May 22 - 28, 2022: Issue 539
Narrabeen Hotel: Some history about the Licensees
Charles William Prowse, a coach proprietor who provided local transport from the ferry wharf in Manly Cove was the first licensee of what was then called the ‘Narrabeen Inn’ in 1886:
A publican's license was granted to C. W. Prowse, for premises situated at Pittwater-road, Narrabeen. LICENSING COURTS. (1886, January 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13609631
Mr. Prowse and his wife Margaret were also running The Pier Hotel at Manly Wharf from 1883 to 1886 and later had 'Prowse's Refreshment Rooms' on the west side of Manly Corso. A keen cyclist, he was part of the Manly Cycling Club and later the Ferndale cycling club of Manly, as well as being active in the community. His son, 'Ossy' Prowse was a well known champion cyclist of that time as well - a few notes from the pages of the past are under Extras.
Mr Prowse transferred the licence to Robert Norris in 1887, a Narrabeen local, although there were clearly others who also had been given a publican's licence in the vicinity:
Narrabeen Hotel, Pittwater-road, from Charles W. Prouse to Robert Morris ... LICENSING COURT. (1887, March 11). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article236754960
There is a stopping place at the Narrabeen Hotel, kept by Mr. Norris-a most charmingly situated hotel facing the road, the picture of which will give you a good idea of the number of travellers who frequent this place. Close to the hotel are the celebrated Narrabeen Lakes, where there is splendid fishing, shooting, and boating, to be had within a half-a-mile of the hotel. Mr. Norris makes a specialty of providing boats, camping outfits, lunches, etc., for parties coming from town to spend a day or two in this lovely district.: A Christmas Holiday Trip Narrabeen Hotel Picture: [No heading]. (1893, November 25). Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 - 1872), p. 15. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4846491
TWO MEN DROWNED AT NARRABEEN. SWEPT OUT TO SEA WHILE SURF BATHING.
A drowning accident, by which two young married men lost their lives, occurred at Narrabeen, at 10 o'clock yesterday morning. The drowned men were Henry Thom, aged 25, of Booth-street, Balmain (a grandson of Sir Henry Parkes), and John Montagu Folkhard, aged 29, who resided with his wife and family at Gladesville. The families of the deceased have been residing at Narrabeen for about a fortnight, and on Saturday Folkhard and Thom went down to join them. The latter had only been married about two months. Yesterday morning, in company with Folkhard's father and a younger brother, they went down to the ocean beach to bathe in the surf close to the old Ocean View Hotel. Mr. Folkhard, sen., went home again shortly before 30, and the boy left the water because he was affected by cramp. He looked back in the direction of the other two men, and saw a heavy breaker go right over them. They disappeared beneath the roller, and were seen no more. The lad gave the alarm, and help was soon obtained, but it was of no avail, nothing at all could be seen of the two men. Owing to the south-east wind which had blown all night, a heavy sea was rolling in on the beach, and the strong undertow had evidently swept the bathers out with irresistible force. The police at Manly were communicated with, and all day they, with a number of friends of the drowned men, lined the beach in tho hope that the water would wash the bodies up. At night-fail, however, their search had not been rewarded with success. Folkhard was employed by Elliott Brothers, and had one child. Thom was in the Public Works Department. TWO MEN DROWNED AT NARRABEEN. (1895, January 21). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1923), p. 5. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article236006881
Renewals of publicans' licenses were granted to Robert Norris, Narrabeen Hotel, Narrabeen, ...WATER POLICE LICENSING COURT. (1899, January 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14195068
One of the livelier characters Pittwater had roaming its tracks at the turn of last century is Belgian born Charlotte Boutin. It is difficult to determine exactly when she landed in Sydney but a Madame Boutin, Miss Boutin and child Boutin arrived from New Caledonia on the Egmont in late August 1873. Madam Boutin then appears to have then departed to Galle (France) in early September 1873 but without ‘Miss’ or ‘child’. We may wonder of the ‘miss’ is Charlotte, left behind to make her own living with Boutins already in Sydney.
By 1888 she seems to be established at the Rock Lily Hotel at Mona Vale, named for Dendrobium speciosum, an Australian orchid that was widespread around the premises at that time. Famed for her fare and large menu, sometimes rumoured to be disguising possum or snake, Charlotte was also appreciated for an ‘earthy sense of humour’ and was sometimes called the wife of Leon Houreux, although no marriage between the two seems to have taken place.
George Ellis, a botanist, and guest in 1895 states: "We are quite prepared on reaching Rock Lily to do justice to the good things provided for us by the burly host of the Rock Lily Hotel. The menu is extensive and varied and quite equal to the best of our metropolitan cafes, and after luncheon there are quoits, skittles, swings, and other aids to digestion in the recreation ground over the road, to which many of the visitors make their way. The landlord and his wife hail from La Belle France. He is somewhat expert in the use of the brush, and visitors to the hotel cannot fail to notice the evidences of his skill in the numerous sketches which ornament the walls of the rooms.
