January 30 - February 6, 2016: Issue 249

 Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Fox Family


On the Pittwater -  Second Royal Motor Yacht Clubhouse at Newport in background

The Fox family, of Clareville, Avalon and Bayview, were contributors to community, dating from prior to Avalon acquiring its name through the efforts of Mr. Arthur J. Small and his visions of the green valley and through the 1930's, when the Depression may have made life difficult for many. It was during this era that The Fox Trophy, as part of local rowing events, makes its appearance.

One of the first instances of supporting a growing community appears in a notice for the newly fledged Avalon Beach SLSC ( See Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club - The First Clubhouse): 

DOWN AT AVALON. Three clubs — Collaroy, North Narrabeen, and Newport — made Avalon Beach their rendezvous last Sunday for the purpose of giving instruction to the new local club. Mr. Ramsay Sharpe was in charge of the teams, who were welcomed by Mr. Small, Dr. Hanson, Mr. Fox, and other residents of Avalon. An interested spectator of the general proceedings was Mr. Ruskin Rowe, one of the pioneers of Freshwater Club and now a member of Bondi. With a view of stimulating interest Mr. Rowe has offered a prize of £2/2/to the first Avalon member qualifying for the bronze proficiency medallion of the S.L.S.A

Picture: MR. H. RAMSAY SHARPE, vice-president and enthusiastic worker for the S.L.S.A. BONDI FOR SURF CHAMPIONSHIPS COOK'S HILL NEXT SATURDAY. (1926, January 10). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 7 Section: Social and Magazine Section. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128124019 

The Fox Trophy of 1933, purported by many to be the worst Depression year in Australia:

Right: Henry Leslie Fox when younger


Pittwater Aquatic Club decided a series of races over the Bayview course, which resulted:- 

Men's Best and Best Handicap (1 ½ m), for Fox trophy.-C. Mudie, 60s, 1; F. Kerr, 40s, 2; H. Erickson. 30s, 3. Won by two lengths.

Women's Gladstone Skiff Handicap (1m).-Miss M. Riddle, 22s, 1: Miss J. Gilroy, scr, 2; Miss I. Nilsen, 32s. 3. Won by half a length.

Relay Race for Pittwater Cup.-Clareville (B. Paddon, V. Fox. and C. Mudie), 1; Bayview (C. Williams, F, Kerr, and B. Hickson), 2. PITTWATER AQUATIC CLUB. (1933, November 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17027407 

The Story begins a few decades prior to this though. Henry Leslie Fox married Julia Maud Sharples (born 1878 Broughton, Lancashire, Baptism: 8 Sep 1878 St Luke, Skerton, Lancashire, England) in Salford, Manchester in 1903 at the Salford Register Office. Julia Maud (Julie or Maud sometimes) was the daughter of Solomon Sharples and Julia Sharples. Solomon Sharples is listed as 'Engineer' under the Occupation section of this church record. 

Earlier Solomon Sharples's occupation is listed as 'machinist' in the records of Baptisms at St Saviour in the District of Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester where he and Julia's first two children of many are recorded: John Henry Sharples - [Child] of Solomon Sharples & Julia,     Born: 23 Sep 1867, Abode: 5 Cheltenham St., Occupation: MachinistBaptised by: C.N. Keeling - Register: Baptisms 1866 - 1887, Page 26, Entry 205, and Baptism: 9 May 1869 St Saviour, Chorlton on Medlock, Lancs. Lucy Julia Sharples - [Child] of Solomon Sharples & Julia, Born: 26 Mar 1869, Abode: 5 Cheltenham St. Occupation: Machinist, Baptised by: C.N. Keeling - Register: Baptisms 1866 - 1887, Page 26, Entry 206.

St Saviours, an Anglican church, was founded in 1851.

This was just after the years called The Lancashire Cotton Famine, or the Cotton Panic (1861–65), which was a depression in the textile industry of North West England, brought about by overproduction in a time of contracting world markets and coinciding with the interruption of baled cotton imports caused by the American Civil War. 

Right: An 1862 newspaper illustration showing people waiting in line for food and coal tickets at a district Provident Society office.

Chorlton-on-Medlock is bordered to the north by the River Medlock, which runs immediately south of Manchester city centre, rising near Oldham and flowing south and west for ten miles to join the River Irwell in the extreme southwest of Manchester city centre. The Chorlton-on-Medlock  district was known from medieval times as Chorlton Row and was a township of the ancient parish of Manchester in the Salford Hundred of Lancashire. Towards the end of the 18th century it developed as a residential suburb of Manchester and in the extreme north of the township a number of cotton mills were established. (1.)

There has been rowing in Manchester and Salford since at least 1823, with more than 15 clubs operating during the 1860s. Agecroft R.C. was formed by the gradual merging of these River Irwell-based clubs. Agecroft R.C. was established in Oct 1861 by Ishmael Lythgoe with its first boat house in the grounds of Agecroft Hall at Pendlebury before the manor house was sold and rebuilt by the James River in Virginia, USA. (2.)

Interestingly Solomon Sharples father, John Sharples (born circa April 4, 1814 in Greater Manchester) emigrated to Finland with his family in 1846 and was employed as weaver master at Finlayson cloth mill in Tampere, Finland until his death in 1876. Some of Solomon's daughters are listed, in church marriage records, as 'Cotton Warper', 'Factory Operative' and trades associated with the cotton mills of Manchester, Lancashire.

Sophie Iris' mother Julia Maud was a dressmaker and seamstress prior to coming to Australia and made Sophie Iris's going away dress when she married Cedric Moreton Williams. See  Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Williams Family 

In 1904 Henry Vincent (Vincent Henry) Fox, the first son of Henry Leslie and Maud Julia Fox was born at Ardwick in Lancashire. 1904 is also the year Solomon Sharples passed away, at aged 65, at sub-district Cheetham in Manchester. 

A search of the Genes Reunited website, which provides listings of many things, among them Passenger Lists of people leaving the UK 1890-1960, discloses two members of the young family moved to Australia as part of a contingent of hopefuls who came to Sydney aboard the Tahiti, exit port Glasgow, via Plymouth, in 1911, arriving 10 a.m. November 25th, at the Union Company's Margaret Street wharf. The passenger lists show Mrs MAUD J Fox and MASTER HENRY V FOX. In a report of the passenger's lists and the arrival, due to the Tahiti representing the commencement of a 'Sydney-New Zealand -Frisco mail run' it is stated there are 75 children aboard and many of these are being greeted by the head of the family who has come out to Australia prior to these family members, probably to ensure a more comfortable arrival for those who followed.

The family initially settled at Orange where Henry Fox was working, apparently on a property there. Taking a lady fresh from early Winter in England to early Summer and then a full Summer in Orange, Australia, may have been a too big a shift in terms of weather and social isolation even if Orange town in 1911 is recorded as a place with a population of 7000, only a few hundred miles from Sydney by train and with a healthy climate due to being 3000 feet above sea level. 1911 was also the year that commenced the 1911-1916 Australian Drought however - poor Maud may have wondered what she had landed in!

Sophie Iris Fox said in an interview for SHOROC's Oral History Project on the Depression and 1930's, recorded Friday 23rd March 2001 by Roslyn Burge, regarding this move, particularly its effect on a by then 8 year old Vincent:

"She hated it, because when she came out from England my father took her out to Orange and my brother had never been on a horse and he had to learn to ride a horse to school. She said 'I’m not staying here. I can’t stay here', she said. 'I can’t have my son riding to school on a horse' and so that is when they came down here."

The Fox family moved to Careel Bay, Pittwater, where Henry (sometimes Harry) became a caretaker, the family residing in the caretakers cottage. Among the interview conducted through SHOROC Sophie mentions her mother being friends with a chemist, a Dr. Elliott, who owned the property on which the caretakers cottage was, a gentleman who resided or had his business in Sydney (town). As Mrs. Williams was in her 80's when this interview was conducted and the history she relates dates from a time when she was still a small child, searching in previous records, such as those found for Careel Bay Wharf and Boatshed (see Careel Bay Steamer Wharf and Boatshed), shows a sketch of Careel Bay from 1900 to 1917, when the Fox family moved to Central Road Avalon.

The 'chemist' who had property at Careel Bay named 'Dr. Elliott' during these years was James Frederick Elliott, and the property he owned, expanded later but which still exists, was 'Marara'.

Caretakers were employed either as full time residents or as locals who would check on places as the popularity of Pittwater as a weekend resort, and weekenders being built, brought those who toiled in the city for a few days of fresh salt air, quiet and green views relief. One example of a man who came into the area to break into weekenders, or tents, and steal, is placed under References and notes (below).

A little on 'Dr. Elliott' - the 'chemist';

Primary Application - James Frederick Elliott 29 acres 11 roods 35 1/4 perches in Bay View & River View Roads & on Careel Bay & Pittwater in Parish Narrabeen County Cumberland Shire Warringah Volume 3952 Folio 98 Date range: 13/04/1926 to 23/12/1926 (From State Records of NSW).

DR. J. F. ELLIOTT. DEATH IN SYDNEY. After an illness of a few months the death took place in Sydney on Sunday morning last of Dr. James Frederick Elliott, for many years chairman of directors and general manager of Elliott Brothers, Limited, Sydney and Brisbane. Dr. Elliott was a son of Dr. F. W. Elliott, one of the founders of the business, which has come to be one of the largest of its kind in the British Empire. After the death of the original Elliott Brothers the business was conducted by Mr. George C. Elliott, and the late Dr. J.F. Elliott, D.Sc, the former for many years being chairman of directors, during which time Dr. J. F. Elliott was managing director at the large chemical works and manufacturing laboratories at Balmain, Sydney. On the death of Mr. George C. Elliott, Dr. J. F. Elliott accepted the chairmanship of the company, and during the period of his control the business made very rapid strides. The doctor was one of the leading figures of the drug trade in the Commonwealth. His wide knowledge and versatility were generally recognised, and his business sagacity was availed of by many companies outside the drug trade, which he served in the capacity of director. His outside interests were many, and various. Of a naturally kind-hearted, sympathetic, and genial disposition, Dr. Elliott will long be remembered by a large body of loyal employees. Until recent years Dr. Elliott made frequent and regular trips to Brisbane, but in consequence of the amalgamation of the Brisbane branch of Elliott Brothers, Limited, with Taylor and Colledge, Limited, which took place in 1924, his visits became less frequent. He still retained his connection, however, as a director of Taylors and Elliotts, Limit-ed, and also T. and E (Surgical),Limited. His widespread business interests left him with little leisure time, and this time he usually spent in boating, fishing, and other pleasures of an aquatic nature. For many years his motor yacht, Ena, was prominent amongst the motor craft of Sydney Harbour. As chairman of Elliott Brothers, Limited, he will be succeeded  by Mr. Victor G. Elliott, son of the late G. C. Elliott. Yesterday, from noon to 2 p. m., the Brisbane offices of Taylors and Elliotts were closed as a mark of respect to the memory of the late Dr. Elliott. The funeral took place yesterday. THE LATE DR. J. F. ELLIOTT. DR. J. F. ELLIOTT. (1928, September 11). The Brisbane Courier(Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21355389

LATE DR. ELLIOTT. The funeral of Dr. James Frederick Elliott took place privately at the South Head Cemetery yesterday. One of the leading pharmaceutical chemists in Australia, he found time, in a crowded life, to engage in many commercial and other activities.
The second son of the late Dr. George Robinson Elliott, who founded the firm of Elliott Bros., Ltd., the late Dr. J. F. Elliott was born in Elliott-street, Balmain, in 1857, and was educated at the Sydney Grammar School. For his technical education he proceeded to London, thence to Germany. Returning to Sydney, he was appointed to the position of pharmaceutical chemist to Elliott Bros., Ltd., and he designed the laboratories at Rozelle. He also occupied the position of scientific director of the chemical works of the company, succeeding the late Mr. James R. Elliott as managing director of the chemical works and laboratories. In these positions he had great opportunities of showing his ability as a chemical engineer, and under his supervision great progress was made in the manufacture of sulphuric and other mineral acids, and also the manufacture of superphosphates and other chemical manures, He was a leading authority on all pharmaceutical matters and chemical engineering and was a life member of the Pharmaceutical Society of New South Wales.
During the last few years he made several visits to England, the Continent, and the Far East, and was one of the founders of the oil industry in Timor. He took a special interest in the refinement of bismuth metal.
Subsequent to the death of the late Mr.George Elliott in 1912 he became general manager and chairman of the board of directors of Elliott Bros., Ltd., and also became director of a number of other companies, including the Australian Alliance Assurance Co., Consumers' Ammonia Co., of Australia, Ltd., Taylors and Elliotts, Ltd. (Brisbane), in which were amalgamated the businesses of Elliott Bros., Ltd., and Taylor and Colledge,  in Brisbane. He was a member of the New South Wales Club and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Yachting had a fascination for him and he introduced the 30ft class, and he sailed the Magic and the Meteor. Latterly, he owned the motor yacht, Lotus. 
LATE DR. ELLIOTT. (1928, September 11). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from 

Balmain Sailing Club; Messrs. M. A. H.Fitzhardinge, J. C. Elliott, and Dr. Elliott. R. S. YACHT SQUADRON. THE CENTENNIAIL CELEBRATION. (1887, November 3). Evening News(Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108222596

J F Elliott appears in the above image in back row, second from left (courtesy RSYS archives). The RSYS members, alike the foundation members of Pittwater's RPAYC and RMYC - Broken Bay, were captains of industry or at the top of their field. Sailing races to Pittwater, Pitt Water as a holiday destination were a clear and obvious choice. J F Elliott chose Careel Bay as the site for their 'Pittwater base'.

Careel Bay prior to this time had become a popular destination for 'excursionists' who were offloaded to the area and flat greens of what would become Avalon through a new wharf installed at Careel Bay by the then Hunter River steamship company in late 1893. These trips continued into at least 1906. There were also camping grounds at Careel Bay according to some old newspaper reports: 

BROKEN BAY. A more perfect day than yesterday for an ocean excursion could not well be imagined, and consequently there was a large crowd of holiday-makers on each of the steamers making the outside trip. The Hunter River Company sent the well known paddle steamers Newcastle and Maitland to Careel Bay and to Newport respectively. The journey up the coast was in every sense an enjoyable one, and, strange though it may seem, not one case of mal-de-mer was reported on the outward journey, at least as far as the Newcastle's passengers were concerned ; and, as the Maitland followed close in her wake, there is no reason to believe that she made any ' bad weather.' Broken Bay was reached in good time for luncheon, and those of the excursionists -who preferred picnicking to partaking of the excellent repasts provided by the caterers on the different boats, had no difficulty in finding shady places in which to unpack the sandwiches and boil the billy. About three hours ashore was allowed before the steamers' whistles shrieked out the warning signal for 'all aboard,' sad shortly after 4 o'clock both steamers rounded Barrenjoey, the Maitland on this occasion having the lead, in consequence of the Newcastle having touched the mud in getting away from, the new wharf at Careel Bay. Sydney was reached shortly after 6 o'clock, the excursions having proved a complete success in every way. BROKEN BAY. (1894, January 2). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article114070810 

TRIP TO BROKEN BAY. On Saturday afternoon the Hunter River Company sent the Namoi to Broken Bay on a short excursion trip. The steamer was well patronised, and, the weather being pleasant, all on board enjoyed themselves. A few were seasick, but the run ashore at Careel Bay brought them round ; and, between collecting ferns and fishing, the excursionists were both delighted and benefited by the trip. The steamer started from Sydney at about 2 p.m., and returned soon after 7 p.m. A band of music enlivened the outing. TRIP TO BROKEN BAY. (1894, February 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13941242 

HOLIDAY EXCURSIONS. Two Hawkesbury River excursions will be run on Monday by the N. and H.R.S.S. Co. The Namoi will go to Cowan, and the Sydney to Careel Bay. Both steamers start from Market-street Wharf at 10a.m. Fare. 3/- return : children, half-price.HOLIDAY EXCLUSIONS. (1903, November 8). Sunday Times(Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article126447981 

Messrs. Batt, Rodd, and Purves, Limited, at their rooms on Tuesday, offered, under instructions from the surviving trustee of the Bassett Darley Estate and the administratrix of the late Benjamin Wentworth Darley, a marine site, comprising 400 acres of land at Pittwater, on the main road and close to the lighthouse at Barranjoey. This estate embraces on the ocean side the well known Cabbage Tree Boat Harbor, and in Pittwater the much valued camping ground in Careel Bay. The property was offered, in subdivisions, the lots ranging from one acre to 74 acres, the first buyer having the option of picking his lots. Bidding was started by Mr. C. Forssbarg at £5 per acre. Then bids, after considerable animation, rose quickly to £12 per acre, at which figure Mr. Forsberg took 13 lots, altogether about 30 acres. This land was described as having a sandy frontage to Pittwater and Careel Bay. The first lot on entering the estate from Manly, 4 acres 3 roods 16 perches through from the ocean side to Careel Bay, went to Mr. Trevor Jones at £10 per acre, and the end lot on the beach, a block of a little over 4 acres, at £9 10s per acre. On the Pittwater Estate a block of land, 21 ½ acres, near the Hole in the Wall and Bilgola Head, with large frontage to the main road, was passed in at £1 17s 6d per. acre. THE PROPERTY MARKET. (1900, January 31). Evening News(Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117039706 

Dr Elliott had been coming to Careel Bay since at least 1899 and may have purchased land there soon afterwards. He was the owner of the Meteor at this time:

A number of the yachting fleet got underway last evening for the usual cruise to Broken Bay It is the intention of the Idina, Aoteana, and probably others to remain until the New Year. The Jess left her moorings yesterday afternoon. Excepting perhaps Thelma, Archina, and Meteor the majority will bring up in the lower reaches of the Hawkesbury, Refuge Bay and numerous other sung corners on Cowan Creek, will be visited, the Basin, Careel Bay, and Newport will each claim a few of the yachts. Yachtsmen should find a fairly good supply off fresh water in the creeks, fish are reported to be fairly plentiful, and with fine weather the visitors ought to have a pleasant time. Most of the smaller craft will be in evidence inside the harbour, where a few days may he pleasantly spent, with a certainty of getting back to town on the expiration of the holidays, no matter where the wind is from.
 YACHTING. (1899, December 23). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from 

The property was enlarged and the cottage known as Marara built between 1917 and 1918:

Hawkesbury River — Residence, Careel Bay  Undated — E. R. Orchard. 684 Pitt Street. Advertising. (1918, June 10). Construction and Local Government Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1913 - 1930), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article109675648 

Marara sold to Dr Herbert Schlink late in 1929 and was described in advertisements as:


OCCUPYING a sheltered position, commanding a wide range of enchanting views if the picturesque Inlets of Pittwater, its shores, and headlands. An ideal Waterside Bungalow of attractive design, built of specially selected mahogany weatherboards on massive stone foundation, WITH DOUBLE ROOF and shingles over iron, to ENSURE A LOW TEMPERATURE.

