February 25 - March 2, 2024: Issue 615

 

Palm Beach Golf Course 1924 To 2024: Some 100th Year History Celebratory Insights

These Gonsalves Golfing images are at the home of Henry (Harry) Francis Gonsalves (1868-1954) and Caroline Emily Walter (1868-1954), Lot 13 Waratah Road, Palm Beach. No names or dates for these photos. These boys were all born between 1894 and 1904, which may date the photos during the 1920's and the first era of the Palm Beach Golf Club

Photos courtesy the Goddard Family.

Palm Beach Golf Club is celebrating its 100th year throughout 2024. 

The golf course itself is a part of what we today call Governor Phillip Park, which was resumed in 1877 by the government in order to extend the Broken Bay Customs Station buildings and in support of placing a lighthouse on Barrenjoey Headland. Other records state the rest of the site which is today called Governor Phillip Park was bought on September 8th 1881 (from the Bassett-Darley Estate) as part of the larger purchase of the headland for the construction of the Barrenjoey lighthouse. The site was transferred to the state for a total of £1250. 

The pages and maps of the past provide:

(8.) Plans for the light-house at Barrenjoey were submitted by the Colonial Architect on 27lh January last. The land belongs to private parties, and its resumption by the Government is now being proceeded with. THURSDAY, MAY 3. (1877, May 5). Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1919), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70600902


Palm Beach visitors having a bit of a putt in the earliest days of the Barrenjoey Land company 1920's, while NSW Records and Archives show the bush we see on the dunes in Station Beach photos (circa 1879) may well have been cleared by the same for this purpose:

The Barranjoey Company made a formal application to build a golf links on the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Reserve. The Maritime Services Board, who controlled the land at the time, refused the application because they believed the Barrenjoey Company were trying to use public land for their own benefit.

Use of the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Reserve as a golf links by the Barrenjoey Company. Contents Date Range; 01-01-1911 to 31-12-1915 Series - NRS-9794 Special Bundles [Marine Board] [Navigation Department] [Sydney Harbour Trust] [Maritime Services Board]

However the first paddocks were groomed in 1920 by Henry Wilshire and Craig Robert Crossman, most likely along with help from the GoddardGonsalves and Verrills families and others, who had bought land in Waratah Road and over the hill at the Barrenjoey House site, for use as a golf range for Summer visitors. 

In 1922 the Maritime Services Board indicated its intention to release that part of the Lighthouse Reserve now occupied by the golf course for public use. In anticipation of this, the Barrenjoey Company advertised its “Golf Links Subdivision” in the same year.

AT PALM BEACH
PROPOSED PARK MINISTER NON-COMMITTAL 

There is a narrow neck of land at Palm Beach, between the road and the ocean, which would make an ideal reserve. The Warringah Shire Council heard that the land is to be offered for sale, and sent a deputation to the Minister for Lands. (Mr. Wearne), who was asked to take steps for the resumption of the land as a public reserve. With the deputation were Messrs. Wenver, Scott Fell, Murphy and Dr. Arthur. M.L.A. Mr. Wearne, In reply, said that, where possible, it was the policy of the Government to extend to the people privileges to enable them to enjoy the pleasures of life, not only In the metropolis and suburbs, but throughout the State. He could not promise the resumption of the area. But he would Inspect it, and see whether it was suitable for the purpose desired. A
T PALM BEACH (1922, April 29). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article118868181


Palm Beach Golf Links Estate Subdivision, 1922. Item: c052700044, courtesy State Library of NSW - Northview road. HRLV DP11552, Barrenjoey Land Company


In 1923 the land was vested in the Lands Department and gazetted for public use in June of that year, corresponding to the 26 acres of Lighthouse Reserve that makes up the southern portion:

Metropolitan Land District, and Warringah Shire.
No. 56,217 from sale (56,218 from lease generally). County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, containing an area of about 26 acres (ex. road). The Crown Lands within the following boundaries:—Commencing on the northern side of Beach-road at its intersection with the high-water mark of Pittwater ; and bounded by the side of that road easterly to the high-water mark of the South Pacific Ocean; thence by that highwater mark northerly about 20 1/2 chains: thence by a line easterly to the high-water mark of Pittwater aforesaid; and thence by that high-water mark southerly, to the point of commencement,—but exclusive of an area of about 3 roods, being reserve 56,219 for Police purposes, notified this day. I Ms. 1923-3,509]
For Police Purposes.
Metropolitan Land District, and Warringah Shire.
No. 56.219 from sale (56,220 from lease generally). County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, containing an area of about 3 roods. The Crown Lands within the following boundaries:—Commencing on the northern side of Beach-road at its intersection with the western side of the road from Newport to Barrenjoey; and bounded by the western side of that road northerly about 4 chains; thence by a line westerly about 1£ chains; thence by a line south-westerly to a point on the northern side of Beach-road aforesaid, about 2  1/2 chains west from the point of commencement; and thence by that toad easterly, to that point.  [Ms. 1923-3,509] RESERVES FROM SALE AND LEASE GENERALLY. (1923, June 22). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 2837. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article225020501

Under the authority of the Lands Department and the Local Government Act, 1919, control of the newly-created reserve was undertaken by Warringah Shire Council. That same year the Warringah Shire Council erected a sign banning camping in Barrenjoey Lighthouse Reserve, a decision which the Lands Department reversed.

The middle portion of the reserve was set aside for public recreation purposes on May 17 1929, and the northern portion set aside in  March 1934 as a reserve for public recreation purposes, to be managed by then Warringah Shire Council. This included all structures within, the maintenance of them and the upkeep. 

A few photos from the past to show the changes:


Palm Beach Circa 1910 Item a106133h, courtesy State Library of NSW


View at Barrenjoey Lion Island, 1912, Item: FL2703273, courtesy NSW State Records and Archives


Barrenjoey 1912 (apparently is a section from a panorama. Item FL2703461, courtesy NSW State Records and Archives


Barrenjoey Light Keepers lived in cottages located near the present 6th tee of the Palm Beach Golf Course. 



Station Beach, Barrenjoey (Broken Bay), circa 1879-1889 by Charles Potter(Government Printer); and details from (crops) - Photographs, New South Wales [album of views of Sydney, Blue Mountains and surrounds], ca. 1879  / attributed to N.S.W. Government Printing Office and courtesy State Library of NSW.

By early 1924 games were being played on a cleared course. 

Early in 1925 a meeting was held:

GOLF.
PALM BEACH CLUB. 

A well-attended meeting of the club was held at Palm Beach, when Mr. C. R. Crossman was unanimously elected the first president. Mr. Crossman (who is an old member of, and ex-president of the Cammeray Golf Club) and the late Mr. Henry Wilshire, laid the foundations of the Palm Beach Club, setting out the original course and putting In much labour In clearing and setting up the greens

The links are charmingly situated on Pittwater at sea level, and there is offered to golfers the opportunity of play in pleasant and attractive conditions.

A new course has now been set out, and a general scheme of improvement of the links is projected, which, with the necessary financial support from residents and visitors, it is hoped will be possible of realisation during 1925. The club membership now numbers about fifty, and a substantial increase is expected. GOLF. (1925, January 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16184028

In 1925 Warringah Council minutes show that it agreed to an application by the Palm Beach Progress Association that “the land now used as a golf links on the Lighthouse Reserve” should in future be known as Governor Phillip Park.

Warringah Shire Council Minutes of Meetings records show:

Palm Beach Progress Association. 12/9/25; suggesting that the Golf links area at Palm Beach be called Phillip Park. Resolved; (Crs. Hitchcock, Ellsworth) That the name Governor Phillip Park be approved. 8. Same; 12/9/25. suggesting that the Palm Grove Reserve behind Mr. Curlewis' residence be called Wilshire Park Resolved; (Crs. Hewitt, Hitchcock) That the name be approved 

By the end of 1925, the golf club and the Council recognised that use of the golf course by residents and the public were turning the area into a sandy waste. The golf club had the land surveyed, and laid out the boundary road, fences and water supplies. This work became known as the “Phillip Park Improvement Scheme”. The golf links were cleared of lantana, the first tees were set up, and the first greens were laid out.

A few insights from newspaper reports of then:

PALM BEACH CLUB
DEVELOPMENT SCHEME

In the course of his annual report to the members of the Palm Beach Golf Club, the president, Mr. C. R. Crossman, pointed out that the golf links were a boon not only to residents and regular visitors, but also to the public. 
"This is evidenced," he said, "by the numbers that have made use, of them, It being estimated that approximately a thousand people have actually played cn the links during the past year. The links and the Improvements made in clearing scrub and providing more open spaces in the timbered area for parking cars, are attracting numbers of visitors, this incidentally benefiting local business of various kinds.. 
To date the cost of Improvements and maintenance expenses have been borne by the golf club. 
"The heavy motor traffic over the whole area of the reserve is having a rapid injurious effect upon the carpet of grass, nnd a situation has arisen calling for prompt action to prevent retrogression of the area Into a sand waste, and other serious damage to the reserve as a whole. 
Realising the seriousness of the position, the Golf Club Executive, associating with themselves the shire councillors for the riding, are providing the initiative in developing a scheme covering provision of water supply, sanitary conveniences, and definition and delimitation of areas for roads, and the parking of cars,- It is thought that the scheme will approve Itself to the whole community ns not only desirable, but essential to the well-being .of Palm Beach. In the Interest of residents with that of visitors.
 "The greatest practicable expedition is being made in working up the scheme and as the concurrence of the club in the general idea is taken to be assured, it is proposed to enlist the co-operation of the Progress Association and the whole Palm Beach community, preparatory to placing the matured plan before the Shire Council, under whose control the work will necessarily have to be carried out. PALM BEACH CLUB (1926, January 31). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224069059


PALM BEACH

IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

The Palm Beach Golf Club is concerned because of the damage being done to natural areas around Palm Beach, particularly in Governor Phillip Park. It is realised, following upon the destruction of trees and other damage during the Christmas holidays, that, unless immediate steps are taken to prevent further damage, there will be little left to preserve, and a petition from the residents and ratepayers will be presented shortly to the Warringah Shire councillors. 

Mr. C. R. Crossman, in his annual report to the Palm Beach Golf Club, says that the improvements made in clearing scrub and providing more open spaces in the timbered area, has attracted large numbers of visitors. Last year it is estimated that approximately 1000 people played on the links

The annual report goes on to say: —

"The heavy motor traffic over the whole area of the reserve is having a rapid injurious effect upon the carpet of grass, and a situation has arisen calling for prompt action to prevent retrogression of the area into a sand waste, and other serious damage to the reserve as a whole.''

Realising the seriousness of the position, the Golf Club executive, associating with themselves the shire councillors for the riding, are providing the initiative in developing a scheme covering provision of water supply, sanitary conveniences. and delineation and delimitation of areas for roads, and the parking of cars. It is thought that the scheme will approve itself to the whole community as not only desirable, but essential to the well-being of Palm Beach, In the Interest of residents with that of visitors. 

"The greatest practicable expedition is being made in working up the scheme, and as the concurrence of the club in the general idea is taken to be assured, it is proposed to enlist the co-operation of the Progress Association and the whole Palm Beach community, preparatory to placing the matured plan before the Shire Council, under whose control the work will necessarily have to be carried out." 

In the petition It Is urged that Governor Phillip Park be enclosed by a suitable fence, and that appropriate supervision be exercised over camping and visiting parties, so that the natural beauty of the locality may be protected. It is proposed also that the . present grass track, used as a road, running through the park, be closed and a new road formed outside the park area. PALM BEACH (1926, February 2). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 2. Retrieved February 14, 2024, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article245857334

SAFEGUARDING PALM BEACH

PROPERTY OWNERS COMBINE: regulations and improvements sought

"To help a suburb you must give it assistance at the beginning of its development." That is the belief of property-owners at Palm Beach. Together with the Progress Association, they are determined to see that Palm Beach is properly safeguarded. And they intend to ask the Warringah Shire Council to use law and precept to that end. Attracted by Palm Beach's beauty, its freshness and ideal terminus as a motor run, campers and picnickers have descended upon it, helping to swell the week-end population of residents and property-owners. Owning nothing there, with only the days' Interest in the district, they have, been found prone to careless destruction and mutilation of shrubs and trees, and a. habit of besprinkling the landscape with bottles and tins. Amongst property-owners Palm Beach has always appealed to a somewhat fastidious class, who chose it for its seclusion at the end of the peninsula, and these residents have now given a lead to those in other suburbs in the stand they have taken up. 

PRESERVING BEAUTY 

In short, their avowed object is not only to ensure the permanency of the district's existing beauty, but to improve it and safeguard it so that it will be a model of well-defined distinctions, with plenty of liberty; but a fair sprinkling of "You must nots" for the transient guests. Property- owners who rise to a sense of' their responsibilities and see the dangers which threaten their district through careless license, are to be commended, for this means permanent benefits which will be shared by future owners and a safeguard to property values and development. A deputation, formed of members of the golf club, Progress Association, and landowners, is to wait upon the Warringah Shire Council and put these facts before them. The deputation will consist of members of a committee which has been formed. The committee is:— Messrs.  C. R. Crossman, (president), R. T. McKay (vice-president), S. R. Hooper (secretary and treasurer), G. W. Hitchcock, S. H. Hammond, S. E. Armstrong, A. C. Webb, H. L. Tress, and A. A. Oxlade. 

GOLF CLUB'S CAMPAIGN 

The president, is a member of the Palm Beach Golf Club, the originators of the movement. Starting from a desire to conserve Improvements made to the golf course, the scheme has grown until it now has the active support of every member of the Palm Beach community. And the assistance they intend to ask of the Shire Council is a set of regulations governing many vital rights. They will request that Governor Phillip Park be fenced and vehicular traffic prohibited within it, but that a special parking area for cars be defined in a convenient place. Camping areas, too, are to be restricted to certain areas, or totally abolished if a suitable space cannot be allotted. Special supervision of campers and picnickers will be asked for, In view of the possibility of further destruction of timber and natural beauties. Sanitary provision is deemed a necessity, and the committee considers that windmills and storage tanks should be erected to ensure an ample supply of water. Proper control of the golf course and encouragement to tree planting along both the sea and Pittwater fronts will also be requested. The council's sanction and assistance in these matters, residents consider, will make Palm Beach an ideal resort, and best fit it for the development; which must inevitably occur. To substantiate this belief; property owners are willing to contribute a fair share of the cost the proposed Improvements will entail. They call it a "fighting fund for beauty." SAFEGUARDING PALM BEACH (1926, February 5). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 10 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224061225 


Barrenjoey Palm Beach 1925 Item FL3839000, courtesy NSW State Records and Archives

Although NSW Records and Archives records indicate Palm Beach visitors having a bit of a putt in the earliest days of the Barrenjoey Land company 1920's, the official Council permission was granted in May 1926 and the Palm Beach Recreation Club Limited registered in January of that year:

AT PALM BEACH
LINKS APPROVED OF
The Warringah Shire Council gave approval on Monday night to a formal agreement drawn up by the Palm Beach Recreation Club for the formation of a golf links on Governor Phillip Park. 

The agreement provides for the closing of the present road through the park and the construction of a new road in its place. Parking, camping and areas for tennis, bowls, and croquet are included in the specifications, and in order that the club's financial obligations will be liquidated within a definite period, 10 per cent, of the capital outlay is to be paid into a sinking fund each yearAT PALM BEACH (1926, May 26). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 5 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224212779

Warringah Shire Council Minutes of Meetings record:

17. Palm Beach Recreation Club. Ltd. 22.11.26. advising that the Club has appointed Mr. Harriman as Caretaker of the Governor Phillip Park; requesting(1) that two signposts indicating the camping areas be erected, another at the end of the road (Ocean Road extension)indicating - "To Park and Surf", a double one at the junction of New Road, indicating ‘’To Barrenjoey" and to "Ocean Beach and Surf", and (2) that the fees collected from campers be applied towards paying the wages of the caretaker. Resolved, - (Crs. Hope, Hitchcock) That the signs be erected, as requested. Resolved,. (Crs. Hitchcock, Hope) That Caretaker Harriman be given authority to collect camping fees, the fees to be applied towards the payment of his wages. He also be appointed as Honorary Ranger of the Park, the appointment to be under seal of the Council. 

At the Meeting held on 30th of August 1926

Palm Beach Recreation Club, Ltd. 24.8.26. furnishing a particulars or contracts let for improvements on Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach: Resolved, - (Crs-. Hitchcock, Mope) That the Council approve of the tenders set out in the letter. 54A.- Palm Beach Recreation Club, Ltd. 24.8.26. submitting, for execution by the Council, Certificate of Approval in regard to the improvements to be carried out on Governor Philip Park : Resolved, - That, it be pointed out to the Club- that as the Club has now been registered as a Company there will be no delay in the signing of the Agreement, and consequently there is no need for the Certificate of Approval. 

The people behind the Palm Beach Recreation Club 

Palm Beach Recreation Club, Limited, capital £3000, divided Into 600 shares of £5 each. First directors, C. R. Crossman, E. R. MoserH. L. TressA. A. Oxlade, S H. HammondS.B. Hooper, and A. C. F. Webb. COMPANY NEWS. (1926, August 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16329572

However, they had no sooner launched a Palm Beach Golf Club than problems were reported:

PALM BEACH GOLF LINKS 

PUBLIC ORDERED OFF

Councillor Simpson complained at last night's meeting of the Warringah Shire Council that the Palm Beach Golf Club had broken its agreement to allow the public free access to the links. He had sworn declarations from three people that they had been ordered off the area, which was a Government reserve. Council decided to hold a round-table conference with the golf club committee at the council chambers tonight. PALM BEACH GOLF LINKS (1926, December 21). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 15 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224121593

Then there were problems with the newly planted Norfolk pines in the Reserve:

50 PLANTED, 12 REMAIN

PALMS AND PINE TREES THEFTS AT BEACH PARK

Last week 38 young pines and palm trees were stolen from Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach. About a fortnight ago, the Warringah Shire Council planted 50 pines and palms in the park; and when the health Inspector paid a visit seven-days later, he found that all but 13 had been removed. Council decided last night to place the matter In the hands of the police.50 PLANTED, 12 REMAIN (1927, November 1). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 4 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article222742598

A social function held at  then named 'Rendezvous' and the building still next door to the Palm Beach Golf Club's clubhouse:

PALM BEACH GOLF CLUB DANCE

THE Palm Beach Golf Club held the 'first annual ball on Thursday night, at the Rendezvous. There was a full attendance of members and their friends, numbering about two hundred. Besides dancing to' excellent music, there were cards for non-dancers, and the evening was so successful that it was accepted as the augury of future annual functions. 

