November 28 - December 4, 2021: Issue 520

 

Pittwater Summer Houses: Gunjulla, Avalon Beach-clareville

AVALON.
Pearling waves that cream milk-white,
Sun-drenched sands and skies of blue
Linger in my memory -
Avalon, my heart's with you!
DOROTHEA DOWLING.

AVALON. (1935, May 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17151649

Local volunteers have been working for months to bring the community Avalon 100 - a celebration of the 100th year of the naming of Avalon as such and the development of Avalon Beach as a community. One of the proposed projects is 'Framing Avalon' which seeks to show you images from Avalon's past located in their present places. Led by Jayne Denshire, this project would include the historic summer home of the Grant family, 'Gunjulla'.

The name 'Avalon' for this area, which had previously been known as 'Clareville', Careel Bay and even 'Burnes' beach, first turns up in Warringah Shire Council records in October 1921 when investor in these lands, Arthur Jabez Small, makes a request to rename what was the 'Clareville' road and 'Arnold's road to 'Avalon Parade'. At the meeting held on October 31st, 1921, council records show: 

Subdivision A The Engineer's report was read and dealt with as follows 1.Chatfield & Brown's letter, submitting plan of subdivision of A.J. Small's land fronting Clareville Road, was read in conjunction with the report. Resolved,: (C's. Hewitt', Quirk) That the Council approve of the request that the name "Avalon Parade'' be given to the roads now known as ''Arnold Road" and "Clareville Road", and that Mr. Small be asked to notify purchasers of lands fronting Clareville Road of the proposed change. Resolved, - (Crs. Parr, Cavill)That the plan  of the subdivision be approved, provided a connecting road' between Central Road and Clareville Road be reserved, as recommended
This had been proceeded by:

July 11th, 1921: That with regard Road to the encroachment of Barrenjoey Road on A.J. Small's land, and the proposed exchange of land for road by Mr. Small, the Engineer interview Mr. Small, and see what arrangements can be made for financing the work, and as to the date of carrying it out.. Central Road Resolved, - (Crs. Quirk & Hitchcock) That the Taylor's Pt. proposal, as reported, for expending  £50 of Taylor's Point Estate money in improving Central Road, and £70 I in ballasting road on Taylor's Point Estate, be approved..
 Clareville 10. Resolved, - That the size of the proposed shed on Clareville wharf be reduced to 14'x10
 Clareville Rd 11. Resolved, - (Crs. Quirk & Hewitt) That the Council agree to accept dedication from Mr. A. J. Small of a new road to connect Clareville Road with Arnold Road, and that £150 of Taylor's Point Estate money be expended on clearing, forming and metalling such new road; the clearing, forming and culverts to be done first, and when completed, a metalled track to be made for the full length, the width of the metal to depend on the amount of money available. 
July 25th, 1921: 10. A. J. Small’s letter of 13/7/21, stating conditions under which he will dedicate land to connect Arnold and Road Clareville Roads, was read in conjunction with the Extension, report, Resolved, - (Crs Hewitt & Quirk) That the Council accept dedication under the conditions imposed, and that the expenditure of the £150 as agreed previously on such road, be proceeded with.


When those put in charge of the Therry estate first placed this on the market in 1871, the lots around Careel Bay were quickly snapped up. Sales were continued in 1880 and 1881. On May 3rd 1880, Richardson and Wrench offered the Therry estate, as they did again the following year:

