Turimetta Beach Reserve: Old & New Images + Some History - June 2021 Stroll From North Narrabeen To Warriewood Beach
Also known as 'Little Narrabeen' and once spelled 'Taramatta' and 'Turamulla', the beach and reserve area between Narrabeen and Warriewood is named for an area that once extended from North Narrabeen to Mona Vale.
The 'Turimetta' name, is believed to be a local Aboriginal clan or family name. In this area, the suffix "etta" was part of a family names. Also spelled 'Turrametta' - other sources state the meaning of the word is associated with 'a beautiful place'.
The elements of the word itself 'etta' is similar to Parramatta and Turramurra. Parramatta Council states; 'For over 60,000 years, the area comprising present day Parramatta has been occupied by the Burramattagal people, a clan of the Darug, who first settled along the upper reaches of the Parramatta River. Burramattagal is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word for 'place where the eels lie down' to breed (within the Parramatta River). The Burramattagal have a close connection with the river, from which they caught fish, eels, and other food.''
Ku Ring-gai Council states, in regard to the word 'Turramurra'; 'Turramurra is an Aboriginal word which is thought to mean either high hill, big hill, high place, or small watercourse. The Aboriginal reference of high hill covered the range from Pymble to Turramurra. Early European settlers referred to the area as Eastern Road. The name Turramurra was adopted when the railway station was built in 1890.'
Similarly, Cabramatta is claimed to be from Aboriginal words "cabra" (an edible freshwater grub) and "matta" (place or locality). Also said to mean "Higher up the water" or the "Head of the waters".
The element 'Tarra' also appears from 1807 on as a name for Dawes Point on the northern side of Campbells Point, whereas Tarrangera 'guy where the fishermans hut is' From vocabulary … c.1790-1792: 362 - Possibly somewhere in Sydney Cove as this name is listed after other placenames in Sydney Cove.
So possibly Turrimetta, Taramatta and Turamulla infers a place where the fish are as well.
Tarramatta Park was the 4 hectare and 1 rood reserve we now call 'Village Park' in Mona Vale, only it's not 4 hectares in size any longer and doesn't have a horse trough, a tennis court or cricket pitch and isn't the scene of many a community gala event prior to a dance at Booth's Hall. Formally opened in September 1905, amid gay celebrations, the building of fencing etc. was overseen by the patriarch of the Stringer family, who lived in what is now 'Park' street, Mona Vale.
The North Narrabeen - Turimetta Head was among the first Narrabeen Reserves set aside as a public land place for people for recreation. Records from the past via TROVE, Warringah Shire Council meetings, when these minutes were still handwritten, as recorded in Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Narrabeen, provide:
BIRDWOOD PARK. The land purchased by the Warringah Shire Council to give the public a right of way to Narrabeen Beach has been christened Birdwood Park. BIRDWOOD PARK (1916, December 28). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 4 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223373938
Narrabeen Head from Lagoon, circa 1928, from Album 'Samuel Wood - postcard photonegatives of Narrabeen,' - Item a1470094h, courtesy State Library of NSW
Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCVO, CIE, DSO (13 September 1865 – 17 May 1951) was a British Army officer. He saw active service in the Second Boer War on the staff of Lord Kitchener. He saw action again in the First World War as Commander of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915, leading the landings on the peninsula and then the evacuation later in the year, before becoming commander-in-chief of the Fifth Army on the Western Front during the closing stages of the war. He went on to be general officer commanding the Northern Army in India in 1920 and Commander-in-Chief, India, in 1925.
Birdwood was made Baronet of Anzac and of Totnes, in the County of Devon, on 29 December 1919. He toured Australia to great acclaim in 1920, visiting Narrabeen and the site named to honour him:
ACTIVE TIME IN SYDNEY.
Yesterday Sir William and Lady Birdwood enjoyed a launch trip in delightful weather on the waters of Kuring-gai Chase, and a motor Journey to Newport and Manly, thus gaining an excellent opportunity of seeing some of the beautiful scenery about Sydney. The party included Sir George Fuller and other Ministers. 0n the way from Newport to Manly a call was made at Furlough House, Narrabeen, where the guests were received by Lady Fuller and Mrs. Cooper Day, secretary of Furlough House, and entertained at afternoon tea. General Birdwood was very much interested in the scheme for enabling soldiers' wives and dependents to enjoy a holiday at this pleasant spot.
To-day, about 11.40 a.m., General Birdwood will inspect the Matraville Garden Village for soldiers. Originally this engagement was fixed for 3 p.m., and the change involves the cancellation of a large part of the programme arranged for the day. The Senior Cadets and Boy Scouts, who were notified to muster at Beauchamp-road at 2.30 p.m., will not be required. Many prominent citizens had accepted invitations to the village, and the board will welcome any who can attend the less picturesque event in the morning. After General Birdwood has inspected the village, which now consists of 50 fine cottages, he will motor to the city, and lunch, as arranged, with the Voluntary Workers' Association, at 189 Pitt-street.
In the evening he will be the guest of the Imperial Service Club, at dinner at the Town Hall.
Sir William and Lady Birdwood will visit the Bankstown Soldiers' Settlement Poultry Farms to-morrow afternoon, arriving at the settlement about 3 o'clock, and will be met by Mr. Ashford.
On Monday, Sir William Birdwood will be engaged all day with the Red Cross Society. Commencing at 10.45 a.m. there will be a re-view of V.A.D.'s on the grounds outside Government House, when General Birdwood will probably deliver a short address. He will then visit the weaving, toy-making, and basket-ware industries before going to Rose Hall for lunch. At 2.30 he will visit the Blinded Soldiers' Tearoom in Pitt-street, and then cross to North Sydney, where he will inspect the Graythwaite Convalescent Home.
