dropped 200 yards from the shore to a sand bank some little distance seawards. The tugs Commodore and Irresistible made futile efforts all Friday night to get the ship over this obstacle, but their lines parted, and they had to return to Sydney. The steam winch on the hull, how- ever, was kept at work after their departure, and finally at midnight on Saturday the vessel was got into deep water. A southerly gale then came up, bringing with it great seas, and the vessel having been cleared of ballast, she tossed about terribly, putting such a strain on the cable that it parted early this morning. The Hereward, then helpless, floated to its doom. Eight men on board had a narrow escape from being swept into the sea. The crew had taken the precaution to fix up a life line between the ship and the beach, and they were got ashore from their position of extreme danger without loss of life.
WRECK OF THE HEREWARD. (1898, December 12). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 6. Retrieved from
Katoomba Coffee Palace - Image No.: c071420023 and Three Sisters, Blue Mountains Image No.: c071420024 - From Glass negatives of Sydney regions, including Clovelly, Coogee, and Manly, ca 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson - he was living at Katoomba or had a residence there in 1892 according to the January 1892 Notice for bringing the family's Long Bay, Middle Harbour under the Real Estate Act. Further images show  beautiful scenery and Katoomba Station(below).

KATOOMBA Coffee Palace, Blue. Mountains.— First-class Board and Residence, 80s per week, and 6s per day. Opp. Railway Station. Advertising (1900, September 26). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1923), p. 12. Retrieved from 

Katoomba Coffee Palace
We shall have a number of improvements and additions to Katoomba to report for this season, and this is certainly a proof that Katoombia going ahead,, …
But perhaps the most striking new feature is Mr. Tamm's venture in purchasing the old premises erstwhile, known as 'The Priory,'' and turning, it into a Coffee palace with all the latest improvements. Such an establishment was a distinct want in Katoomba, and Mr. Tamm is to be complimented for his enterprise, and for the energy and thoroughness he displayed in the great improvements made. In him Katoomba has certainly secured a very desirable citizen. 

The building was well and faithfully built in the first place, but was indifferently fitted up, and through years of neglect it was beginning to get out of repair. 
The grounds are very suitable, being about three acres in extent, and running down to the stream at the back. This gives water for flower, fruit and vegetable gardens, and springs on the ground give an abundance of pure Mountain spring water for household purposes.

Mr. Tamm transformed the outward appearance of the building, substituting a bright looking stone color for the old sombre red, and ornamented the front with flower gardens and statues.

This, with flags flying, and a bright gold painted sign in large letters running right across the buildings, add an attractive appearance to the exterior of the buildings, and makes a bold advertisement for the establishment. When the garden and lawns are completed according to Mr. Tamms plans the whole effect with the clean gravel walks will be very pleasant. A lawn tennis court is in preparation and Mr. Tamm intends to add facilities for children's enjoymentt. The whole of the interior has undergone complete renovation, and Mr. Tamm has paid special attention to the cuisine arrangements, being himself a practical and experienced chef. Besides bath rooms, and every other conveniences on the most modern plan, the palace will contain a large dining room capable or seating about 60 people, (but extra arrangements can be made to seat about 75), drawing room, a private room, and 35 bedrooms, (including a specialty fitted bridal, apartment). Every room has been painted and papered, that in the sitting and drawing rooms being of a very tasty pattern. Handsome Brueell's carpets, specially made, have been put down in the drawing rooms and sitting room, and every bedroom in the place is nicely carpeted. The bedrooms are all roomy, light and well ventilated, and neatly furnished. Mr. Tamm is to be complimented on his enterprise, and Katoomba will profit generally by having in its midst, a well-kept coffee palace without which it was incomplete. Katoomba Coffee Palace. (1900, November 23). The Mountaineer (Katoomba, NSW : 1894 - 1908), p. 4. Retrieved from 
Image No.: c071170037 Katoomba station - Photographs of William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW
William's Katoomba holiday home (?) Images No.: c071850009, c071850011- Photographs of William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW
Image No.: c071640012 Box 10 -Views of Rotorua, New Zealand, and some of Sydney, ca. 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson, courtesy State Library of NSW
Photographers of Pittwater: The Macpherson Family - threads collected and collated by A J Guesdon, 2017