It contains: Living-room, 25 x 10, with inglenook. In addition large plate glass observation window, and is fitted with built-in bullet and cabinets, four bedrooms, each with lavatory basin fitted therein, supplied with running water, modern bathroom, with lavatory, kitchen with stove and sink, hot and cold water service, etc. Verandah in front. 33 x 12. Verandah at rear. All windows and doors fitted with copper wire flyscreens. Delco Electric Light Installed throughout, Telephone.

The water supply Is a special feature, having a storeage capacity of '60.000 gallons, with special Reserve supply for household purposes, connected to bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchen. DETACHED LAUNDRY, fitted with up-to date appointments, storeroom.

ON THE WITERFRONT Is a BOATSHED, with man's quarters over, comprising living-room, large bedroom, kitchen (stone), separate water supply.

SHARK-PROOF SWIMMING BATH. 130ft, x 40ft. Substantial Hardwood Wharf, Other improvements comprise: Motor Garage, Cow Shed. Fodder Bins, Poultry Run, Septic Tank. THE LIND COMPRISES AN AREA OF 28 ACRES 8HOODS 0 PFRCHES. TITLE TORRENS.


PHOTOS. ON VIEW. RICHARDSON and WRENCH. LTD. in conjunction with JOHN W. ILFORD. 82 PITT STREET, will submit the above GENTLEMAN'S SEISIDE HOME (FURNISHED. AND BOATS, GEAR, FISHING NETS, ETC. ETC.) to PUBLIC AUCTION.IN THE ROOMS. on PITT-STREET. on FRIDAY  15th of MARCH. AT 11 A.M. INSPECTION BY CARD ONLY MAY BE MADE BETWEEN THE HOURS 0F 9AM AND 5PM (INCLUDING WEEKENDS). Advertising. (1929, March 2). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 24. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16535201 

Hardie and Gorman Proprietary, Limited, reports having sold the following properties during the week:-Pittwater-Careel Bay: Cottage, Marara, with large area of land, £6500. REAL ESTATE. (1929, December 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16613608 

The 1933 photographs below shows Marara on April 7th, 1933 Digital Order No a3299015,  Caption; Plate 15 Album 74: Photographs of the Allen family, November 1932 - March 1934, Courtesy State Library of NSW:

Dr. H. H. Schlink has Issued Invitations for his annual dinner for members of the Ski Club at his house at Careel Bay on Sunday. About 30 are expected to be present. SOCIAL AND PERSONAL. (1936, April 30). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 21. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1734728

A tale associated with one of the 'caretakers' that followed Henry Leslie Fox's supervision of this property during the ownership of Dr. Elliott runs under References and notes - a dastardly tale and act if true!

Residing at Careel Bay full time when the Fox family were resident were the Wilson and Hastie families. The Wilsons were fishermen and also very good rowers. It may be then that Vincent was introduced to the pleasures of being in a boat on Pittwater.

It was while residing at Careel Bay that Sophie Iris was born on October 20th, 1912 at Waverly Hospital and brought home via steamboat.  

Maud Julia Fox and son Neville

The Fox family moved from Careel Bay to Central Road, Avalon around 1917, when Sophie was around five years of age. Her father was still building the cottage they would live in, and would go on to make a living as a builder. This structure still stands in Central Road, towards the Clareville end.

There the Fox family had a self sufficient life, growing all they needed in the way of vegetables, and keeping chickens for eggs etc. - As stated by Sophie and her daughter Elizabeth:

"Mum's younger brother, Neville, was born there and mum didn't leave the family home till she was married.

Mum's house at Avalon sat on a large parcel of land that extended right to the top of the hill. They grew fruit trees, vegies, and had ducks, cows, pigs and chickens. They were mostly self sufficient because all provisions had to be bought in by steamship from Sydney. This included all the family's clothes, kerosene for lighting, matches, sugar, tea, soap etc. They also had tanks for fresh water.

Mum went to school by the ferry. It used to pick her up from Clareville at 7 in the morning then continue on to Palm Beach, the Basin, Scotland Island right around Pittwater and ending at Newport Wharf where she then walked to Newport School. By the time she arrived back home in the evening it was 6 o'clock.

Once mum had completed school, although she would have loved to have gone to work, her father didn't think it was appropriate so mum spent her time helping her mum with home duties — which included mowing the lawn with a hand mower, sewing clothes etc. Mum also loved to spend a lot of time at Avalon beach, swimming, sunbaking and surfing."

Sophie: "...we would go up the hill and it was covered in flannel flowers and bush flowers and they were beautiful. "

Neville was born June 13th, 1918, his birth registered at Manly according to his WWII Enlistment papers.

In her account for the SHOROC piece Sophie recalls that her father had 'been used to money in England' and 'he built about three houses', although this work was scarce during the Depression years. 

Henry Leslie Fox – Builder

PITTWATER.-A Commanding Site, abt. 12 acres., views of ocean and harbour, close wharf, also adjoining, choice week-end Blocks, 60 x 165. Prices low. Terms easy. D. J. M'INTYRE and CO.. Royal chambers, 3 Castlereagh-street, city: or Mr. H. FOX. Clareville Wharf, Pittwater. Advertising. (1917, April 14). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15710411 

See: Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways Clareville and Taylor's Point Wharves

Tenders Accepted. North Manly — Garage,. Gorrie Road.— H. Fox, Clareville, £65. Advertising. (1928, September 19). Construction and Local Government Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1913 - 1930), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article109727887

What shows most visibly, still, apart from their outstanding abilities in fashioning vessels, Vincent being a boatbuilder at Bayview with the Williams, Neville becoming a Marine Engineer and boatbuilder at Mosman, is how well they rowed. 

The Avalon farm of the Fox Family - Warringah Shire Council took land from the Fox family to build Central Road - there is an item in Council Meeting Records, dated 2.9.1934 where: "H. Fox, 2/9/34,. again drawing attention to the state of Central Road, Clareville in front of his house, and suggesting that it be repaired with metal. Referred to the Engineer for report. "

From the words of Sophie Iris Williams (nee Fox), mother of Cedric Vincent Williams and Elizabeth Hird, a lady known for her lifelong gentle nature and kindness, 

Well my brother (Vincent) was great on rowing, sculling or rowing. My brother came rowing at Bayview, so I used to come with him and that's how I met my husband. My husband was in the same thing. He was a boat builder at Bayview. One of the first boat builders there. It's about, I think it started up about 130 years ago. "

Sophie Iris Williams (nee Fox) as a young lady

Cedric Moreton Williams and Vincent Henry Fox were peers, both born in 1904, both the sons of gentlemen who, although they had clearly had the benefits of a good education, preferred to be on the land and among the sea breezes, and both of whom had had some connection with amateur rowing from their early years. 

The Pittwater Regatta revival in 1921, after being put on hold during World War One (from 1914), may have been the inspiration for these then 16 year olds. In 1921 the year actually opened with a Pittwater Regatta, held on Saturday January 1st, New Year's Day, and closed with a Pittwater Regatta, held on December 31st, 1921.

This was a prelude - record entries had been received when this was published:
The Pittwater Regatta - Revival Creates Enthusiasm BY BOB BACKSTAY
Pittwater Regatta is to be held on Saturday (1.1.1921). What memories come crowding upon many a sailing and rowing man at the revival of this wonderful picnic regatta. When war broke out in 1914 the regatta was held over, for the reason that so many of our good men went away at the call of Empire. But the war is over, and the light-hearted aquatic enthusiasts will have their regatta again. To John Roche, hon. Secretary, organiser and founder, is due most of the credit, for he has made this Pittwater regatta his hobby, and this year his efforts amount to a record entry for all events. It is particularly gratifying to note that in the sailing and motor boat sections the entries far exceeded all expectations; in fact, so far as the Sydney amateurs are concerned, there will be more starters than for any of the club’s Sydney Harbor races. The attendance is bound to be large. The beautiful stretch of water upon which the events will be contested is one of the most picturesque portions of the Hawkesbury.
From the Bay View vantage point there will be a complete and uninterrupted view of the flagship and all proceedings. This year the committee has secured the steamer Gosford as flagship, and a fleet of launches will ply from early morning on Saturday between all wharves and the flagship. Summed up in a few words Newport and all the surrounding districts will be en fete on Saturday next, as it is a foregone conclusion that the Pittwater regatta of 1921 will eclipse the successes of past years. 
The Pittwater Regatta. (1920, December 29 - Wednesday). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from 

The rowing included events and those entered listed prior to the January 1st event for handicaps includes a who's who of Pittwater residents - many of whom the young men would have met - Careel Bay residents Wilson and Hastie among them and who won the men's double sculls during the New Year's Day regatta for 1921. 

The high level of rowing prowess in Pittwater, and the enthusiasm for it, may be read in the names under the 'Old Buffers' race for those over 50, at least (!), especially the list of those on scratch. This was also a sport where the fine element of including girls and women shows most in our early history - the fairer sex could be part of the feats, as singles, as teams, as mixed teams!:

The published 1921 Pittwater Regatta handicaps for first regatta on the estuary that year:

Boys' Single Sculls 14 years and under-D Burton,'40s, E Ellis, 25s, S Smith, O Low, 10s, J Loveridge, Q Ellis, C Brennan, 6s, R Toone, C Nettleton, R. Brennan scratch
Ladies' Single Sculls All comers' handicap –Mrs W J Oliver 25s, M Jarvis 20s, M Gray, 11s, Mrs Allan 6s, Mrs R Hendrie, scr
Youths Single Sculls Handicap, 18 yrs and under -J W Austin, 25s W Snape, 15s, A Buist, 10s R Ellis, H Erickson, Don Shaw, 5s, Dick Agar, A Loveridge, scr
Men's Double Sculls, Local Handicap with coxswain-A F and Alf Erickson, C Holding and I Blackwood, 30s, W Wines and L Young, 30s, D T and J. C. Harrison 25s; R Hickson and F. F. Hall 20s; C R Erickson and L Nilsen, J. Wilson and G. Hastie 8s; J F Duffy and W. Wilcox scr
Ladies Double Sculls All comers Handicap with coxswain- E. Harrison and P N Sutherland 40s M and E Gray 25s, O Griffiths and K. Boati, Mrs R. Hendrie and Miss A. Singleton 7s, Mrs Allan and Miss A. Trendle scr.
Old Buffers Single Sculls Handicap (50 years and over) G Godbold 30s D M‘Carthy 25s A F Erickson 15s D Greentree 10s J Loveridge, J T Walsh 7s, H Marshall, F. A. Anderson, J Duffy, S Shaw,  J Boulton, Scratch
Mixed Double Sculls Allcomers Handicap with Coxswain -
First heat Miss K. Williams and J Blackwood 40s Miss M Gray and E D Miles 30s Miss H Beamont and J Kensey 14s, Mrs Allan and N Boughton 8s Miss M Buie and R Buie scratch
Second Heat Miss Mears and A Burton 50s, Miss M Jarvis and A W Austin 45s Mrs Mears and T Low 30s Miss I Hastie and J Wilson10s Mrs R Hednrie and Levett 8s
Single Sculls Local Handicap - E D Miles, 30s, Alf Erickson 20s G Godbold C R Erickson 15s,  J F Duffy 7s W Wilcox 5s N J Nugent J Wilson scratch
Single Sculls Handicap for visiting Regatta Officials -FS Adams 16s T T Mulhall 10s C Hawksley 7s S D Maclaren A Davis 5s W G Mason, O Lin, E Higgs, C Pilley, S J Keegan scratch. AQUATICS. (1920, December 29). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16882134 

Mrs J Wilson and Miss Hastie, Careel Bay ladies, winning the Ladies Double Sculls at the Pittwater Regatta, during the 2nd Regatta for 1921 - held on December 31st. This image appears in The Sydney Mail, 4 January 1922, page 18. The caption for the image includes the following details: 'The winners had a handicap of 15s, the distance being a mile. Mrs Hendrie and Miss Beaumont were second, and Mrs Allen and Miss K. Bolt (3s) third.' Image 12152 courtesy Australian National Maritime Museum. SeePITTWATER REGATTA : THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S WIN. (1922, January 4). Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 18. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169769804

The December 31st 1921 Pittwater Regatta rowing results:


YOUTHS' SINGLE SCULLS HANDICAP (18 years and under).— C. Johnson, 25sec, £2, 1; R . Ellis, scr, 2. Won easily by 10 lengths.

LADIES SINGLE SCULLS ALLCOMERS' HANDICAP.— Mrs. Willsber, 7sec, £5, 1; Miss M.Gray, 8sec, £2, 2; Miss N. Lorvick, lOsec, £1,3. Won by five lengths, with three lengths between second and third.

GENTLEMNS DOUBLE SCULLS LOCAL HANDICAP (with coxswain).— G. Godholt and W. Oliver, 90sec, £5,1; J. Wilson and G. Hastie, Scr, £2, 2; R. R. Hickson and F. Hall, 45sec, 3.

LADIES' DOUBLE SCULI.S (all-comers, with coxswain).— Mrs Jessie Wilson and Miss Isobel Hastie, 15sec, £5, 1; Mrs. Hendrie and Miss Beaumont, scr, £2, 2; Mrs. Allan and Miss K. Boati, 3.-cc. £1, 3. A great race. Won by half a length, with three-quarters of a length between second and third.

OLD BUFFERS' SINGLE-SCULLS HANDICAP.— F. Anderson, scr, £2/5/, 1; Jas. Boulton, 25 secs £1, 2; G. Godbolt, 30sec, 10/, 3. Won by three lengths.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN'S DOUBLE SCULLS (all-comers).-Mrs. Jessie Wilson and Mr. Joe Arblaster, 20secs, £5, 1Miss Isobel Hastie and Mr. Jack Wilson, scr, £2, 2; Miss Myrtle Gray and Mr. Fred Gray, 45 sec, 3. Won by a length, with one and a half length between second and third.

GENTLEMEN'S SINGLE SCULLS (local handicap).— J. Wilson, scr, £5, 1; G. Erickson, 22sec,£2, 2; J. F. Duffy, 10.sec, £1, 3. A close finish. Won by three feet, with two feet between second and third. PITTWATER REGATTA. (1922, January 1). Sunday Times(Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128213474 

The Pittwater Regatta for 1922 was held on Saturday December 30th and included eight events for rowing:

PITTWATER REGATTA. Events for Rowing. 