Among those who attended were Lady Maitland, with her sister, Miss Cook. Mesdames Hammond, A. H. Aplett, W. Woodley, Peters, Rush, A. Broughton, D. B. Wiltshire, M. Hendry, Hooper, Jeremey, and Misses Bellbridge, Molly Hawkes, Kathleen Stranger, Enid Donovan, Coyle, Brown. Hawkes, Garran, Dickson, Phyllis Clarke, and Harper. PALM BEACH (1929, April 7). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 20. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131624961


These chic ladies, during 1930 on the PB Course,. From  Sam Hood 'Home and Away' series Image No:  02970r, circa 1930's Courtesy State Library of NSW.

Palm Beach Again 

PALM BEACH is setting new fashions in all directions, and the vogue is not confined to bathing togs alone. Sydney shrugged its shoulders when it learnt that society danced in. shorts during the season, and now comes word that the "gay young things" are sporting diminutive trousers on the golf links, in place of the usual very smart sports suit. Last week some very "fetching" ones made their appearance on this exclusive sports ground, and the fair wearers could not have been unconscious of the effect, when, in between dips they strolled to the links and played a round or two.  Fancy! (1930, March 10). Daily Pictorial (Sydney, NSW : 1930 - 1931), p. 19. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article246125223



Same group on the course. Hood Image 02978r courtesy State Library of NSW.  Their names are in this article from the same year;



holiday parade at palm beach, The Home : an Australian quarterly. Vol. 11 No. 2 (1 February 1930)  Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-389238046

Milk For Your Tea - Let The Cows Roam Free

Originally there was no fence between the park and the course. In 1932 the course was fenced with a low painted rail fence and white painted stones marked the tees.  

However, residents of Waratah road Palm Beach kept cows that would wander over to the greens for a feed, as can be seen by the short state of the grass in the above photos. Although this may have kept the golf course grass shorter, the impact of hooves on paddocks would have caused divots that had nothing to do with golf. 

One newspaper item states:

PALM BEACH NUISANCE Straying Stock to Stop

Complaints of straying stock at Palm Beach have been the subject of protests to Warringah Council by the N.R.M.A., which is satisfied that the annoyance will soon be stopped. Action was first taken by the association some time ago, with satisfactory results, but recently further complaints have been received. 

In a letter to "The Sun" seeking assistance in securing relief from the straying stock nuisance, Mr. John S. Dence, of Palm Beach, suggests that the grazing of cattle within the golf links, camping reserve and beach areas should be prohibited. He Instances damage to gardens, hedges and ornamental trees in support of his protest, and says that 30 cows were counted on one day alone. PALM BEACH NUISANCE (1933, November 28). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 8 (CRICKET STUMPS). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230196267

Cows weren't the only nuisance at Palm Beach that year:

BULLETS CLOSE
PALM BEACH SHOOTERS WERE A DANGER

"When a party of men was shooting at birds at Palm Beach on Sunday a shot was aimed in the direction of children on the beach," said the honorary director of the Australian Bushland Conservation Association (Mr. J. D. Tripper) last night. 

"Many bullets went dangerously close to cars on the main roads." 

Mr. Tripper expressed appreciation of the act of a motorist who, at the request of an officer of the Association, went for police assistance. 

Recently cows of an agent of the association were maimed because, it is alleged, he reported cases of bird shooting at Palm Beach, which is a bird sanctuary. BULLETS CLOSE (1933, February 28). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article247109941

The cows belonged to residents - the Goddard, Gonsalves and Verrills families in particular, then among the first residents in Waratah road. These three cow photos feature Madge Madeline (Madge) Lillian Gonsalves (1906-1981) at their property at lot 13 and 14 Waratah Road, Palm Beach. Photos courtesy Goddard Family:





Bert (Albert) Verrills and his building crew in 1920 in Waratah Road Palm Beach. Back of the photo lists the names of those pictured, from left to right from back to front row, and shows this includes Architect Henry Wilshire (at the back, 3rd from right with rag hat), who had so much to do with so many early buildings in Palm Beach. Photo courtesy Goddard Family

Residents also had their horses down on this flat of green. Herminie Swainston, who lived up on Sunrise road, being one of these. Herminie shared:

As a child I helped collect manure from Palm Beach Golf Course for the garden. 
The milkman's horse waited patiently until the milkman called for him to move on a bit and stop. The milkman tipped the milk from his dipper into the billy hanging on our fence. The milk probably wasn't even pasteurised. We didn't get sick though. The hooks are still there. Bread was delivered, and ice too, until we got a kerosene refrigerator. After that mum used the ice chest as a slow cooking box. I still have it.

I roamed around Avalon on horseback. We sometimes rode in the surf. We rode to St Ives Shows and Blackbutts Gymkhanas.

At Governor Phillip Park I liked the little tents with gardens bordered with beer bottles and names like 'Doo-Drop-inn', 'Havachat' and 'Dunroamin'.

Above: EB Studios (Sydney, N.S.W.). 1917, Panorama of Palm Beach, New South Wales, 13 , retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-162489097

PIC P865 LOC photographs in Hurley Stack 52/4-Enemark collection of panoramic photographs [picture]/Panorama of Palm Beach, New South Wales, 13 [picture] - Below: sections from showing cows and horses on the golf course


Further, once they were banned from their happy ambles, things became a little weedy:

BAN ON COWS BLAMED FOR BUSHFIRES

Mr. J. .A. Small blames the local ban on cows for bushfires in the Palm Beach- Barrenjoey area.

Mr. Small, a Palm Beach estate agent, was speaking at a meeting of the Parks and Play-grounds Movement this week. 

He said "that about five years' ago many cows grazed in the area. .

"The cows belonged to local dairy - farmers,", he said. "Then Palm Beach residents complained to Warringah Council that the cows wandered into their gardens and ate ' the flowers. 

''Warringah Council banned dairy farmers from grazing cattle in the area. "The cows ' ate the undergrowth, minimising the risk of bushfires. 

"Now the undergrowth is very high. . 

"We have had several bad fires on Barrenjoey since the cows left. 

"Koala bears are no good. 

"They only eat the top growth. 

"I wish the cows were back again." BAN ON COWS BLAMED FOR BUSHFIRES (1949, May 8). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article248245438


Above and Below: Palm Beach Golf Course - from Album 54 aerial views of Sydney golf courses by Hall & Co., circa. 1932(?) Images No. a2802046 and a2802045. Courtesy State Library of NSW


A 1934 description of a day on the Palm Beach golf greens:

JOTTINGS ON SPORT. SEASHORE GOLF. A Day At Palm Beach.

Before we take our readers around the links at Palm Beach we should like to say a few words on the clubhouse steps, lest they misunderstand the nature of the links. It is only a small nine-hole course, but possibly, it is one of the prettiest courses in the State, particularly in the late afternoon, with the sun setting behind the wooded hills of Kuring-gai Chase Lion Island rampant in the north, and Barrenjoey overlooking the peaceful calm of Pittwater

To the ordinary golfer the course is probably not difficult, especially of late, with the splendid improvements made by the enthusiastic club officials but our point is, that Palm Beach is remarkable, in that so many who use the links in holiday time are not golfers.

One other thing-if the course is not difficult to the golf, its environs are, and it is in the environs that we spent our round, and because so many others are just beginners they too spend most of their time on the seashore, in the timber, winding a club around the windmill, or playing "catch-as-catch-can" with the trees. If the environs were removed from the links the poor beginner would have a chance-on the other hand, it would take "the spice" from the game and spoil the beauty of the links-that must never happen.

We were invited to Palm Beach for a surf and some golf  yesterday It is an enchanting place, and the golf links, after an hour on the beach seemed most inviting.

Lazily we made out way to the first tee observing the rather crowded combe and commenting upon the number of people with clubs in hand who were exploring the seashore that ran parallel with the first three holes. We were not to wonder for long.

After several impressive practice swings we teed up and approached the first green, but not quite in the manner we expected Being slightly off the line with out first shots, we found ourselves nicely ensconced in a cluster of seaweed-in fact, we had joined the exploring party on the shore. The weed was there in layers, and, no doubt, the golf club will offer a handsome reward to the pet son discovering some sea monsters that will appear at regular intervals to eat up the weed on the shore

Carefully selecting our wood, when the exasperating search came to an end, we 'exploded 'in more ways than one. The ball had moved exactly two feet and was now lying on the sand surrounded by still more weed. Having exploited every club, the green was at last reached, but we thought It wiser not to keep a card.

The second hole was even more disconcerting. Another sojourn on the weed brought about an excursion into the water. We now realised why so many players wore shorts, but a bathing costume was often necessary. We picked up and wondered what luck we would find at the third. It wasn't quite so bad; a shovel would have been useful in some parts of the "rough," but we gathered strength from this effort to continue.

We were unprepared for the jungle that con-fronted us at the fourth. The best drives were ruined by the "come-back" propensities of the timber. We thought it better to admire the stalwart gums than to try to play golf, a comptometer would have been essential to count the number of strokes.

Finding very little "pleasure in the pathless woods," we continued on our way, tilting at the windmill in the manner of a Quixote, visiting the camping area beyond the links, only to find the wretched little ball in a somewhat impossible "lie"-reposing in the frying-pan with the camper's midday meal-finally we approached the ninth.

The ninth gave us the "all clear signal"-surely we could not be utter "goofs" and get into trouble at this delightful hole. It was our best hole as it happened, but to our chagrin we didn't miss an innocuous bunker lying in front of the green. The attempts of one of the party to get out of it gave pleasure to a crowd of derisive schoolboys. Using her mashie niblick, she drove it straight into a wall of sand, and the resultant sandstorm well-nigh buried her. 

JOTTINGS ON SPORT. (1934, January 18). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20 Supplement: Women's Supplement. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17041143


Palm Beach Golf Course circa 1933-39, showing tents of campers in background and Barrenjoey Boathouse and trees on golf link greens. Courtesy National Museum of Australia, from Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1. And below one prior to the Barrenjoey Boatshed being built and tarred roads from the same collection:



Palm Beach Golf Course Links circa 1935. Photo courtesy NSW State Records and Archives


Barrenjoey Road running down to meet Beach road, showing view west over Waratah road, circa 1935. Photo courtesy NSW State Records and Archives

Kosy Kamp - beside the Palm Beach Golf course, from Album 'Xmas campers at Narrabeen & Palm Beach, 21 December 1938 / photographs by Ted Hood, SLNSW_FL19123135, courtesy State Library of New South Wales. The above an below photos show the fence put in.


Bob Park and his nephew from Album 'Xmas campers at Narrabeen & Palm Beach, 21 December 1938 / photographs by Ted Hood, SLNSW_FL19113978 courtesy State Library of New South Wales.

Supervision of the camping area provided some funding for the Palm Beach Golf Club to maintain that area of Governor Phillip Park and a narrative with the council. A few notes from the Minutes of Meetings record:

Warringah Shire Council Meeting of April 18th 1939:

that the Palm Bleach Golf Club be permitted to retain control of the camping area. 34a. John S. Dence, 13/4/39, on same matter and stating that without any reflection on the management of the club. He considers the Council's move a wise one. Referred to the Special Meeting. 26.Palm Beach Progress Assoc., 4/4/39, setting out the Association's views in regard to the restriction and supervision of camping in the Palm Beach district generally. 

Warringah Shire Council Meeting of May 2nd 1939:

39. Maund & Kelynack, Shire Solicitors, 20/4/39, submitting, for affixing of Council's Seal, Deed of assignment executed by Palm Beach Recreation Club Ltd. and Palm Beach Golf Club. Referred to the Shire Clerk for report.

August 8th, 1939:

5. Re Palm Beach Golf Club's offer to sell to Council the Governor Phillip camping area plant, incinerators, garbage bins, iron fence pickets; &c: Resolved - That the Club be offered £9.9.0 Park for the lot. (Crs. Campbell, Butcher) 

Warringah Shire Council Meeting of August 28th, 1939

Camping Area Plant 

41. Palm Beach Golf Club, 15/8/39, further re offer to sell certain items of plant at Governor Phillip Park to the Council,  stating they are comparatively new and cost the Club £23.14.0,  and suggesting the Council might fairly pay £15 for the lot. Resolved, - That the Council adhere to its previous offer of £9.9.0. (Crs. Butcher, Campbell) (A motion by Cr. Nicholas, seconded by Cr. Batho, that £12.10.0, be offered for the plant was lost.)

September 9 1939:

Chief Health Inspectors Report

 4. Re Camping on Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach, and recommending that an additional area, about.150 yards from Ocean Road northwards along the golf links area be used a for camping: Resolved, _That the recommendation be adopted. (Crs. Hitchcock, Campbell) 

Motions: Cr. Hitchcock moved _'That the Council take steps to erect a residence for the Collector on Governor Phillip Park Park camping area, Palm Beach. At the request of the President, Cr. Hitchcock included Lake Park in the motion, which was seconded by Cr. Savage and carried. The Shire Engineer was instructed to prepare plans and specifications and estimates for submission to Council.

September 19th, 1939:

QUESTIONS. The following . questions, submitted without notice by the Councillors named, were answered by the President in the affirmative unless otherwise stated, By Cr. Hitchcock - There appears to be no supervision of the marking out by means of pegs of the parking area at Palm Palm Beach Beach: Could some old bricks or pegs be sent out for the Reserves purpose? By Cr. Hitchcock - There appears to be lack of uniformity regarding the sizes of the camping lots on Governor Phillip Park: Could attention be given this matter? The President Phillip said that a plan would be obtained from the Palm Beach Golf Park Club. Cr. Hitchcock referred to some alterations in the level of Palm Beach Road and to an interview which members of the Works Committee had with Mr. Hobbs' Architect some time ago. 



Palm Beach Golf Club - Christmas 1937, courtesy the Goddard Family.



Palm Beach Golf Course 1945, Item: FL3734311, courtesy NSW State Records and Archives


Palm Beach 1946, showing Governor Phillip Reserve camping area with golf course to the left. Item: FL3733992, courtesy NSW State Records and Archives

Hurley, Frank. (circa 1947). Palm Beach camping reserve [Sydney] Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-157497219 - enlarged section from this image.

Palm Beach and coast from album Palm Beach, Whale Beach and coast. Item 13: Milton Kent aerial views of Avalon, Bronte, Palm Beach and Sydney, ca. 1946-1948 Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales. Item c078890003

The Palm Beach camping grounds in Governor Phillip Park continued throughout the 1960's although by 1965, more concerted efforts were being made to close the grounds, just as they had persisted for decades by then. Early in the 1970's Warringah Shire Council’s zoning laws forced the closure of the camping ground. By 1975 all the canvas, for a weekend or as a more permanent home, was gone.

 Palm Beach camping ground, circa 1955 - photo courtesy Dave Whiteman - taken from a family slide


Palm Beach Golf Club Celebrities

Palm Beach Golf Club has hosted its fair share of celebrities since its earliest days - apart from the 'society people' who made the Barrenjoey end of the peninsula their playground during the 'Season', there were players and politicians who liked using the course as well. It was during these years that this renowned course, and her teachers, gave NSW golf some of the best amateurs (no one was paid then) to make and break records. 

The first and perhaps most well known is Joan Hammond. Joan’s family would holiday at Palm Beach and Joan was encouraged by her father, Samuel Hood Hammond, who bought 2 blocks of land from the Golf Links Estate and was part of the original Company set up to make this a great venture(lots 12 and 13 on Northview road, Vol/Fol 3709-223 - 1925 Certificate of Title) to take up golf, after a bad accident which damaged her arm, to strengthen this arm:

"I began to play golf," said Miss Hammond, "in a most haphazard fashion. My family thought it would help to strengthen my arm if I played golf regularly. I was at boarding school at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Pymble, so that few opportunities for golf arose, but in the holidays at Palm Beach I spent my days in the water or on the links. I played with the men, and that is one reason why I think I got on so quickly. They were so much better than I was that I always had good opponents to try to emulate."

Her first competition was won at thirteen years of age at Palm Beach, and then when she was a year older she won the Palm Beach championship, and held it for three successive years. At sixteen she entered for the junior championship of New South Wales and won it on her first appearance. This was in 1929. Miss Hammond was again successful in 1930. "But I was ineligible by one day to compete for the third year," she said. , ‘I think I was the first to begin surfboard riding among the  girls at Palm Beach," she said; .'to me I think it is one of the most exciting sports."  Sailing has always been one of Miss Hammonds chief Interests. Jottings on Sport. (1935, November 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20 Supplement: Women's Supplement. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17212374

Joan Hammond, 1935-36, Australian Golf Club (Rosebery, N.S.W.)  Home and Away Hood Image 32922, courtesy State Library of NSW

Shortly before her death this lady was interviewed at length and her origins at Palm Beach golf course was spoken of: 

Well, we had a weekend place at Palm Beach, north of Sydney, and there again my father gave me a little set of golf clubs, as ... a miniature set, at first to try,... our place was right on the golf links and the ninth green — it was a short course, only nine holes, and the ninth green was right by our front verandah,... our old home is now the clubhouse, and I used to just hop over and practise on the ninth green, and putt and chip and do these things, and then I got a full set. Not only, I think, as we said in those days a driver — you don't call them that today: they're numbered one, two, three and four, etc — but I had a driver, I had a clique, I had a machet and a putter but they were the full, and ... eventually, friends of my father, three very well-known Sydney men who used to come to Palm Beach, I can remember them now, there was Percy Hunter, Alan Box and a Mr Moses, I never knew his other name, and these three men one day they called over and said, ‘Would Joan like to join us and make a four?’ So I did. And from that time on, I made a four when I came back from school in the holidays, this time of the year, Christmas always, I played with these three men, and so my game ... I never had a lesson, but I learned from watching them, and hitting just as they did, and Alan Box was a very good golfer, Percy Hunter was ... not that I knew it, I didn't, I just knew Mr Hunter and Mr Box and ... just played the game and enjoyed every moment of it. 