PITTWATER and CAREEL COVE.
The whole of the residue of
THE PITTWATER ESTATE.
Also,
STOKES POINT, which is now subdivided into VILLA SITES, fronting CAREEL COVE 
and PITTWATER.
adjoining the Township of BRIGHTON, PITTWATER.
RICHARDSON and WRENCH have received instructions to sell by public auction, at the Rooms, Pitt-street, on MONDAY, 16th May, at 11 o'clock, The whole of the unsold lots of 
THE PITTWATER ESTATE, as follows :
NORTH DIVISION.
TWO CHOICE FARMS.
No. III. Area. 128 ACRES 1 ROOD .14 PERCHES, having frontages to the PACIFIC OCEAN and the MAIN ROAD to BARRENJOEY, on which is the HOMESTEAD and, RESIDENCE now in the occupation of JOHN COLLINS, Esq.. and also the CELEBRATED CAVE.
No. IV. Area, 65 ACRES and 32 PRRCHES, adjoining the above, and which are the WELL-KNOWN SPRINGS.
SUBURBAN SITES.
Nos. 8 to 16 and 10 and 20, surrounding the TOWNSHIP OF BRIGHTON, in areas from 2 ACRES 3 ROODS 35 PERCHES to 9 ACRES 3 ROODS 10 PERCHES, having frontages to the MAIN PITTWATER ROAD and other roads and streets, all 1 chain wide.
Nos. 1A and 2A. Areas. 5 ACRES 3 ROODS 21 PERCHES and 7 ACRES 34 PERCHES respectively, overlooking PITTWATER.
SOUTH DIVISION.
Nos. IV. and V. TWO FINE FARMS, areas 97 ACRES 3 ROODS 17 PERCHES, and 91 ACRES 2 ROODS 9 PERCHES respectively.
No. VI. A FARM of 127 ACRES 3 ROODS 29 PERCHES, near SALTPAN COVE and the TOWNSHIP of NEWPORT.
Lots 5 to 8 and 5A to 8A. EIGHT CHOICE VILLA SITES in PITTWATER, fronting LONG BEACH ; areas from 4 ACRES 2 ROODS 10 PERCHES to 17 ACRES 27 PERCHES.
Lots 9 and 11. TWO SMALL FARMS in REFUGE BAY; areas. 25 ACRES 1 ROOD 6 PERCHES, and 11 ACRES 1 ROOD 24 PERCHES.
Lots 16 to 21, and 24 and 25. S GRAND BLOCKS of RICH SOIL in CABBAGE-TREE VALE, on BILGOLA BEACH : areas, from 5 ACRES 2 ROODS 36 PERCHES to 21 ACRES 1 ROOD.
Lot 26. A SMALL FARM, fronting the RECREATION RESERVE on OCEAN BEACH ; area, 12 ACRES 3 ROODS 8 PERCHES.
STOKES' POINT, PITTWATER.
ADJOINING THE TOWN OF BRIGHTON, AT THE STEAMERS WHARF.
The whole of this Magnificent Point will be submitted in lots, as per lithograph, now published, viz..
Section A. 15 VILLA SITES; areas. 3 ROODS 17 PERCHES to 2 ACRES 20 PERCHES.
Section B. 14 VILLA SITES : areas. 1 ACRE 10 PERCHES to 6 ACRES 3 ROODS 32 PERCHES
Section C. 9 VILLA SITES. CAREEL BAY ; areas. 1 ACRE 3 ROODS 34 PERCHER to 4 ACRES 21, PERCHES
Section D. WATER FRONTAGE SITES; areas. 2 ACRES to 4 ACRES 21 PERCHFS. PITTWATER HARBOUR 
Section E. 10 VILLA SITES, adjoining the TOWN OF BRIGHTON : areas. 1 ACRE 11 PERCHES to 4 ACRES 1 ROOD 23 PERCHES.
This subdivision is well worthy of attention, as there is no doubt that PITTWATER will become an important and attractive resort for our BUSINESS MEN requiring CHANGE OF AIR, QUIET, and REST from the busy turmoil of the city.
The communication between the city and Pittwater is now more frequent than formerly, besides having the coaches daily from MANLY BEACH, there are now commodious fast steamers plying regularly from the city.
The NORTHERN RAILWAY will pass within 7 miles of CAREEL COVE at Pittwater.
TERMS EXCEEDINGLY LIBERAL AT SALE.
LITHOGRAPHS are now READY FOR DISTRIBUTION.