On Monday evening Sir William Birdwood will dine at the Australian Club.
On Tuesday there will be a display by 10,000 Public School children at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in honour of General and Lady Bird-wood. A feature will be a tableau of welcome, and a general rehearsal for this event will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday, commencing at 11.15 a.m., and lasting until about 3 p.m.GENERAL BIRDWOOD. (1920, April 10). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15870061 - More available in North Narrabeen Rock Pool: Some History
Turimetta Headland Reserve is a Wildlife Protection Area and has a number of vegetation communities which provide habitat for many threatened and significant fauna species. Winter-flowering Banksias attract large numbers of migratory and nomadic honey eaters and lorikeets. The small Raptors, the Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus notatus) and the Australian Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) are often found in this area and large raptors such as the White-bellied Sea-eagle and the threatened Osprey are also occasionally observed, and have been since bird-watchers first visited the site to make records. Visit: G . E. Archer Russell (1881-1960) and His Passion For Avifauna From Narrabeen To Newport
The area has been the focus of volunteer bush care work, the state government and councils to restore it over many years. Turimetta Beach is popular with surfers and features some wonderful local Artists sculptures in its rocks, and the presence of these rocks and a rockshelf at the North Narrabeen end of the beach, make it a popular place for photographers - the rush of water over these stones, sunrise reflected over the sheets of tides, make for spectacular images.
Turimetta Beach is a small 350m long beach between Turimetta and Narrabeen Head backed by 20 to 30m high shale bluffs. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5m which break close to shore, and often has a heavy shore break. Two or three rips usually form at each end of the beach and in the centre amongst the rocks. Popular with swimmers this unpatrolled beach is also host to good surfing breaks along the beach and is best in North Easterly winds.
A tour of the North Narrabeen Beach Headland trail which runs through Turimetta Head (Turimetta Beach) and finally down to Warriewood Beach, this is a nice easy half hour walk.
This Issue some great photos taken by Kevin Murray on June 12th, 2021 along with some from earlier years, including some from 1900 onwards - including one from 1920/1921.
Turimetta Beach And Surrounds: Old Photos
No. 1 Subdivision - Narrabeen Park Estate - Sheep Station Hill Jan 28, 1928. Item No.: c046820089, courtesy State Library of NSW, Album: Narrabeen Subdivision Plans - Bruce Street, Hunter Street, Melbourne Avenue
'Palm Beach Road, near Mona Vale' photo by Albert James Perier, courtesy State Library of NSW - 1920s (1928-1929)
Note the spelling of 'Warriewood' in this advertisement
NARRABEEN PARK NEW AREA OPENED
Separated from Warriwood beach only by a public reserve, is the first subdivision of Narrabeen Park Estate, which will be sold by auction next Saturday, by Messrs. Raine and Horne, in conjunction with A. C. Greenwood. This estate is on the high land Just north of Narrabeen beach, and has Warriwood beach Immediately In front of It. The main Pittwater- road passes It, and the new road over the bridge closer to the beach runs through the estate. Four business sites and 58 residential lots are to be sold in this subdivision, which is on u slope of the hill, that gives it wide views of beach and lake. Narrabeen Is the terminus of the northern tram service, while modern 'buses also supply transportation to Manly. Terms .of sale will be ten per cent. deposit and the balance In five years. OCEANSIDE LOTS (1928, January 25). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 14 (LAST RACE EDITION). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224225740
Narrabeen Lagoon aerial, from album Milton Kent aerial views of Bondi, Cronulla, Granville, Haberfield, Middle Harbour, Narrabeen, Mascot, Sydney, Sydney Harbour, Tempe, between 1926-1938, Item: c111660015, courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales - and sections from to show details; NB - no Bridge from Ocean street across Lagoon present, and old Nth. NSLSC still on beach - so pre-1927 and showing the larger section now reclaimed where Wimbledon Avenue will be formed.
Striking Aerial Views : Newcastle and Narrabeen
NARRABEEN, BETWEEN OCEAN AND LAKE. This fine strip of ocean beach runs from North Narrabeen through South Narrabeen to Collaroy (on the left). Narrabeen proper is situated on the peninsula in the centre of the picture. The main road from Manly to Newport, Avalon, and Palm Beach runs through the upper portion of Narrabeen, crossing the lake by the bridge, beyond which is seen a portion of low -lying land now being reclaimed. Striking Aerial Views : Newcastle and Narrabeen (1928, August 22). Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 17. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158401835
Turimetta Beach And Surrounds: June 2021 Photos
Begin with a wooden stair climb to the top of the Narrabeen Headland, where dirt paths curve around to various lookouts, providing views down Narrabeen Beach towards Collaroy Beach, over the Narrabeen Lagoon and beyond. The trail continues until you reach a path that continues across the top of Turimetta Beach.
After a short street path walk you are back into the reserve where dirt paths and steps take you around the Turimetta Headland. You then commence your descent into Warriewood Beach itself and the lookout north to Mona Vale Beach and the Mona Vale Basin.
- Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Mona Vale, Bongin Bongin, Turimetta and Rock Lily
- Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Warriewood
- Turimetta Headland Reserve, Plan of Management - Pittwater Council, Adopted October 21 2002
- From Turimetta Headland Reserve Pittwater Council Information board for Bicentennial Coastal walkway
- Aboriginal placenames : naming and re-naming the Australian landscape / editors, Luise Hercus, Harold Koch. 2009. Australian National University Press. From: https://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/p17331/pdf/book.pdf
- Warringah Shire Council Minutes of Meetings from 1906 on
- Taramatta Park, Mona Vale
- Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Narrabeen
- North Narrabeen Rock Pool: Some History
- TROVE - National Library of Australia
- State Library of New South Wales