That was another thing, I was very naive, and I went on being very naive for many many many years because I don't know whether they had bets on the go ... on the side, but I expect they do — all the men did evidently — and I never knew anything about having bets, and even in my championship, when I was winning the championships, there the caddies would be betting, and my ... evidently my opponents were betting and I ... betting was going on everywhere, but I didn't know, and for some ... reason, nobody even thought of asking me to put money up or would I play for so much or anything. I had ... I was never asked, they must have known that I wouldn't know what they were talking about anyhow. So my golf improved because of playing with these men, and that's really how I learned to hit through and, you might say, put some oomph into it. - Joan Hammond on Palm Beach Golf Course and Clubhouse from transcription of Biography: From; Aust. Govt. Biographies HERE 

Miss Hammond won the women's junior golf championship for New South Wales in 1929, and the women's state championship in 1932, 1934, and 1935. 1929 was also the year her father lost all his wealth and the family fortunes changed. Joan Hammond had always wanted to sing though and in 1935, through Sydney wide golf club and community group support through the ‘Joan Hammond Fund’ she was enabled to go to Vienna to study. This support continued throughout her studies. 

GALA FAREWELL

To Joan Hammond FUND TOTALS £1250

If Miss Joan Hammond needed any further encouragement before she sails by the Dagfred tomorrow to continue her singing studies in Vienna, the large attendance, floral tribute and spontaneous applause in the Town Hall last night for her farewell concert must certainly have supplied it. 

A LOVELY frock of chalk- blue chiffon, falling In graceful folds and made with a sequin studded yoke, belt and wrist bands, was worn by the singer, who received numbers of baskets and bouquets of flowers at the conclusion of the first half of the programme. A huge spray of lily of the valley with an exquisite mauve orchid as a centre piece was pinned, to the frock of deep amythest color worn by Miss Gladys Moncrieff, who with Miss Beatrice Tange, Miss Lillian Frost, Messrs. Lionel Lawson, Sidney Burchall, Frank Hutchens, Lindley Evans and the Mastersingers Male Quartet, was an assisting artist. Miss Tange's moulded frock of silver lame had a band of shirring down the centre front as its only adornment. 

Lady Gordon, whose frock of black crepe was embroidered In a small gold motif; Mrs. Penfold Hyland, who wore a moulded frock of black novelty crepe with long shoulder draperies, and Miss Leo Wray, who pinned a spray of lily of the valley on the shoulder of her tailored black velvet frock, were the organisers of the concert. At its conclusion Miss Wray thanked all those who had assisted with the concert and with similar entertainments for the Joan Hammond Fund and announced that the committee had achieved its objective and was sending Miss Hammond abroad with the sum of £1250. 

Although black was foremast in the frocking of the audience floral sprays and posies gave color relief. Feople well-known in musical and golfing circles were noticeable among those present. 

Singer's Parents Attend 

In the audience were the singer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Hood-Hammond, the latter In a black velvet frock and short coat of lotus blue velvet, and the Messrs. Noel and Len Hood Hammond, Mrs. A. E. Andrews (Joint-treasurer of the fund), who covered her black frock with a net cape banded in ruchings of black satin, Mr. and Mrs. W. Bowie, Mrs. N. McGhie, Misses M. and B. Blomfield, Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Friend, Mr. and Mrs. Delamore McCay, the latter in a frock of black sheer, with draperies shirred at the shoulder line, Mrs. Charles Rundle, Mrs. Roland Foster, Miss Eileen Boyd, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Buclcland, Miss A. Casey and Mrs. H. McCoy. Lady Julius, who wore a short black velvet cape over hor black gown, was accompanied by Mrs. J. L. Ruthven, who was also In blnck, and who added a black velvot coat with on ermine collar, and others present were Mr. nnd Mrs. M. Leventhal, the latter In navy and white floured satin, with elbow length oufit of white fox fur, Dr. and Mrs. Hugh' Poate, Miss Enid Driscoll, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dixson, Mr. nnd Mrs. David Maughan, and the Misses Joan and Jennifer Maughan, Miss Judy Molesworth, Mrs. W. A, Mackay, Lady Wilson, the Misses Audrey and Joy Wilson, Mrs. R. H. Bettington, Mr. Andrew Reid, Mrs. T. Nixon. Miss M. Gould, and Mr. Clive Ogilvy. Mrs. Clive Robinson assisted with the programme arrangements, and the programme sellers Included Misses June Munro, Noppy Wilkinson. Bettie Buchanan, Joy Berrington, Dorise Hill, Judy Burleigh. Pat Goldsmid, Betty McDonnell, Gladys Fortescue. Meryl Sherwood, and Peggy Stuart.  GALA FAREWELL (1936, April 3). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 14 (COUNTRY EDITION). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230828014

This lady went on to become a world renowned soprano, selling over 1 million copies of her recording of the aria "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi. Recorded in English under the title "O My Beloved Father", Ms Hammond received a Gold Record award for 1 million sold copies on 27 August 1969. 

MISS JOAN HAMMOND. Sportswoman and Songster. FROM GOLF TO GRAND OPERA. "Just as my championship golf career had an unexpected beginning so ii is to have a sudden end," said Miss Joan Hammond, the associate golf champion of New South Wales. Miss Hammond will leave for Vienna early in the new year to finish her musical education, and, as she possesses a voice of rare quality, it is expected that Australia will soon possess another singer of international fame.

MISS HAMMOND was expected by many to gain an international reputation as a golfer if she was given the opportunity of competition overseas. Now in the space of a few months the whole aspect of her career has changed. Miss Hammond, despite her versatility on the sports field, has always placed singing before everything else. She has appeared on the opera stage in Sydney as recently as this year with the Fuller company, and in the hope that she would one day be given her big chance she has continued her linguistic as well as her musical education. Fortune smiled on her a few months ago when Lady Hore-Ruthven heard her sing at an afternoon function. Lady Hore-Ruthven's extensive knowledge of music-she finished her musical studies in Vienna-recognised the beauty of Miss Hammond's voice, and she has been a fairy godmother to her ever since.Jottings on Sport

The committee in charge of the Joan Hammond Fund is holding a novelty event at the Palm  Beach Golf Club on May 15 The event will be a Canadian foursome, and players will be restricted to the use of three clubs each The day will be more of a picnic outing than one of serious competition Entries will close on May 8 GOLF SEASON OPENS. (1939, April 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 32. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17578755

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1953, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her singing. In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1963 she was promoted to Commander (CBE). In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1974 she was promoted within the order to Dame Commander (DBE) for distinguished services to singing. In the New Year's Day Honours of 1972 she was made a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to young opera singers.


Dame Joan Hammond in opera gown

Joan Hilda Hood Hammond was born in Christchurch, New Zealand on May 24th, 1912, just six months after her family arrived there. Her father, Samuel Hood, was born in England. He married his first wife, Edith, then left her and took up with Hammond's mother, Hilda Blandford, by whom he also had two sons in England. He informally added "Hammond" to his name and they represented themselves as "Mr and Mrs Samuel H. Hammond" although they were not married at the time. 

Joan was six months old when her family moved again, to Sydney, Australia. Her parents finally married in Sydney on 25 May 1927, the day after her 15th birthday. She attended Pymble Ladies' College and excelled in both sports and music. She studied violin and singing at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, and played violin for three years with the Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra before studying singing in Vienna in 1936.

While Joan Hammond was beloved of the public, others were creating notoriety for themselves. In 1931 one of the, then, longest divorce cases between grazier and master butcher Sydney John Field and his soon to be ex-wife Ivy Gladys brought up the subject of other goings on on the greens; 

IN DIVORCE. (Before the Judge in Divorce, Mr. Justice Owen.) FIELD V FIELD. The hearing was continued of the consolidated suit In which Ivy Gladys Field (formerly Ongley) and her husband, Sydney John Field,  master butcher and grazier, on the ground of his alleged adultery with Clare Meta Wilson, who was given leave to intervene. are both petitioning for divorce on the ground of adultery, the wife adding the issue of cruelty. Ronald Nott, one of the three co-respondents, cross-examined by Mr Maxwell, K C, said he paid the rent of Mr Powell’s house in Portland-street on one occasion Asked to produce his cheque-butts for the years 1929-1930-1931, witness said they were all destroyed

Mr Maxwell asked the witness how a surf towel given him by Mr Field last Christmas came to be found in the Portland-street house Mr Nott explained that he brought It up from Palm Beach to get it washed at Ms sister's, at Rose Bay He called at Portland-street, and left the towel there by mistake Mr Maxwell Will you swear that you were not at the Powells on January 3 last?-YesI was at Palm Beach, and did not come up until January 7

Frances Alice Burgess, wife of a Melbourne barrister, and a sister of the co-respondent, Nott, said she remembered witnessing a meeting between her brother and Mr Field, at the Palm Beach golf course in 1930. She noticed that they were not speaking to one another, and asked the reason Mr Field said, "We had a bit of  a tiff There was nothing in it and I have forgotten all about it I have got nothing against Ronnie at all " Mr Will Prior, who was present, said "Shake hands and don't be foolish " They did so, and were good friends again. The suit is part heard. IN DIVORCE. (1931, December 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16818748

1939 was a good year for being social: 

Member Entertained. Associates of the Palm Beach Golf Club entertained one of their members, Mrs. J. F. Giles, at afternoon tea at the club house on Saturday afternoon to say farewell. Mrs. Giles will leave with her husband in the Orion on March 22 for a tour of England and the Continent. She was presented with a travelling bag. On Friday a number of friends entertained her at Farmer's, and presented her with a travelling case. SOCIAL AND PERSONAL. (1939, March 13). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17584208

A few years later the second lady champion to rise from these Palm Beach Golf Club greens: 

The winner of the "Golf In Australia" Cup, Miss Pat Borthwick, is only 13 years of age. Her net score of 02 was four strokes below the scratch score. She played in her school tunic, and since there are years of junior golf ahead of her, she would win the junior title eventually if she continues to improve. Her game was learnt on the Palm Beach course during the school holidays and it is from that club she entered the competition. MISS BARBARA CRAGO'S RECORD. (1939, June 1). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 24. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17599171

Seventeen years later this girl was still winning:

N.S.W. CHAMPION LEADING IN  WOMEN'S GOLF MELBOURNE, Thursday.  Miss Pat Borthwick, NSW champion, took two strokes off the course record at Commonwealth Links when she finished the leader in today's qualifying round of the Women's National Golf Championship. Her record of 76, automatically reduces her handicap of 3, the lowest held by any woman golfer in Australia. N.S.W. CHAMPION LEADING IN WOMEN'S GOLF. (1948, September 24). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2767453

MISS BORTHWICK WINS WOMENS GOLF MELBOURNE, Thursday. In a keenly fought match, in which fortunes fluctuated throughout, Miss Pat Borthwick (N.S.W.) defeated Miss Joan Fletcher (Q.), 5 and 4 in the final of the women's golf championship to-day. Miss Borthwick had a scratchy start, but went to one up at the9th, then lost four holes In a row. Fighting back she held Miss Fletcher to one hole at the 18th,and led two up at the 27th. MISS BORTHWICK WINS WOMEN'S GOLF. (1948, October 1).The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2768588

In 1950, when she sailed for England as part of the Australian Women's Golf Team, she was Australian as well as NSW champion. 

Members of the Australian Women's Golf Team who sailed for England yesterday,  11 April 1950. Left-right: Miss Pat Borthwick (Aust. and N.S.W. champion),  Burtta Cheney (Vic.), Joan Fletcher (Qld) Maxine Bishop (W.A.), Miss Cheney is not a member of the team but is travelling to England and will play the Women's Open Golf Championship in Ireland. Photo courtesy State library of Western Australia

While Pat Borthwick was away, winning, a few birds were playing with those who played on the links:

THOSE PALM BEACH CROWS who have an appetite for golf balls. Captain "Dusty" Rhodes with skill and cunning had managed to collect half-a-dozen new (repeat, new) golf balls and set off to enjoy a round or two with Rear-Admiral G. D. Moore. . . No sooner did they drive off with the new balls than the crows swooped and "holed in one" . . .Sydney's Talking About—. (1947, March 6). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18005688

Another Palm Beach Golf Course regular regular was former Australian Prime Minister 'Billy' Hughes, renowned among Palm Beach residents of then for 'yelling his way through Christmas' from the 1920's on.


New South Wales Post Offices photo album - Palm Beach [black and white photograph] circa1901 - circa1938 - National Archives of Australia image No.: B5919 - This was opposite the current day Palm Beach RSL and was purchased by them and demolished so the land could be used as a car park.

Goddard family records state: 
On the 22nd of March 1915, Henry William Meggitt purchased lot 58 from The Barrenjoey Company Limited. It was then transferred to Charles John Hastie on the 29th of September 1916 and then to Alice Janet Hodge on the 21st of March 1921. The Hodge family finally sold it to Ivan Repin on the 19th of May 1949. On the 7th of November 1973, it was transferred to Alfred Perkins Curtis, Rex Barnes Lee and Fredrick Leonard Verrills as joint tenants and company directors. At this point, it was Palm Beach RSL Property, and the house was demolished to make way for the club car park.

Alice Janet Slaughter (Hodge) (1868-1945) was the postmistress by at least 1915. She operated the service from her house at 1066 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach (lot 58). Alice was married to William Hodge (1862-1945) on the 25th of October 1885 in Cawston, Norfolk, England. One of their daughters, Florence Hodge (1888-1955), went on to marry Albert George Wandstead Verrills (1885-1960).

This was the also the site for the telephone booth from which William Hughes could be heard 'yelling' over the Summer of 1933/34. There are a few versions of the Billy Hughes yelling at the Post Office phone booth around, one of the better ones stems from The Australian Women's Weekly:

CUSTOMER SERVICES 
A CABINET MINISTER

The Welsh are renowned as singers and poets, and the exuberant W. M. (Billy) Hughes -farmhand turned peppery politician - proved true to his roots when he unleashed a letter on the deputy director of Posts and Telegraphs, Mr J. W. Kitto, early in 1934.

He opened: "All Hail! Thane of Cawdor and Worker of Mighty Miracles."

What had this so-civil civil servant done to merit such a salutation from the man who had been probably Australia's most colourful Prime Minister? He had installed a soundproof telephone box outside the Palm Beach Post Office, about 35 kilometres north of Sydney.

The testy "little digger" -who migrated to Australia in 1884, became Prime Minister and later founder of the Australian Party - had been "rusticating" at the coastal resort. But it was rather more rustic than he appreciated, particularly when it came to the whole settlement discovering the details of his financial affairs.

In a letter dated February 7, 1934, Mr Hughes (then Minister for Health and Repatriation) complained light-heartedly but still passionately about the "only public telephone available" at Palm Beach. Outside the Post Office, it was "exposed to the fierce glare of the sun and the biting westerlies and heavy rain."

He added: "There is no privacy. Every word a sender utters can be heard by the crowd on the Post Office verandah, and the passers by along the road - to say nothing of the neighbours in the adjoining houses."

Mr Kitto was galvanized into action. A bare two days later, on February 9, he responded: "lt is regrettable that the joy of your holiday at Palm Beach should in any way be dimmed by this de-partment's shortcoming."

Billy Hughes "whispered in the Ear of the Genie" and a telephone box appeared.

He acknowledged "the general need for a full-length public telephone cabinet" and assured Mr Hughes: "Palm Beach will receive first attention." And he made sure it did. On February 12 Mr Hughes fired back his "All Hail!" epistle.

The former war leader continued: "You have restored my fading faith in the efficacy of petitions respectfully worded and en-ding, as is seemly, in prayer.

Wonderful! Wonderful!

"On Friday, going to the Post Office, whilst yet the day was young, musing on things in general and the inanity and ineptitude of governments in particular, contrasting sadly the de-generacy of the present age with the bounding vivacity and virility of other days, I raised my eyes in mute ap-peal to the heavens, when lo! a wondrous Vision swam before them.

"In the place of that rank and hideous ruin that had disfigured the fair landscape by its rude and wretched mechanism, had provoked even the righteous to pro-fane and lurid words and evoked scornful derision from the ungodly, there stood, passing fair, a lovely CABINET, standing shyly like a young maiden in some Arcadian Grove, awaiting the coming of her lover. . .

"Like Aladdin, I had rubbed the Magic Lamp and whispered in the Ear of the Genie. And he had gone straight away and got the dashed thing. Wonderful and splendid . . .