There were also tales of unattached ladies who would allow gents to buy beer for them in the bars and vine-covered trellises of a grape arbor to one side of the building around this time. Risqué and attractive to artists and statesman became the Rock Lily’s reputation.
By 1901 Charlotte had purchased the license for the Narrabeen Hotel although she continued to be on hand at Mona Vale until at least February 1907.
Hotel Narrabeen, Plan of proposed hotel, front and back elevations, side elevations and sections, Applicant/owner, Madame Boutin, Architect Charles St Julien, 82 Pitt Street, Sydney, Signed 17 May 1907, Charlotte Boutin, Narrabeen Hotel, Narrabeen, written on back of plan Courtesy NSW Records and Archives.
Front façade of the Narrabeen Hotel after the rebuild, circa 1910
Business was clearly booming as Charlotte was buying lots of lands at Brookvale and at Mona Vale (Turimetta Village) during 1907. Her Brookvale lots are listed in Land Titles Office Vol. 1524 Fol. 122, her lands at Mona Vale can be seen in Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Mona Vale, Bongin Bongin, Turimetta and Rock Lily
At the same time, land was selling around the hotel - more on this can be read about in: Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your Name - Narrabeen
NARRABEEN.-Main Road Frontages, next to Narrabeen Hotel, and Almost Opposite the Post-office.
*MAKE A SPECIAL NOTE of the FACT that the TITLE to the whole of the above is TORRENS, and that the CONTRACT OF SALE contains OUR SPECIAL CONDITION combining LIFE ASSURANCE and LAND PURCHASE WITHOUT EXTRA COST. YOU MAY SAFELY SELECT FROM THE PLANS, AND IF YOU AFTERWARDS WISH TO EXCHANGE FOR ANY OTHER UNSOLD LOT YOU CAN DO SO. '
WRITE, CALL, SEND, or TELEPHONE (No. 470), FOR PLANS of ANY OF THE ABOVE.
HENRY F. HALLORAN AND CO., 82 PITT-STREET. Advertising (1907, December 18). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14899785
In 1911 Charlotte transferred the licence to Charles Bacon, one of those whom added his name to her second last In Memorium to Battistella almost twenty years later.
Charlotte was advertising a Green African Parrot next to the Narrabeen Hotel in 1920 but soon after George’s death she began buying other Hotel licenses closer to town; The Imperial in Alfred Street North Sydney and the Flagstaff in Princes Street, The Rocks in 1923 and 1924. One of these changed license hands less then six months later.
Her romantic side surfaces as the last visible note in her marriage to John C Elliott in 1924 when she must have been mature. After that she disappears apart from the annual notices for George until her death on July 26th. 1932;
BATTISTELLA -In loving memory of our dear friend Benevenuto Battistella (George of Narrabeen), who departed this life January 25, 1920.Inserted by his friends, C. Boutin, W. Porter, and C. Bacon. Family Notices. (1930, January 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16621341
ELLIOTT-July 26 Charlotte beloved wife of John C Elliott at Randwick Private burial. Family Notices. (1932, July 30). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16912266
OPENING THE TRAMWAY.
A special tram nicely bedecked with ferns, flowers and ribbons conveyed a number of invited guests from the wharf at Manly to Collaroy, where the opening ceremonies — starting of the tram and turning on of the water — took place. Mrs. M'Gowen, wife of the Premier, with a pair of golden scissors cut the ribbon stretched across the end of the line at Collaroy Beach, and Mr. Griffith, Minister for Works, turned on the water in the presence of a large gathering of interested spectators. Among those present were: — Mr. J. H. Cann (State Treasurer), the Lord Mayor (Alderman G. T. Clarke), Dr. Arthur, Messrs. Black, Keegan, Levy, Nobbs, Ms.L.A., and Colonel Ryrie, M.P.; also representatives of the Water and Sewerage Board, Mr. W. J. Milner (president),
Alderman T. H. Barlow (vice-president), Mr. T. Henley, M.B.A., and Mr. J. Leitch. Mrs. M'Gowen, to mark the occasion, was presented with a, diamond brooch shaped like a tram.
THE WATER SUPPLY.
The water supply at Narrabeen consists of four miles of 6in wood pipe for 250ft head pressure. In testing this pipe line it gave excellent results — a great testimony to the pipes manufactured by the Australian Wood Pipe Company. Limited — as in some places the pipe was standing an over-burden of nearly 33 1-3 per cent, more than it was specified to stand. The estimated cost of iron pipes was £3100, the wood pipes costing £2400, showing a saving of £700, or equal to 30 per cent.