Messrs. ELLIS and MAKINSON, Elizabeth-street, are Solicitors of the vendors.  Day of Sale, MONDAY NEXT. Advertising (1881, May 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13479502


Pittwater Estate Monday May 16th, 1881 - Richardson and Wrench - Item c050370020, courtesy  State Library of New South Wales.

Decades on, as the tracks to Barrenjoey were still quite rough, these water accessible places such as Clareville and Careel Bay remained attractive for purchasers. The shift from larger acreage to smaller blocks for weekenders and holiday home commenced through the vision of Arthur Jabez Small, who had spent childhood summers at Paradise Beach, Clareville, as well as having had access to this area through his father Jabez William Small, who was elected to Manly Council in February 1882.

In Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Avalon Beach runs an outline of who bought and sold these lands as they became available when the larger land holders passed away and their descendants divested themselves of these farms.

Arthur Jabez Small was the biggest developer with a keen vision for good town planning which included setting aside reserves to ensure the valley retained access to natural bushland for visitors and permanent residents alike, as well as recreational activities.

The research of Geoff Searl OAM, President of the Avalon Beach Historical Society, shows A J Small purchased the farm known as 'Risngholem in 1915 - this 101 acre block had been put on the market in 1912. In July 1921 he purchased the Canty lands, site of the present day Avalon Beach Golf Course and coal speculation 40 years prior top that. Avalon Beach Reserve, the intiital 12 acres beside the beach itself, had been aside as a reserve under the terms of Therry's will:

Warringah Items.
It was unanimously decided to place the seal of the council to a document from the trustees of the late Father Terrey's Estate, dedicating to the council a 20 acre reserve, including the whole of the beach on "Priest's Flat," Barrenjoey Peninsula. This land was left for a reserve some 25 years ago, when the Pittwater Estate was being cut up, but was never dedicated, and the Registrar-General would not recognise it as such. After considerable trouble the dedication was arranged, without expense to the council, and the shire deserves congratulation on the result of their negotiations. Warringah Items. (1912, March 8). The Land (Sydney, NSW : 1911 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article102916271

Descending to the valley, we crossed the farm purchased by Mr. Canty, which is believed to be carboniferous. Some years ago competent judges gave it as their opinion that coal existed there. A bore of four hundred feet, made in the ground many years ago, when an attempt was made to test it, passed through strata that indicated the immediate vicinity of the black diamond. Mr. Coghlan's diamond drill would soon settle the question whether coal could be struck there. Mr. Collins's farm is situated in the valley, being flanked on the east by St. Michael's Cave and the South Head of Broken Bay, and on the West by Mount St. Mary. After doing full justice to Mr. Collins's hospitality, we sallied forth under his guidance to survey that part of the estate in which we were interested. We directed our steps towards Long Beach, nearly opposite Scotland Island,  Pittwater Harbour. CRUIG BARRY.11th May, 1880. A TRIP TO PITTWATER. (1880, May 22). Freeman's Journal(Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 19. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133488037

HORNING - Suddenly (23rd instant), at Risingholme, Pittwater, Frederick Arnold, youngest surviving son of the late William Horning, of Sydney, and Mrs. Henry Allan, Kelvin, Ridge street, North Sydney. Family Notices (1912, January 26). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), , p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15305288 