"When you come down to Palm Beach . . . you will come to the Post Office and look at the Lovely Cabinet and be able to say with Horace, 'Exegi Monumentum perennius aere' - 'I have reared for myself a monument more enduring than brass and loftier than the pyramids'."
A CABINET AFFAIR (1979, March 21). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 84. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47474046

A few 'Billy' Hughes golfing at Palm Beach notes from the pages of the past:

BILLY HUGHES, OF PALM BEACH.
At Palm Beach's committee meeting, last Sunday, Mr. W. M. Hughes, M.H.R., was elected a vice-president. The ex-Prime Minister has a week-end cottage there. Austin Dellitt. A. Goddard, L. A. Palmer, and S. Gonsalves have been appointed beach inspectors. The club's annual carnival takes place on New Year's Day. TAMARAMA BEACH (1923, November 9). Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1916 - 1933), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103541164

A NEW W. M. Hughes' golf story.
The ex-Prime Minister, as slight as ever (his normal weight is 7st), played golf during the holidays at Palm Beach (N.S.W.), where some of the fairways run parallel. On this seaside course, Hughes has been wearing shorts. The other day a ball fell perilously close to him, and he 'had gone only a further few yards when down came another.
"Hey, you blankers," yelled the infuriated "Billy," "do you think I'm the ruddy flag stick?" THE FOOZILIERS (1934, April 7). Smith's Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1919 - 1950), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article235489234

Billy Picks His Own Tee 
As'' soon .as the sun goes off the boil the Palm Beach summer-steadies begin to cast unfaithful eyes in other directions . . and by this time of the year they've shaken the sand well out of their shoes. The regulars have the place to themselves ... 
Dr. Robert Mackay thinks It's a good time to be building a new I garage . . . so the thing's started, You know how ..he likes to hover about with a few chunks of stone and some cement.  Never seen anything more attractive than the bedrooms and the workrooms he built under Tolco, the family hang-out at the Beach, latch windows and all. 
"Nice terrace," said I, admiring more of his handiwork. 
"We call it the piazza,' he corrected with a twinkle. " By the way, the Mackays have got their cowbell back . . . some bright young, things got away with it at a treasure hunt . . . but Robert heard its familiar ring sounding ; someone's "Come and get it" . . . Invited himself in and claimed it.  
Another regular down most weekends is Percy Hunter . . . evidently very partial to his shorts, old -felt hat, sandshoes . .' . and spectacles on a dressy cord, around his neck.
Percy tells me he's in approval of the new bunkering at the golf course . . . and that brings me to our celebrated Billy Hughes . . . usually resplendent on the links in a formal coat and hat, informal shorts and golf socks. This is his game ... as it was told to me: — "Picks the busiest time to play . . . and cuts in . . . plays anyone's ball and plays from any tee." 
Well, that's what I call matey golf.  I think Billy should be' told . . , he'd be awfully nice about it. . . . 
A pair who look on Palm Beach as a retreat providing all-the-year-round golf are the David Fullerton's. Ide's one of the Beach's better golfers-. . . plays to 10 ... a ' Lakes associate. Ide is one of the very earliest Palm Beachers ... went down in post- romper days.  
Daughter of one of the city's commercial wizards, R. B Orchard. R.B. built Penzance, in Florida Road ...  

A Sigh For The Old Days 
Road, when there were only about five other houses on the .beach side, and the Peters family, lived in an elaborate group of tents on the land where their house is now. 

Those were the old matey days, when Gow's store, on the 'Pittwater side, was the rendezvous for all the beachers, and when sometimes the trip down had to be made by boat from Newport to Gow's because the roads were blocked. 
Whale Beach, next door, was hardly recognised as a beach at all in those days . . . but Mrs. Fay Gehde had discovered it, and built Mount Tomah . . . the third house there. The car used to be parked where the road ended and the rest of the trip was done on foot.
The first permanent campers at Palm Beach were Mr. and Mrs. Laddie Cummings. Five years ago they put up what was then a very modern mod. con. camp behind the golf clubhouse . . . and have been going there for holidays and week-ends ever since. They're golfers, too . . . Beatrice is captain of the Northbridge associates. 
In between trips to Canberra the Percy Spenders go' to Palm Beach to retreat, relax, and read . . . Percy's engrossed with "Josephus" at the moment . . . they'll probably be spending the law vac. in July at the Beach. 

Dr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Maitland were clown last week-end in Lady Maitland's stone house, Lethington. Alice tells me her mother, Lady Carruthers has had her first air mail letter from daughters Peggy and Mrs. K. Mnclntyre . . . just arrived in England by the Orama after a wonderful trip. They've been doing London with Lady Maitland, and say Lady M.'s looking mighty fit .. . she's keeping house for Dr. Herbert Maitland in Surrey. 
The name Ralston, of course, Is synonymous with Palm Beach . . . Nora and John arc down most winter week-ends. Nora's got the fishing bug badly . . . she and John make a twosome in a boat off Lion Island and or round the corner to Whale Beach . . . it's becoming quite the thing among the marrieds down there. Even Nora's town interests at the moment are Palm Bcachy . . . the Surf Life-Saving Club's dance . , . they're trying Grace Brothers' new auditorium this year . , , and it's on July 7. Continued On Page Five
Billy Picks His Own Tee (1938, June 19). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 1 (Women's Section). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article231038814

Through the week I saw Gwen Stark oiling herself — declares she won't have a real golfer's skin for anyone. She was about to enjoy a surf after a round of golf with 'Billy'' Hughes, and having a cup of tea with the 'Cabinet.' as she put it. as later Sir Earle Page arrived to talk with the Hon. W. M. Hughes.
By the way, that reminds me! You should have seen the latter turning a complete somersault on the gymnasium rings. Congratulations, 'Billy'. you put the P.B. Stalwarts to shame! PALM BEACH LETTER (1940, January 14). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 35. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169116986

Billy's Busy Birthday 
SYDNEY, Wednesday.-
"I'll talk about politics if you like or the international situation, but I won't talk this blithering twaddle." It was the Federal Attorney-General (Mr. Hughes). and the "twaddle" was his birthday. Mr. Hughes is 76 today, but he didn't want to discuss it. He celebrated the morning by staying at home. 
"Oh. yes, I'm having a day off," Mr. Hughes said over the telephone. "I've been talking over this blithering telephone to you for 20 minutes. I suppose it's your day off. too. "I have a deputation coming to see me in five minutes' time about the ironworkers. I suppose I am having a day off. You know the telephone is a ereat invention. 
"If you must say something you can say I have had some hundreds of congratulatory messages and so on." The telephone at the Hughes home at Llndfield today hardly stopped ringing, and telegraph messengers wished Mr. Hughes lived nearer the post office. Among the large number of congratulatory letters were many from small children. 
Mr. Hughes this afternoon went to Palm Beach for a round of golf with his niece. Billy's Busy Birthday (1940, September 25). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131999736


MR. HUGHES ON 77th BIRTHDAY Mr. W. M. Hughes, Attorney-General and Minister for the Navy, celebrated his.77th birthday yesterday with a round of golf  at  Palm  Beach Golf Course. He is shown about to enter his car after completing the game. MR. HUGHES ON 77th BIRTHDAY. (1941, September 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27946055

W M Hughes at Anniversary Regatta on Sydney Harbour,  1939, hood_19493, courtesy State Library of NSW.

From the same paper, listing his birthday gifts: Mr W. M. Hughes, celebrated his 77th birthday yesterday at his home at Lindfield ... in addition he received golf clubs…

BILLY HUGHES' ESCAPE
TRYING to avoid a bus, Mr. W. M. Hughes, M.H.R., narrowly avoided a bad collision and nearly overturned his car on the Barrenjoey Road, Newport, yesterday. 
When Truth phoned Mr. Hughes last night he queried: 'What's the trouble, brother?' 
Truth: 'It is reported that you had a bad accident today.' 
Mr. Hughes: 'I was on my way to Palm Beach, brother. A bus came out of a side street. I don't go about knocking buses over, brother; and so I had to get out of its way.' 
'Goodnight,' he added. 'All is well with me... and with the bus.' BILLY HUGHES' ESCAPE (1944, May 28). Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 19. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168760440

William Morris Hughes, born on 25th of September 1862, would have actually been 79 in 1941. He was our 7th Prime Minister (1915 to 1923) and longest serving Parliamentarian, not retiring and serving from the 1st parliament in 1901 to the 20th in 1952, a total of 51 years and 7 months. 

Jan Delaney is another who dreamed of doing and did courtesy of the Palm Beach Golf course:

Golf Finalist Is Only 15: Fifteen-year-old Jan Delaney will play Carole Adamson, 17,in the State junior girls' golf championship final at Royal Sydney today. Miss Delaney, of Manly Club, is the youngest player ever to reach the final. Miss Adamson, Wollongong, is playing in her fifth junior championship, and was beaten in last year's final. Because of her greater experience she is expected to beat Miss Delaney today. The match begins at 10 a.m. In the semi-finals yesterday, Miss Delaney beat 18-yearold June Gillespie at the 19thhole. Miss Adamson beat; fellow Wollongong player Mary Dorahy, five and four. Miss Delaney has a good drive, and yesterday was superior to-Miss Gillespie in her short game and on the greens. She started playing golf on the short Palm Beach course when 12, and was taught by professional Sam Richardson. Golf Finalist Is Only 15. (1952, May 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved , from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29439000

TITLE WINNER YOUNGEST EVER Manly player Miss Jan Delaney yesterday became the youngest golfer ever to win the State junior championship. Miss Delaney turned 15 years of age on January 29 (May 1952 SMH report)

Fifteen-year-old Manly junior Jan Delaney teamed with 18-year-old June Gillespie to win the Ladies' Golf Union foursomes handicap at Royal Sydney yesterday. (May 13th, 1952 SMH Report)

The Club has also been part of the community for all its existence and, during times of scarcity, applied a 'waste not, want not' policy to help ensure visitors would be looked after. Warringah Shore Records - Minutes of Meetings records:

31. 18/3/1941: Barrenjoey S.L.S. Club, requesting permission to erect a small structure in a central position overlooking Barrenjoey surf beach for the housing of a surf reel, box line and for life - saving gear, the structure to be a temporary one-as-it is the Club's intention to seek the Council’s permission to erect a Clubhouse at some future date if circumstances permit the surf club to remain in being, and to supply active patrols Saturdays Sundays and holidays (b) stating the Palm Beach Golf Club-has given the Club its shelter shed at No 4 tee and if the Council approves, the Club will re-erect this building. Resolved: that the Council agree to the proposal provided that the Works Committee  of the site after an inspection in company with the club’s representatives.

The NSW Union have an excellent scheme working in which leading players coach schoolgirls during days arranged at various courses. Mrs. Barbara Cowing, Miss Helen Stockman, and Mrs. Enid Clements are among the champions who give hints to girls of eight and upwards. They recently .held a most successful day at Palm Beach Golf Club outside Sydney, when the girls were instructed at a golf clinic, and later played a short competition. Scottish star golf highlight (1954, March 14). Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1926 - 1954), p. 25. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article100184966

A Clubhouse For Palm Beach Golf Club

Prior to the construction of the current clubhouse a nearby cottage, named the ‘Dormy’, was used as the clubhouse and was rented out by the club for thirty shillings a week.

Ron Turton said in his Profile he lived in a cottage when his father worked at Palm Beach Golf Club in the second half of 1957:

''Then all of a sudden the manager of the Palm Beach Golf Club, whose name was Ron Gassman, who was a friend of dads’, contacted him; ‘I can offer you a job at the Palm Beach Golf Club and it comes with a cottage out the back. You will be back to where you really belong mate’. This was towards the end of 1957.
So back we went. What a place to live, overlooking Lion Island, so close to the beach.''

 
Turton family 1957 at Palm Beach Pool; Pearl snr., Pearl, Ross and Ron Jnr.


Ron at Palm Beach Golf Course 1961- with a million dollar back drop.


Ron a quick nine holes before work Palm Beach 1962 - the end of Waratah street in the background.

The current Palm Beach Clubhouse was opened in 1965. It is a place of local significance for social activities. The clubhouse is in a modern design, with a gabled veranda roof overlooking the course. Source: - The history of Palm Beach Golf Club by Stewart Brown and Brian Kennedy  (Palm Beach, N.S.W.: Palm Beach Golf Club Ltd., 1999)

Dad's Army Battles On

By Brian Kennedy, February 2012

Palm Beach Golf Club founded in 1924 is one of the oldest golf clubs in the Sydney metropolitan area and one of its sub-clubs, Dad's Army, will turn 40 next year. As the name suggests it is a club within a club made up of retired men. The name Dad's Army obviously comes from the popular television show of the same name. A glance through Google shows that a number of other golf clubs have their own Dad's Armies. The Palm Beach branch was formed from two groups. The oldest was founded in 1973 by Arthur Stockman. Its members included Ted Hock for whom Edmund Hock Lane in Avalon is named. Another group began playing on Mondays about the same time. It included the late Albert Sims the founder of Sims Metals. One member of this group Erwin Brurer is still a member of Palm Beach Golf Club. The second group was a little younger at that time and referred to the older slower group as Dad's Army. The older group adopted the name as a badge of honour. In 1978 the two groups amalgamated and the club within a club has been thriving ever since.

 


Above:  Front row from left Brian Kennedy, Derek Dickinson, Alan Smith. Phil Morgan, John Hackett, Dick Bull, Tony Peacock John White. Back row David Martin, Alan Newton, Peter Marquis, David Buckley. Photo by Michael Mannington.


Dad's Army in 50th year - 2023. Photo: Chris Searl (son of Geoff Searl OAM, president of ABHS)

Back when it was founded in 1973 many of the members were in fact returned servicemen but the years have taken their toll. Dave Palmer, who served with the Australian Navy during World War II, retired from golf in 2011 just a year short of his 90th birthday. Today only a few members can claim any connection with the armed services. Alan Smith served in the Royal Australian Air Force in post-war Japan. Graeme Camier, a retired pilot with Cathay Pacific, began his career with the RAF. John Hackett a retired engineer and an active member of Avalon RSL has fond memories of his time as a national serviceman in the 1950s . Col  Casey, a Bilgola Plateau resident who retired from golf in 2011, also served with the RAAF. A recently joined member Martin Burton also served in the air force.

A tradition has grown of presenting members with a bottle of Scotch on their 80th birthday. Recipients in the last few years have included Alan Smith, the retired RAAF member, Dick Bull, a retired doctor, and Peter Marquis, a retired businessman. Coincidentally these three men went to Shore together and met up again when they moved to Pittwater after retirement. Other active octogenerian golfers include Bill Kearney, a retired builder, Don McFarlane, a retired plumber, and John White, a retired engineer. Alan Newton, a retired executive with Rolls Royce aircraft engines will receive his bottle of whisky in March. As the list indicates a wide variety of occupations is represented. The membership of 30 men also ranges in age and includes men in their sixties, seventies and eighties. Many are members of Palm Beach Golf Club but this is not compulsory. 

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The View from the Palm Beach Golf Clubhouse Balcony in 2015


Within its 25 hectare area, Governor Phillip Park includes the Palm Beach Golf Course, Barrenjoey Boatshed (formerly incorporating the Aquatic Airways seaplane launching area and office, a cafe, kiosk, Atlantis Divers operation, boat hire, and residence) and now called 'The Joey', the North Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club, car parking areas, sand dunes, picnic and barbecue areas, and a children's playground. 

The Palm Beach Golf Course, a 9-hole, par 32 course that is generally flat and tight, occupies 8 hectares of land. A pro-shop is located on the golf course. The golf club’s clubhouse is not located in the golf course or the park, but on the southern side of Beach Road opposite the golf course entrance. Currently the Club has approximately 800 members. At present approximately 30,000 rounds of golf are played per annum.

Pittwater Council arrangement: Income received from Governor Phillip Park in 2001-2002 financial year:

Lease - Palm Beach Golf Club (plus 15% of turnover) $17,081.00 -  25% of income from the Palm Beach Golf Course is the lease fee. Of the lease fee, 15% was paid in cash, 70% spent on capital improvements to the golf course, and 15% on youth development.  

Course designer: Craig Parry

Palm Beach Golf Course (Crown reserve R56217) - 1 Beach Road, Palm Beach - Lease Term: 21 years - Expired/Renewed: 8 January 2018 (review 9 January 2007) Fee: $15,000 per annum base rent, plus 15% of turnover and is performance based - eg; they need to look after the course - one example; in 2001 Acacia saligna was used as a canopy tree on the golf course, but is a weed in disturbed areas, so it can take over dunes and disturbed areas; solution was to replant Acacia saligna with local endemic species such as Cabbage Tree Palms and Banksia integrifolia. The former Police Purposes land on which the golf course is located was included in the park area in 1999. 

Earlier this month Members commenced their celebrations:

Palm Beach Golf Club Centenary Plaque Unveiled: Tribute From Pittwater MP

February 10, 2024
Let the celebrations begin. Thanks to Craig Parry for unveiling our Centenary Plaque this morning and to Lex Mitchell and the team who put a lot of hard work into building the garden and stonework.




Photos: PBGC

Tribute from Pittwater MP, Rory Amon: Palm Beach Golf Club – 100th Anniversary

Written Community Recognition Statements: placed in Hansard on Tuesday February 6 2024.

I acknowledge and congratulate the Palm Beach Golf Club as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. 

Founded in 1924, Palm Beach Golf Club now has 500 members and is a beloved gem within our local community. With views of Pittwater, Station Beach, Governor Philip Park and Barrenjoey Headland's historic lighthouse, Palm Beach Golf Club is undoubtedly the most scenic course in the world. Beyond its course, the Club offers a wonderful dining experience, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. 

Over the years, the Club has also hosted countless special events and celebrations. But it's not just the course or restaurant that have brought Palm Beach Golf Club so much success, it's the countless members and volunteers who have devoted their time to ensure the Club is always improving. 

Thank you to the current board, President – Daniel Hill, Vice President – Rhonda Mortimer, Captain – Justin ZIeren, Treasurer – Stephen Farr and Directors – Bob Quin, Justine Paul, Lex Mitchell and Charlie Mayson for your dedication and service. 

Congratulations on your first hundred years, and may these words, enshrined in the records of the oldest Parliament today, be just as true in another hundred years' time.


Work in Progress on  the Centenary plaque - February 1, 2024. Pic: AJG/PON

Happy 100th Palm Beach Golf Club And Members - May You Have 100 More!