At a banquet given by the Australian Wood Pipe Company, Limited, to celebrate the opening of the water supply, held at Bacon's Narrabeen Hotel in the evening, there was a large and representative gathering. Mr. C. E. Ludowici presided. Among those present were Mr. Griffith (Minister for Works), the Lord Mayor (Alderman G. T. Clarke), Dr. Arthur and Mr. T. Henley, (Ms.L.A.), Mr. H. E. Pratten (president of the Chamber of Manufactures), Alderman Middleton (Mayor of Mosman), the aldermen of the Manly Council, and councillors of the Warringah Shire. . Mr. Griffith, in replying to the toast of 'The Ministry" said that those people who stated that they were heavily taxed in Australia did not know what they were talking about. The revenue derived from the railways and tramways was not necessarily the taxation of the country; it was direct payment for services rendered. Those who would lead them to believe otherwise were making misstatements to the people. The Minister added that no article that could be produced in this country ought to be imported. ‘’The system of wooden pipes for water supply was economical, and the Australian Wood Pipe Company had carried out the work" in a most satisfactory manner. Dr. Arthur thanked the Australian Wood Pipe Company for the activity with which they had brought the water to Narrabeen, and Mr. T. Henley also thanked the company for coming to the rescue of the Government at the time when pipes were scarce. Mr. A. G. M'Donald proposed "The Visitors," which was responded to. by Alderman G. T. Clarke (Lord Mayor), and Messrs. W. G. Milner, A. G. Pratten, J. Leitch, G. H. Barlow, and W. Hews (president of- the Warringah Shire Council). Other presentations made during the afternoon were a diamond bracelet to Mrs. Arthur (wife of Dr. Arthur, member for the district), and Mr. Griffith was handed a cable bracelet for Mrs. Griffith from the Australian Wood Fine Company, Limited, which laid the pipes for the water supply.
BACON'S HOTEL NARRABEEN.
This establishment is well and favorably known to visitors to Narrabeen, and the owner (Mr. Charles Bacon) is determined to keep ahead of the times. Mr. Bacon has been at Narrabeen for 18 months, and prior to that was caterer at the Manly Golf Club for two years. Recognising that the opening of the tramway would result in a great influx of visitors, Mr. Bacon has lately completed extensive and substantial alterations to the hotel, and part of the general scheme of improvement will be the addition of another storey to the premises. Plans of this work are now being prepared by Mr. Trenchard Smith, and already a new and handsomely-fitted saloon bar has been added, while the dining-room has been renovated and re-decorated, the table appointments being by Walker and Hall. The new roof will be a flat one, from which splendid views of ocean and lake may be obtained.
The capabilities of the Hotel Narrabeen may be judged by the fact that the banquet given by the Australian Wood Pipe Company, to celebrate the turning on of the water supply, on August 3, was held in the main dining-room, nearly 100 guests being present. Mr. Bacon makes a special feature of the midday meal on Sundays, and has a tea garden for afternoon tea. Mr. Bacon is a prominent resident of the district, and is the president of the Narrabeen Progress Association, and also one of the bondsmen for the water supply. The Hotel Narrabeen is up-to-date in every respect; it is connected with the city water supply, and has extensive stabling and garage accommodation. The floors of the garage and stable are concreted, and vehicles and cars may be washed down. A septic tank is also in course of construction.
Photo: Mr. Charles Bacon's Hotel Narrabeen.
Photo: Banquet given by the Australian Wood Pipe Company, Limited, at Bacon's Hotel Narrabeen, on August 3, to celebrate the turning on of the water supply.
The water mains— wood pipes— were supplied by the company, and the advantages of the pipes were praised by the Minister for Works (Mr. Griffith) and others at the banquet. Opening Up a Beautiful District -- Tramway and Water Supply for Narrabeen. (1912, August 7). Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1919), p. 32. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article263890494
Mr. Bacon subsequently transferred the license to a Maurice Garwood:
The following transfers of publicans licenses were granted at Thursday's sitting of the Metropolitan Licensing Court :—From Charles Bacon to Maurice Garwood, Narrabeen Hotel, Narrabeen ; LICENSING COURT. (1913, October 25). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15460592
Sepia toned black and white photographic postcard of 'NARRABEEN. N.S.W. AUSTRALIA.'. It is dated 24 Jun 1913 (written on), and shows a street scene with men walking down the street and men in a horse and buggy riding down the street. Courtesy National Museum of Australia from Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1
Image No.: a106069h from Scenes of Narrabeen Album ca. 1900-1927, Sydney & Ashfield : Broadhurst Post Card Publishers, courtesy State Library of NSW - the second Narrabeen Hotel may be seen with the dome a little north of the butcher's shop.
Charles Mitchell (one-armed gentleman in centre) and friends at Narrabeen in circa 1920-24. National Museum of Australia photo
• Opening of the whole bar at busy hours (at present part of the bar is kept closed).• Tickets to be issued for bottled beer at week-end.• Beer to be sold over the bar at the correct times.• Civility to be extended to all patrons.