PITTWATER.
By Order of the Trustees in the Deceased Estate of Frederick Arnold Horning on the Property known as Risingholme Clareville via Newport
SATURDAY 3rd FEBRUARY AT 2.3O SHARP
Motor Launch will leave Newport day of Sale at ...
UNRESERVED SALE
Of all Stock Plant, and Building Material on the Property Comprising -
Powerful heavy Grey Heavy Draught horse 7 years Tip Dray and Harness Hogskin Saddle and Bridle 2 well bred Jersey Cows in full milk Roan Bull (selected for breeding and soundness) 
Plough Scantier Harness Sundry Farming Implements about 2 tons Lucerne Hay Quantity of
Bran Chaff and Pollard.
Full Set Carpenter's Tools.
Highest Grade Building Material for a 4-roomed cottage (just landed for erection) comprising Galvanised Iron Hardwood  flooring and Weatherboards Fibro Cement Sheets Doors and Window Sashes Bolts, Nails, and Screws 2 G L Tanks 800 and 1000 gallons *
Sundry Household Furniture and Kitchen Utensils Incubator Grindstone Fodder Cases tin lined etc.
DJ MCINTYRE and CO Auctioneers, 20 Castlereagh street, city have been instructed by the
Trustees of the Estate of Frederick Arnold Horning (deceased) to hold an Unreserved Auction
Sale of the whole of the Personal Estate on the Property
AS ABOVE. TERMS CASH
The auctioneers can personally vouch for the absolutely genuine character of this Sale the Plant, Holding Materials Tools etc. having only been purchased a month or two and must be cleared off the land
The Property known as "Risingholme " Clareville via Newport comprising 101 acres, the pick of the whole district for soil and beauty- of situation will also be offered by Auction on the Ground prior to Sale of Effects.
See Property Auction Advts.
THE KOHINOOR* OF PITTWATER.
Practically "The Gem of the Pacific Ocean.
On the Property known as "RISINGHOLME” Clareville, via Newport
SATURDAY 3rd FEBRUARY, at 2.30 sharp. Motor Launch will leave Newport day of Sale at 1.45 pm. ,
101 ACRES THE PICK of the whole district for soil and beauty of situation. An old identity states that nothing in the district can be compared with it for subdivision purposes or as an ideal
MARINE HOME
DJ M INTYRE and CO Auctioneers ...have been instructed by the Trustees of Frederick Arnold Horning deceased to
hold an Auction Sale on the Ground of the above described Valuable Property.
 Advertising (1912, January 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), , p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15305262 

Geoff provides:


This holding had been brought under the Real Property Act by a Margaret Allan prior to her selling it in 1912 to George Crowley

No. 13,259. County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, 101 acres 1 rood 381 perches, situated on Clareville Wharf Road, Clareville,—is Block No. 3, South Subdivision, Pittwater Estate, and is part of 1,200 acres (portion No. 20 of parish) granted to John Joseph Therry; adjoining the properties of F. Burne, J. Robertson, S. Smith, and G. A. Smith, Trustees of Mrs. Evans, or J. G. Cousins, G. Holland, The London Bank of Australia, and J. H. Parry. – Applicant: Margaret Allan, MosmanDay until which Caveats may be lodged: 17th February, 1905. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1904, December 30). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 9437. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article226488010 

From HRLV:



George Crowley put some of this land up for sale in September 1912 (Block III, Portion 20) and then onsold what was left to Arthur Jabez Small in 1915 - the State Library of NSW Avalon subdivisions folder and the HRLV provides



Avalon subdivision plans, September 16, 1912. Image No.: c027560011h, courtesy State Library of New South Wales



Arthur Jabez Small began selling blocks of land in 1915, with the first one sold on October 15, 1915 to Frederick William Tyrer - HRLV provides those who these blocks sold to between 1915 and 1920, showing that some people came back and bought more blocks - many of these were acreage size:










One of the earlier land sales advertised by Arthur Jabez Small of the land acquired precedes the name of 'Avalon' itself. 


Avalon Subdivisions - Clareville Estate Pittwater - Arnold Road, Central Road, Item No.:  c027560007h, courtesy State Library of N.S.W. - Arnold Road was possibly named for the owner Frederick ARNOLD Horning.




Pittwater Clareville Ocean Beach Estate - Central Rd, Seaview Avenue, Clareville Road, Bellevue Avenue, Barrenjoey road - A J Small. Item No.: c027560009 [Avalon subdivision plans] - courtesy State Library of New South Wales. And sections from to show residences and name for Avalon Beach.