The committee of the Pittwater Regatta has arranged the following rowing events for December 30:— Single sculls handicap for boys and girls 16 and under; old buffers' single sculls, local handicap: women's single sculls,  all comers handicap; men's single sculls handicap, local residents only. Gladstone skiff race, single sculls (open to members of recognised rowing clubs) one mile; surf boat handicap, open to all clubs; men's double sculls handicap, local residents only, women’s and men’s double sculls, allcomers' handicap. Entries will close on Sunday, December 10, with the Hon. secretary, Mr. J.Roche at the Newport Hotel Pittwater. PITTWATER REGATTA. (1922, October 10).Evening News(Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article118828866 

Unfortunately there was a gale while races were run, causing a few capsizes in the yachts - the rowing results had similar names among the winners, the appearance of the name 'Paddon' among victors, and a 3rd variation on the spelling of the surname Godbolt:

PITTWATER REGATTA. (1922, December 31). Sunday Times(Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128217711

Part of the reason for the absence of Williams and Fox surnames among those contesting rowing events in the Pittwater regatta was the maintaining of amateur status and not rowing for money and rowing in craft of equal size and dimension - regulation boats - see opening of : Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Williams Family 

As this regatta became more and more popular, including events for rowing club members and surf boats, the ground shifted slightly. The organisers would have wanted to attract the best rowers and the rowers themselves would have wanted to be part of the event:

ROWING Pittwater Regatta Matters
The New South Wales R.A. will permit affiliated clubs to send crews to the Pittwater Regatta at the end of December. The programme will include handicap sculls (Gladstone skiffs),senior fours, and maiden fours. The senior event will be rowed in regulation boats. The races will be governed by the Association rules, and be supervised by the Association's officials. ROWING. (1923, November 21). Referee(Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128116575 

The results from the December 30th, 1923 Pittwater Regatta - rowing:
16ft to 24ft Local Boats.
Garnet (F. Roche), 9m  1 Query (P. G. Taylor), 18m . 2 Lorelei (H. Gonsalves), 12m . 3 Other entries: Dorothy (W. A. Henderson), scratch; Don (A. Goddard), 7m; Merlin (C. J.'Saunders), lim; Kiwi (B. B. Monckton), 10]m; Wybria (J. L. Williams)251m. Won easily by over 11 minutes.
ROWING EVENTS. Girls' and Boys' Single Sculls. J. Erickson . 1 J. Loveridge. 2 J. Styles .3. Won by three lengths. Old Duffers' Single Sculls. J. Walsh1 W. Gray . 2 A. Henderson .;.3 Won by one length. T. Price finished first, but was disqualified. Ladies' Single Sculls. Mrs. Notting .  Miss Lipscombe ..'. 2.Miss Gray . 3 Won hy three lengths. Gentlemen's Single Sculls. J. Wilson . 1 W. E. Oliver . 2 A. .Erickson . 3 Won by five lengths. Gladstone Skiffs.  C. Williams. 1 C. Erickson. 2 T. Russell . 3 Won by three lengths.
Surf Boats. Deewhy . 1 Palm Beach . 2 Newport . 8 Won by ten lengths. Gentlemen's Double Sculls. W. Johnson and li. Price, 20s . J. Wilson and C. Ross, scr . 2Cecil Erickson and W. F. Duffy, 4s . 3 Ladies' and Gentlemen's Double Sculls. Mrs. C. A. Notting and H. Price, 16s. 1 Miss M. Gray and W. Oliver, 6s . 2 Miss A. Loveridge and E. Erickson, 23s .... 3 . Single Sculls, for Amateurs. D. Neylon. 8s . 1 J. H. Parks, 5s . 2. PITTWATER REGATTA. (1923, December 31). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16119113 

And also, in one of the columns that reported on amateur rowing events:
Pittwater Regatta Echoes: Notes by Argus Pittwater Regatta was very successfully conducted on Saturday, the Weather being, very favorable. Although the projected four-oar race for members of the N.S.W. Rowing Association fell through there were a number of miscellaneous rowing events, chiefly for locals or all comers. The winners being: Men's Single Sculls Handicap local), J. Wilson (scr); Mixed Double Sculls Handicap (all comers), Mrs. Notting and H. Price, 18sec; Women's Single Sculls Handicap (all comers),Mrs. Notting, scr; Under 16yrs Sculls Handicap, J. Erickson, 5sec; Veterans' Sculls Handicap (50yrs and over), J. T.Walsh (54yrs), 12sec; Men's Double Sculls Handicap (local). W. Johnson and H. Price, 20sec; Gladstone Skiff Handicap (members of rowing clubs),C. Williams, 5sec; Surf Life Boat Race, Dee Why Surf Club.  THE ROWING WORLD. (1924, January 2). Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article136617973 

Meanwhile in Avalon

Avalon Beach surf club's first structure and the formation of people patrolling the beach began amongst people who resided there and a gentleman architect, Bertram Ford, who was married to one of Australia's best lady rowers. A J Small's vision for Avalon Valley was for it to be a healthful sports and relaxing retreat - a golf course, tennis courts and a cricket pitch and other amenities may be seen in photographs taken when these developments began.

MRS. BERTRAM FORD — ALL-ROUND CHAMPION. Mrs. Bertram Ford is here shown acknowledging the plaudits of her friends after the finish of the Ladies' Sculling Championship, which she won on the Parramatta River on Saturday week. Mrs. Ford was also a member of the crew which won the Champion Fours on the same day. She has had a remarkable career having gained the highest championships and representative honors in three different branches of sport, while she has also shown exceptional proficiency in several others. She must now be regarded as the finest all-round woman athlete in Australia; Mrs. Ford has made history in lawn tennis, in which she has won some sixty championships, and secured absolute possession of nine silver challenge cups, each of which had to be won several times before becoming her own property. She has represented her State on twenty-two occasions. Mrs. Ford is the only New South Wales woman player who has ever won the three championships of Victoria— singles, doubles, and mixed — and her record during the past fourteen years includes individual successes against every first-class lady player whom she has met, either in Australia or New Zealand. The list is formidable, for it includes Misses Nunnelly and Powdrell, from New Zealand; Misses Addison, Stewart, and Boyd, from Victoria; Mrs. Molesworth, from Queensland; and Misses Collings and Bremer and Mrs Beatty, of this State, in addition to more recent champions, On the ice, Mrs. Ford is recognised as one of the leading fancy figure skaters, and in ice hockey she has successfully represented her State in Melbourne within the last three months, and was invited to represent it in rowing before her recent championship win. She has shown herself equally proficient as a swimmer and surfer, and is an expert horsewomanMrs. Ford attributes much of her success in tennis and rowing to the advice of her husband, whom she regards as a leading authority on tennis, and a keen judge of rowingYACHTING. (1922, November 15). Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article127923281

A CLUB FOR AVALON. A surf life-saving club has been formed at Avalon, the spot rendered famous by the song, or vice-versa. A meeting was held on Sunday at the residence of Mr. H. J .Small, who was appointed president. Mr. Stan Wickham the Rugby Union International, is hon. secretary-treasurer of the new club. THE SURFERS. (1925, March 13 - Friday). Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1916 - 1933), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103545114

The foundation meeting - on the steps stand Dr. Sydney dentist, Arthur Cecil Hanson with A J Small (second from left in white trousers) on his right, Stan Wickham (3.) and Bert Paddon (also white trousers - born 1906) to his left.  Also among these founders of Avalon Beach is A G (Tom) Hanson - verandah, and Small’s son Geoff is on the far right of the verandah, who was also in the first squad. Third boy from left in balcony bay alcove is Neville Fox, gentleman without collar back row of those on steps looks like Mr. Henry Fox while the tall lad beside him looks like Vincent. If you compare the faces in this picture with those of the Fox-Williams wedding picture and that of the Pittwater rowers at Parramatta in 1935 further down the page, a few faces are definitely the same. 
Vincent Fox and Bert Paddon were both in the first successful bronze medallion squad of 31 January 1926 - (Geoff Searl)
Above image courtesy Rod Hanson - Hanson Family 

Above: a younger Neville Fox from Williams/Fox Family Album.s Below - An enlarged section from The Hanlon Family's picture of the first meeting of Avalon Beach SLSC founding members

In 1926, whether through the surf club association and its rowing of surf boats, or through meeting others on the estuary rowing, Vincent Fox and Bert Paddon began to feature as individuals and as a team among Pittwater Regatta winners;

DOWN AT AVALON. Three clubs — Collaroy, North Narrabeen, and Newport — made Avalon Beach their rendezvous last Sunday for the purpose of giving instruction to the new local club. Mr. Ramsay Sharpe was in charge of the teams, who were welcomed by Mr. Small, Dr. Hanson, Mr. Fox, and other residents of Avalon. An interested spectator of the general proceedings was Mr. Ruskin Rowe, one of the pioneers of Freshwater Club and now a member of Bondi. With a view of stimulating interest Mr. Rowe has offered a prize of £2/2/to the first Avalon member qualifying for the bronze proficiency medallion of the S.L.S.A

Picture: MR. H. RAMSAY SHARPE, vice-president and enthusiastic worker for the S.L.S.A. BONDI FOR SURF CHAMPIONSHIPS COOK'S HILL NEXT SATURDAY. (1926, January 10). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 7 Section: Social and Magazine Section. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128124019 

The 1935 wedding picture of Sophie Fox and Cedric Moreton Williams for comparison, with:

Wedding Picture of Cedric and Sophie and Williams and Fox Families - courtesy Elizabeth
Left to right: (Back Standing) John Williams, Doris Williams, Vincent Fox, Cedric Moreton Williams, Sophie Iris Williams (nee Fox), Neville Fox, John Llyod Williams (Jack), Henry Fox (Front Seated left to right) Daisy Williams, Kathleen Fox, Joan Williams (child), Bernice Ross, Julia Fox (Sharples)
Also see the 1930-1935 photograph from the Williams Family Albums below when at Parramatta rowing event.
Cedric and Sophie on their Wedding Day - at Avalon, returning for reception at Fox home

Wild Afternoon at Pittwater. REGATTA IN A RAIN STORM. Sailing Spoilt — Brilliant Rowing Finishes

Though the morning opened up fine, with a glorious sunshine, and the wind being of moderate strength from the nor-west, conditions altered remarkably before noon, and the annual Pittwater regatta on the magnificent waters of Broken Bay was spoilt. Even the spectators on the flagship Newcastle received a drenching.

The spectacular side of the sailing events was entirely spoilt. There were many withdrawals, while capsizes, particularly among the open boats from Birchgrove and Lane Cove, were frequent President Oscar Curtis had the pleasure of winning his own cup — the Bona Cup— with Bona. Mr. Curtis was at the helm, and he scored a meritorious win over Aoma by a narrow margin of a few feet. There were some brilliant rowing finishes, particularly in the  men's double sculls, four crews finishing within a length. Lieutenant Palmer, of the Bisley team, who arrived during the morning from America by the Maunganui, sailed his father's new yacht, Brand V., but was unplaced.


Old Buffers' Race, 1/2 mile: A. Price, 65 years, scr, 1; G. Boulton, 67, 25 sec,2; R. O. Cummings, 63, 40sec, 3. Won by two lengths, with a. length between second and third.

Boys' single Sculls, 1/2 mile: J. Jones,8sec, 1; Jack Loveridge, 2 6 sec, 2; K.H. Robinson, 30sec, 3. Won by a foot, -with a length, between second and third. Men's Single Sculls, 1 mile: First heat, W. Oliver, Gsec, 1; C. R. Richardson, 7sec, 2; c. Singlaton, scr, S. Second heat,C. Williams, 10sec, 1; F.Cooper, 7sec, 2; B. Paddon, 20sec, 3.Final, Singleton, 1; Paddon, 2; Williams, 3. Won by a length. Men'sDouble Sculls, all comers; C. Williams and C. Holding, 7sec, 1; V. Fox and B. Paddon, 22sec, 2; W. Warner and A. Erickson, 12sec, 3. Won by three feet, with two feet between second and third. W. Oliver and B. Oliver were only 2ft away fourth. 

Maiden Fours: North Shore (R H. Bolton 9.13, J. O. Littlewood 11.7 G. Moor 11.7. D. K. Smith 9.13, L P..Dadswell, cox), 1; University, 2.

Mixed Double Sculls 1 mile: Mrs.J. Wilson and C. Singleton, 6sec, 1. Miss D. Williams and H. Erickson,5sec. 2; Miss A. Loveridge and E. Erickson 30sec 3, Won by half a length, with a quarter of a length between second and third.

Gladstone skiffs, single sculls, for N.S.W. A.R.A.: D. Watt (Glebe), 8-10,cup valued at £10 10s, 1; T. G Blanchflower (North Shore), 11-9. £2 2s, ;; J.A. Goulding (Sydney), ]0.0, £1. 3. Won by two lengths, with four lengths between second and third.

Surf boat race: North Steyne. £7, 1; Manly, £3 10s, 2; Deewhy, £2, 3. Won by two lengths, with two lengths between second and third.

Ladies' single sculls, all comers: Miss B. Hastie, 24sec, £3 and trophy, 1; Mrs. P. Allan, scr, 2; Miss H. Lipscombe 28sec, 3,

Gladstone skiffs, single sculls, local residents: C. Williams, scr, 1; C. R. Erickson, Esec, 2. Won easily. 

Ladies' double sculls, three-quarters of a mile: Mrs. P. Allan and Mrs. Shalvey, scr, 1; Mrs. L. Nilsen and Miss A.W. Loveridge, 28sec, 2. Won by a length. Senior Fours: North Shore 1, Sydney 2. University 3. Wild Afternoon at Pittwater. (1924, December 28). Truth(Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168716407  


Entries and handicaps for the open rowing events at the Pittwater Regatta on Saturday next are:

Old Buffers' Single Scull Handicap.-W. Gray, 20s; H Price, scr. Boys' Single Scull Handicap (l8 years and under)-William Hibbs, 15s; E. H. T. Robinson, 9a; Jim Loveridge, scr. Single Sculls (All-comers' Handicap).-First heat:I H. Price, 20s; W. Ellis, 14s; F. Roberts, 10s; J. Wilson, scr. Second heat: B. Paddon, 22s; J. Erickson, 14s; F. Roberts, 10s; F. Gallard, 5s; J. Toyer,scr. Gladstone Skiff Handicap.-H. Price, 25s; J. Loveridge, 20s; C. Holding, 15s; C. R. Dickson,10s; F. Smith, 4s; F. C. Erickson, 4s; J. Erickson, 2s; C. Williams, scr.Ladies' Single Sculls All-comers' Handicap.- Mrs. E.E. Hawkins, 21s; Mrs. C. A. Notting, 20s; Miss H. Lipscombe, 18s; Mrs. P. Allen, scr.

Ladies' and Gentlemen's Double Sculls Handicap (all-comers).-Miss E. Kuhlmorgan and J. Erickson, 16s;  Miss H. L. Lipscombe and H. Price, 14s; Mrs. E. E. Hawkins and F. Roberts, 10s; Mrs. P. Allen and W. G. McDonald, scr.   Double Sculls Handicap (all-comers).-B. Paddon and V. Fox, 25s; H. Price and J. Erickson, 15s: N. Roberts and F. Roberts, 10s; J. Toyer and W. Ellis, scr.  PITTWATER REGATTA. (1926, December 30). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16343847 


The Sydney Ladies' Rowing Club have announced the crews to compete in the Pittwater annual regatta on Saturday, December 28, which are as follow:

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION. Crew 1. — M. MacFarlane (bow), 'G. McGoogan (2), R. Matthews (3), B. Gunner (stroke).Crew 2.-r-B. Fox (bow), M. Royston(2), M. Watts (3), E. Cross (stroke). Crew 3. — M. Gay (bow), M. Garner(2), M. Harmspors (3), I. Levy (stroke).HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION. Crew 1. — A. Mann (bow), B. Greener(2), F. Thurston (3), R. Goodman(stroke).Crew 2. — P. Liston (how), L. Fisher(2), I. Smith (3), N. Henderson (stroke). Rowing. (1929, December 8). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131624447 

Rowing. SYDNEY CREW'S MISHAP Women Compete at Pittwater Regatta

THE 23rd annual Pittwater Regatta was held  yesterday. Two events were staged for women.Sydney Ladies' No. 2 Crew won the lightweight Pittwater championship. Starting from Scotland Island, the crews rowed up the half-mile course neck and neck.Sydney Ladies, stroked by E. Cross, won by half a canvas. B. Fox (bow), M. Royston 2, and M. Watts 3, completed the crew. Sydney Ladies No. 3 came second, and No. 1 Crew third. Unfortunately the yacht Bona came into collision with the winners prior to the start of the race... the crew escaped unhurt, but had to use the Y.W.C.A. boat of heavier build. This did not prevent them from winning, however. HEAVYWEIGHT RACE. Sydney No. 1 defeated the Y.W.C.A. crew by three lengths in the Heavyweight Fours Championship. Sydney No. 3 were, third. The winning crew consisted of A. Mann (B.), J. Pike (2), F. Thurstone (3), and R. Goodman(stroke). Rowing. (1929, December 29). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131625609 

Iris married Cedric Williams – Cedric V Williams mother and father

In Rowing : Pittwater (By 'TRIDENT,')

ENTRIES for the rowing section of Pittwater regatta are disappointing, particularly as everything possible has been done to encourage Sydney oarsmen to make the trip. Several clubs have been doubtful as to the safety of their 

racing boats, but as special arrangements have been made for their transport, risk of accident to racing craft is at a minimum! The flagship s.s. Archer will convey competitors and boats to the scene of the regatta, leaving the Hunter River S S.  Co.'s wharf at 415 pm. on Christmas Day, arriving at Pittwater at 7.30 The Gladstone skiff race is sure to provide a keen struggle.