I was a paper boy selling papers for the Maclean family at their Newsagency at the shops on the corner of Devitt and Pittwater Rd Sth Narrabeen. There was a Wine Bar, Newsagency, Post Office in the complex. The Macleans also had a newsagency at Narrabeen Terminus. My afternoon run included the Royal Antler Hotel ( now the Sands Hotel). The Publican at the Royal Antler was a lady named Mary Ryan, and she was a tough old bird and would bar anyone who played up. Mary would sit at the Cash register and give out the change to the Barmaids and keep the girls on their toes. I can remember one night one barmaid said to one of the drinkers that she was once an Air Hostess, and he replied “who with the Wright Brothers?" He got 2 weeks for that.One night as Mary Ryan was busy at the Jewish Piano one of the Pubs wags lit a twopenny Bunger and rolled it under Mary Ryans seat. Now in those days the Bungers would blow your fingers off if you held on to them,so there was this big bang made louder by the tiles in the bar and Mary fell off her seat. Mary closed the Pub . Indefinitely. The drinkers after a few days started to get thirsty and Mary would not open the Royal Antler, and they were driving around Narrabeen in Dickson and Dunns Veggie Truck usually used to cart tomatoes and Veggies to the Sydney markets from the glass houses in the Warriewood Valley with placards saying please open the Hotel, Mary. The nearest Pub was either D.Y. or Newport Arms, no Clubs in those days.The local Priest, (Father Sob), was asked to mediate and after two dry weeks the hotel was opened for business.The First night it opened the Police were there in force to make sure there was not any trouble, as it turned out I was the only one spoken to by the Sergeant, for being under age in the bar selling papers.Sava Lloyd
- In 1938-39, Australians drank just over 84 million gallons of beer-12.13 gallons a head.
- In 1948-49, they drank nearly 140 million gallons-17.87 gallons a head.
References and extras
- TROVE - National Library of Australia
- Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your Name - Narrabeen
- Narrabeen Cenotaph + RSL History: 100 and 65 Years Markers Of Service In 2021
- Charlotte Boutin
- Leon Houreux
- Roads To Pittwater: The Pittwater Road
The second annual meeting of the Manly Bicycling Club was held in the Council-chambers, Manly, on Friday evening last, when there was a very good attendance of members. The chair was occupied by the president, Mr. C. Austin. The secretary read the yearly report and balance 100sheet, which were adopted, the latter showing a very good balance in favour of the club. It was stated that as the grass track on the I Ivanhoe Park was now almost completed, and at present used by the cyclists, they will have it care facilities for riding than they have had hitherto on the roads, which in some places can hardly be held on with a bicycle. The Manly Club will probably hold a race meeting during the ensuing season. The following officers have been elected for season 1887 :-President, Mr. C. R. Austin ; vice-presidents, Messrs. M. Weekes (Mayor), -J. G. Cousins, C. A. Lawrence, C. W. Prowse, F. C. Passau, W. Murray, and V. Bailey; captain, Mr. F. S. Passau. ; vice-captain, Mr. C. E. Selby; hon. secretary, Mr. J. A. O'Grady; hon. treasurer, Mr. E. A. Hinds; bugler, Mr. E. T. Gould; delegates to Union, Messrs. Hind and Patison. CYCLING. (1887, March 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13629518
Manly Ratepayers' Association.
The usual monthly meeting of the above association was held in the Aquarium Hall, Manly, on Wednesday evening. The President (Mr. Thos. M'Kelvey) occupied the chair. The meeting was well attended (considering the weather). Among the gentlemen present were Messrs. Dr. Watkin, W. S. A. Shorter (vice-presidents), Craven, Line, and Walton. The minutes of the last general and special I general meeting were read and. confirmed. The hon. secretary, Mr. H. C. G. Moss, then ! read the result of the meetings of the executive committee which were approved of. A letter had been received from Mr. Oliver, in response to an alleged nuisance. The association replied to the effect that it did not take upon itself the duty of interfering in such cases. A letter from Mr. Metcalf received. Nineteen new members were enrolled, making a grand total of 110. During the election of new members the president referred to the weather, and said he could not control the clerk of the weather; he was like the council, would not be advised. Mr. Crann recounted his experience when he and his co-delegates waited upon the Mayor, and it was stated that the Mayor would not allow him to speak in explanation. (Groans and hisses.) Mr. M'Kelvy spoke on the reception of the committee, and considered it discourteous in the extreme.
Mr. Shorter proposed the following motion, which was seconded by Mr. Thos. Line : — ' That the Mayor and aldermen do not possess the confidence of the ratepayers of Manly Beach.' When this motion was put it was carried unanimously amidst great cheering. Messrs. Line, Moss, Dr. Watkin, Prowse, and M'Kelvy spoke in favor of the resolution.
Mr. Moss moved the next resolution — ' That in the opinion or this meeting, taking into consideration the fact that Alderman E. Pitt does not attend the municipal meetings more than once in every three months, and that he is not residing in Manly, he be called upon to resign seat in the Municipal Council.'