The above is interesting as it shows what we now call 'Avalon Parade' was originally called 'Clareville Road'  - as in the road to Clareville and that the name 'Seaview' has been changed too and was changed to 'Elouera', an aboriginal word meaning 'a pleasant place' in 1939. The name swap from 'Seaview' to something more in keeping with the original custodians wasn't the only Seaview to go in 1939 - Elimatta is an Aboriginal word meaning 'my home'.

This is also worth noting:

Mr.  Arthur J. Small, of Royston Park, Asquith, takes exception to the statement last week that Palm Beach Estate, Barrenjoey where land brought £4 per foot, ls Inaccessible to the public, and practically can only be reached as a residential area by persons owning their own car. He draws attention to the fact that there is an hourly service of motor cars from the present tram terminus at Narrabeen to Newport, and a regular ferry service thence to Clareville and Palm Beach of two trips each way daily. This service was Inaugurated by the Palm Beach Co. when they first opened up the estate some five or six years ago. REAL ESTATE. NOTES OF THE WEEK. (1917, March 31). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28101228

The Canty lands - courtesy of the NSW Historical Land Records Viewer (HRLV):






In December 1921 the first subdivisions of land at 'Avalon Beach' were offered for sale. These were presented as a 'weekend spot' rather than to be a suburban choice initially. 

Geoff Searl OAM again provides:



Messrs. H. W. Horning and Co. will have a decidedly good thing to offer, buyers of week-end and holiday sites' on Boxing Day, when the Avalon Beach Estate, north of Newport, will be' opened up. The land is right at the beach, providing all the attractions of the surf, and there is a regular motor service to the estate. HAPPENINGS OF IMPORTANCE IN REAL ESTATE WORLD. H (1921, November 27). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article123244094

Cronulla was, Palm Beach is, and Avalon Beach will be. This is the catch slogan which has been adopted by the vendor of the Palmgrove Estate at Avalon, which is to be sold by Messrs. H. W. Horning and Co., on Boxing Day. Judging by the beautiful panoramic views which appear in an attractive booklet, and which also occupy a conspicuous position in Messrs. Horning and Co.'s windows, Martin-place, the scenery surrounding the estate must be exceptionally beautiful. Avalon is the new seaside resort between Newport and Palm Beach. The Palmgrove Estate is on the main Barrenjoey-road, and is right at the beach. 

The owner has evidently had the public good in mind, as the estate has been well planted with Ornamental shade trees, while a section of it known as the Palm Grove, has been presented as a park. This is a remarkable beauty spot, with a wealth of graceful palms, maidenhair, burrawang, and other ferns. The estate is in every respect a most attractive proposition to those looking for week-end and holiday sites. REAL ESTATE NEWS (1921, December 11). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article123241058

Last week we published a photograph of the remarkable .bit of scenery on the Palmgrpve estate' at Avalon Beach, suggesting more a scene on one of the South Sea Islands than part of one of Sydney's outer suburbs. This particular section of the Palmgrove estate has been ' donated by the vendors as a public park, and will be a particular attraction to that locality. To-morrow the estate is to be offered for public auction, and a most interesting sale is expected. Those who know Avalon Beach will agree- that it is a particularly charming seaside resort. Special arrangements have been made for the convenience of the many who are expected to attend the sale tomorrow, and to thus combine business with pleasure. Cars and motor buses will meet trams at the Narrabeen tram terminus, while a limited . number of passengers will be taken from Manly, returning to Narrabeen after, the sale. Messrs. H. W. Horning and Co., have prepared this subdivision in a manner, which does credit to their high reputation in this direction.