Palm Beach [viewed from Barranjoey [i.e. Barrenjoey] Head, 1940s] [Sydney, New South Wales] Hurley, Frank. (circa 1946-47). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-158898973
[Barranjoey [i.e. Barrenjoey] Lighthouse, Palm Beach, Pittwater] [Sydney, New South Wales, Aerial]Hurley, Frank. (circa 1951).  Retrieved February 14, 2024, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-158889962

References - Extras

  1. Trove - National Library of Australia
  2. Broken Bay Customs Station At Barrenjoey: 2023 Reprise 
  3. Woodley’s Cottage - Broken Bay Customs Station - 2011 History page
  4. Palm Beach Golf Course: Some History- 2012 History page
  5. Pittwater Summer Houses:  A Tent At Palm Beach's Governor Phillip Park 'Neath Barrenjoey  - 2018 History page
  6. Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Palm Beach
  7. Palm Beach Link With 1817 and 1917 Set to Disappear in 2017: Beach Road Rendezvous
  8. Camping At Palm Beach - 2021 extra materials history
  9. Pittwater Summer Houses:  A Tent At Palm Beach's Governor Phillip Park 'Neath Barrenjoey
  10. The history of Palm Beach Golf Club by Stewart Brown and Brian Kennedy  (Palm Beach, N.S.W.: Palm Beach Golf Club Ltd., 1999)
  11. Bill Goddard Shares Family Insights At Avalon Beach Historical Society's 2022 AGM
  12. Peter Verrills - Profile
  13. Ron Turton - Profile
  14. Herminie Swainston - Profile
  15. Carl Gow and Frank Gonsalves Boatshed, Palm Beach

COMPANIES ACT; 1936 (SECTION 323 (3) ).

NOTICE* is hereby given that at the expiration of three months from this date the names of the Companies set out below will, unless cause is shown to the contrary, be struck off the register and the Companies will be dissolved.

Palm Beach Recreation Club Limited.

...

R. W. WILLIS, Registrar-General.

Dated 8th September, 1939, (4722) COMPANIES ACT, 1936 (SECTION 323 (3)). (1939, September 8). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 4491. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article225839087

527. Barrenjoey Light-house erection of further sum £1,750 0 0 ANNO QUADRAGESIMO QUINTO VICTORIAE REGINAE. (1881, December 23). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 6683. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article221698972 

The Treasury, New South Wales, 

27th June, 1883.

TENDERS FOB BUILDING A WHALEBOAT.

TENDERS will be received at this Office up to noon of  Friday, the fifth proximo, for building a Whaleboat for the Customs' Station Broken Bay, the whole to be of Iho beat workmanship, and subject to the approval of the Collector of Customs.

Specifications may be obtained at the Treasury, where full particulars can be ascertained by persons desirous of tendering.

Tenders to be addressed to the Under Secretary for Finance and Trade, and and endorsed " Tender for Whaleboat.

GEORGE R. DIBBS.

TENDERS FOR BUILDING A WHALEBOAT. (1883, July 3). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 3579. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article221654273

The school site around near Iluka Park, Palm Beach: 

NOTIFICATION OF RESUMPTION OF LAND UNDER 44 VICTORIA, No. 16.

New South Wales,  to wit.(L.S.)

Alfred Stephen, Lieutenant' Governor Administering the Government,

By His Excellency Sir Alfred Stephen, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, and a Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of New South Wales and its Dependencies,

WHEREAS the parcel of land hereinafter described is required for the purpose of the erection thereon of a Public School and of buildings to be used in connection therewith: And whereas I, as such Lieutenant-Governor as aforesaid, with the advice of the Executive Council of the said Colony, have sanctioned the acquisition of the said land for a site for a Public School: Now, therefore, I, Sir Ai/feed Stephen, the Lieutenant-Governor aforesaid, with the advice of the said Executive Council, in pursuance of the power and authority given to or vested in me by " The Lands for Public Purposes Acquisition Act," by this notification published in the Gazette and a newspaper circulated in the Police District wherein the said land is situated, that is to say, in the " Sydney Morning Herald" newspaper, declare that the parcel of land hereinafter particularly described has been resumed for the purpose of the erection thereon of a Public School and of buildings in connection therewith : And that the said land hereinafter described is resumed with the intent that by the publication in the Government Gazette, and in a newspaper circulated in the Metropolitan Police District, of this notification of the said land being so resumed, the said land shall forthwith become and be vested in the Minister of Public Instruction of the said Colony, and his successors, on behalf of Her Majesty, for the purposes of the said Act, for an estate of inheritance in fee simple in possession freed and discharged from all trusts, obligations, estates, interests, contracts, charges, rights-of-way, or other easements whatsoever, and that the legal estate therein, together with all powers incident thereto or conferred by the said Act shall foe vested in the Minister of Public Instruction as a trustee as in the said Act is provided. And I declare that the following is the parcel of land hereinbefore referred to, as resumed by this notification, that is to say:—

All that piece or parcel of land forming part of the Bassett-Darley Estate, James Napper's 400 acres, situate at Barrenjoey, parish of Narrabeen, county of Cumberland, containing by admeasurement two acres more or less: Commencing on the west side of the road from Manly to Barrenjoey, at a point bearing south 3 degrees 13 minutes west, and distant 47 chains and 30 links from the intersection of that side of that road with the north boundary of James tapper's 400-acre grant j and bounded thence on the east by the west side of that road bearing south 2 chains 20^ links j on the south by a line bearing west 9 chains and 70 links; on the north-west by a line forming the shores of Pittwater bearing north 29 degrees 19 minutes east 2 chains 52 and six-tenths links ; and on the north by a line bearing east 8 chains 46 and one-fifth links, to the point of commencement.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand, and caused the G-reat Seal of the Colony to be hereto affixed, at Government House, Sydney, this twentyfourth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five, and in the forty-ninth year of Her Majesty's Reign.

By His Excellency's Command,

W. J. TRICKETT.

[7595] GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!  NOTIFICATION OF RESUMPTION OF LAND UNDER 44 VICTORIA, No. 16. (1885, December 8). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 7852. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223765156 

MR. HENRY AUSTIN WILSHIRE. 

The death occurred recently of Mr. Henry Austin Wilshire, a well-known city architect, who, amongst other things, was closely associated with Furlough House, Narrabeen, the well-known seaside holiday resort for the wives and children of soldiers, of which he was honorary architect and adviser. He was one of the pioneers of Palm Beach, and was one of the founders of the Australasian Pioneers' Club. The deceased was the youngest son of the late James R. Wilshire, M.L.C., Sydney's second Mayor, whose grandfather (James Wilshire) arrived in Sydney in 1792 as Deputy Commissioner-General [sic: he was deputy commissary from about 1808], and married Esther Pitt, a relative of Admiral Lord Nelson. In the Registrar-General's Department are some quaint references to the grants of land given to James Wilshire, including 570 acres extending from Strathfield to Cook's River, and several acres at Brickfield-hill, Sydney. The deceased leaves a widow and one daughter. MR. HENRY AUSTIN WILSHIRE. (1923, August 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16089284

Charles Robert Crossman

Marriage of parents:

2178/1859 CROSSMAN AARON WOOLFORD MARIA CLARA MACLEAY RIVER

Birth - per NSW BDM's:

CROSSMAN CHARLES R 8955/1862 AARONMARIA CMACLEAY RIVER

Siblings:

CROSSMAN MARIA L 8158/1860 AARONMARIA CMACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN ELIZABETH M 9061/1863 AARON MARIA C MACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN EDITH A 10344/1865 AARON MARIA C MACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN ANNA H 11035/1867 AARON MARIA C MACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN ARNOLD E 11258/1868 AARON MARIA C MACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN FRANCES JANE 11914/1870 AARON MARIA C  MACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN HENRY R 12372/1871 AARON MARIA C MACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN GEORGE A 14124/1877 AARON MARIA MACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN ALICE MAUD C 13474/1875 AARON MARIA MACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN FREDERICK OSBORNE 16220/1879 AARON MARIA C MACLEAY RIVER
CROSSMAN MINNIE P 25095/1882 AARON MARIA ARMIDALE

Death - NSW BDM's: CROSSMAN CHARLES ROBERT 20231/1946 parents: AARON MARIA Registered at: NORTH SYDNEY


From: LAZY SUNLIT DAYS AT PALM BEACH (1923, January 7). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article120544978 

OBITUARY

MR. C. R. CROSSMAN

Mr. Charles Robert Crossman, Sydney sportsman and well-known businessman, died at his home in Neutral Bay on Thursday at the age of 84 years. The late Mr. Crossman was born at Euroka, on the Macleay River. At the age of 17 he entered the business of Edward Arnold and Company, and in 1892 was made a partner. On the retirement of the founder, a relative, in 1908, Mr. Crossman became sole proprietor. 

He was a member of the old Glenfield Football Club, a member of the Eastern Suburbs Athletic Club, a sailing member of the old Rose Bay and Agnes crews. Mr. Crossman was vice-president of the Sydney Lawn Tennis Club, and of the New South Wales Lawn Tennis Association. He was a member of the Australian, Manly and Cammeray Golf Clubs, and was a president of the Cammeray Club for many years. OBITUARY (1946, September 6). Macleay Argus (Kempsey, NSW : 1885 - 1907; 1909 - 1910; 1912 - 1913; 1915 - 1916; 1918 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article234369145

C. R. Crossman Dead

SYDNEY, Tues.— Charles Robert Crossman, sole proprietor of Edward Arnold Pty., Ltd., from 1908, died on August 29 at his home at Neutral Bay, at the age of 84. A native of Euroka, on the Macleay River, he came to Sydney when 17, and lived with relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Arnold, whose business he joined later, eventually becoming a partner. He was for many years president of the Cammeray Golf Club, and took part in other sports. No small measure of the credit is due to him for the widening of Oxford street. C. R. Crossman Dead (1946, September 11). Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1915 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article194930824

IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Jurisdiction.—In the will of CHARLES ROBERT CROSSMAN, late of Neutral Bay, near Sydney, in the State of New South Wales, company director, deceased, testate.—Probate granted by the Supreme Court of New South Wales on the 4th day of February, 1947.—Pursuant to the Wills, Probate and Administration Act, 1898-1947, Testator's Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act, 1916-1938, and Trustee Act, 1925-1942, William Henry Higman and Leslie Godwin Tritton Plowman, the executors of the will of the said Charles Robert Grossman, who died on 29th August, 1946, hereby give notice that creditors and others having any claim against or to the estate of the said deceased are required to send particulars of their claims to the said executors at 53 Martin-place, Sydney, on or before 22nd September, 1955, at the expiration of which time the said executors will distribute the assets, having regard only to the claims of which they then have notice.—Dated the 5th day of July, 1955: ALLEN, ALLEN & HEMSLEY, Proctors for the Executors, 53 Martin-place, Sydney. 2029—£1 5s.  IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Jurisdiction.—In the will of CHARLES ROBERT CROSSMAN, late (1955, July 8). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1926. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article220385279

Governor Phillip Park x 3 reserves:

  1. Reserve 56217 Governor Phillip Park (south)
  2. Reserve 61140 Governor Phillip Park (mid)
  3. Reserve 64483 Governor Phillip Park (north)

Whereas immediate possession of the property situated on the Defence Reserve at Barrenjoey, New South Wales, is not required for any public purpose, authority be granted for the disposal of such property by lease to Mr. Charles Nott, Holt House, 56 York-street, Sydney, for a period of ten (10) years from the 1st January, 1921, at a rental of £26 per annum.— N.L.20/3279.  Government Gazette Notices (1921, April 7). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973), p. 620. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232182231

THE Governor-General in Council has approved that authority be granted for the following leases and licences :—

Whereas immediate possession of the property known as the old Customs Cottage, and situated at Barrenjoey, New South Wales, is not required for any public purpose, authority be granted for the disposal of such property by lease, for a period of five (5) years from the 1st May, 1923, at a rental of 8s. per week.—(N.L. 25T/747.) Government Gazette Notices (1923, April 26). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973), p. 593. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232521924

Sydney, 22nd June, 1923.

RESERVES FROM SALE AND LEASE GENERALLY.

IT is hereby notified that, in pursuance of the provisions of the 23th and 29th sections of the Crown Lands Consolidation Act, 1913, the Crown Lands hereunder described shall be reserved from sale for $ie public purposes hereinafter respectively specified, and reserved and exempted from lease generally, and they are reserved and exempted accordingly.

W. E. WEARNE, Minister for Lands.

For Police Purposes. 

Metropolitan Land District, and Warringah Shire.

No. 50.219 from sale (560,220 from lease generally). County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, containing an area of about 3 roods. The Crown Lands within the following boundaries:—Commencing on the northern side of Beach-road at its intersection with the western side of the road from Newport to Barrenjoey; and bounded by the western side of that road northerly about 4 chains; thence by a line westerly about 11/2 chains; thence by a line south-westerly to a point on the northern side of Beach-road aforesaid, about 2 1/4 chains west from the point of commencement; and thence by that toad easterly, to that point.  [Ms. 1923-3,509] RESERVES FROM SALE AND LEASE GENERALLY. (1923, June 22). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 2836. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article225020501

LEASES.

THE Governor-General in Council has approved that authority 'be granted for the following leases:—

Whereas immediate possession of the old Customs Cottage site on the Defence Reserve, Barrenjoey, New South Wales, at present occupied by Mr. Charles Nott, is not required for any public purpose, authority has been granted for the lease of such property for a period of twenty (20) years from the 1st September, 1926, and thereafter from month to month, at a rental of £20 per annum, subject to the following conditions:—

(1) That the building will be in accordance with the plan and specifications agreed to between the Commonwealth Works Director for New South Wales and Mr. Nott, such building to be erected to the satisfaction of the Works Director for New -South Wales;

(2) That the 'building is to be kept in a reasonable state of repair until handed over to the-Commonwealth at the expiration or sooner determination of the lease; and

(3) That the Commonwealth will have the right to take over the building and site at any time if required for Defence purposes, on payment of a fair and reasonable sum for the improvements.

Otherwise, the lease will be on similar terms and conditions to those contained in the existing agreement. (In lieu of Executive Council Minute No. 21, of 6th April, 1921 ) — A.25/252.  LEASES. (1926, September 30). Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973), p. 1590. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232535735 

Sydney, 22nd February, 1929.

RESERVES FROM SALE.

IT is hereby notified that, in pursuance of the provisions of the 28th section of the Crown Lands Consolidation Act. 1913, the Crown Lands hereunder described shall be temporarily reserved -from sale for the public purposes hereinafter specified, and they are hereby reserved accordingly.

R. T. BALL, Minister for Lands.

For Public Recreation.

Metropolitan Land District, and Warringah Shire.

No. 60,988. County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, containing an area of about 2 acres 1 rood 12 1/2 perches. The Crown Lands within the following boundaries: Commencing at a point on the high-water mark of Pittwater at the north-western corner of lot 11, section A, deposited plan 12,979; and bounded thence by the northern boundary of that lot Rearing 90 degrees 57 minutes 152 feet; thence by the western side of Barrenjoey-road, being lines bearing 8 degrees 53 minutes 30 seconds 278 feet 61/2 inches and 30 degrees 49 #iiiWJte§ 486 feet 53/4 inches; thence by the south-eastern of lot 10a of deposited plan 13,374, and end of road of variable width, being a line bearing 243 degrees, 20 minutes 132 feet to the high-water mark of Pittwater generally southerly, to the point of commencement, comprising lots 1 to 10 inclusive, deposited plan 12,979, and the unsubdivided balance of lot 32 of the Bassett Darley Estate. [Us. 1927-9,366] RESERVES FROM SALE. (1929, February 22). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1016. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223989484

PROCLAMATION.
REVOCATION OF RESERVE No. 61,101 FROM SALE OR LEASE GENERALLY.

IN pursuance of the provisions of section 25a of the Crown Lands Consolidation Act, 1913, I, Sir Dudley Rawson Stratford de Chair, Admiral in the Royal Navy, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Member of the Royal Victorian Order, Governor of the State of New South Wales and its Dependencies, in the Commonwealth of Australia, with the advice of the Executive Council, do hereby proclaim Reserve No. 61,103 from sale or lease generally, notified 3rd May, 1929, being the land described in the Schedule hereunder to be revoked, and the same is hereby revoked accordingly:—

EASTERN DIVISION.

Metropolitan- Land District, and Warringah Shire.

No. 61,101. County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, containing an area of about 20 acres (ex. road). The lands within the following boundaries: Commencing at the north-eastern corner of Reserve 56,217 from sale for Public Recreation, notified 22nd June, 1923; thence by the high-water mark of the South Pacific Ocean northerly about 2 1/2 chains; thence by a line westerly to the highwater mark of Pittwater; thence by that high-water mark southerly to Reserve 56,217 aforementioned; and thence by the northern boundary of that reserve easterly, to the point of commencement,—but exclusive of Special Lease 28-31 and Permissive Occupancy held by H. L. Tress. Plan C. 194-2,030 R. [Ms. 1920-1,855]

Signed and sealed at Sydney, this sixteenth day of May, 1929.

D. R. S. de CHAIR, Governor.

By His Excellency's Command

R. T. BALL, Minister for Lands. 

GOD SAVE THE KING! PROCLAMATION. (1929, May 17). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 2113. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223021410

CUSTOMER SERVICES CD

The Welsh are renowned as singers and poets, and the exuberant W. M. (Billy) Hughes -farmhand turned peppery politician - proved true to his roots when he unleashed a letter on the deputy director of Posts and Telegraphs, Mr J. W. Kitto, early in 1934.

He opened: "All Hail! Thane of Cawdor and Worker of Mighty Miracles."

What had this so-civil civil servant done to merit such a salutation from the man who had been probably Australia's most colourful Prime Minister? He had installed a soundproof telephone box outside the Palm Beach Post Office, about 35 kilometres north of Sydney.