Mr. Hindes seconded the resolution. Mr. Shorter, George Prowse, and Bamington spoke in support of the resolution, which was put to the meeting and carried unanimously. Mr. Shorter proposed that the secretary of the Manly ratepayers be requested to communicate the result of the meeting to those concerned. Mr. Franklin seconded. Carried unanimously. Mr. Shorter proposed a vote of thanks to the President, to which the President (Mr. N. C. Kely) suitably responded. A vote of thanks was accorded to the press, particularly the local papers and the Evening News. This brought the meeting to a close. Manly Ratepayers' Association. (1890, April 18). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128772329
The Esplanade at Manly is a charming spot, with its avenue of trees, reaching, round from the pier to the baths, where you find numbers of comfortable seats at intervals, and the cool green grass is very inviting. After resting a short time admiring, the pretty view of the bay, and watching the fishing boats as they dance up and down on the sparkling blue water, you feel uncommonly like a stroll and a slight refresher. Along the street called The Corso, the principal part of the town, you will find that the shops contain everything conducive to comfort and elegance. Take, for instance, the handsome and commodious establishment of Messrs. Butler Bros., who are without doubt the leading tradesmen of the town, their places of business extending a great distance up the street. They make a business of catering in the very best way for the comfort and convenience of the public, their stock consisting of everything, from a tin of sardines to a 'possum rug. Should you feel faint, you will find the pharmacy of C. H. Braddock close at hand, and he will be able to fix you up .in a brace of shakes. He is a chemist of long study and experience, and makes a speciality of certain preparations as panaceas for the ills that flesh is heir to. On the other side will be found the business place of Mr. Robert P. Royan, estate agent and auctioneer, who has lately opened up large premises, and does, business for his clients in a way that will suit, the pockets of everyone. On application, either by post or personally, a circular can be obtained which will give one all particulars as to his new innovation as regards the sale of properties and furniture. He is also agent for the Australian Mutual Provident Society, and will be very pleased to give any intending insurer all requisite information.
As you stroll along you will be attracted to the establishment of Mr. Smart, the curio shop of Manly, a visit to which will amply repay the curious visitor. There you will find a most wonderful collection of curiosities, from, a little shell up to the jaws of that terrible monster of the deep, the shark. Mr. Smart has a wonderful collection of seaweeds, eggs, butterflies, Sandwich Island curios, photographs, shells, &c. Almost next door will be found the confectionery shop of J. G. Purves, who supplies the majority of the visitors and residents with bread, cakes, &c.
Prowse's tea-rooms are exceedingly comfortable. Mr. Prowse has been established here for many years, and thoroughly understands the art of catering to the public taste in the way of confectionery and tea making. Mr. Kebblewhite's chemist shop is almost next door, and should you desire to purchase anything in the way of scents or. soaps, or to replenish your smelling salts -or maybe you will have a prescription requiring special attention-you will find that it can be done here as well as at the leading shops in Sydney.
There is a stopping place at the Narrabeen Hotel, kept by Mr. Norris-a most charmingly situated hotel facing the road, the picture of which will give you a good idea of the number of travellers who frequent this place. Close to the hotel are the celebrated Narrabeen Lakes, Where there is splendid fishing, shooting, and boating, to be had within a half-a-mile of the hotel. Mr. ; Norris makes a specialty of providing boats, camping outfits, lunches, &c, for parties coming from town to spend a day or two in this lovely district. After having partaken of light refreshments, a good assortment of which will be found here, we once more resume our journey, and after about three quarters of an hour's lovely drive through ; some of the prettiest scenery in the country we pull up in front of a most comfortable and picturesque hotel at Rock Lily, owned by Mr. Leon Houreux. Madame Houreux is a most hospitable proprietress, and the rooms are most tastefully decorated in oil colors by Mr. Leon Houreux-stirring scenes on sea and land-the pictures well worth gazing at, not only from an artistic point of : view, but as curiosities in such a pretty ; wayside inn. The gardens are laid out in good style. The tame and harmless native bear, the noisy laughing jackass, and the prying magpie are to be found here, making up a tiny and interesting menagerie. Mr. Leon Houreux evidently understands the way of catering for the public, as you can obtain the most récherché Parisian dinners here at a reasonable figure. After having partaken of a choice lunch, with a bottle of real 'French claret, of which he is an jj undoubted judge, you once more resume your seat on t he coach, and proceed to Newport, to arrive there in time for tea, which has been already ordered at the pretty hotel kept by Mr. Thomas H. Hodges. This hotel is beautifully situated, and the view is well worth taking the journey alone to see. Opposite the hotel is Lord Loftus Point, which in the olden days was evidently a favorite spot for aboriginal encampments, From here you have a splendid view of Pittwater, which is the widest arm of the Hawkesbury, being over a mile wide, Thor« is also Scotland Island, which celebrated for its fine fish. … A Christmas Holiday Trip. (1893, November 25). Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1881 - 1894), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63104125
Steyne Hotel, corner of The Corso and Ocean Beach (left) [ca. 1880-1890], image courtesy State Library of New South Wales
Manly Co-operative Ferry Co.
A preliminary meeting of shareholders in the Manly Co-operative Ferry Company was held at the Aquarium Hall yesterday afternoon for the purpose of discussing the advisability of suggesting to the public meeting to be held on 'Wednesday evening' next that the fares be reduced to 6d return instead of 9d. Mr. H. E. Stevenson occupied the chair.