The idea of the Christmas rowing camp was excellent, for outings of this kind cement' good-fellowship among the oarsmen of the various clubs as evidenced at the Toronto Centenary regatta, on Lake Macquarie in November, 1924. ?.

A large marquee will be erected on Salt Pan Cove to accommodate oarsmen and their supporters.

A ladies' committee has organized a dance at the Newport Hotel on the eve of the regatta, and an outing, to Mr. O.G. S. Lane's residence has been arranged, similar to that given the  visiting New Zealanders last March' The races are: Maiden fours, junior fours., senior' fours, lightweight maiden fours,  and Gladstone skiff. INTERSTATE EIGHTS. (1925, December 23). Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article127575139 

Elizabeth Hird, daughter of Sophie Williams (nee Fox):

In her early 20s mum used to go and watch her brother row on Pittwater. Rowing, or sculling, was one of the main sports in the area at that time. This is where she met my dad, Cedric, who had also lived in this area all his life.
Mum spent many hours watching her brother and my dad rowing. When mum wasn't watching the rowing they went on family picnics. Families from all around the area gathered together and had many happy times making it a very social affair."

PITTWATER CLUB'S REGATTA. Pittwater Aquatic Club will hold a three days regatta on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next on Broken Bay This will be the most important function held by professional scullers since the war and in addition to three State championships many handicaps for all classes of boats will be decided. The championships will be controlled by the NSW Professional Rowing and Sculling League ex world 5 champion George Towns acting as starter and umpire These events consist of the open best and best championship of NSW river course of three miles oíd an eighth the open Gladstone skin championship of NSW course one mile and a quarter, and the open heavy boat championship of NSW one mile Among the competitors will be such well known scullers as Tom Saul of the Macleay River, the Regans of Shoalhaven, A J Fisher of Parramatta and the Ericksons and C Williams honorary secretary of the club of Pittwater Saul during the last two years his secured seven wins and four seconds out of 14 starts on the North Coast from scratch. The M S Gloria will follow all events and will call at Newport and Bayview each day.
Entries for the principal events are -
Thursday - 4 p m open championship of NSW best and best boats 3Jm J Erickson (Pittwater) A J Fisher (Parramatta) G Hanlen (Pittwater) T Saul (Macleay River)
 C Williams (Pittwater)
Friday -11 a m open championship of N S W(Gladstone skiffs J Erickson (Pittwater) C Mudie (Pittwater) M Regan (Shoalhaven) 3 pm open championship of NSW heav boats J Erickson (Pittwater) H Erickson (Pittwater) A J Fisher (Parramatta) W Hibbs (Hawkesbury) M Regan (Shoalhaven River) I Wilson (Pittwater). PITTWATER CLUB'S REGATTA. (1933, February 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 18. Retrieved from 
Results Pittwater Aquatic Club Feb regatta: SCULLING. (1933, February 18). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28031466

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR GLADSTONE SKIFFS. The start of the race to decide the New South Wales title at the Pittwater Aquatic Club's regatta. From left: M. Regan (2nd), C. Mudie (3rd), and J. Erickson (1st). OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR GLADSTONE SKIFFS. (1933, February 18). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28031440

At the Pittwater Club regatta recently B. Paddon, a son of Mr. W. Paddon, won his heat and final of the Gladstone Skiff Handicap, and won off the secs. mark (really scr.) in easy fashion. "The sculling of young Paddon," says that fine magazine 'The Power Boat and Aquatic Monthly,' "was flawless". He is destined to go far in the sport. In the series of heavy boat races which took place a fortnight later, an astonishing .happening took place in the mixed double sculls handicap final. Twoof tho pairs started off 8secs. and pulled stroke for stroke for the full course. The three heats in a final spurt passed the finishing post dead in a line. It was tho most remarkable finish over seen in Pittwater. The dead heaters were — Miss M. Marshall and B. Paddon 8 secs., Miss M. Hand and C. Moodie 8secs. and Miss Q. Smith and F. Smith scr.
 AQUATICS. (1933, February 28). The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser (NSW : 1886 - 1942), p. 2. Retrieved from 


Pittwater Aquatic Club decided a series of races over the Bayview course, which resulted:- 

Men's Best and Best Handicap (1 ½ m), for Fox trophy.-C. Mudie, 60s, 1; F. Kerr, 40s, 2; H. Erickson. 30s, 3. Won by two lengths.

Women's Gladstone Skiff Handicap (1m).-Miss M. Riddle, 22s, 1: Miss J. Gilroy, scr, 2; Miss I. Nilsen, 32s. 3. Won by half a length.

Relay Race for Pittwater Cup.-Clareville (B. Paddon, V. Fox. and C. Mudie), 1; Bayview (C. Williams, F, Kerr, and B. Hickson), 2. PITTWATER AQUATIC CLUB. (1933, November 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17027407 

Rowing and a dearth of excellent rowers led to the forming of little clubs around Pittwater - Clareville, Newport and Bayview, which would regularly meet at the beaches of the same name, on the estuary, to have a race and have a picnic:

SCULLING. Clareville Picnic Races.

The Pittwater Aquatic Club will hold a regatta at Clareville on Monday next. The programme is -

Men’s Gladstone Skirt Handicap (1/2 m) - C Williams scratch J Toyer 2s B Paddon 5 F Kerr 7 F Elgood 8 E Towns 8 V Fox 10 C Wilson 13 H Robson 13 I Smith 14 H Towns, 18 J Smith 15 B King 17 A Fryer 18 B Hickson 20 J Hanlon 20 A Cobb 24 W Goodsell 24 F Wilson 25 O Rahmote 30 F Timbrell 30A Keys 30

Women’s Gladstone Skiff Handicap (1/2 m) –Misses J Gilroy scratch J Nilsen 12s Q Smith 13M Hickson 16 J Cocks 18 K Heselden 26 N Thurston 30 T Hall 34 D Hammond 3 D Pamplin 36 N Tickner SO

Men’s and Women’s Double Sculls (heavy boats) (1/2 m) -Miss M Marshall and B Paddon scratch Miss I Cocks and E Towns scratch Miss M Williamson and H Robson 3s Miss K Heselden and I Smith 7 Miss Q Smith and F Smith 8 Miss T Hill and F Elgood 9 Miss D Hammond and H Towns 11 Miss M Hickson and B Hickson Jun 12 Miss D Pamplin and G Towns 13 Miss I Hornery and B Shakelton 13 Miss N Tickner and A Fryer 15

Men's Best and Best Boat Handicap (1/2m) –C Williams scratch J Toyer 2s F Kerr 5 B Paddon 7 E Towns 7 F Elgood 7 V Fox in H Towns 14 J Hanlon 14 G Towns 15 N Fox 20

Men s Best and Best Handicap (2/4 m) -C Williams scratch J Toyer 3s F Kerr 7 E Towns 9 F Elgood 9 V Fox 14 H Towns 17 J Hanlon 18 G Towns 19 N Fox 30

Relay Race for Parramatta Cup (holders Pittwater) -Pittwater C Williams F Kerr (outriggers) B Hickson and A Fryer (Gladstone skiff) B Paddon V Fox F Smith C Wilson (heavy boats) Parramatta Team to be selected. The racing will start at 10 a m Speed boats will convey visitors from Bayview Newport and Palm Beach to Clareville. SCULLING. (1934, September 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17133988 

Two of the newspaper cuttings from Sophie Williams scrapbook - months before her marriage to Cedric on November 16th, 1935 - first is dated 23.3.1935, that which follows is dated 18. 4.1935


LONG-MARKER F. SMITH, off a minute, won the professional sculling handicap in best and best boats at Pittwater yesterday. Men's Best and Best Boats for Fox Trophy.—Final: F. Smith (6secs.), 1; J. Hanlen (36secs), 2; C. Williams (scr.). 3. Won by 2 feet, with 1 ½ lengths between second and third. 

The Penniman trophy was won by V. Fox, who In a Gladstone skiff, throughout the season, recorded the most consistent times.

Gladstone Skiff Handicap (Mrs. Austin's Trophy).— Miss J. Gilroy (handicap, 2 sees.),1; Miss O. Smith (scr.), 2; Miss M. Hickson (18secs.), 3. Won by half a length. Miss O. smith won the trophy. PITTWATER SCULLERS. (1935, May 5). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169354083 


PITTWATER Amateur Aquatic Club yesterday had the biggest day of its career since it linked up with the lilywhites. Excellent racing was witnessed at Bayview, and V. Fox proved a slippery oarsman to pull off the big event of the day— the Gladstone skiff handicap for seniors. 

PITTWATER AQUATIC CLUB. Junior Gladstone Skiffs: G. Hickson, 6 1secs., 1; C. Klassenbock, 16 sees.. 2; D. ,McPhee, scr., 3. Won by 5 lengths.

Youths' Gladstone Skiffs.— First Event: P. Aldridge, 1; F. Smith, Jnr., 10 sees., 2. Won by a length. Second Event: C. Hickson. 25secs., l; M. Hickson. scr., 2. Won by a length. Final: C. Hickson, 1; F. Smith, 2;P. Aldridge, 3. Won by half a length. Men's Gladstone Skiffs.— First Event: J. Hanlon, 14 sees., 1; C. Williams, scr M 2.Won by 4ft. Second heat: V. Fox, I3 secs.,1; P. Smith, 14secs., 2. Won by a third of a length. Third Event: N. Fox, 18 secs., 1;A. Fryer, 11secs., 2. Won by 4 feet, Final: V. Fox, l: J. Hanlon, 2; N. Fox. 3. Won by a length.SCULLING. (1935, November 10). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169344621 


THE Fox Bros., who row at Pittwater give promise of developing into clever amateur scullers. V. Fox was the most outstanding yesterday, and showed all-round cleverness to romp home a winner by two lengths. J. Erickson was the best of the pros, to finish second in the main event at Broken Bay. Giving away long starts, he was beaten by only a length by G. Hastie, who was on 38 seconds. PITTWATEB AQUATIC CLUB.— Outrigger Handicap: V. Fox (28secs.) 1, A. Fryer (36sec) 2, N. Fox (48sec.) 3. Won by two lengths; half a length between second and third. Youths' Gladstone Skiffs. — First Event: D. McFee (21sec.) 1, P. Aldridge (scr.) 2.Won by a length. Second Event: G. Leach(17sec.) 1, C. Hickson (21sec.) 2. Won by a length and a half. Final: G. Leach 1, P. Aldridge 2, D. McFee 3. Won by a length and a half; a foot between second and third.

BROKEN BAY CLUB.— Gladstone Skiff Handicap for Men: G. Hastie (38sec.) 1, J. Erickson (9sec.) 3. Won by a length. Women's Gladstone Skiffs-. J. Wilson (6tr.) 1, B. Erickson -7sec.) 2, D. Erickson 30 sec.) 3. Won by two lengths.  SCULLING. (1935, December 1). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169353592 

SCULLING. FAMILY AFFAIR Wilsons Collect a Treble

THE Wilson family, of Careel, practically scooped the pool at the Broken Bay Rowing and Sculling Club's gala yesterday at Pittwater. They collected the youths' single sculls, the men's heavy boat race, and the event for women. In addition the family collected several minor prizes. BROKEN BAY CLUB. Youths' Single Sculls: G. Wilson, scr., 1;W. Solomons, scr., 2; D. Porter, Dsec., 3. Won by a quarter of a length. Men's Single Sculls: C. Wilson, 1; J. Wilson,2; F. Wilson, 3. Won by a quarter of a length. Mixed Doubles: C. Mudie and Miss D. Dickens, 7sec., 1; J. Erickson and Miss B. Erickson, 7sec„ 2; J. Wilson and Miss F. Wilson, 10sec., 3. Won by a foot. Mens' Doubles: J. and P. Erickson, scr., 1;O. Mudie and J. Dickens. 6sec./3; C. Wilson and G. Hastie, 3sec., 3. Won by a length. Women's Sculls: Miss M Wilson, SOsec., 1;Mlsi J. Gilroy, scr., 2; Miss D. Dickens, 23see., 3.PITTWATER AQUATIC CLUB. Youths' Gladstone Skiffs, 1 mile.— First event: C. Hickson, Staec., beat D. McFee.21, by three lengths. Second event: G. Leach, 13, beat F. Smith, 10, by four lengths. Final: McFee, l; Leach, 2; C. Hickson, 3. Won by half a length. Men's Gladstone Skiff Handicap. — First event: N. Fox, 7, beat F. Smith, senr., 24, by 6 Inches. Second event; J. Hanlon, 12 beat V. Fox, 11. by a length and a quarter, event: N. Fox, 17, beat F. Smith, senr., 14. Won by half a length; quarter of a length between second and third. SCULLING. (1935, December 8). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169352861 

SCULLING. PITTWATER AQUATIC CLUBSculling races held by the Pittwater Aquatic Club on the Bayview course on Saturday resulted - Mens Best and Best Boat Handicap (lim)-V Fox 12s 1 A Fryer 21s 2 C Williams scr 3 Won by three feet a length between second and Youths Gladstone Skirl Handicap dm) –First heat G Leach 4s 1 P Aldridge 4s 2 E Bells 3 Won by 4s Second heat N Clark scr 1 F Waldock 29s 2 M Hickson s 3 Won by " Final F Waldock 1 G Leach 2 P Aldridge 3 Won by a length and a half a length between second and third SCULLING. (1936, February 17). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17340222 


N. FOX continues to row with remarkable consistency at Pittwater. He landed another big double when he won the Gladstone skiff race. George Leach, had his third consecutive win in the Junior section. PITTWATER AQUATIC CLUB — Men's Gladstone skiffs, three-quarters of a mile: N. Fox(scr.) beat M. Moore (35sec.) by a length; C. Williams (scr.) beat F. Smith (12sec.) by a length and a half. Final: N. Fox 1, M. Moore 2, F. Smith 3. Won by 3 feet. Youths' Gladstone Skiffs, half a mile: H. Shepherd (19) beat P. Shepherd (17) by two lengths; G. Leach (scr.) beat M. Hickson (10) by three lengths. Final: G. Leach 1, H. Shepherd 2, P. Shepherd 3. Won by a length. ROWING. (1937, February 14). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169597266 


THE one design skiffs on the register of Pittwater Aquatic Club will sail the first heat of its championship this afternoon, starting at 2 o'clock. A handicap will be sailed in conjunction with allowances deducted at the finish. The starts are: —

Waterwitch (Dr. White), 21min. or 19min.: Comet (G. Johnson), 18 or 15: Tag (M. Hickson), 14 or 8; Sunny (R. Elton ). 12 or 8;Wings (N. Fox), 12 or 8; Mavis (F. Smith), 12 or 6; Popeye (R. Small), 6 or 8; Bunyip (P.Mullens), 7 or 6; Nemesis (B. Russelll, 7 or6; Frolic (E. C. Bell), 7 or 7; Cygnet (D. Taylor), 3 or scr.; Pandora (N. de Burgh)12 or scr.; Swift (C. Williams), srr. or scr. PITTWATER SKIFFS. (1937, February 14). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169596965 


SHOCKS galore were served up in the annual Leichhardt regatta on the Iron Cove. Two country clubs, Nepean and Pittwater, put it all over the locals in the events for Maiden and Junior men.