On New Year's Day Messrs. H. W. Horning and Co., Ltd., have two more attractive watering places to offer. One of these . is the Sunrip estate, consisting of 25 allotments at Woy Woy. .The land is close to the .Rip, and may be reached either by the regular line of motors or the ferry service. On the: same day this firm will offer the Great Mackerel Beach estate at Pittwater. This subdivision includes a bungalow residence standing in a large area of ground, and also some attractive lots .facing: Ross Smith-parade right at the wharf, and also fronting Diggers-crescent and Monash-avenue. For boating, swimming and fishing, this is one of the mostifavored resorts around Sydney. CLOSING SALES OF THE YEAR IN REAL ESTATE (1921, December 25). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article123234425

That booklet - and enlarged sections from to show the details - also includes why 'Avalon' became the name, for sales purposes and because Mr. Small was obviously finding this place as such:





1921 Brochure - Palmgrove Estate, Avalon Beach, new seaside resort between Newport & Palm Beach Newport Beach, Palm BeachImage No.: c027560016 and Avalon Beach first subdivision. Image No.: c027560017 and Palmgrove Estate, Avalon BeachNo boundaries shown. Image No.: c027560018 - from Avalon Subdivision Maps, courtesy State Library of NSW







The palm grove ... Avalon Beacphoto by Rex Hazlewood, Image Courtesy The Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, No.:c046220008h


The Palm Grove, Avalon Beach - ON 165/924  Item No.: c07771_0001_c photo by Rex Hazlewood, Image Courtesy The Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Sign reads; 'This Palmgrove Also 10 other Reserves, Are Included to be DEDICATED by the Vendors of the Avalon Beach Estates as Parks for Public Recreation.' -This is A J Small's work, he was the first President of the Parks and Playgrounds Movement, formed after this Subdivision:


PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS. 
Aims of Movement. 

"That every child shall have a chance to play and every citizen the opportunity for recreation" was adopted as a chief aim in the constitution of the New South Wales Parks and Playgrounds Movement, which held its first annual meeting at the New South Wales Cricket Association's Chambers on Wednesday. "The normal expansion of Sydneys playing fields should be, at a minimum, from 100to 120 acres of level land every year," says the report of the movement. A report on the whole matter by the Surveyor-General, who was being assisted by a committee of the movement, was expected shortly. "In the meantime, the executive of the movement has taken up (as an Immediate measure) the question of pressing for 'Five More Moore Parks."

The meeting, which was a full one, delegates from 30 bodies being present, was concerned largely with the elimination by the Legislative Council of the parks clauses of the Greater Sydney Bill. 'This meant', said Dr. C. E. W. Bean, honorary secretary of the movement, 'that, although the Greater Sydney authority, if established, could plan parks and playgrounds, It would not be able to acquire them, or even to accept them if given to it-powers which were possessed by greater-city authorities all over the world. '

On the motion of the chairman, Mr. A. J.Small, seconded by Mr. D. G. Stead, the meeting expressed its unanimous disapproval of the elimination of these powers from the bill. The liability of all State school playgrounds to taxation while many private school grounds were exempt was also strongly criticised in the report, a case being cited in which public land lying Idle was heavily rated as soon as it was permitted to be used as a play-ground for State schoolchildren. On the motion of the chairman, seconded by Mr. R.A. Bennett, it was resolved to urge that, in the bill projected by the Government, exemption should be extended to all school play-grounds. A committee was appointed "to co-operate with the city authorities in their task of re-organising the playground system of Sydney," And It was also resolved, on the motion of Mr. Burrows and Mrs. Wyatt, to urge the preservation by some means of the Pymble State forest. Mr. A. J. Small (president of the Town Planning Association) was elected as first president of the Parks and Playgrounds Movement. PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS. (1931, September 25). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16818070

Report on the Palmgrove sales:

Messrs. H. W. Horning and Co. who made a special feature of the Palmgrove Estate, Avalon Beach, realised £3280 on the ground. HOLIDAY SUBDIVISIONS (1921, December 31). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 15. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article239709939

A few months later:

IMPROVING AVALON. ROADSIDE TREES PLANTED

Since the sale of Avalon Beach Estate at Christmas additions and improvements have been effected on the estate. 

The rock pool baths at the southern end of the beach have been extended 18ft., and are now 57ft. long, with a smooth bottom. Ladies' dressing sheds have been erected immediately at the rear, on a spot once occupied by a jumble of rocks, and a general store and refreshment room of original design has been built close to the beach. 