Mr. C. W. Prowse moved — ' That in the opinion of this meeting the fares of the Manly Co-operative Ferry Company should be reduced to fid return on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, instead of 9d, and that the suggestion be placed before the board of directors at the public meeting on Wednesday evening next.'
Mr. J. G. Purves moved as an amendment — ' That the fares be reduced to 6d every day of the week.'
There was no doubt now but that the new company had been a thorough success, as the profit declared had been a large one, and it would be only fulfilling the objects of the company to have cheap fares instead of large dividends. Mr. Gorman seconded. He thought the success of the new company was now beyond all question, and had exceeded their most sanguine anticipations. Despite this fact and that the profit on the five months had been a large one, it would be conceded that the company had not been formed so much for large dividends as for cheap fares to the travelling public, and he thought they would still farther increase the traffic and advance- the interests of the company by putting themselves on a level footing with the opposition by reducing the fare to 6d return instead of 9d. The amendment was carried almost unanimously, and the suggestion will be placed before the meeting of shareholders on Wednesday evening next. Manly Cooperative Ferry Co. (1894, May 29). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article114083601
Meetings. Manley 30 January 1895,
TO HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF MANLY.
Sir,-We, the undersigned residents and property-owners of Manly, request that you will be good enough to call a Public Meeting to consider the best means of approaching the Government with a view of obtaining an Extension of the present Lease of the Manly Pier, and the investment of the same in the Manly Council.
T. Stoney W. Murray
A. Stephenson John Farrell
J. B. Meyer C. W. Prowse
J. J. Roche H. C. G. Moss
and 25 others.
To Messrs. T. Stoney, A. Stephenson, and others signing the Requisition.
Gentlemen,-In compliance with the above Requisition, I hereby convene a Public MEETING, to be held at the Aquarium Hall, Corso, Manly, on MONDAY, the 4th instant, at 8 p m.
I am, Gentlemen, yours truly,
H. E. FARMER.
Mayor Advertising (1895, February 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13993854
A road race was held by members of the Manly Ferndale Club from Manly to Narrabeen (M'Lean's) and back yesterday afternoon. There were a dozen starters. Mr. R. A. Stennett was judge and starter, and Messrs. C. W. Prowse, C. Pashley, and E. Farley were check stewards. A start was made at 2.30, and as the roads were good, and well known to the riders, fast time was made. The last to round the turning point was W. Gregory, the scratch man. The following was the result: E. Wilson (6.30),. 1; M'Keown' (7), 2; J. Henry (3.30), 3. Time, 41 1/2 min. The fastest time was made by W. Gregory, 38min. The winner takes Mr. Ogden's medal and a bicycle lamp given by the Greville Turner -Cycle Company. The second and third men get gold medals from the club. The prize for the fastest time was given by Hebblewhite and Company. A large number of people (ladies predominating) assembled at the finishing point, and loudly cheered the winner as he rode in. The Ariel pacers and the 'Swift' team of record-breakers will to-morrow make their last appearance at the Sydney Cricket Ground for some time. Both Parsons and Relph will seek records, and the attempts will be made before the University-Sydney football match begins. The League of Wheelmen have a road race over the Manly to Bayview and back course fixed for July 9. The league's hall will be held next month, probably at the Paddington Town Hall. The Waratah Rovers will run to Newport tomorrow, returning on Sunday. CYCLING. (1898, June 3). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article109643991
Amongst the competitors in the New South Wales League's road race was Mr. C. W. Prowse, father of " Ossy" Prowse, who, despite his fifty-two years, succeeded in covering the course in 1 hour 8 mins. 47 secs.—a good ride for an " old -one." Cycling Notes. (1898, July 30). Port Pirie Recorder and North Western Mail (SA : 1898 - 1918), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article95347919
The members of the Manly Ferndale Bicycle Club on Friday evening, at Prowse's Rooms, presented an illuminated address to Mr. Alex. Odgen, J.P., who left for England on Saturday by the India. Mr. Fred. Bardsley (captain) occupied the chair, and the presentation was made by Alderman E. W. Quirk. The wording of the address ran as follows: 'Manly, July 29, 1898. .From the Manly Ferndale Cycle Club to their president, A. Ogden, J.P., wishing him every success on his trip to the old country and a speedy return. E. W. Quirk, C. W. Prowse, R. A. Stennett, W. Gregory, sen., W. Gregory, jun., J. Henry, Fred. Bardsley. Au Revoir.' There was a good attendance of members present to*say good-bye to the departing cyclist. CYCLING. (1898, August 2). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113254489
'Ossy' Prowse, of Sydney, who accompanied Platt-Betts to England, and was steering a quint when the terrible smash occurred, returned by the Oroya last week. He is staying In Melbourne for a few days. CYCLING CHRONICLE (1899, May 31). Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article121802069
THE AUSTRALIAN BICYCLE CLUB ROAD RACE.