NEPEAN won the Lightweight Maiden Fours, while Pittwater took the Maiden Eights, and Heavyweight Junior Fours. Nobody expected the crack North Shore senior eights to be beaten. The Police Combination, stroked by Rugby Union footballer, Wal Mackney, rowed a meritorious race to give the dark blues the shock of their career. A newcomer, N. Hobson, took the sculls. He has the making of a clever exponent in an outrigger.

LEICHHARDT ROWING CLUB(Iron Cove Course.)Heavyweight Maiden Fours Event 1: Bydne? (T Johnston bow; W. Atkinson, V.Cogswell, R. Cooper, str.: J. Wallace cox)1- Balmain 2: Pittwater, 3. 21 lengths; ilength. Time. e.JJ 3-5. Evrat i: I*tehtart»(L Carey, bow; J. Angus, D. Morris, V.McCallum, str.), 1; Haberfleld No. 1, 3; Balmain No, 2, 3. I length; a canvas. TUneV6.24. Ploal: Haberfleld No. 1, I: Sydney SiBalmaln. 3. 3 feet: 2 lenrths. Time, «.13 1-S.

Maiden Eights.— Pittwater (L. Moore, bow; H. Hickson, F. Smith. M. Moore, A. Pryer, V. Fox, N. Fox, Cedric Willlams, str.; B. McFee cox 1; Mosman. 2; Drummoyne, 3.Two lengths: three-quarters of a length. Time, e mlno. 34 secs.Lightweight Maiden Fours.— Event 1: Nepean (L. Elkington, bow; E. Oorman, J.Reddan, J. wltu, stroke; II Reddao, cox).1; Sydney No. 1, 2: Haberfield No. 3. 3. 1 .1 lengths; 2 lengths. Time. «.48 3-6 ieu.Event 3: Sydney No. 2 (M. Lyons, bow; X.Webster, D. Little, A. Webster, str.: D. Watts,cox). 1; Mosman, 2; Haberfield No. 3, 3. lengths; I length. Time, 6. 38 1-5. Final Nepean, 1; Sydney No. 3, 3: Sydney No. 1, 1.3 feet; 2 lengths. Time, e.41 1-6.Handicap Sculls: N. Hobson (Leichhardt)i,1; A. Crockett (Balmain), 2; J. Barringhara(Leichhardt), 3. Two lengths; on length.Time, 6.4S.

Heavyweight Junior Fours: Pittwater (N. Fox, V. Pox. A. Fryer, Cedric Williams(stroke), B. McFee (cox), F. Ballam (coach),1:Leichhardt, 3; Police, J. Length and ahalf; three lengths. Time, B.8 3-5.Senior Eights: Polio (W. Cross, T. Brennan, W. Kelly, Herble Turner, M. Wood, J.Fisher, A. B. Oould. Wai MacVney (stroke),N. Ella (cox), R. 3. Daly (coach), 1; North Shore, 2; Mosman, 8. Length and » half;3 feet. Time, S.1S.  ROWING. (1937, October 10). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169606909 

PAC Rowing Crew - circa 1930-1935: Henry Vincent 2nd from right (back row) Neville Fox is 4th from right (back row),


The Sydney club held Its regatta on the Parramatta River on Saturday, under conditions which were as bad as can be remembered on the historic course. A gale blew from the south-west, the rough water making conditions trying for competitors. Several boats swamped when the crews and scullers were battling up against the wind to the start.

The main event, the senior eights, over 2000 metres, attracted unusual interest, as the crews were keen to measure blades again with the Police crew after its easy victory at Henley-on-Yarra a couple of weeks ago. North Shore had a brilliant victory, beating Sydney by a length and a quarter, with Mosman third a length further back. Police had to row hard over the final stages to finish level with Haberfield in last place. The conditions called more for watermanship than power. F. Grace, who stroked for North Shore, got the lead early in the race, and kept his crew rowing a bright stroke throughout. Taking full ad-vantage of the following breeze, he opened out to a lead of two lengths before reaching Cabarita, and was able to nurse his crew over the rough water crossing Hen and Chicken Bay. Sydney, with scullers W. J. Bradley and J. A. Goulding In the boat, did well to row Into second place. Mosman, with a comparatively new crew, put up a good race. Police, the heaviest crew in the race, could not get the full benefit of Its power In the rough water.

HEAVYWEIGHT MAIDEN EIGHTS. Sydney.-N. C. B. Gelke, 10st (bow), W. J. Atkinson 105t 12), J. H. Young, 11.8 (31, P. G. Montgomerie 11.7 (4), H. W. Addison, 11.7 (5).W. J.  Foskett, 11-4 (61, V. J. Cogswell, lost17), R. H. Cooper, 0.13 (stroke), H. F. Kerr (cox); R. C. crebbin (coach) . 1Police.-H. Hollis, 11.12 (bowl, N. Hogan, 12st (2), R. Laughton, 12.4 (31, R. Williams, 12.5 (4), J. Hinxman, 13.4 (51. J. Davies, 12.8 (6), G. Cannaco«, 12.7 (7), A. McFarlane, 13.2(stroke), T. Casey (cox); C. Hurley (coach) Mosman.-P. Tulk. list (bow). K. Downes, 12.7 (21 O. Neville, 13sl (31, A. Sparkes, 12.2 (41, R.Bertram, 12.3 (51. J. Moore, 12st (6), D. Wat-son, 13st (7), w. Watson, 10.10 (stroke), P. Adams (cox); R. F. Saville (coach) . 3Three lengths, six feet. Time, 6m 5.Bs. NOVICE FOURS.-1m. Haberfield. P. Curry, 9.7 (bow), R. Buist, list (2), D. Thompson, 11.2 (3), J. Williams, 10.6(stroke), R. Briggs (coxi; R. Halpin (coach) 1Mosman.-G. Belot, 9.8 (bowl. B. McCoy, 10.2 (2), J. Culpin, lOst (3), G. Vote, 10st (stroke), O.Dooley icox); P. J. Pddlngton (coach). 2Six lengths. Time, 3m 35.6s. 2000 METRES SCRATCH SCULLS. C. Pearce, 13.2  (Balmain), 1: H. J. Turner, 12.1(Police), 2; G. Clubb, 11.8 (Sydney), 3. Length. Time, 7m 20.4s. HEAVYWEIGHT MAIDEN FOURS.-Him, FINAL. Haberfield: C. Kidd 9-1 tbow), C. Lockwood, 11 121, B. williams 11 13), A. Blunden 10-6(stroke), W. winkworth (cox), E. Firth(coach) . Glebe: R. Cook, 11-10 (bow). H. Stone 13 (2), S. Arbell 11-6 (31, K. Hunter 11-10 (stroke),H. Wilkinson (cox), R. Simpson ' (coach)North Shore: P. F. Robinson, B-13 (bow), P. Robinson 10-4 I2i, L. Barrett 10-10 (3)J. F. Standish 10-B (stroke), D. Reid (cox),F. S. Grace (coach) .Fourth length, three lengths. Time, 6m 28.8s. 200 METERS SENIOR EIGHTS. North Shore: N. Higgs 11 (bow), R. R. Moody 12-5 (2), J. F. Watkin 12-0 (31, J. G.Myers 12-6 (4), D. O. Dawson 12-13 (5),G. D. Macpherson 12-12 (6), B. A. Willis12-5 (7), F. S. Grace, 12-4 (stroke), D. W. Bowden (cox and coach). 1 Sydney: J. A. Boulton 11-2 (bow), A. W. Sneddon 10-9 (2), R. J. Wise, 13 (31, J. A. Goulding 12-.4 (4), W, J, Bradley 12-10(3), W. J. Doxon 13-5 (6), D. E. W. Bain12-12 (7), D. A. Ellas 10-12 (stroke), H. F.Kerr (cox), W. A. Goulding (coach! ....Mosman: E. Gatenby 11 (bow), T. H. Glassford 11-10 (21, R. M. Bennett 12-2 13), W. Donnelly 12-10 (41, S. Cusack 13-4 (5), R. M.Smith 12-10 (6), M. L. Foote 12-2 (7). R.A, Pedlingham 11 (stroke), A. King (cox). LIGHTWEIGHT JUNIOR FOURS, 1 1/2 m. Balmain: V. Franklin 9-13 (bow), W. McManus 9-8 (2), B. Holt 9-7 (3), R. Williams 9-8(stroke), J. Andreoll Jnr (cox), J. Walker(coach . Sydney No. 2: N. C. B. Gclke, 10 (bow), W. ,T. Atkinson, 10 (2), V. J. Cogswell, 10 (3),R. H. Cooper 9-13 (stroke), H. F. Kerr (cox). R, c. crebbln (coach) . 2Sydney No. 1: L. Owens 9-13 (bow), D. Williamson 9-12 (21, L. Miller 9-13 (31, R.Rees 9-13 (stroke), D. Watts (cox), O. N.Rosevear (coach) .

HEAVYWEIGHT JUNIOR FOURS, 1 1/2 m.  Pittwater; L. Moore 9-13 (bow), V. Fox 11 (2) F. Smith 9-13 (3), C. Williams 0-10(stroke), B. McFee (cox), F, Ballam (coach) 1. Haberfield: J. Fisher 10-2 (bow), D. Marks 12-4 (2), O. Ruffels 11-4 (3),G. Harrison 11-10stroke), W. Winkworth (cox), Dr. J. A.Parkes (coach)2 .Drummoyne: T. S. Blanch 12 (bow), M. J. Willis 12-8 (21, C. Schmidt 12-10 (3), F. V.Vale 10-8 (stroke), R, Ryan (cox), F. M.Nichols (coach). Length and a quarter, six lengths. Time, 6m 22s. ROWING. (1937, December 13). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17441122 

Rowing CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA (By Nepeanite)  

Last Saturday the Nepean was again the rendezvous of the State's leading oarsmen, when the N.S.W.  Rowing Association held its annual championship regatta.

North Shore, which has been very successful in senior events this year; carried off the big event of the day, the N.S.W. Eight-oar championship, in fine style, after being hard pressed by Pittwater, which made its first appearance in senior rowing, and whose performance must be classed as equal to Shore's in winning the event after a lapse of 44 years. The Pittwater club only made its first appearance in amateur rowing this year, and boating a crew of eight men, has won nearly all events entered for; carried off the Junior Pennant and is running second in the Premiership Pennant, which is truly remarkable for a new club,and leaves a hope that perhaps Nepean Club will some day win these laurels. However, unlike our local boys, Pittwater has the good fortune to be well supported by the Warringah Shire Council, which started the club off with a £1000 club house.

As expected, Cecil Pearce won the Championship Sculls in a comfortable manner, while S. Hoskins carried off the Lightweight Championship sculls, Nepean was represented in the maid-en events, and was on each occasion very close up with the winners, considering that Nepean had only been training for a fortnight prior 'to the Regatta. In the Lightweight Maiden Fours A. Gow (bow), O. Dorman (2), J.Reddan (3), L. Elkington (stroke)

"Mo" Reddan up in the cox's seat, rowed a good race, to be beaten by four lengths. In the maiden race for heavyweights the Nepean crew contained two new recruits to the club in Jack Hanney, a former city oarsman, who stroked the crew, and Charlie Ogilvy, a former G.P.S. oarsman. Arthur Stanton and Digger Price filled up the remainder of the boat, but they had to fight hard to keep up with the city lads, and were placed sixth.

Two new coaches also made their appearance with these crews. Jack Witts had charge of the lightweights, and Bill Murray had the responsibility of the heavy crew.

The day being perfect, it was expected that a large crowd would be present, but the Association had allotted different boating places to the clubs, which unfortunately scattered the spectators over a big area, and the day lost a considerable amount of its regatta atmosphere. However, the exhibition rows by the Empire Games crews made up for it to some extent, especially the Englishmen, who gave  an amazing display of boat control, which was much appreciated by the spectators, who greeted them with a real Australian hand-clap.  

As usual, the local club had its ladies' committee in action at the afternoon tea booth, and, if the crowd of rowers around the booth can be taken as an indication, we would say that these young ladies looked really beautiful, in their aprons, done in club colours.

Commenting on the Nepean as a rowing course, our visitors are certainly flattering in their praise, but when mention is made of the training arrangements and their accommodation at the Nepean Club, one wonders what really is the matter with the people of Penrith, when they allow a disgrace to be perpetrated like this. After listening, to their complaints we must agree that, when sixty men are asked to use two rooms ten feet by ten feet as a common dressing room and only one shower, they have reason to complain. Unfortunately the Nepean Club is bearing the brunt of these complaints, but when the true state of affairs is known, we can only thank our lucky stars that we have some real sportsmen in these boys. It is not perhaps, known but our local club has had to bear practically the entire cost of the housing arrangements for the visitors' boats, and when "the tumult and shouting dies" they are going to, find it most difficult to find the money to balance their budget. An instance of this was the recent transaction, with the Council, when the club had to pay£14/8/6 to have the ramp widened for the crews. So we hope that, if our visitors happen to read this article they will understand the position more clearly and not hold the Nepean Club responsible for their being housed like they are, but look a little higher tip the ladder.  

Results were as follows:

Lightweight Championship Sculls of N.S.W.-2m. S. Hoskins (Sydney) 1J. Hanlen (Pittwater) 2 R. Williams (Balmain) 3 H. Holden (Sydney) also started. Six lengths, five lengths. Time, 12m 48s 

Maiden Fours -- 1m. Leichhardt; L. Carey (bow), R. Jones (2) , A. Brown (3), N. Mc-Callum (stroke), E. Storey (cox), J. Barringham (coach) 1  Sydney (No.1): J. Young (bow), E. Sawkins (2), E. Perry (3), P.Montgomerie (stroke), D. Watt (cox), N. T. Grounds (coach) 2 Balmain: G. Erickson (bow), W. Toohey (2), S. Willis (3), C.Campbell (stroke), J. Andreoli, jnr (cox), J. Andreoli. senr, (coach) 3. Three and a half lengths, two lengthsTime, 6m 10.2s    

Lightweight Champion Fours of  N.S.W.- 1½m. Haberfleld: R. Halpin (bow), J. Eddie (2), A. Eddie (3), L. Robinson (stroke), P. Davis (cox), Dr. J. A. Parkes (coach) ............ 1North Shore: J. P. Standish (bow), P. Robinson (2), L. Barrett (3), G. D. Hum (stroke), R. Reid (cox), .F. S. Grace (coach)' .......... 2  Sydney: N. C. B. Gelke (bow), W. J. Atkinson (2), W. J. Cogswell (3),R. H. Cooper (stroke), D. Watt (cox), R. c. Crebbin (coach) 3  

Four lengths, length and a half.Time, 9m. Champion Sculls of N.S.W.-3m. C. Pearce (Balmain.) ,.; ........... 1W. Stevenson (Balmain) ........ . 2 Only starters. Quarter of a mile. Time, 20m 34.4s. 

Champion Eights of N.S.W.-3m. North Shore; N. Higgs (bow), R. R.Moody (2), J. P. Watkin (3), J. P.Myers (4), D. G. Dawson (5), G. D. MacPherson (6). B. A. Willis (7),F. S. Grace (stroke), D. W. Bowden (cox and coach) ........ 1. Pittwater: L. Moore.(bow), H. Hickson (2), P. Smith (3), M. Moore(4), A. Fryer (5), V. Fox (6), N.Fox (7). C. Williams (stroke), B. McPhee (cox). F. Ballam (coach) 2 Sydney: J. A. Boulton (bow), H. W. Lee (2), D. E. W. Bain (3); W. N. Holden (4), W. F. Bradley (5), G. Clubb (6). J. A. Goulding (7), D.A. Elias (stroke). T. E. Chessell (cox), W. A. Goulding-(coach) .. 3 Police and Mosman also started. Four lengths, three lengths. Time, 15m 56.4s...