The testy "little digger" -who migrated to Australia in 1884, became Prime Minister and later founder of the Australian Party - had been "rusticating" at the coastal resort. But it was rather more rustic than he appreciated, particularly when it came to the whole settlement discovering the details of his financial affairs.

In a letter dated February 7, 1934, Mr Hughes (then Minister for Health and Repatriation) complained light-heartedly but still passionately about the "only public telephone available" at Palm Beach. Outside the Post Office, it was "exposed to the fierce glare of the sun and the biting westerlies and heavy rain."

He added: "There is no privacy. Every word a sender utters can be heard by the crowd on the Post Office verandah, and the passersby along the road - to say nothing of the neighbours in the adjoining houses."

Mr Kitto was galvanized into action. A bare two days later, on February 9, he responded: "lt is regrettable that the joy of your holiday at Palm Beach should in any way be dimmed by this de-partment's shortcoming."

He acknowledged "the general need for a full-length public telephone cabinet" and assured Mr Hughes: "Palm Beach will receive first attention." And he made sure it did. On February 12 Mr Hughes fired back his "All Hail!" epistle.

The former war leader continued: "You have restored my fading faith in the efficacy of petitions respectfully worded and en-ding, as is seemly, in prayer.

Wonderful! Wonderful!

"On Friday, going to the Post Office, whilst yet the day was young, musing on things in general and the inanity and ineptitude of governments in particular, contrasting sadly the de-generacy of the present age with the bounding vivacity and virility of other days, I raised my eyes in mute ap-peal to the heavens, when lo! a wondrous Vision swam before them.

"In the place of that rank and hideous ruin that had disfigured the fair landscape by its rude and wretched mechanism, had provoked even the righteous to pro-fane and lurid words and evoked scornful derision from the ungodly, there stood, passing fair, a lovely CABINET, standing shyly like a young maiden in some Arcadian Grove, awaiting the coming of her lover. . .

"Like Aladdin, I had rubbed the Magic Lamp and whispered in the Ear of the Genie. And he had gone straight away and got the dashed thing. 

Wonderful and splendid . . .

"When you come down to Palm Beach . . . you will come to the Post Office and look at the Lovely Cabinet and be able to say with Horace, 'Exegi Monumentum perennius aere' - 'I have reared for myself a monument more enduring than brass and loftier than the pyramids'." A CABINET AFFAIR (1979, March 21). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 84. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47474046

WHAT'S BECOME OF PERCY HUNTER

(No. 15) 

OVER the first election meeting "Billy" Hughes ever addressed as an aspirant for Parliament, Percy Hunter presided! Percy was a star reporter on the old "Daily Telegraph," Sydney, and W. M. Hughes was contesting "The Rocks" elector ate for the N. S. W. Assembly. 

MR. PERCY HUNTER — pre-War photograph.

Hunter was later associated with the Summer Nights Amusements, when cycle racing was in the boom. Those were the days of " Plugger " Bill Martin and Major Taylor, and a rider of note at the time was Charles Kellow, afterwards a motor magnate, and to-day owner of famous racehorses. The Sydney £1000 was a bike event that attracted huge, crowds. 

Percy Hunter in due course became the guide, philosopher and friend of Joe Carruthers, who, as Sir Joseph and Premier, established the NS.W. Tourist Bureau and installed Percy as director. From there Percy graduated to the Federal Service as Director of Migration at Australia House. His gift of post-prandial oratory made him a popular figure in the City of London, and in real demand for speech-making. Years afterwards he arrived back in Sydney as boss of the Pacific Cable Company . 

Then he haunted Palm Beach in semi-retirement. And he might be seen playing a round of golf at Kensington or Elanora. But he was too energetic to drop out of affairs . So for a while he ran the Nationalist political organisation, before it changed its name to U.A.P. Once again Percy went into seclusion at Palm Beach, where he sunbathed to his heart's content. 

His abounding youth recently found outlet in the film industry, and to-day he is associated with Sir Victor Wilson in the M.P.D.A. He is also active in gold mining shows, and a moving spirit in Alluvial Prospectors, a N.Z. dredging proposition, with Malcolm Newman. Percy Hunter may not be expected to disappear from the Sydney scene while he remains ever-green. He is the youngest man in Australia for his years.? WHAT'S BECOME OF (1936, November 7). Smith's Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1919 - 1950), p. 13. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article235831318


HERITAGE ACT 1977
Order Under Section 57 (2)

IN pursuance of section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977, I, the Minister for Planning and Environment, having considered a recommendation by the Heritage Council, do, by this my order, grant an exemption from subsection (1) of section 57 of the said Act, in respect of the engaging in or carrying out by the owner, mortgagee or lessee of the land described hereafter, of any activities described in Schedule "A" on the place know as the Barrenjoey Headland and the area of the Isthmus north of the golf course (Governor Phillip Park) on Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, as shown edged heavy black on the plan catalogued H.C. 1175 in the office of the Heritage Council of New South Wales. (H.C. 32216)

BOB CARR,

Minister for Planning and Environment.

Sydney, 18th, February, 1986.

Schedule

  • the maintenance of any building or item on site, where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing material;
  • garden maintenance, including cultivation, pruning, weed control, the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates and garden walls; tree surgery, but not extensive lopping;
  • eradication of noxious plants and animals. (Weed species in natural areas to be removed either by manual means or treated by spot application of herbicide to avoid effects on native vegetation);
  • maintenance and repair of existing access roads. (8898)

HERITAGE ACT 1977 (1986, February 28). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 956. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article231538670


Lot 1 of the Barrenjoey Land Companies holdings at Palm Beach was transferred to Agnes Ann Young (nee Wolstenholme) and Emma Florence Nolan in September 1913, comprising 4 acres 2 roods and 35 1/2 perches.

Agnes Ann Young (nee Wolstenholme) was the wife of Richard Alexander Young, who died in 1896. Their eldest surviving son was James. Emma Florence Nolan (nee Kelynack) was the wife of Herbert Russell Nolan who died in 1915. When the Barrenjoey Land Company was formally registered in June 1911 the first directors were named as Harry Wolstenholme, E T Jones, John Thompson Ralston, James Young, and Herbert Russell Nolan. Many of these partners were either related, in the case of Harry Wolstenholme and James Young, or students together at Newington College. 

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Agnes Ann Young (nee Wolstenholme) was the wife of Richard Alexander Young, who died in 1896. Their eldest surviving son was James. Emma Florence Nolan (nee Kelynack) was the wife of Herbert Russell Nolan who died in 1915. When the Barranjoey Land Company was formally registered in June 1911 the first directors were named as Harry Wolstenholme, E T Jones, John Thompson Ralston, James Young, and Herbert Russell Nolan. Many of these partners were either related, in the case of Harry Wolstenholme and James Young, or students together at Newington College. 

Vol/Fol: 2402-128 Title Certificate- Lot 1 - the red line is 'Government Reserve after that, and what became Governor Phillip Park:

Barrenjoey Land Company 1922 sell off of acreage - 20+ acres at Palm Beach Vol/Fol: 3118-26:



zoomed in to show creeks on and above Florida road

Palm Beach Golf Course 1924 To 2024: Some 100th Year History Celebratory Insights - threads collected and collated by A J Guesdon, 2023 - with HUGE thanks to the Goddard, Gonsalves, Verrills, Turton and Swanston Families and Bran Kennedy.