CLIFFE WINS THE DOUBLE FIRST PLACE AND FASTER TIME.
The Australian Bicycle Club brought off its road race for league riders Class C, from Manly to Bayview and back, a distance of 23 miles, on Saturday, July 29. There were 49 entries for the event, and the prizes offered are six in number ranging from £10 downwards
The starting point was the northern end of the bridge across Manly lagoon, whole towards half-past 3 a seat concourse of pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, and horsemen were assembled and league clubs were all represented
Considerable speculation was indulged in as to the probable winner. Prowse the local champion, was fancied by some, but others contended that Buck must beat him, they both gain hunt men. Barkell’s name was also mentioned, as having won the same race in 1897, but as it happened no one appeared to pick the man who actually won Shortly after 1 Ki Polglase returned having fallen in the sand while descending Stony Range, breaking three spokes of his wheel, and he reported the roads to be in very bad condition, and the competitors unlikely to rule to the times of last year At half-past 4 Cliffe was seen riding home alone through the long lines of spectators which extended a quarter of a mile along the road, and not only was he the handicap winner, but also he was the fastest time, having accomplished 1 the arduous journey in the creditable time of 1 hour 3 minutes 0 3 5 second, and by his double win established a record for this annual event.
The order in which the first is men arrived with their riding tunes was as under -T Cliffe, 11 hour 3 minutes 6 3-5 second, is L Orr, 2, 1 hour "i industry 0 2-') second It Anderson, 1 hour 9 minutes 43 3-5 seconds, T J Remfrey, I, 1 hour 6 minutes 2 seconds J Stuart, % 1 hour 7 minutes 42 4-5 seconds C W Prowse, 0,1 hour 11 minutes 43 1 5 seconds, L M'Inness, 7, 1 hour 7 minutes 30 2 5 seconds AV Muttorson, 8, 1 hour 7 minutes to 3 > seconds E S Harris, J 1 hour 8 mine ei 50 3-5 seconds D Harvison, 10, 1 hour 3 minutes 21 1 > seconds, H Har to, 11,1 hour of minutes 14 seconds Megson retired at Narrabeen on the way out and Buck arrived in 1 hour 22 minutes 45 seconds The four prizes for places were accordingly won by J White, H L Orr, of Anderson and F J Remfrey, and those for time by J Chfte first and D Tlirviaou second
One accident occurred near the Narrabeen bridge when Tucker and Drinkwater collided and the latter sustained bad bruises to the left shoulder. CYCLING. (1899, July 31). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14252112
Manly.—Stolen, between the hours of 9 p.m. the 1st and 10a.m. the 2nd instant, from the residence of Charles William Prowse, Greendale, near Manly,—An “Imperial Rover” bicycle, 22-inch frame, Dunlop tyres, Westwood rims, 8-inch cranks, rat-trap pedals, the right-foot pedal has been repaired with a piece of wire, about 76 gear, “ C. W. Prowse,” engraved on silver plate on horizontal bar near handles, enamelled chocolate colour. Identifiable. Burglaries, &c. (1903, August 5). New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 - 1930), p. 299. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article251627997
"OSSY" PROWSE, a Cyclist of the "Old Brigade" (October 2). “OSSY” PROWSE, (1915, September 24). The Swan Express (Midland Junction, WA : 1900 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204770635
OBITUARY LATE MR. REGINALD K. PROWSE
The tragic death of the late Mr. Reginald Keith Prowse, which occurred as the result of an accident on the Canning-road, on Saturday, January 25, came as a great shock to all who knew him. The deceased, who would have reached his majority in February, was educated at the Fremantle Boys' School, and on leaving, at the age of 15 years, joined the firm of Charles Hormann, wool and skin merchants. Fremantle. His father, Mr. Frederick A. Prowse. has been connected with the same firm almost continuously since 1898, being first attached to their head office in Sydney and joined the Western Australian branch in 1901. The late Mr. Reginald Prowse took a keen interest in his business, and gave great promise of more than ordinary success. His bright and genial disposition and general ability won for him a very wide circle of friends. He was especially well-known in cycling and yachting circles, and was a member of the League of W.A. Wheelmen, the Fremantle Cycling Club, and the City Cycling Club. Among his cycling achievements Mr. Prowse, when only 16 years of age, won the first 100 mile traders' cycle race from Maylands via Guildford and Keys brook and back to Maylands. He was a competitor in three Beverley to Perth road races, finishing in the fourth place one year, and although only occupying the fifth position in last year's race, beat the existing record by nearly 7mins. The deceased was also a keen yachtsman, in which sport he also showed marked ability, and this is instanced by the fact that when Mr. Tom Vincent, of the Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, recently purchased a skiff from the Eastern States, he gave the late Mr. Prowse a position in that boat. Mr. Prowse also sailed in Cornstalk II.. which carries the flag of ' the Perth Flying Squadron, as main sheet hand. During the last two or three years he indulged in motor cycling, but did no racing.