Lightweight Maiden Fours-1m. Mosman (No. 2): A. Cordato (bow), G. Vote (2), G. Belot (3), D. C. Robins (stroke), O. Dooley (cox),  C. K. Neville (coach) 1 Sydney: M. Solomon (bow), K.Houghton (,2), M. Lyons (3) , R. Rees (stroke), D. Watt (cox), . O.N. Rosevear (coach)... 2  Balmain: A. Holt (bow), C. Johnson (2), R. Rudgley (3), F. Crockett(stroke), J. Crockett (cox), A. Crockett (coach) 3Length, three feet. Rowing. (1938, February 3). Nepean Times (Penrith, NSW : 1882 - 1962), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article101051246 

Sydney Crew Won. A Double

The Pittwater (Sydney) crew which won a double, including the Richmond River four oar championship, at the Lismore Rowing Club's regatta on Saturday afternoon. Sydney Crew Won A Double. (1938, May 2). Northern Star(Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article94589155 

PITTWATER CREW'S DOUBLE. Open And Unclassified Fours

LISMORE, Sunday.— The Pittwater Club (Sydney) crew won the double—the Richmond River championship fours and the unclassified fours— at the Lismore Rowing Club's regatta yesterday afternoon. Crews from the Lismore and Brisbane clubs also took part in the principal race. Result: — -OPEN FOURS, RICHMOND RIVER CHAMPIONSHIP.— Pittwater (Sydney (N. Fox. V.. Fox; A. Fryer, C. Williams), 1; Brisbane (L. Burke, L'. Cotterell, P. Lawler, L. Hetherington), 2;Lismore (A. Wharton, E. Paddon, B. Oakes, B. Nott), 3. Won by four lengths. Time, 4.30. PITTWATER CREW'S DOUBLE. (1938, May 2). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41007049 

Pittwater was a superb club, as noted in this article, which also announces a planned way forward for amateur rowing:

Country Rowing Clubs. Big Scheme For Development In New South Wales

N.S.W. Rowing Association is making another effort to bring rowing clubs on the Northern Rivers into the fold. Every concession within the bounds of the amateur definition has been put forward. There are great hopes of something definite being done in the near future. LISMORE club has already affiliated and the captain states his club is in a healthy condition, having a good credit-balance, a membership of 50, and a very- satisfactory fleet of boats. A new four has been ordered from Mr. George Towns, and a public subscription to provide funds for a new eight-oar boat is meeting with excellent results.' There are clubs at Grafton. Maclean, Woodburn, and other centres, but owing to some difference in regard to the amateur status of the members they have not yet joined up. As a further inducement the association has decided to allow the northern clubs to form a branch association in order that they may control their own races and regattas. In all other States, country clubs play an important part and are a big asset to the sport. Many of their crews have been successful in State championships, and in the case of Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia, have represented in interstate contests. An eight from Murray Bridge (S.A.)actually won the event in the years 1920, 1922, and 1923, and were also chosen to represent Australia at the Olympic Games, at Paris In 1924.

The only clubs outside Sydney that are affiliated (excepting the new Lismore one) are Penrith and Pittwater. They could hardly be called country, as it is possible for them to put the boats on a lorry and be at the scene of operations within an hour or so. However, in many other respects, they would be on the same basis as country clubs, having to rely on their own resources and a membership limited to their own particular area. Pittwater, in particular, could be taken as an example of what can be accomplished, for with only a small membership, most of whom were lightweights, they were able to win the junior besides run up in the senior premiership. Having had, the opportunity of witnessing some of the northern crews inaction, it is safe to say they would have little difficulty in selecting crews able to win minor events in Sydney, and eventually senior races, when they would be eligible for selection in King's Cup contests. Country Rowing Clubs. (1938, September 22). Referee(Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 22. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article127502952 


Haberfield won its third successive senior eight when it retained the Boone Memorial Cup against crews from Pittwater, North Shore and Mosman, at the Mosman regatta, on the Lane Cove River, on Saturday.

The crew showed its best form of the season in a closely-contested race. Taking the lead at half-way. Haberfield rounded the pile a few hundred yards from the finish, half a length ahead  of Pittwater and North Shore, and rowing with nice judgment, it went on to win by a length. Pittwater beating North Shore by a canvas. Pitt-water rowed pluckily, , and, North Shore showed promise. The veteran Mosman eight, stroked by L. Callaghan, about a length behind North Shore, put up a creditable performance.

Police boated a strong crew in the Maiden Eights, and won from Mosman by a length. Mosman, after dead-heating with Balmain tor second place in the Maiden Fours, won the final. Haberfield now has a big lead in points in  the senior pennant competition, with Mosman in a good position in the junior division.

Heavyweight Maiden Fours, 1m.-First heat: Police. 1: Haberfield. 2: Sydney No. '2. 3. Second heat: Sydney No. 1, 1; Balmain and Mosman, deadheat, 2. Final: Mosman (W. R. Evans, M. Ravell, L. Murray, D. C. Robins. K. Bursill, cox, D. O.  Magoffin, coach), 1; Sydney No. 1. 2; Police, 3.Canvas, half-length. Time, 5m 25s. Lightweight Junior Fours, 1m_Haberfield (C. White. R. Stubbs, K. Love. Les. Robinson. W. Chandler, cox, Dr. J. A. Parkes, coach), 1: Balmain, 2, Nepean No. 1. 3. Length, two lengths. Time, 5m 55.2s. Maiden Sculls, 1m.-M. T. Wood (Police), 1; N. Hobson (Haberfield). 2; K. Webb (Haberfield), 3.Two lengths. Time, 6m 4s. Novice Fours, ½m.-Mosman (W. Whiting, P.J. Pennyquick, K. Wigney, S, Ritchie, R. George,Cox. C. Neville, coach), 1; Nepean. 2. Three and a half lengths. Time, 3m 20s Maiden Eights, 1m.-Police (E. Young. A. Birnie,L. Dunn. W. Farthing. R. Asquith, C. E. Sanders,H. Ferris. R. J. Douglas, B. Casey, cox, G. E. Hancock, coach); 1: Mosman. 2; Balmain, 3. Length, three lengths. Time. 5m 19.4s.

Senior Eights, 1m.-Haberfield (J. Eddie, M. Ruffels, A. Colebrook, E. Cholerton, O. Ruffels, G.Harrison, A. Eddie. L. Robinson. R. Davies, cox,D. J. A. Parkes, coach), 1; Pittwater (W. Leys, J. Hanlon. V. Fox. A. Fryer, P. King, J. Folkard, N. Fox, C. Williams, M. Napier, cox and coach ), 2: North Shore (P. Robinson, H. S. Wilkes. N.Higgs, R. A. Pedlingham. B. A. Willis, S. Frederick, L. Barrett, G. D. Hum. D. Reid, cox, S. Frederick, coach). 3. Length, canvas. Time. 5m 15.2s.'

Lightweight Maiden Fours, 1m.-Nepean (H.Mallard, R. Ausburn. S. Samuels, J. Cook. S. Clarke, cox. R. Earp, coach). 1: Sydney, 2; Mos-man No. 1. 3. Three feet, length. Time. 5m 54.8s. Navy League Whalers. 1m.-Woolwich. 1: NorthShore No. 1. 2; North Shore No. 3. 3. ROWING. (1939, October 30). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17637430 

Pittwater Rowing Fraternity circa 1940 - NB: young men in uniform at left of picture and Henry Leslie fox at far right at front on floor:
The second World war suspended all Pittwater regattas and rowing contests- 
1940-45 : WWII ; all sea craft on Pittwater and surrounds commandeered for war effort uses or taken up the Hwakesbury so they could not be used by invaders - the then fare for coastal areas.: 

NO PITTWATER REGATTA TO-DAY. Pittwater regatta, held annually on Boxing Day.is not being held this year, because of the war. NO PITTWATER REGATTA TO-DAY. (1940, December 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17700299
Neville served Australia. 
In Uniform right:

NEVILLE EDWIN FOX NX67086 - Place of enlistment - PADDINGTON NSW : Next of Kin - FOX HARRY

Vincent married Cedric's sister, 

Sophie Williams said of her brothers in the SHOROC interview:

My brother went into the business for a while too, but he did live in town because he was an engineer or something. One ended up at our boatshed, boatbuilding. The other one is a boat builder too but he went to Mosman to live. He got married so he went up there, so we have all been in boats.

Vincent joined Cedric at Bayview - Neville married in 1951 and lived at Mosman for a while prior to moving to French's Forest, where he continued building boats, finishing the 9.7 metre 'Sea-fox' in 1984


Neville and Daphne in their more mature years

One of the boats Vincent built, which can't be seen too clearly - but he did make the papers at yet another Pittwater Regatta!

At Pittwater Regatta And Randwick Races

GOING out to the motor cruiser Warrain, which was attached to one of the two guardships, the corvette H.M.A.S. Wagga, MICHAEL YELDHAM, MR. VINCENT FOX, the owner of the Warrain, MR. DEXTER MOORE, his daughter, MISS SUSAN MOORE, MRS. J. YELDHAM, MRS.MOORE, and MR. L. C'CONELL and MR. J. MUGGLESTONE.

CAPTAIN of the corvette H.M.A.S. Wagga, which marked the start and finish of the yacht races at the Pittwater regatta yesterday-Lieut.-Commander C. CORNELIUS and MRS. CORNELIUS with two of the party they entertained aboard ship during the day, MR. IAN RITCHIE and MRS. RITCHIE (right). MISS ELIZABETH AUDET and MR. JOHN WARING who took part in the Pittwater Regatta yesterday. MR. KEITH HANDO, MR. and MRS. C. H. ' HANDO, and MISS GWEN LYNCH spent the day -aboard the Ordina at the Pittwater Regatta f yesterday. At Pittwater Regatta And Randwick Races. (1952, December 28). The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953), p. 19. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18504947 


From The National Library of Australia NLA Pic 24770604  - Unidentified People Swimming in Rockpool, Avalon Beach, New South Wales,1930 (Pittwater Online has recently spoken with members of the Williams/Fox Family and one of these girls is Sophie Iris Williams). Also appears in The Beach: An Australian Passion- page 85. by Robert Drewe. 2015. NLA

References and notes

1.  Chorlton-on-Medlock. (2015, November 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chorlton-on-Medlock&oldid=689791716

2. Agecroft Rowing Club. (2016, January 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Agecroft_Rowing_Club&oldid=697684326

3. Stanley Wickham, born 4th of January 1876 at Lucknow, NSW, went to school at the Parramatta Marist Brothers where he learnt the game of rugby. He played for the Parramatta Club in 1893 and 1894, then for the powerful Wallaroo side in 1895 and 1896. It was then off to the central west, where he represented Lucknow and played in Country versus City games from 1896 to 1899. In 1900 he was back in Sydney playing for Western Suburbs. He was to log up 87 first-grade games for his club.

Peter Sharpham, in The First Wallabies, said this of Stan Wickham: “A dashing centre three-quarter or fullback who was renowned for his exaggerated sidestep and swerve, and an accomplished coach.”

When the team to tour the British Isles in 1908-09 was announced, only the manager, Captain James McMahon, was named to accompany the team. There were also two Official Visitors, E.S. Marks and Frank Roberts. There was a public furore over Wickham’s omission, and a vehement public campaign led to his later inclusion as assistant manager.

Coaches were frowned upon in those days, and the assistant manager could not have been labelled as the coach by the amateur moguls in the British Isles. All coaching was supposed to be done by the captain, who in this case was Herbert (‘Paddy’) Moran. The fine point of the tour contract was ignored, and Stan Wickham acted unofficially as the coach. The manager was also a recent player so the First Wallabies were well looked after in the coaching department.

A significant figure in Australia’s early rugby, Wickham would captain his country in four of his five Test matches.  Retrieved from Rugby.com.au - The Wallabies team - at: http://www.rugby.com.au/wallabies/TheTeam/WallabiesProfilePage.aspx?pid=1286 

Chorlton-on-Medlock is an inner city area of Manchester, England.

Historically in Lancashire, Chorlton-on-Medlock is bordered to the north by the River Medlock, which runs immediately south of Manchester city centre. Its other borders roughly correspond to Stockport Road, Hathersage Road, Moss Lane East and Boundary Lane. Neighbouring districts are Hulme to the west, Ardwick to the east and Victoria Park, Rusholme and Moss Side to the south. A large portion of the district along Oxford Road is occupied by the campuses of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Royal Northern College of Music. To the south of the university's Oxford Road campus a considerable area is occupied by a group of contiguous hospitals including Manchester Royal Infirmary, to the west of which is Whitworth Park.

Ancient County of Lancashire

The Normans introduced the 'county' to England as territorial divisions with administrative, political and legal functions, superseding the Anglo-Saxon 'Shires' dating from the tenth century, each governed by an Earl. An act of union, in 1536, between England and Wales led to the formation of Welsh counties. The Ancient English Counties numbered forty, twenty maritime and twenty Inland, the Welsh Ancient Counties numbered twelve. The ancient counties of England and Wales went out of official use with the creation of the new administrative counties. Many of these new counties, which were for administration purposes, were divided up into smaller units; Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Sussex, and the following became separate units; Isle of Ely, Isle of Wight, Soke of Peterborough and London

Agecroft Rowing Club

The club soon moved to the River Irwell further upstream at Littleton Road and were based there for over a hundred years.However, in early 2000s, the stretch of river had been allowed to return more to reeds to support fishing and the boathouse lay on part of a new flood plain so the club moved to a new boathouse close to Manchester City Centre at Salford Quays. This new home triggered a huge growth in club size and successes throughout the UK.

The club regularly competes across the UK at all levels and has a broad membership base, from complete novices and juniors through to semi-professional athletes competing at international level. The club regularly hosts a small boats head race in the winter and supports two British Rowing world class start coaches.

The good Ship Tahiti


 'There she Is: can you see her?~ the one standing next to the lady in blue!'

The man may nave been addressing himself, for all the notice anyone was taking of him. Indeed everyone appeared t0 be simarly engaged trying to pick out from a sea of faces the one in particular. The scene was on the Union Company’s Margaret-street wharf at 10o'clock this morning, when the newly acquired

San Francisco liner Tahiti  was hauling alongside, after a continuous voyage from Plymouthto Sydney, via the Cape.

The wharf was crowded with relatives, friends and nominators of the 300 immigrants who were on board. From the moment of her first appearance there was an incessant waving of hand and handkerchiefs, and bursts of exclamations. 'There sh is! There she is!' accompanied by excited gesticulations. This behaviour was indicative of one important fact— that those on board, or many of them were no mere 'speculators,' but that they were of that more desirable class, who were coming out to Join their husbands or relatives. There were numbers of children in arms, who clapped their hands, or stared bewilderedly at the strange scene. In all there are 75 children.

The Immigrants are a superior-looking lot, smartly dressed, and of good physique, and many a rosy-faced bonny girl could be picked out from among them. The stewards said to an 'Evening News' reporter: 'They are a fine lot of people, well-behaved, and agreeable. There are many families whose head has proceeded their arrival, and now they ere following on.' 

The arrival of the Tahiti marks the beginning of the Sydney-Wellington-'Frsco mail service. She was formerly the property of Messrs. Elder, Dempster, and Company, employed in the West Indian direct mail service, under the name of the 'Port Kingston.' She was light in the water on arrival, drawing only 14ft forward when she came alongside, and this showed off her yacht-like lines to full advantage, she carries no cargo, and the long run has pretty well emptied her bunkers, thereby accounting for her towering so high out of the water. The ship is of 10,000 tons dead weight carrying capacity, and is driven by two triple-expansion engines and is of the two-deck type. The engines did not once stop during the passage of 36 days, which is claimed to be a record one. She steamed an average of 14 knots all the way. Smart as she appears externally, she looks smarter inboard, her sumptuously-fitted saloons, state-rooms, smoking rooms, etc. being equipped with all up to date requirements. Fine weather prevailed and the voyage was successful but for one exception. This was on Tuesday, November 7, when In about 43 degrees south latitude, she encountered tempestuous seas, which broke over her with terrific force. Five passengers were Injured. One lady fell and fractured her collar bone: an elderly gentleman broke his wrist and severely cut his head, and a boy fractured his thigh. Two stanchions were carried away. 'A lady was removed to Sydney Hospital on arrival to undergo an operation for appendicitis, from which she had been suffering for three weeks. Going down the list of passengers, it is intersting to note that there are many of the same name, either the whole or the balance of complete families: thus there were two families of nine, one of eight, two of seven, five of six, twelve of four, nineteen of three, and the remainder chiefly of two.