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Biddy Lewis and Martha Catherine Benns Pittwater Matriarchs A Glimpse of the Hawkesbury.(1883) By Francis Myers. Illustrated by J C Hoyte   Pittwater's New Cycle Track of 1901 Manly to Newport  The Rock Lily Hotel  Barrenjoey House The Pasadena Jonah's St Michael's Arch  The First Royal Visitor to Australia: the Incident at Clontarf March 12th, 1868  Pittwater: Lovely Arm of the Hawkesbury By NOEL GRIFFITHS - includes RMYC Wharf and Clareville Wharf of 1938 + An Insight into Public Relations in Australia George Mulhall First Champion of Australia in Rowing - First Light-Keeper  at Barranjuey Headland  Captain Francis Hixson - Superintendent of Pilots, Lights, and Harbours and Father of the Naval Brigade  The First Boat Builders of Pittwater I: the Short Life and Long Voyages of Scotland Island Schooner the Geordy  The Marquise of Scotland Island  Boat Builders of Pittwater II: from cargo schooners and coasters to sailing skiffs and motorised launches  130th Anniversary of Australia’s Sudan Contingent - Local Connections of the first Australians to Serve  The Riddles of The Spit and Bayview/Church Point: sailors, boat makers, road pavers and winning rowers The Currawong: Classic Yacht VP Day Commemorative Service 2015 –  at Avalon Beach RSL Cenotaph: 70th Anniversary   Captain T. Watson and his Captain Cook Statues: A Tribute to Kindness  Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways; Hordern or Wiltshire Parks to McKay Reserve – From Beach to Estuary  Pittwater Reserves, The Green Ways: Clareville Wharf and Taylor's Point Jetty Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways Bilgola Beach - The Cabbage Tree Gardens and Camping Grounds - Includes Bilgola - The Story Of A Politician, A Pilot and An Epicure by Tony Dawson and Anne Spencer  Pittwater Reserves - The Green Ways: Mona Vale's Village Greens a Map of the Historic Crown Lands Ethos Realised in The Village, Kitchener and Beeby Parks Pittwater Regatta Air Race Trophies: from 1934 and 1935 and The Pilot Who Saved William Hughes  Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways; Bungan Beach and Bungan Head Reserves:  A Headland Garden  Early Pittwater Paddlers,  Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Green Family  Elanora - Some Early Notes and Pictures  The Stewart Towers On Barrenjoey Headland  Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Williams Family  Early Cricket in Pittwater: A small Insight Into the Noble Game from 1880's On  The Pacific Club's 2016 Carnival in Rio Fundraiser for Palm Beach SLSC Marks the 79th Year of Support  Bert Payne Park, Newport: Named for A Man with Community Spirit  Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Fox Family  Surf Carnivals in February 1909, 1919, 1925, a Fancy Dress Rise of Venus and Saving Lives with Surfboards  Early Pittwater Paddlers, Oarsmen, Rowers and Scullers: The Paddon Family of Clareville  Mermaid Basin, Mona Vale Beach: Inspired 1906 Poem by Viva Brock  Early Pittwater Schools: The Barrenjoey School 1872 to 1894  The Royal Easter Show and 125th Celebration of the Hawkesbury Agricultural College: Farmers Feed Us!  The Newport School 1888 to 2016  Pittwater's Ocean Beach Rock Pools: Southern Corners of Bliss - A History  The Royal Botanical Garden Sydney Celebrates 200 Years in 2016 The Porter Family of Newport: Five Brother Soldiers Serve in WWI  Church Point and Bayview: A Pittwater Public School Set on the Estuary  The Basin, Pittwater: A Reprise: Historical Records and Pictures  Lighthouse Cottages You Can Rent in NSW - Designed or Inspired by Colonial Architect James Barnet: Includes Historic 'Lit' Days records   Bayview Days Ships Biscuits - the At Sea Necessity that Floated William Arnott’s Success  Mona Vale Public School 1906 to 2012    St Johns Camden: 176th And 167th Anniversaries In June 2016 - Places To Visit  Narrabeen Lagoon And Collaroy Beachfront: Storms And Flood Tides Of The Past  Avalon Beach Public School - A History   Muriel Knox Doherty Sir Herbert Henry Schlink  Shopping And Shops In Manly: Sales Times From 1856 To 1950 For A Fishing Village  Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom   Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's 150th Sailing Season Opening: A Few Notes Of Old  A Few Glimpses Into Narrabeen's Past Beauties   Dr. Isobel Ida Bennett AO   Taronga Zoo 100th Birthday Parade: 1000 Reasons To Celebrate  War Memorials: Manly, October 14, 1916  Avalon Beach Golf Links: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II  War Memorials - Mona Vale, November 14, 1926  Annie Wyatt Reserve Palm Beach: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II Tumbledown Dick Hill  Waratah Farm and Narrabeen Plums: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II  Mark Twain, J.F. Archibald And Henry Lawson - Did They Go Fishing At Narrabeen In The Spring Of 1895?: Probably!  Bayview Baths Centenary Celebration in November 2016 hosted by Bayview-Church Point Residents Association  Dr. Jenny Rosen's Historical Timeline  Palm Beach RSL - Club Palm Beach Celebrating 60 Years  Early Years At Narrabeen: The Plane Sailing Day Of 1944 The  Five Ways- Six ways Junction; Kamikaze Corner - Avalon Bilgola  RPAYC Season on Pittwater and coming of Jubilees in Summer of 1938 Local Explorers’ Modern Day Discovery - Governor Phillip’s First Landing site, Campsite and contact with Local Aborigines in Pittwater: The Case for West Head Beach  Rendezvous Tea Rooms Palm Beach: links with 1817 and 1917: Palm Beach Stores  and Fishermen St Cloud's Jersey Stud: Elanora Heights: Pittwater Fields of Dreams  Roderic Quinn's Poems And Prose For Manly, Beacon Hill, Dee Why And Narrabeen  A Historic Catalogue And Record Of Pittwater Art I – Of Places, Peoples And The Development Of Australian Art And Artists: The Estuary  Celebrating World Radio Day: The Bilgola Connection With The Beginnings Of Radio In Australia  Emile Theodore Argles - champion of all Australians without a Voice - a very funny Satirist, Manly Poet and Pittwater Prose Writer and Litterateur  Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrates 85th Birthday: A Few Pittwater Connections  Victor James Daley: A Manly Bard And Poet who also came to Pittwater and the Hawkesbury  Let's Go Fly A Kite !: Palm Beach Whistling Kites Inspire sharing How to Make Standard, Box and Whistling Boy Kites - school holidays fun with a bit of Australian and Narrabeen history  Clifton Gardens Mosman: An Eternal Green and Saltwater Space, and Of Many Captains  Historic Catalogue And Record Of Pittwater Art I: Coastal Landscapes and Seascapes  The Bayview Tea Gardens 1920 to 1923 When Run By Thomas Edward And Annie Newey (Nee Costello) An Australian and RPAYC Commodore Aboard an America's Cup Challenger of 1908 and 1914   Henry Lawson - A Manly Bard and Poet: on his 150th Birthday  Historic Catalogue and Record of Pittwater Art I: Artists and Artists Colonies  Opportunity To Visit Submarine War Grave Renews Memories Of 75 Years Ago  Early Bayview - insights courtesy Don Taylor and Margaret Tink Retracing Governor Phillip's Footsteps Around Pittwater: The Mystery Of The Cove On The East Side   Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: John (Jack) Ralston and Nora McAuliffe  Patrick Edward Quinn: A Manly Prose writer who gave us A Run To Pittwater (1889) and Songs for the Federation of Australia  Avalon Beach North Headland Indian Face 'Falls': An Everchanging Coastline  Nautical Treasure In Suburbia  Pittwater: Where the Wild Flowers Are 1917 to 2017  Narani, Captain Cook Celebrations At MVPS And Elvina Bay Memories - 1970s  Early Pittwater Surfers – Palm Beach I: Alrema Becke Queen of Palm Beach  The Beachcombers Surfboard Riding Club: Palm Beach, NSW - 1959 to 1961 Year Dated Beer Bottles Found at Taylors Point  Early Pittwater Surfers: Avalon Beach I  - 1956: The Carnival That Introduced The Malibu Surfboard and Being Able To SurfAcross A Wave Face - Reg Wood Anecdotes    Mona Vale SLSC To Be Completely Renewed + A Few Insights from the Pages of the Past  The Firecracker That Closed Narrabeen Hotel By Ken Lloyd (Savalloyd) + Narrabeen Hotel Licence Transfer Trail  Traces Of WWII Coast Watchers Found On Bangalley Headland - 1942  Early Warriewood  SLSC insights per Norman Godden + Extras  The Macphersons of Wharriewood and Narrabeen: the photo albums of William Joseph Macpherson  Angophora Reserve Avalon 1938 Dedication  Avalon Preservation Association History by Geoff Searl Pittwater Summer Houses: 1916 Palm Beach Cottage and Palm Beach House  Pittwater YHA: Some History  WWI Historian Presents New Film On The Beersheba Charge At Avalon Beach Historical Society Meeting  Newport's Bushlink 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths: Celebrating Over 20 Years Of Community Volunteer Bushcare Results  Pittwater Fishermen: The Sly Family Narrabeen Exploits and Manly Community Contributors: The First Surfboat at Manly Beach  Women In The Surf Life Saving Movement As Life Savers: From At Least 1910 Locally - Awarded Medals For Saving Lives From 1880 In NSW  Windsor Bridge: Planned Destruction Of Historic Link With A Pittwater Connection The Rise Of The Cruising Season: A Look At Some Early Australian sailers and Local Visitor Beauties     Pittwater Fishermen: Barranjoey Days Polo By The Sea 2018: Over A Hundred Years Of Loving This Game In Pittwater  Australia Day Regatta Began As Anniversary Day Regatta  Black Bakelite Telephone: Early Pittwater Phone Numbers  Hy-Brasil, Avalon Beach - Pittwater Summer Houses  Ferry Names for Emerald Class: The Gibbs-Turner Original Magic Button  Pittwater Summer Houses: A Tent At Palm Beach's Governor Phillip Park 'Neath Barrenjoey  Pittwater Summer Houses: The Cabin, Palm Beach - The Pink House Of The Craig Family  Manly's Early Sand Sculptors: How Pennies Can Become Pounds and Found A New Art   Retracing Governor Phillip's Footsteps Around Pittwater: The Mystery Of The Cove On The East Side by Geoff Searl and Roger Sayers 230th Anniversary Edit March 2018  Black-Necked Stork, Mycteria Australis, Once Visited Pittwater: Pair Shot in 1855  Butter Churns: Pittwater Dairies The Drainage System In Thompson Square, Windsor  Sydney Royal Easter Show 2018 Show Stopper Beer Brewed By Modus Operandi Mona Vale Extends Locals Input Into RAS Annual Celebration Of Local Products Sydney's Royal Easter Show Showbag Began As An Australian Sample Bag   Pittwater Fishermen: Great Mackerel, Little Mackerel (Wilson's Beach - Currawong) and The Basin  Motor Car Tours To And In Pittwater Show Us The Way This Place Once Was  Some Bayview Memories: The Lloyd Family Tarramatta Park, Mona Vale 1904  The Collaroy Paddle Steamer: New Ephemera Added To Public Accessible Records - Her Connections To Pittwater  The Roads And Tracks Of Yesterday: How The Avalon Beach Subdivisions Changed The Green Valley Tracks  Australian Sailing's Barranjoey Pin Program; some insights into this Pittwater Yacht and owner, Sir W Northam who won Australia’s first Olympic sailing gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games  Avalon Beach Historical Society’s 9th Great Historic Photographic Exhibition: Thousands Of Stories Made Accessible  The Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge: Timely Winter Anniversaries and Commemorations For A Septuagenarian and her Predecessor  Photographers Of Pittwater Capture Historic Insights: A. J. (Arthur James) Vogan, 1859-1948  Roads To Pittwater: The Wakehurst Parkway Along Old Oxford Falls Track  Roads To Pittwater: The Pittwater Road  My Holiday by Charles de Boos – 1861  Shark-proof pools at Manly on the Harbourside  Dad's Fishing Shack At Long Reef  Historic Photographers Of Pittwater: Harold 'Caz' Cazneaux 1878 - 1953 Roads To Pittwater: The Mona Vale Road  My Singing Story Barrenjoey High School's 50th Year: History Notes + The Original Barrenjoey School  A Bunch Of Wildflowers: Historical Spring September Songs  Camden-Campbelltown Hospitals & Carrington Convalescent Hospital: A Mona Vale-Frenchs' Forest Hospitals Comparison With Pittwater History Links The Newport School: 1888 to 2018  A Visit to Bungan Castle by ABHS   Roads In Pittwater: The Barrenjoey Road Remembrance Day 2018 - Pittwater Veterans WWI 100 Years From Armistice Day 1918   Filmed in Pittwater: A Sentimental Reprise + Narrabeen  Roads In Pittwater: The Bay View Road  The NSW Women's Legal Status Bill 1918: How The 'Petticoat Interference In Government' Came Of Age - A 100 Years Celebration Of Women Alike Our Own Maybanke Selfe-Wolstenholme-Anderson Scott Brewster Dillon: A Tribute - He Did It His Way  Pittwater Summer Houses: Rocky Point and Elvina Bay -  A Place Of  Holiday Songs and Operas In Ventnor, Fairhaven, Trincomalee and Maritana    Remains Of Captain Matthew Flinders Discovered: Links with Bungaree of Broken Bay   Isabella Jessie Wye MBE OAM (Isa)  Off To School In 2019 Quicker Than 104 Years Ago  Photographers Of Early Pittwater: Charles Bayliss  Harold Nossiter's Classic Yachts  Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Scotland Island  Art Deco Inspirations In Palm Beach: The Palladium Dance-Hall, Cafe And Shop - The Surf Pavilion - The Beacon Store  Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your Name - Newport Beach  Professor Christopher John Brennan: A Poet Of Newport Beach  M.V. Reliance Turns 100  Avalon Beach Historical Society March 2019 Meeting: Focus On Trappers Way   Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Clareville  Photographers of Early Pittwater: Henry King  Photographers Of Early Pittwater: David 'Rex' Hazlewood  Richard Hayes Harnett - First Commodore Of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Designer Of The Yacht 'Australian' - Based On The Lines Of A Mackerel  Pittwater Summer Houses: Waiwera and Hopton Lodge, Bayview The Sirius Circumnavigation (1935-1937): Nossiter Trio Make Australian Sailing History  Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Avalon Beach  Were Manly's Statues, Smashed For Road Ballast, Sculpted By Achille Simonetti?   Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Warriewood  Avalon Beach Historical Society June 2019 Meeting  Flint and Steel Guesthouse    Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - 'Green Hills', Elanora Heights, and Ingleside  Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians Added To UNESCO Memory Of The World Register - The Missing Pages Restored  RPAYC To Host 100th Year Of The Scandinavian Gold Cup and 5.5m Worlds In January 2020 - some Etchells Worlds and Gold Cup on Pittwater History    Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name: Mona Vale  Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name - Bungan  Shark Meshing 2018/19 Performance Report + Historical Pittwater Shark Notes  Anthony Thomas Ruskin Rowe, Spitfire Pilot (1919 To 1943) - Who Defended Darwin And His Mate: An Avalon Beach And Pittwater Hero  Newport Surf Club Celebrates 110 Years On October 19, 2019 - A Few Club Firsts  Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name - Bilgola  Tram Memorabilia - Historic Daylight Run For Sydney Light Rail Begins 80 Years After Last Tram To Narrabeen Closed  Historic Insights From The Australian National Maritime Museums 1890 Pitt Water 'Era' Yacht Collection: The Basin Regattas   Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name - Coaster's Retreat and The Basin Samuel Wood Postcards of Pittwater and Manly  Bilgola SLSC Celebrates 70 Years: Anecdotes from Early Members  Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name - Great Mackerel Beach  G . E. Archer Russell (1881-1960) and His Passion For Avifauna From Narrabeen To Newport  A History Of The Campaign For Preservation Of The Warriewood Escarpment by Angus Gordon and David Palmer  Mark Foy of Bayview 2019 Inductee into Australian Sailing Hall of Fame  The Victa Lawnmowers Story With A Careel Bay Link  Plaque Unveiled To Mark Phenomenal Surfing Revolution Commencement: the 1956  Carnival at Avalon Beach That Introduced The Malibu Surfboard  The Other Angels From Avalon: 50th Anniversary Of The IRB Marks The Saving Of Over 100 Thousand Lives The Eos: Classic Pittwater Yachts  Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Whale Beach  Palm Beach Pavilion To Be Renamed The Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Marks DSO, MC Pavilion - some historical insights  Daniel Gordon Soutar's Influence On Local Golf Courses: Some History Notes Pittwater Fire Boats History: January 2020 Tribute Palm Beach Pavilion Renaming Dedication Honours Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Marks DSO, MC  Ella McFadyen's Love Of Pittwater: An Environment, Wildlife and Children's Champion Ella McFadyen's Love Of Pittwater: A Children's Champion - shorter version for Children  Sydney Bus Museum Volunteers Helps Mona Vale Bus Depot Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Opening Dorothy Hawkins - a new film by John Illingsworth  Dorothy Hawkins' family, father Joseph  Homer, ran a dairy near Winnererremy Bay at Mona Vale from 1936 Narrabeen Fire Brigade Celebrates 100th Anniversary + A Few Extra Insights Into Local Fires And Brigade Formations  Pittwater, Narrabeen Lagoon & The Collaroy Beachfront: Some Storms and Flood Tides Of The Past - With Pictures  The Wolverene At Broken Bay In 1885   Jack 'Bluey' Mercer (January 2nd, 1923 - February 17th, 2020) - West Head Battery in WWII  Manly Children's Festival Federation Of A Commonwealth Medals Of 1901  Maybanke Selfe-Wolstenholme-Anderson: 2020 International Womens Day + Pittwater Online 10 Years Celebrations  The Bona - Classic Wooden Yacht 2020 Answers North Head Quarantine Station, Manly: Some History - Governor Ralph Darling Saved Australians, Saved Australia  Winnererremy Bay: Angus Gordon, the Sequel to Dorothy Hawkins by John Illingsworth Roderic Quinns Poems and Prose For Manly, Beacon Hill, Dee Why And Narrabeen - 10 Year Celebrations and all Manly-Pittwater Poets Series in One Place  Stargazing In Pittwater: Historic and Contemporary   The Naval Pioneers of Australia by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffrey 1899  Harold Tristram Squire: October 28, 1868 - May 16,1938; Artist of Mona Vale  All Is Quiet On The Western Front by Roger Sayers Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Palm Beach   Large Sunfish Caught at Barranjuee in 1875  Grace Brook, 1921-2017 by Paul McGrath and Robin Bayes  The Pittwater Floating Hotels That Almost Were: Old Paddle Steamers, Fairmiles  + A Current 'Lilypad'  Pittwater's Ocean Beach Rock Pools: Southern Corners Of Bliss - A History: Updated 2020  Long Reef Aquatic Reserve Celebrates 40th Anniversary  Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Careel Bay   Careel Bay Reserves and Playing Fields in Careel Bay Playing Fields Reserve - Including Hitchcock Park: Birds, Boots & Beauty  North Narrabeen Rock Pool: Some History Narrabeen Lakes Amateur Swimming Club by Maureen Rutlidge, Life Member  Avalon Beach North Headland: An Ever-Changing Coastline - Storm Swell Of July 2020  Anthony Thomas Ruskin Rowe, Spitfire Pilot (1919 To 1943) - 75th VP Day Tributes 2020  Walter ('Wal') Williams - VP Day 75th Tributes 2020 Gwenyth Sneesby (nee Forster) 75th VP Day Tributes 2020  Pittwater's Midget Submarine M24 War Grave Renews Memories Of 75 Years Ago   Avalon Beach and Surrounds in 1968 and 1970 - Photos Taken By Gary Clist  Muriel Knox Doherty of Avalon Beach VP Day 2020 75th Anniversary Tributes   Dundundra Falls Reserve: August 2020 photos by Selena Griffith - Listed in 1935  Binishells In Pittwater Schools Bairne Walking Track, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park (Trig Stations) photos by Kevin Murray  Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your Name - Bayview  Perons' Tree Frog At Careel Bay - who is 'Peron'?  Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Church Point  Stapleton Park Reserve In Spring 2020: An Urban Ark Of Plants Found Nowhere Else Sydney's ACA Building Revitalisation Project Complete: Grand Old Building Has Links To Architects Of St. Patrick's College Manly - Some History Notes  Harry Wolstenholme (June 21, 1868 - October 14, 1930) Ornithologist Of Palm Beach, Bird Man Of Wahroonga   Three Ferries Named Narrabeen (1883 To 1984) + One Named Barranjoey (1913-1985)  Rockley was Cricket for Girls 130 Years Ago - and this Team Visited Narrabeen as well  The Bus To Palm Beach: Some History  Surf Boats Season Kicks Off At Newport November 14; A Whole Range Of Local Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Carnivals Set To Roll Out Over The 2020-2021 Season + Some History Newport to Bilgola Bushlink 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths:  Founded In 1956 - A Tip and Quarry Becomes Green Space For People and Wildlife Welcome To Country: Neil Evers – NAIDOC Week 2020  Marine Rescue Broken Bay Naming Ceremony for the new BB30 - The Michael Seale   Marine Rescue Broken Bay Unit's Beginnings In The Volunteer Coastal Patrol: Some RMYC BB Connections  Stokes Point To Taylor's Point: An Ideal Picnic, Camping & Bathing Place   Boy Scouts - The Pre-Nippers Life Savers: Some Notes On Local Troops From 1909  Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your Name - Narrabeen  Warriewood Historic Farmhouse 'Oaklands' by Krisitin Zindel  John Illingsworth's Local History; 'The Water Dwellers' 1967, Enemark panoramas of Palm and Whale Beach 1917, 'Paper Run' 1956, John Illingsworth 1921 - 2012: 'A Newport Story  Pittwater Summer Houses: 'Cooinoo', Bungan Beach  Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Worth Looking After Past Notes and Current Photos  Pittwater Summer Houses: Ocean Beach House - The Combers, Newport Beach  Pittwater Aviatrixes On The Eve Of The RAAF's 100th: A NSW Women's Week - Women Of Aviation Week Celebration  Florence Mary Taylor   Doreen Mavis 'Bobby' Squire  2021 Tribute   Avalon Beach Reserve Heritage Marker For Old Kiosk Installed  Landing In Pittwater: That Beach-Estuary-Lagoon Looks Like A Great Place To Touchdown! Hawkesbury River: 1 In 100 Years Floods - What Washed Up On Pittwater Beaches   The Australian Air League Camps At Mona Vale Beach In The Old La Corniche Building + The Robey Family Of Manly; 'Always Looking Out For Younger People'  The Story Of Pittwater's Anti-Submarine Boom Net by John Illingsworth, Pittwater Pathways  Avalon's Village Green: Avalon Park Becomes Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve Unseen Footage Of Nellie Melba To Celebrate Her 160th Birthday: The Day Dame Nellie Melba Lunched At Bilgola Cottage  Narrabeen Cenotaph + RSL History: 100 and 65 Years Markers Of Service In 2021  Avalon Beach Public School: Some History For A 70th Birthday  Bungan Head 'Bridge' and Tank Trap During WWII - by Malcolm Tompson  Currawong’s 10th Anniversary Funding: The Investment In Local Heritage Continues  The Wakehurst Parkway: 75th Anniversary Of Gazettal As A Main Road In 2021   Pittwater's Tropical Fruits: From The Middle Of Winter  Turimetta Beach Reserve: Old & New Images + Some History  National Fitness Centres At Broken Bay, Mona Vale, Narrabeen: Local History Shows We Like To Move It! Move It!  Nautical Words and Phrases Transposed Into Other Uses: Can You Fathom That?!  Mona Vale Cemetery: Some History  Narrabeen Lagoon and Collaroy Beachfront: Storms and Flood Tides Of The Past + Collaroy Beach Reserve Gazettal  The Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge: 75 Years old in 2021 + the Beluba Dam and Oscar Schulze  The Clareville/Long Beach Reserve: some History John William Pilbeam Goffage MBE ''Chips Rafferty'' Of Lovett Bay: Victory In The Pacific Day 2021  The Fern Creek - Ingleside Escarpment To Warriewood Walk + Some History  The Cowan ‘Creek’ + Lovett Bay Heights Tracks: Some Notes From The Pages Of The Past With Early Photos Trafalgar Square, Newport: A 'Commons' Park Dedicated By Private Landholders - The Green Heart Of This Community  The  Rock Lily Hotel Mona Vale - A Place and Hotel Named for a Local Flower  Whale Beach Ocean Reserve: 'The Strand' - Some History On Another Great Protected Pittwater Reserve  How Camping and Campers At Whale Beach Helped The Whale Beach SLSC Save Lives  Camping at Palm Beach  The Baird Family Of Mona Vale - The Wentworths Of Newport  The Rise Of The Surfboard As Life Saving Rescue Equipment: Some History  Opening Narrabeen Lagoon: Keeping The Community Safer For Over 100 Years  Ellis Rowan's Adventures In Painting Birds, Flowers and Insects: 'This Meant That I Was Tapu - Sacred - Because I Painted The Birds'  History Of The Modern Surfboat: Recognising The Surfboat Builders From 1950 To 2021 by Bert Hunt  The Bus To Palm Beach: Some History with Extras  The Landscapes Of Pittwater As Shown Through The Colonial Wandering Sketcher Artist  Remembrance Day 2021: Mona Vale's Hales-Smith Haynes Smith, Holding, Brentnall And Roby - A.I.F. Men Of World War One who died on the Fields of France  Pittwater Summer Houses: Gunjulla, Avalon Beach-Clareville by Helen and Deborah Grant  St. John's Anglican Church Mona Vale- Celebrating Its 150th Year In 2021   Original Sales Pamphlets Of Scotland Island, Mona Vale, Great Mackerel Beach, Bungan, Offer Images Into Our Past – A Pittwater Summer Idyll  Off To School In 2022 A Bit Quicker Than A Hundred Years Ago  Australia's First Tour Of England Cricket Team Was Indigenous: The Summer They Played At Manly - 1867  Narrabeen Lagoon Bridge No 1 History Notes  The History Films Of John Illingsworth: New Work 'The Newport Boys' + Past Features From Pittwater Pathways  Pittwater Regatta 2022 - Hosted By The RPAYC - Celebrates Over 130 Years Of Regattas On Our Estuary and Offshore Reaches  Lucinda Park, Palm Beach: Some History + 2022 Pictures   Barrenjoey House Celebrates its Centenary in 2022  Barrenjoey Boathouse In Governor Phillip Park  Part Of Our Community For 75 Years: Photos From The Collection Of Russell Walton, Son Of Victor Walton  Iluka Park, Woorak Park, Pittwater Park, Sand Point Reserve, Snapperman Beach Reserve - Palm Beach: Some History   Wreck Of Shackleton's Endurance Found: First Images After Frank Hurley's Last Photos Of This Ship Published   Pittwater's Torpedo Wharf - Bill Fitzgerald 2022  Avalon Beach 100 - Ray Henman's 100 Years Centenary Film  Of The Family Of Arthur Jabez Small Talk On Their Grandfather + Extra A J Small Notes; Reserves, A Golf Course, A Surf Club  Dorothy Wilga Hawkins Tribute: 1921 - 2022  Barrenjoey Artists Commune In The Lighthouse Cottages: Post WWII Social Infrastructure Investment Enriched Australia's Cultural Evolution  Brookvale Oval Marks 111 Years As A Community Space With The Opening Of A New Stand and Performance Centre - Some Current + Older History  Avalon Beach Sand Dunes: Some History  Duck Holes: McCarrs Creek  The Sly Family Of Manly and Narrabeen + The First Surfboat At Manly   Mona Vale War Memorials: A School Honour Board, A Victory Tree, A Cenotaph  The Petrov Safe Houses In Pittwater   Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club Celebrates 70 Years  Dorothea Mackellar Of Lovett Bay - The Poet From Whom The Electorate Received Its Name  Wilshire Park Palm Beach: Some History + Photos From May 2022   Narrabeen Hotel: Some History About The Licensees  America Bay Track Walk: Some History + photos by Joe Mills  Mona Vale SLSC: The Clubhouses - Some History  Avalon Beach Village Shops: Some History  100 Years Of Girl Guides In Manly + Some History Of Local Units  Snow Season 2022: Some Local History Connections With The Sport Of Skiing Beginnings  A Glimpse Of The Hawkesbury in 1883 - the Art of John Clark Hoyte   Pittwater Pathways A History Of Pittwater Films Remastered Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Ship's Captain - Princes Albert and George August 1881 Visit to Pittwater + Coast Waiters in Pittwater History  The 1957 Girl Guides Centenary World Camp At Windsor: A 65th Anniversary Celebration Grand Old Tree Of Angophora Reserve Falls Back To The Earth  Topham Track History insights     Brock's The Oaks - La Corniche From 1911 to 1965: Rickards, A Coffee King, A Progressive School, A WWII Training Ground  The Sirius Circumnavigation: Nossiter Trio Make Australian Sailing History - Sirius Now Needs A Saviour  Bungaree was Flamboyant by Neil Evers - Commissioning of MRBB 'Bungaree' special celebration  Stony Range Regional Botanical Garden: Some History On How A Reserve Became An Australian Plant Park  Mona Vale Library Celebrates 50 Years As A Community Hub  Mona Vale SLSC's Frederick Claude Vivian Lane Inducted Into Swimming Australia Hall Of Fame - A Few Insights Into A Local Legend  Newport Hotel Wharf Named For Queen Victoria   Bill Goddard Shares Family Insights  Avalon Beach in 1970-71 - more great photos shared by Gary Clist  Freddie Lane's granddaughter Visits Pittwater on Eve of Mona Vale SLSC's Centenary Celebrations  Harry Wolstenholme - Bird Man of Palm Beach  Duke Kahanamoku Celebrated In Our Area's First Blue Plaque At Freshwater SLSC   The Advent Of The Surfoplane Phenomenon On Our Beaches Led To An Increase In Lifesavers Responses, A Fatality, Along With Lives Being Saved  Gerald Joseph McPhee - A World War II 'M' Special Unit Member: Remembrance Day 2022  Goldthorpe & Smith Boatshed Becomes Port Jackson & Manly Steamship's Palm Beach Marine Service: Palm Beach Boatsheds  Avalon Recreation Centre History: 1954 to 2002  Wings Over Illawarra 2022: Some Brilliant New + Old Machines + Some History Of Pittwater's 'Aces'  Margaret Mulvey (Lady Schlink) of Careel Bay 1916 - 2001  St Michael's Cave - North Avalon Headland: Some History  Pittwater Summer Houses: The Cabin, Palm Beach - The Pink House Of The Craig Family (extra images added in)  Barrenjoey Lighthouse - The Construction: 2023 Reprise  The First Weekenders On The Palm Beach Beachfront + A Look Into Palm Beach SLSC Clubhouses In The Club's 101st Season  Broken Bay Customs Station At Barrenjoey: 2023 Reprise  Getting To School By Ferry - Australia's First 'School Boat' Ran In Pittwater - Some History  Hy-Brasil, Avalon Beach: An Alexander Stewart Jolly Hand-Built Home  Back To School 2023: Getting To School By Ferry - Australia's First 'School Boat' Ran In Pittwater - Some History  Pittwater Summer Houses: 'Billabong' + 'Ocean House', Ocean Street, North Narrabeen - The House At The End Of The Road - Became Site Of North Narrabeen SLSC's 'Batchelor Club   Country Women's Association Manly Branch Celebrates Its 100th Year - 1923 To 2023: Some History  A Community Memorial Hall For Mona Vale - A 22 Year Odyssey That Culminated In Victory: November 1944 To November 1966  New Marine Rescue Broken Bay Base Commissioned: A Building Designed To Look Like A Boat To Honour Its Purpose - The Work Of Marine Rescue Volunteers  Jack ‘Johnny’ Carter's Ashes Returned To His Palm Beach Home  Vale Sydney Fischer AM OBE   Early Mona Vale Constable Owned Mona Vale Hotel Site: Some History  The Mail Route To Pittwater + Establishment Of Local Post Offices: Some History   Narrabeen Prawning Times - A Seasonal Tide Of Returnings: New Found Records Added In  Mona Vale Woolworths Front Entrance Gets Garden Upgrade: A Few Notes On The Site's History  Angophora Costata Named Eucalypt Of The Year: The Tree One Of Our Local Reserves Is Named For - A Celebration    Avalon Beach Norfolk Pines: To Honour Those Who Served – Anzac Day 2023 History Precursors   Lewis George Pimblett - Inventor Of Harbord + Mona Vale: Toymaker Of 'Pim's Toys' + First Speaking Robot Maker Of 1952   W. G. Taylor Memorial Home At Narrabeen: Some History (Wesley Taylor home for the aged)  The Mona Vale-Bungan Beach-Bayview Tank Traps: Coastal Defences Of Pittwater During World War Two - Some History  'Little Mountain' Bayview - The Modernistic Art Deco House William Watson Sharp Built For Kenneth Gordon Murray During The Rise Of The K G Publishing Empire  The First Boat Builders Of Pittwater: The Short Life and Long Voyages Of Scotland Island Schooner The Geordy  Historic Heritage Listed Bantry Bay Explosives Depot At Middle Harbor Falling Into Disrepair From Long Neglect  Early Pittwater Surfers: Alrema Becke, Queen Of Palm Beach  Lucy Edith Gullett (Dr.) 28 September 1876 - 12 November 1949   The Mona Vale Outrages by George Champion OAM  Sarah A. Biddy Lewis and Martha Catherine Benns: Midwives of Broken Bay and Pittwater - Reconciliation Week 2023 History  Pittwater's Tropical Fruits: The Estuarine Farmlets At Mona Vale-Newport That Kept Sydney Stocked With Hot Area Fruit In The Middle Of Winter Vivid Sydney 2023: World First Installation In Wynyard Tunnels Raises Spectre Of Long-Forgotten Train To Narrabeen Or Manly  State Government Announces The Return Of The Freshwater Class Ferries To Manly Route - Three Ferries Named 'Narrabeen' + One Named Barranjoey: Some Historic Manly Ferry Songs  Bilgola Beach - The Cabbage Tree Gardens & Camping Grounds + Bilgola The Story Of A Politician, A Pilot And An Epicure by Tony Dawson and Anne Spencer  Avalon Beach Historical Society's June 2023 Meeting: Avalon Golf Links   Snow Season 2023: Some Local History Connections With The Sport Of Skiing Beginnings - The Founders Kerry, Hunter, Schlink  The Cowan ‘Creek’ + Lovett Bay Heights Tracks: Some Notes From The Pages Of The Past With Early Photos  Narrabeen JRLFC's 90th Celebratory History A Shark’s Tale Book Launch Featured A Legends Q&A With Alan Thompson, Anthony Watmough, Mark Gerrard, Anthony Balkin  Mona Vale Road  George Mulhall First Light-Keeper At Barranjuey Headland - Commenced July 20 1868 - First Champion Of Australia In Rowing  Royal Avalon Golf Links: Geoff Searl OAM's Presentation - Film By Pittwater Pathways (John Illingsworth)  Church Point, Pittwater: Winter 2023 + Some Photos and Snippets From The Past  The Tasmanian Countess and Marquise of Scotland Island  Pittwater's Fire-Boats: Some History   Stokes Point Careel Bay: The Shift From Warner's Hut In 1813 To Finisterre In 1924; 1934 Additions Probably Designed By Australia's First Women Architect, Beatrice (Bea) May Hutton - A Pittwater Rendezvous Site For Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Members Is Still A Home With A View For Those With A Passion For Sailing Vietnam Veterans Day (Northern) 50th End Of The War March At Palm Beach - All Welcome, All Belong Anniversary      Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch Celebrates 75 Years Of Members Looking After Each Other Vietnam Veterans Day Services 2023 - 50th Anniversary Of The End Of The Vietnam War: Collaroy, Narrabeen, Palm Beach   The Myra + Merinda II: Pittwater Ferries Of The Palm Beach Ferry Service (Commenced 1976)- A Few Other Verrills Ferries Of The 1980'S To Early 2000'S + Palm Beach Boatshed Insights  The Bayview Tea Gardens - When Run By Thomas Edward and Annie Newey (Nee Costello)  A Bunch Of Wildflowers: Historical Spring September Songs  The Wakehurst Parkway: 75th Anniversary Of Gazettal As A Main Road On May 29th 2021 - the Long and Winding Road   'Longa Linga' At Church Point - The John Lander Browne Pre-WWII Designed Linear Home For An Aunt  Dee Why Hotel Opens In 1930: Introduces 'Beer o'clock' For Thirsty Locals   Avalon Community Library Celebrates 40th Anniversary  Narrabeen Folk Arts Club In The Shack: Some History As We Head Into The 2023 Northern Beaches Music Festival Utzon's Pittwater: A Place Of Peace For A Plain Sailing Man - A Quieter Sydney Opera House 50th Birthday Celebration   Australian + English Women’s Cricket Teams Picnic In Pittwater- The 1934-35 First Women's Test Tour That Healed The Bodyline Rift     Barrenjoey High School Inaugural Students: 1968 To 1973 - 50 year celebration of Inaugural graduating class  Waiwera - Hopton Lodge, Bayview  Pittwater's Ocean Beach Rock Pools: Southern Corners Of Bliss + One Northern End Of Beach Rock Pool At Narrabeen: Some History  Pittwater High School Alumni 1963 To 1973 Reunion For 2023: A Historic 60 Years Celebration + Some History  Avalon Beach Historical Society: December 2023 Meeting Slide Night Featuring The Original Avalon Beach Community Library, The Avalon Stomp, The Hail Storm Of 1956 The Black Swamp Camping Reserve Becomes Kitchener Park, Beeby Park & Mona Vale Golf Course - Pittwater Creeks series opener     The Australia Day Regatta Began As an Anniversary Day Regatta  Back To School In 2024 Inspires A Look Back At  A Pittwater Public School Set On The Estuary  Barrenjoey Boatshed In Governor Phillip Park Has Been Part Of Our Community For 77 Years: A Few Photos From The Collection Of Russell Walton, Son Of Victor Walton, Pilot + A Few Insights Into This Evolving Station Beach Institution     Pittwater Summer Houses: Kalua, Palm Beach  Station Beach, Barrenjoey, Circa 1879  Section Of A Squire Mural From Dungarvon, Mona Vale, Held In Private Collection + A Few Notes About His Focus On In Situ Aboriginal Sculptures & Local Burial Grounds Of First Nations Peoples  Historic 100-Year-Old Mona Vale WWI 'Victory' Tree To Be Replaced   Palm Beach Golf Course 1924 To 2024: Some 100th Year History Celebratory Insights   Flora Of Coastal New South Wales: 1920 To 1944  Pictures From The Past: Views Of Early Narrabeen Bridges - 1860 To 1966