The long funeral cortege moved from the private mortuary of Messrs. Arthur E. Davies and Company, Market-street, Fremantle, on Tuesday, January 28, and proceeded to the Fremantle Cemetery, where the remains were interred in the Church of England portion. The Rev. Canon E. M. Collick officiated at the graveside, and at the conclusion of the service, gave a brief address, touching on the respect and esteem in which the deceased was held. The chief mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Prowse (parents), Messrs. Joseph and Ossie Prowse (brothers), Mrs. J. Prowse (sister-in-law), Messrs. Harry Cooper and J. Mell (uncles), Mes dames D. Thomas. B. Davis, J. Mell and H. Williams (aunts), and Messrs. Hec tor M' Arthur. Lennie Cooper, Cliff, and Bertie Thomas and Albert Davis (cousins). The pall-bearers were: Messrs. J. B. Sleeman. M.L.A.. F. Critch and J. Dowl ing (Charles Hormann), A. Wise (League of W.A. Wheelman, N. Sala-mons (Fremantle Cycling Club), J. Smith (president, City Cycling Club), W. Chinnery (secretary. . Amateur Cyclists' Union), and L. B. Bolton (Loyal Wes tralian Lodge. No. 18 W.A.C.). Among those present were: Messrs.' G. Fraser, M.L.C., T. MacDonald (presi dent, Cycle Trades' Association), S. S. Sheldrake v (Princess Theatre. Freman tle), L. Nickels (representing yacht ing circles), W. Daly (H. Barnes and Co.), Cr, J. M. Farrell (Fremantle Trot ting Club), J. M'Cabe (mayor of North Fremantle), T. Vincent (representing Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, skiff section), R. V. de Latour (Wenz and Co.), D. L. Fraser (Westralian Farmers Ltd.). C. Steenholdt (Dalgety and Co. Ltd.). F. H. Hales (Fremantle Wool and Grain Stores Ltd.), and W. Bailey (Wil cox, Mofflin Ltd). A large number of handsome floral tributes were placed on the grave, and the bereaved relatives have been the recipients of widespread expressions . of sympathy. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. Arthur E. Davies and. Company. Family Notices (1930, February 10). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1955), p. 8 (HOME FINAL EDITION). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article83815418
PROWSE. — On June 15, 1930, at her late residence, 62 George-street, West Perth, Margaret, wife of the late Charles William Prowse, and loving mother of Alice (West Perth), Fred (Canning Bridge), and Ossie Prowse (Port Augusta), aged 80 years. Family Notices (1930, June 16). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article33356757
Perpetuating the memory of the young brother of Ossie Prowse, the well-known cyclist, the 32-mile race attracted excellent entries. Conducted in the nature of a town to town ride, a start was made from the Balmoral Hotel, Victoria Park, and the race concluded at a point in the vicinity of the Beaconsfield post office, near Fremantle. The course via Armadale and the Jandakot circuit was an exceptionally fast one. The gravel section from Armadale till about five or six miles from the finish was responsible for fast times. It was evident from the beginning that if the scratch bunch were to make good, the times would come within reach of a record. W. Humphries, who was for years one of the prominent back-markers in events up to 50 miles, hadn't lately displayed form to warrant his back mark, and this season his progress towards the half limit section has been steady un-til he received the best mark he has ever had in the shape of 4 minutes. On Saturday he struck his best form at last. Riding solidly from the start, he gradually and steadily increased his ad-vantage until, with five miles to go, he bunched with the front-markers. Up to this stage Humphries was WELL IN THE RUNNING for the time honors. Though the scratch men, T. Wilson, F. Stock, the Smith brothers and Art Hall were working in perfect harmony, as scratch men should, their desperate effort to over-haul the leaders was of no avail, but they had the satisfaction of jointly establishing a time that will no doubt receive official recognition. The result: W. HUMPHRIES (hep. 4.0) (time 1.17) 1 O. K. Roberts (6¼) (1.19.15 1-5) .... 2 R. Leach (4¾) (1.18.15 2-5) .. .. .. 3 Fastest: A. Hall (1.14.24). The Junior event conducted over a distance of 20 miles was annexed by R. Chinnery from G. Whitelands and J. Hewson. M. Ellery, who brilliantly won the junior Douglas Jones the previous week established fastest time. PROWSE MEMORIAL (1934, July 26). New Call and Bailey's Weekly (Perth, WA : 1934 - 1940), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210879792
Ossie Prowse is no doubt the most well-known rider in this State and the most experienced in the game at the present time. Holder of many of this State's long-distance road and track records, Ossie is riding in brilliant form on the tracks, winning nearly every Friday night at the successful Fremantle Cycling Club's carnivals on the Fremantle Oval. Last Friday night he literally carried his team to victory by his spectacular riding in the six-lap teams pursuit race. Ossie will also ride his Swansea at next week's big Bunbury Cycling Carnival.
OSSIE PROWSE. OSSIE PROWSE (1937, February 11). Dalgety's Review (Perth, WA : 1926 - 1948), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article265527815
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