Captain MacFarlane gave the same opinion of his charges as that of the stewardess— that they are a superior, desirable lot without exception. He spoke in high praise of the stunning qualities and general behaviour of the ship as tested in the short spell or bad weather.FAMILIES OF IMMIGRANTS. (1911, November 25). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 5. Retrieved, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115287225 

TAHITI DUE TO-DAY. The Union Company a latest purchase, the steamer Tahiti passed Wilsons Promontory at 1 n m. yesterday>y en route from Glasgow and should be alongside the Margaret street wharf this afternoon or evening. She lists the following saloon passengers in addition to 94 In the third class -

Mr and Mrs Allan and Infant, John Arnold Joshua Atkinson Bertram Adams Mrs Minnie Adams George Batty S Beeby Miss Jane L Bostock Edward Bright Mrs Bright Miss Ivy M Bright Miss nazil Bright Mister L L. Bright, Miss Dons Bright Mrs Edith Best …. Mrs Fox.TAHITI DUE TO-DAY. (1911, November 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved January 29, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15291677  

Orange - NSW - in 1911:


Feeling the depressing effects of the heat and rain in Sydney, I decided to pack a few articles of clothing and make my way to the Central Railway Station. On arrival there, I made up my mind that I would go to the salubrious district of Orange. I took my seat in the train, and soon we were travelling at the rate of 40 miles an hour out through the suburbs of- Sydney, past Parramatta and Penrith. At the latter place we stopped for a few minutes for refreshments. The train making a fresh start, we went steadily along, approaching the new iron bridge that spans the Nepean. There was a great flood in this river at the time, and I felt rather glad when we reached terrafirma on the Emu Plains side. The -engine' driver put on speed again, and soon we were climbing Lapstone Hill, over Knapsack Bridge, through the railway tunnel, and then we were on to the Blue Mountains. Our train sped along at a great pace, the two engines that drew it making the valleys resound with their puffing. We arrived in Orange just about daylight. On the platform were a large number, of passengers waiting to take the train for their destinations. The bustling on the platform at that early hour shows that Orange is the centre of great traffic -to Wellington, Dubbo, Bourke, Molong, Forbes, Condobolin, and other important centres. The sun had scarcely risen, and the fresh, balmy morning air was something charming after what I had suffered in Sydney for the last four months. .1 put, up at Host Quinn's Railway Hotel, where I was made very comfortable, and after breakfast I went out to make myself acquainted with the important town- of Orange, about which I have heard so much. The main thoroughfare is Slimmer-street, which has many important buildings occupied by merchants and storekeepers, who are doing a good trade ; and the bustling in the streets and footpaths show that a considerable, business is going on in the town. A large number of business people and farmers, and also, numerous fashionably dressed ladies out for their afternoon's shopping, prove that Orange is a prosperous young city. There are to be seen, in Summer, Lord, and Beasley streets,; heavily-laden waggons drawn by fine teams of horses, conveying farm produce to' the various stores and the railway station.

There is also a splendid water supply, which runs by gravitation into the town, and which is used for flushing the gutters. The water has a clear, silvery appearance, and it is really a pleasing sight to see it rushing along the water tables. There are two beautiful parks well kept, with handsome fountains ; they are a credit to the municipal authorities. There are also several large reserves in the town, which no doubt in due course will be converted into town parks. The gasworks is owned by the municipality, and the quality of gas produced gives every satisfaction. There are five banks in the town, and all apparently doing well. The streets and footpaths are of ample width, well kept, and run at right angles. The population of the town is about 7000. During 1910 there were over 100 new houses built, and at the present time it is well nigh impossible to rent one, the demand being so great. Orange is a great sanatorium for people out West; they bring their families to spend the hot months in Orange, which much benefits women and children. In summer time the climate is fairly hot but the nights arc delightfully cool, and mosquitoes are almost unknown. I paid a visit to the outlying districts, and was agreeably surprised to see the great progress made by agriculture in the district. I journeyed to Spring Hill, Millthorpe, and The Forest, and oh all sides found comfortable homes of well-to-do farmers, and I am glad to say, many of them Catholics who have done well on the land. The farmers goin principally for potatoes, which do well in the Orange district. There are at present thousands of acres of potatoes just coming into flower, and everything promises for a bumper crop. Most of the farmers are freeholders, and in very comfortable circumstances. I also paid a visit to the Canoblas, which are extinct volcanoes. The production of fruit, such as apples, cherries, and other cold climate fruits, is enormous in the Canoblas district, and next to 'the potatoes they have a good deal to do with the prosperity of the town. The once famous Lucknow mines, out of which an enormous amount of gold was taken, are within five miles of the town, and there is still a fair amount of gold being won from these mines at a depth of from two to three thousand feet. The Ophir gold mines, that once awakened great excitement, are within twelve miles. Gold is still being go there in small quantities. Considerable mining is going on at The Forest and other places in the district, out of which miners are making a satisfactory living. The copper mines in the district are shut down owing to the low price of copper. The Catholic community own a good deal of land in Orange. There is also a fine Patrician Brothers' school. The presbytery, the church', and the convent are disappointing, and not what one would expect in a rich town and district such as Orange is.Orange is distant from Sydney about 200miles. It is 3000 feet above sea level, and one of the healthiest climates in all Australia. Three trains a day run to Orange, Sundays excepted. ORANGE. (1911, February 16). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 32. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111112527 

The Dog Strangler of Careel Bay

Careel Bay is a quiet, sleepy little place of about half a dozen cottages — several of them the week-end resorts of commercial men who repair there on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the fresh breezes, the sunlight on the sparkling waters, and the back-to-nature feeling. One of those business men is Dr. Elliott, of Elliott Brothers, manufacturing chemists. He employs as a caretaker at Careel Bay an elongated gentleman named Charles Moule. Another resident is Mr. Addison Parker, who lives permanently there by the waters of the Hawkesbury. Now the wife of Mr. Parker was possessed of a dog of which she was very fond. It was the usual doggy dog, but rather well 'brought up' in that Mr. Parker had a properly wired fence constructed right around his property for two very good and sufficient reasons. The first reason was so that 'Buster'—for that was the animal's frisky appellation — could not get out., The second good reason was that other animals of Inferior social caste could not get in. They didn't.


One day an audacious little Miss Doggie sauntered past the Parker domain, and 'Buster' was attracted by her charms. His monastic celibacy irked hira when he perceived this flapper addition to dogland strutting proudly about the domain of Careel Bay, frisking in the road, trotting off down to the water's edge, and generally enjoying almost unlimited freedom. So Buster broke out.. And that annoyed Mr. and Mrs. Parker. But it seems that Buster's personality also annoyed someone else — though who that someone else was still remains as big a mystery as ever, despite the amateur sleuthing that followed the sad demise of the well-known animal. One morning, sad to relate, the Parker household was moved to Its depths when the corpse of Buster was found In the yard, tail towards the kennel. Buster was no more. His spirit had fled, or flitted upwards to that land where all good dogs go when they die. Even as the Parkers were sorrowing over his remains he was, in all probability, wagging his spiritual tale, and chewing an ethereal bone in the blissful realms of the bow-wows' paradise. Now Mr. Parker was not the sort of man who dashes off into hasty action without some cold, calculating thought. He decided that he would personally unearth the foul conspirator who had deprived Buster of all the frisky frolics and bawling barks that might yet have beenhis had he stayed on this earth of mortal men. So, armed with magnifying glass, microscope, a keen mind, an eagle eye, a capacity for cross-examination and a determination to get to the bottom of the matter, he set to work. Where he did get is not altogether revealed. Where he thought he got was contained in a long and thoroughly interesting letter that he wrote to Dr. Elliott, and that letter, by innuendo, gravely concerned Moule, his caretaker. Dr. Elliott was In Japan, but a gentleman who had power of attorney for him got the letter, and referred It to both Moule and the Doctor.

HER PET Meanwhile. Mr. Parker and his spouse called upon this gentleman and complained loudly. The result of the interview was that the gentleman made a note in his business diary that he had interviewed them and told them that he could do nothing about Moule until he had consulted Dr. Elliott. Parker subsequently wrote denying strongly that he had suggested that Moule should be sacked. 'I deny the false statement that I demanded the dismissal of Moule,' he wrote. 'I couldn't do such a mean, despicable thing, and nothing would be more revolting to me.' Anyhow, various cross passages, and such, didn't lead to anywhere in particular. The letter which Dr. Elliott got was in part, as follows:-— ?'A little over four years ago we acquired a small Australian terrier which my daughter named 'Buster,*and she taught him many tricks.' A few months later my only child, Gladys, married, and has since lived In Queensland. This little dog has been my wife's dearest pet ever since.' The dog was well known from Palm Beach to Newport, and we are told that was fairly well behaved. Most people thought a lot of him.' On Friday, the 25th inst., he was murdered at about 2 a.m. It is known in Careel Bay that a great commotion took place at 2 a.m. at the back fence of your residence at Careel Bay.' A male resident says that another dog barked at the time, and drew his attention to unusual proceedings at your back fence.' An examination of the dog by experts proved that poison had not been administered.' The experts declare that the condition of the body showed clearly that nothing He had eaten had caused his death. He had not been chloroformed, neither was there any sign of violence from any sharp instrument, 'The experts agree that he was strangled by a human being.' The evidence shows that the dog was killed at about 2 a.m. on Friday. The body was carried past Hastie's and Howard's properties between 3a.m. and 7 a.m. until the public wharf was reached.

THE MURDERER'S TRACKS 'There is a bend in the road at that point, and the dog was carried up a few yards on the track leading from the public wharf to my place. Here the culprit cut the tie from the dog's neck.' The article that cut the tie was discovered by two Careel Bay residents each in the presence of each other.' A powerful magnifying glass disclosed the fact that the dog had been laid down, and the tie cut down at that spot, but, the clumsy criminal left behind the article that he used for the purpose.' The culprit went a few yards up my track so that he would be off the main road, and could not be seen by a chance passer by.' He did not enter my western gate, but went down the track again, and entered by the eastern gate.' The bracken on this part of the ground had not been- trodden on for a month. The tracks of the man indicated that he was a tall man. He then proceeded up the ground from the front gate and kept under cover of the two humpies on my land.' He then deposited the dog in front of one of the humpies in such a position that the man was just concealed from any part of my cottage while doing so.' The evidence shows that in depositing the dog, he had a long reach and was a tall man. An examination of the ground under the microscope points to the fact that to clear an obstruction and still be concealed from my house he must have had a big reach to deposit the dead dog in the position I found it.


'The idea evidently was to give us the impression that he was crawling up to his kennel and had died on his tracks, but the fool placed his tail towards his kennel and his head away from it.’ He then went out of the same gate still under cover, and the bracken shows his tracks. Other unmistakable evidence, just at the moment, I am naturally keeping up my sleeve.' It was clearly the act of a male human being, andthe only men that slept in Careel Bay that night were Hastie, Wilson, Moule and myself. 'Basil Monckton is away in the country. Neither Hastie or Wilson would do such a thing. Furthermore, both are well known to me, and are honourable enough, and sufficiently straight forward to come to me and complain if Mrs. Parker's dog had been a nuisance to them.' Honourable men such as I know them to be, would have at least given me warning. If Hastie is not a good churchgoer, he has, at least, one good trait in his character, one that any decent Protestant working man has — that he would not do anything despicable or underhand such as this.' My experience of Hastie and Wilson is that they are outspoken.' In addition, I am vain enough to say that they are kindly disposed to Mrs. Parker, and I am sure, would never stab her in the back.' I have conclusive evidence that the article that severed the tie from the dog's neck does not belong, nor ever did belong, to any member of the Moncktons, Hasties, or Wilsons family.' You might possibly think how can I judge character? Just let me say that I was a Junior Director of Walter Reld and Co., Ltd., Rockhampton and Brisbane. Net profit £50,000 a year. Turnover £800,000 a year.' Twice during the managing director's absence in London, I was in full charge in Rockhampton. He was in London when war broke out.' I had 60 clerks and 150 men under me — while I was in my forties.' My work after 30 years of age was purely administrative, and I was inconstant touch with all sorts of men. It was my bread and butter to study human character.' I mention this only for one purpose, and that is to show that I have at least had the training essential forthe qualifications of a judge of the character of a working man.'


'The act is traceable to a clumsy, unintelligent, heartless and common man. The time it was committed, and the manner of its execution shows that it was cold blooded murder.' It is unthinkable that Hastie or Wilson would stoop so low. Furthermore, while Pulling was disloyal to his master while acting as caretaker, and proved conclusively to me that he was a dishonest caretaker, I would have hesitated before suspecting him of ill-treatment to a dumb animal.

I have frequently been annoyed by your caretakers. Both have hidden behind the cover of a kindly and influential master, unknown to you.'


''The wires at the bottom of my cyclone fence are only 3in. apart, and, of course, have vertical wires. Our dog never attempted to get out until the introduction of female dogs into the neighborhood.' Only recently we again patched up the fence where our dog had broken through, after your caretaker's dog. Lately his female dog has been wandering about past my place.' Would I be breaking any rules of neighborly etiquette in asking you to fence around your property. In such a manner that the little female dog that you are so innocently harboring can be confined to the precincts of your own property?

'That I took every precaution to keep Mrs. Parker's dog inside is undoubted. We chained him up for a week at a time until he got ill through want of exercise.

SHERLOCK HOLMES'That with all our care we failed to keep him in, especially when the caretaker's dog came around, is quite true.'That our dog was murdered at your back fence at about 2 a.m. is without doubt.'Some men would have rushed to the police straight away, without employing Sherlock Holmes.'Others would go to a society, or give the case to 'Truth/ 'Smith's/ or the 'Guardian.''These methods are always available to anyone that may wish to employ them, without considering how innocents may become involved, or I should say embroiled— certainly not implicated.'I believe that I have acted honorably in writing you.'It just seems to me the way that men holding ideas in common should act towards each other.'I offer you no apology for the length of this letter because my wife has not slept properly for two nights.She is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.'She has always felt safe and secure in her cottage here, and at nighttime used frequently to go out by herself into the garden after slugs.'She will not now go out of the door at night without I go with her. She dozes off to sleep for an hour and wakens up in a cold perspiration in a frightfully nervous state.'Every little noise is, of course,some villain lurking about the place,and the usual investigations require to be made before she is satisfied.'She has the feeling that Careel Bay now harbors a man of a brutal nature. She feels that this man maybe lurking about somewhere concealed at any time of the night, ready to carry out some other nefarious design.' She exhibits all the feelings of an hysterical woman that fears some further Impending disaster. Only for the fact that my daughter and son in-law are coming down shortly for a couple of months I would have packed her off to Queensland.


'Just what my future course of action will be will depend materially upon Mrs. Parker's state of health and the attitude you adopt.' Yours faithfully (Sgd.) ADDISON PARKER.

'P.S.— By the use of the words, 'caretaker's dog’ I do not mean that at this stage I have definitely established the ownership.' The evidence indicates that the cow and other stock are yours, and that practically everything belongs to you. My further researches disclose that the dog is not registered in Moule's name, I reserve the right to fix the ownership when further enquiries have been made.— -A. P.' One of the results of the letter, and subsequent letters was that Dr. Elliott informed Mr. Parker that if he was prepared to be reasonable about the matter, he had no doubt he could persuade Moule to settle the whole affair — this step following, of course, Moule's action against Parker, alleging libel. But Mr. Parker was adamant.' The defendant has been given three opportunities to apologise, and you are entitled to take his refusal into consideration when assessing damages,' said Mr. Owen, addressing the jury on Tuesday.


Instructed by R. D. Meagher, he was appearing for Moule. Mr. Owen was opening the case to the jury, and he again extended to Mr. Parker an opportunity to apologise, and pay the costs incurred by Moule. At the conclusion of his address, Parker decided to take that chance. It was unexpected, and 'a surprise. But no doubt a reasonable step, for the question of who killed the dog didn't come into the matter. It was a question of libel, and the ground of defence, that the innuendo was not against Moule, did not seem too solid a base on which to rest a case.' The plaintiff is not vindictive. He only wants his name cleared,' said Mr. Owen, who went on to relate that he was now shunned by the people of Careel Bay and that little children ran away from him in the streets. A lamentable picture! But damages there were none, for the apology settled the whole matter. It was made in open court, and an agreement regarding expenses entered upon. Thus, in n brief twenty minutes' proceeding the ease collapsed and Mr. Moule had his name cleared, and Mr. Parker had the satisfaction that he had got out of an awkward corner.