Collectors Corner pages:

Blacksmiths and Tinsmiths  Nylon Stockings Poster Art Furphy's Water Cart   Mousehole Anvil  Sapphire One Armed Bandit  Gould's 1840 Single and Compound Microscope  Tibetan Thangka Wheel Of Life Painting  Cast Iron Seats  Mabel Lucie Atwell Prints  The Customs of Traditional Dining by Hans and Jenny Carlborg  Albert Collins Landscape   Boomerang Harmonicas  Drinking: 18th Century Style Part I by H&J Carlborg  Drinking 18th Century Style Part II by H&J Carlborg Fleece Shears  Wood Case Crank Telephone  1803 Timepeice  Vintage Guitars  Milestones  No.38 Rolls Royce Motor Oiler  Christmas Postcards  Seashells  McCormick-Deering Horse Drawn Mower  Rope Making Machine  Marilyn Monroe 1955 Calendar  Stubbie Holders  Hill's Hoist  Akubra Hat  Fowler's Bottling Kit The Bold Autographed Script  Fishing Tackle  Arnotts Biscuit Tins  Comic Books  Silver Opium Pipe  Mrs Beetons Book  Souvenir Teaspoons  Bendigo Pottery  Gianelli Figurines  Key Fobs  Model Aircraft-static  Porcelain Slippers Wagon Wheels Rhys Williams Painting  Chinese Guardian Lions Australian Halfpenny  Bud Vases  Rolling Stones Still Life LP Autographed  WL1895 Thinking Monkey  Estee Lauder Ginger Jar  Reel Mowers  Surf Reels Millers Car Collection Hilton Lingerie - Slips Miniature Books of Verse - A Romantic Tradition  REGA Pouring Can  R O Dunlop - Sailing At Itchenor Painting Morning Shadows by C Dudley Wood  The Father of Santa Claus - Xmas 2012  HMS Penguin Anchor at RPAYC - Newport  SS Birubi Mast at RMYC - Broken Bay  Helen B Stirling Ship's Wheel at Club Palm Beach   Woomeras  HMS Endeavour Replica Cannon at RPAYC Vintage Sheet Music: William Stanley's  Bay View Gavotte  The Doug Crane Classic Handmade Double Blade Paddle  HMS Bounty Wooden Ship Model Collecting Ladies - Ferdinand Von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists  Australian Bark Art  Chinese Ginger Jars  Hand Plough and Jump Stump Plough - Australian Inventions Frank Clune Books  Frederick Metters - Stoves, Windmills, Iron Monger  Trinket Boxes  1933 Wormald Simplex Fire Extinguisher is Pure Brass  Chapman 'Pup' Maine Engines - Chapman and Sherack  The Beach Ball  Figureheads Salty Wooden Personifications of Vessels  Binnacle at RMYC  The Australian Florin - Worth More Than 20 Cents to Collectors  Weathervanes; For Those Passionate About Seeing Which Way the Wind Blows Her Majesty's Theatre 1962 Programme - Luisillo and his Spanish Dance Theatre  Cooper's Sheep Shower Enamel Sign and Simpson's and Sons of Adelaide Jolly Drover Sugar Bowl and English Pottery A Means to Gaze into the Past Chief Joseph and Edward S Curtis; His Images of Native Americans an Inestimable Record of Images and Portrait Photographs His Masters Voice, Old 78s and Australia's Love of Music Jack Spurlings 'Tamar' Picture 1923  Resch's Beer Art - A Reflection of Australiana Now Worth Thousands  The Compleat Angler - Izaak Walton's Discourse Inspires Generations of Fishers Portable Ice-Boxes and Coolers How Many Claim This Invention as Theirs?  Malley's and Sons Ltd. - A Munificent Australian Family Company  Vintage Paddles and Gigs  Nautical Memorabilia  The Crinoline - a 550 Year Old Fashion  B.B. King - King of the Blues Goes Home: a Timely look into Photographs and Autographs and Being Buyer Aware  Deep Down Among the Coral - By Christopher Corr - A Limited Edition Print in Celebration of the seventy fifth anniversary of QANTAS Airways  Old Chinese Rice Bowls for Marriage: Worth More Than You Think...   Commanderie St. John: An Ancient Wine - From 1927 with Lineage to Cyprus in 1210/92 and Methods of Production to Greece in 800 B.C.  Pittwater Regatta Air Race Trophies: from 1934 and 1935 and The Pilot Who Saved William Hughes  Vintage Brass Mortar and Pestle  1958 Bedford 'D' Truck and GM Holden Australian Made Car Bodies  Heart Padlock Charm Bracelets for Newborns: A Golden Tradition  Marvellous Marbles: An All Ages Preoccupation for Collectors  Antique Silver Fish Servers: Artisans Past  Tuckfield's Bird Cards: to Swap or Collect   Joseph Lyddy – O.B.B. Dubbin Boot Polish  Vintage Wooden Tennis Racquets: A Collectors Item As Popular As Summer  Australian Trade Tokens Record Enriching Colonial Histories: the Cascade Shilling First Art Form To Record 'Tasmania' And Kangaroos  Australian Vinyl Singles of the 1950's and 1960's  Dicken's The Old Curiosity Shop bought at The Old Curiosity Shop  Pear's Soap: Artworks For The Masses  Collecting Vintage Photographs: Early Tasmanian Photographer - J W Beattie  Cyclops Vintage Toys  Year Dated Beer Bottles Found In The Estuary Adjacent To Taylors Point - Roger Wickins   Collecting Matchboxes: A Great Way To Explore History And Art  Black Bakelite Telephone: Early Pittwater Phone Numbers  Butter Churns and Milk Separators: Early Pittwater Dairies F100 Ford truck: 1977 model   Collecting Buttons  Photographers Of Pittwater Capture Historic Insights: A. J. (Arthur James) Vogan, 1859-1948 Historic Photographers Of Pittwater: Harold 'Caz' Cazneaux 1878 - 1953  Photographers of Early Pittwater: The Macphersons of 'Wharriewood' and Bayview  Photographers Of Early Pittwater: Charles Bayliss Photographers Of Early Pittwater: Henry King  Photographers Of Early Pittwater: David 'Rex' Hazlewood  Were Manly's Statues, Smashed For Road Ballast, Sculpted By Achille Simonetti?  Tablespoons - The Original Soup Spoons  Tram Memorabilia - Historic Daylight Run For Sydney Light Rail Begins 80 Years After Last Tram To Narrabeen Closed  Samuel Wood Postcards of Pittwater and Manly   The Victa Lawnmowers Story With A Careel Bay Link  Collecting Snow Globes Sydney Bus Museum Volunteers Helps Mona Vale Bus Depot Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Opening  Manly Children's Festival Federation Of A Commonwealth Medals Of 1901: Collecting Commemorative Medals  Ranelagh Hotel 'Mist' Scent Bottle (Robertson Hotel): Collecting Vintage And Antique Perfume Decanters Stargazing In Pittwater: An End Of Daylight Savings Pastime - The 2020 CWAS David Malin Photography Awards Are Now Open  QANTAS During Centenary Year: 2020 Stamp Collecting Month 2020: Wildlife Recovery Miniature Books of Verse for Spring 2020  June 1942 Rhys Williams Painting of Sydney Harbour Attack