But who kilted poor Buster? Ah, me, and alackaday! Poor Buster is well dead and even the magnifying glass and the clues Have not been able to avenge what Mr. Parker called his 'cold-blooded murder.' Dogging the "Murderer.". (1926, May 2). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168726521

The Parkers stayed - whether Moule did also is not clera:

MARRIAGE NOTICES. HITCHCOCK - PARKER.-On December 14, at Careel Bay, Lilian C. Parker, Careel Bay, to George Hitchcock of Palm Beach, New South Wales. Family Notices. (1938, December 22). Morning Bulletin(Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56006835 

The Wilsons - a few snippets: (More on the Wilson Family of Pittwater in a future Issue)

Fisherman Drowned. The Manly police were informed on Sunday night that the body of a fisherman named Albert Turner, who lived at Stockpoint, Careel Bay, Pittwater, had been found that morning in Broken Bay, near Hazeldon. On Friday last Turner visited his brother-in-law Thomas Wilson at Bayview, and in the evening deceased left the house to return home in his sailing boat. Next day the boat was found on the rocks, with the sails set, by a man named Hall, and, believing that Turner had been drowned, a search was at once instituted, with the result that his body was found on Sunday morning. Deceased leaves a widow and seven children. Fisherman Drowned. (1892, May 9). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112947928 

KERANS-WILSON.- The Engagement is announced of Jean youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs F J Wilson of Careel Bay to Hugh youngest son of Mr and Mrs C W Kerans of Croydon. Family Notices. (1951, May 26). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 36. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18213077 

£300 HAUL OF FISH IN AFTERNOON SYDNE Y, Sat.: Fisherman F. J. Wilson of Careel Bay, netted one-third of a huge shoal of salmon off Dee Why Beach. Between noon and 5p.m. on one day, Wilson and two companions netted 200boxes of salmon. The smallest fish weighed about 6 lb. The catch was worth about £300.The fishermen gave away hundreds of fish to sightseers. When Wilson and his men pulled their net onto Dee Why beach they found they had also netted a 7-ft. shark. £300 HAUL OF FISH IN AFTERNOON. (1952, May 24). News(Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130273667 

The Moncktons - a few snippets

"The Shuttle of Life". When the wife and child of Lee Hing were sent out of Australia as prohibited immigrants, their vessel was wrecked, and they were drowned. Then a passion for revenge on Australia and the Australians possessed Lee Hing, and though infatuated with the beautiful Audrey Medden, he was heartless in his pursuit, and together in his toils used a hold on her worthless brother.

The story is told by Mrs. J. B. Monckton, who was the founder and first principal of Meriden School, Strathfield (Sydney). Many ex-students of Hurlstone College, also, will remember her as Miss Bruce Webster. That was before her marriage to Mr. Walter H. Monckton, once a well known architect in Sydney.

At present Mrs. Monckton resides at Careel Bay, Pittwater, and there she is able to enjoy to the full the success of her book, "The Shuttle of Life." The story is well written, and gives quite a lot of local color, and more than a suggestion of some of Australia's most important problems. The tangled web she weaves indicates an imaginative mind, and the defeat or death of the undesirable characters, and the victory and ultimate happiness of the heroine and her attractive lover, give the reader a comfortable feeling after the harrowing uncertainties of the book. (Ours is from  Dymock's, 5/6.). "The Shuttle of Life". (1928, July 13). The Land (Sydney, NSW : 1911 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111648726 

Another 1890 - 1910 Careel Bay owner of property:

Mr. G. W. F. Addison, ü.M., presided in the Charge Division of tho Water Police Court. Charles Henry Johnson, 20, labourer, was charged with breaking and entering the house of John S. Milford, at Careel Bay, Pittwater, and stealing there-from a saddle valued at £3.  He was  remanded for one week. POLICE. (1893, May 1). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28262045 

See More in: Careel Bay Jetty-Wharf-Boatshed

More Results for the Clareville rowers - Fox men and others

The 1914 Pittwater Regatta - and Mr. Godbolt, among others, just prior to wartime suspension;

AQUATICS. PITTWATER REGATTA.  The eighth annual Pittwater Regatta was held at  Broken Bay on Saturday. Several close finisheswere witnessed in the rowing events. The weather conditions were admirable for the rowing competitors; but the light breeze told against fast sailing.

Results :- Rowing Events. Boys' Single Sculls (10 years and under).-- C.Bolton, 1A. Riddle, 2. Won by three lengths and a half. Boys' 'Single Sculls (14 years and under).-L. Young 1; C. Miles, 2. Won by five lengths.  Youths' Single Sculls.-J. F. Duffy, 1; C. Erickson,  2; C. Miles, 3, Won by four lengths. Ladies' Single Sculls Handicap (all-comers) E. Counsell, 1; Miss J. Liddle 2; Miss G.Lewis, 3.  Mixed Double Sculls Handicap.-First heat: Miss J. Hastie and J. Milton (15s) 1; Miss E. Counsell and A. Hayden (scr.) 2; Miss V. Bogg and J.S. Hankins (4s) 3. Won easily. Second heat : Miss McKay and G. Jack (4s), 1; Miss N. Counsell and G. McDeritt (8s beh.(, 2; Miss J. Riddle and W Riddle (scr), 3. Won by a length. ( Men's Double Sculls Handicap.-First heat: J. Neilson and C Whitney (25s), 1; H.Walters and J. Krance (17s), 2; W. Riddle and J. Riddle (scr.) 3. Won by about four lengths. Second heat: J. Duff and A. Ollivier (25s.), 1; G.Godbolt and W.Johnson (30s.), 2; 2; W. Wilcox and W. Oliver (10s), 3  Won by two and a half lengths. Old Buffers Single Sculls Handicap. -- J.Wilson  (scr), 1; G.Godbolt (20s.). 2; S.Erickson (25s.), 3. Won easily. AQUATICS. (1914, January 5). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15494331 

Real Estate for Sale during this earlier Careel Bay time

….' But the greatest demand this hot weather seems to be for land near the ocean beaches. At one time it was the cool mountain air that was sought, but now It is surfing and ocean breezes. Thus it is that the ocean beach frontages are more popular than ever for week-end lots, and some very big prices are being paid. As an instance of the demand there is for such land, it might be mentioned that on the holiday Messrs Raine and Horne conducted a sale of ocean beach frontages at Barranjoey. It is 17 miles from Manly, but the special coaches could not carry all the people that wanted to go out to the sale.

However, those who did get there bought the land freely at from 36s to 53s per foot. These are regarded as big prices considering the distance the land is from Sydney and Manly. It is the last of the ocean beaches on the north, and is certainly is one of the best. The back land went off as low as 5s and up to 27s per foot. Every lot in the estate was sold. REAL ESTATE. NOTES OF THE WEEK. (1912, February 3). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15307309 

CAREEL BAY.-4 ACRES, £125. Frontage to Pittwater, and handy to the Wharf, freehold. A good spec. A. L. HINTON. 76 Pitt-street. Advertising. (1912, June 27). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15334901 

PITTWATER WEEKEND LOTS. Between Beach and Wharf, splendid position 8 lots each ??? ft to  Queens-parade by 231ft. Freehold 4 years terms. PITTWATER. Stokes Point, Deep Water Frontage. No Reservation, 2 acres 3 roods, 480ft frontage on the mainland, between Careel Bay and ClairvilleERNEST C V BROUGHTON. AUCTIONEER. Advertising. (1912, November 21). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15377191 

Sale of Ocean Water Frontages.

One of the attractions of the New Year with big advantages attached by reason of the rarity of the opportunity is the auction sale, January 26, of ocean water frontages on a beautiful surf beach at Careel Bay, Pittwater, just above. Manly. No better way to spend Anniversary Day could be found than to visit the spot, for which every provision will be made, as may be gathered from the advertisements. The land for sale is the Careel Ocean Beach Estate, which is only three-quarters of a mile from Clareville Wharf at Pittwater. There are hundreds; of splendid deep blocks fronting a beautiful ocean beach and intersected by a fine wide marine parade. Only £3 deposit is required for each £50 purchase, and the balance, in easy instalments over a term of seven years. The auctioneers are Messrs. Stanton and Son, Pitt-street, and Messrs. Hanson, Strong and Robey, Manly. The solicitors to the Estate are Messrs. Bowman and Mackenzie, George-street, Sydney. Sale of Ocean Water Frontages. (1914, January 17). The Newsletter: an Australian Paper for Australian People(Sydney, NSW : 1900 - 1918), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article116942799 

The same firm will also conduct a sale on the holiday at Newport, Pittwater, where there are sandy beach frontages in- the sheltered waters of Pittwater Harbour, opposite Scotland island, and only 12 minutes' walk ut the ocean beaches. The estate to be offered is the Clareville Beach subdivision, which adjoins the local public wharf, and embraces absolute-beach and water frontages, between Taylor's Point and --Clareville wharf; also campers' sites, overlooking the beach. Free launches will run from Bay View and Newport jetties on the day-of the sale, and persons wishing to inspect the land on Saturday can go by launch from the Hawkesbury River Railway station on arrival of the morning train from Sydney, returning from Clareville  in the evening. 

The "Hole in the Wall" is a landmark of the Careel Ocean Beach Estate. This property Is to be submitted for sale on Monday by Messrs. Stanton and Son, Ltd. The estate is situated on the main road between Newport and Barrenjoey, and within five minutes walk of Careel wharf, with easy access to Broken Bay, Pittwater, and Hawkesbury. Free luncheon; launches, and motors for the conveyance of visitors to the estate on day of sale will be provided. HOLIDAY AUCTIONS. (1914, January 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28120916 

FOX, Julia Maud.- November 2, 1952, suddenly, beloved wife of Henry Fox of Carawa road, Dee Why West, and formerly of Central Road, Clairville, Pittwater, loved mother of Henry, Iris (Mrs Williams) and Neville, aged 74 yrs. Family Notices. (1952, November 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27528938 

Taking Lands and Attempts to Take Land for Roads - Warringah Council


Warringah Shire Council v Swan and another.

In connection with the suit of the Council of the Shire of Warringah against H. B. Swan and A. G. Crump, In which the plaintiffs sought (or a declaration that portion of certain land fronting the waters of Careel Bay, in the Shire of Warringah, had been dedicated to the public as a public road, the case, by consent, was dismissed with costs. The defendants, who had sought to bring lands belonging to them at Careel Bay under the provisions of the Real Property Act, denied the dedication alleged by the plaintiffs.

Mr. Davidson (Instructed by Messrs. J. W. Maund and Co.) appeared for the plaintiffs; and Mr. Swan (instructed by Messrs. A. S. Bolton and Co.) for the defendants. IN EQUITY. (1924, December 6). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16197915 

On Mr Swan - see John Collins of Avalon - Patriarchs of Pittwater and Katherine Roche - Matriarchs of Pittwater

ROADS. The Shire Council of Warringah proposes to borrow two sums of money —one of £58.000 for ' Barrenjoey road(formation of three deviations of Barrenjoey-road, between Neptune St. Newport and Avalon Parade, Avalon) and the other of £28.200 for the construction of portions and Barrenjoey-rd. £17,600; Warriewood-road, £1700; Powderworks-road.£4.000; Gladstone-street, -Newport, £1000. OPPORTUNITIES. (1925, December 2). Construction and Local Government Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1913 - 1930), p. 18. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article109761793 

TENDERS CALLED FOR - LOCAL GOVERNMENT. July 26 — Shire of Warringah — (1) Grading, formation, and ballasting of 150 chain's of deviations of the Barrenjoey Road, between Neptune Street, Newport, and Avalon Parade, Avalon. Tenders for whole work, and, alternately, in four separate sections. (2) Grading, formation, and ballasting 75 chains of Barrenjoey Road, from 16-mile peg to Beach Road, Palm Beach. — R. G. Jamieson, Town Clerk. Advertising. (1926, July 21). Construction and Local Government Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1913 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article109641123 

ROADS. Warringah Shire Council also proposes to borrow £3500 to complete the works for which a loan of £28,200 was raised last year, the work still to be completed being metalling, tarring and fencing of Barrenjoey Road, and of 9 deviations of that road, between Neptune St. and Avalon Parade Junction. OPPORTUNITY REPORT. (1927, October 5). Construction and Local Government Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1913 - 1930), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108991093 

Distressed Man who gives an example of why people had Caretakers in what was a far less populated Pittwater when it was a weekender place for many:

REMARKLABLE CONFESSION. Alleged Burglars  Exploits.

Norman Edward Keals, 27 years of, of Zealand, was before Mr S,ithers S.M., at the -Manly Police Court on Friday on several charges of breaking and entering and stealing.

On a charge of breaking into Mr. Scott-l Fell's house at Mona Vale, on June 16,  the evidence showed that the house had been left properly secured on June 3. 

Mary Rose M'Namara, who visited Scott-Fell's house on June 14, for the purpose of cleaning the place, stated that then she opened the door she found the furniture disarranged and the door open. She begun to work, when a man, whom she identified as the acused, came in from the court-yard. She asked him, "When did you come here?” He replied, "The day before,"

Witness asked him if he was sent by owner, and he said "Yes." Witness started to clean the room, when accused said it didn't want cleaning. He also said the conservatory didn't require any cleaning up. (laughter.) witness then rang" up Mrs. Fell and constable Hewitt-Constable Jones, watchouse-keeper, Manly slated that on the 17th, while he had the accused in custody, Keals voluntarily made the following statement and signed it:-

“on November last I was in Glenbrook looking for work. I came across a tent in Emu Plains camp belonging to Arthur Thompson. I wet into the tent and stole a bicycle from there. I rode the bicycle to Lawson and exchanged it for another which I found leaning up against a church. I afterwards saw in the papers that a young man named Ellis was fined £10 at Penrith Court for stealing a bicycle from Thompson's tent. I did not know Ellis, and he lad no part or share in the stealing of the bicycle. Afterwards I obtained a job on the railway at Glenbrook till February, when I left and went to Pitttwater. The bicycle I took from the church at Lawson I left in the bush at Glenbrook- When passing the Salvation Army Industrial Farm at Dee Why I entered the dining-room, where I obtained some food. I afterwards stole a bicycle from the outside of the shed there I rode the bike the rest of the way to Pittwater. That evening I entered Simpson's store at Bayview, and stole some tinned fish, biscuits. I postcards, and about 2/6 in silver; also some bottles of soft drinks. These things I put in a boat there, and sailed down the bay. I got into broken water, and the boat capsized: I got ashore on to the rocks, where I spent the night The next day I took a boat belonging to Dr. Stiles from the beach in front of his house (which I entered, and  from which I stole some food) at Mackerel Beach, Broken Bay. I pulled to Careel Bay. I stole two coats, trousers, and shirts from a tent there. I went to Manly that night, and from there to Sydney, where I pawned my watch. With the money I received on the watch I paid my fare to Woy Woy, and got work at Wyong. I left there and went to Newcastle, and got work at Hexham on a farm. Then I went to Williams's place, outside Tarroo, and stole some clothes and money. Then I boarded a steamer at Newcastle and returned to Sydney. After working at Balmain for a while I went to Seven Hills, with the intention of leasing a farm there. I failed to get the farm, and on my return to Sydney I bought a revolver at Mick Simmons's, with which I intended to commit suicide. I went to Manly and to the Salvation Army Farm at Dee Why, where I stayed for a few days in a hayloft, and took some food from there, also from the Home of Rest. From there I went to Newport, and after a few days I broke into Scott Fells house at Mona Vale, and stayed there for a few days, and lived on the food that I found in the house. On June 14 I left Scott Fell's house, and went to another furnished cottage owned by Mr. Edward Scott-Scott, where I broke in, and remained until I was surprised by a party of weekend campers. I jumped out of the window, and ran away, but they caught me, and sent for Constable Hewitt, and gave me in charge. I wish to add that on my way to Pittwater the first time I entered the Salvation Army premises at Collaroy Beach, and stole a hymn-book. 

Accused, who had nothing to say, was remitted for trial at the Darlinghurst Quarter Sessions. Accused was also committed for trial on two other charges, one of breaking into and stealing goods and money to the value of £15 from the shop of Arthur Morris Simpson, at Bay View, on February 11, and the other of stealing a boat from Dr. Stiles, Mackerel Beach, Broken Bay, on February 13. He was allowed Bail in each case. REMARKABLE CONFESSION. (1912, July 2). Singleton Argus(NSW : 1880 - 1954) , p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article80063111 

SYDNEY. NOTICES. State Fisheries, Chief Secretary's Department,

Sydney, 3rd April, 1912.

It is hereby notified, for general information, that the undermentioned persons have applied to LEASE for OYSTER CULTURE, under License or Permit, the portions of land set opposite their respective names. Tracings, showing the position of the several portions enumerated, may be inspected at the Chief Secretary's Department from Mondays to Fridays, between 11 find 3 o'clock; and on Saturdays between 11 and 12 o'clock. Any person may, by memorial to the Chief Secretary, within thirty days from the date of this Notice, and on grounds to be stated in such memorial, pray that leases of the portions may not be granted.

F. A COGHLAN, Under-Secretary.


Lease No. 7480. - DONALD J. McDERMID, Parish of Narrabeen, County of Cumberland; 200 yards on the eastern side of Careel Bay, at the entrance to Careel Creek, on the frontage of J. J. Therry's portion No. 40 of 280 acres; 10 years. Advertising. (1912, April 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15324936 

See: Oystering in the Pittwater Estuary - Oyster Kings and Pearl Kings and When Not to Harvest Oysters 

 Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Fox Family of  Careel Bay, Avalon and Clairville (Clareville) - threads collected and collated by A J Guesdon, 2015.

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