General Store, Avalon Beach - ON 165/925 Item c07771_0002_c photo by Rex Hazlewood, Image Courtesy The Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, circa January - February 1922

Several landowners are already building homes on their lots. A new, wide road has been constructed, giving the land direct access to the beach, and at the side of all the roads, trees, of eight different varieties, chosen as specially suitable for the land and atmosphere, have been planted. One of these is the Illawarra Flame Tree, which carries blooms of fire color. IMPROVING AVALON (1922, March 22). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 10 (FINAL RACING). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article225222882

However, the Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Avalon Beach history page, as well as those 1915 land sales, shows what was occurring prior to this first 'Avalon Beach' land sale. The land for 'Gunjulla' was purchased in 1919 with family anecdotes recording Albert Henry Grace and Catherine Grace were clearing the land and building their own home away from home in 1919. The home is still intact and gave its name to 'Gunjulla Place' off Avalon Parade towards the Clareville end. 

From that subdivision commencing to be sold in 1915 (above), HRLV provides that Arthur Jabez Small sold Lot 70 and part of lot 69 on July 30th, 1919 to Albert Henry Grant - this was just over 11 acres in total:






Helen Grant, great granddaughter of Albert Henry Grace has kindly provided information and family photos on Gunjulla.

My Great Grandparents home. They built it. Albert Henry Grace and Catherine Grace. The house still stands at the end of Gunjulla Road Pittwater - photos and information courtesy Helen Grant


My great grandparents clearing the land at Gunjulla Pittwater. Now called Gunjulla Road. 1919 Their grandson Geoffrey aged 4 is keen to lend a hand. - photo and information courtesy Helen Grant

Below - view towards Gunjulla 1919/1920:


Gunjulla view, circa 1919, Catherine at left of photo


'Clareville Road', Pittwater between 1922/1925 and 1930'. My great grandfather's photo Albert Henry Grace. Image courtesy Helen Grant. 


Albert Henry Grace at Gunjulla in 1920

Pittwater Online News recently spoke to Helen Grant, whose mum Deborah, was the youngest child of Henry Albert and Deborah Grace.

''From what I know, my grandparents purchase of the land of Gunjulla occurred in or around 1919 – they were clearing the block in 1919. The family were well off and had land in Wollongong and Willoughby (as well as at Surry Hills). 

Albert Henry Grace and his wife Catherine cleared the land. His son, Henry Albert Grace and his young family loved going there; Millicent, Gwendolyn, Geoffrey, Myra, and Deborah (my mother). 

Mum, Deborah, was the last kid to be born in 1926 to Henry Albert Grace and Deborah Watling Grace. The other children were much old or in their teens. My mum's memory of the place is very good, however, the time spent there was just following the older sibling around or keeping away from their antics.

Your first question was how much land was attached to the property. Mum can’t tell you that as she never knew.  The primary use of the property was a place to get away from the city and be with their grandparents. 


Deborah Grace Snr. and Catherine Grace 1940


Gunjulla: Deborah Grace Jnr. by The Tree 1940


Gunjulla: Albert Grace with Gwendolyn and Millicent, 1940


Gunjulla: Joyce and Millicent Grace by The Tree, 1940


Gunjulla: Geoffrey Grace by The Tree, 1940

Albert Henry Grace and his wife Catherine Ruth Grace were well off. Catherine was originally from Moree and Albert worked as a solicitor there. He moved his family to Wollongong, then to Willoughby, 9 Chiltern Road Willoughby. I have photos of the house there. They owned a Dort car. Quite an expensive car which was imported from America. This is the car in the photos. 


At Gunjulla: Henry and Catherine Grace with young Geoffrey Grace in the Dort - 1922


At Gunjulla: Deborah Grace with the Dort

Albert and Catherine purchased the land and called it Gunjulla, which is Aboriginal for a “peaceful place”. 

My great grandparents drove from Willoughby to Pittwater. There was only one road into the property called 'Clareville Road'. I think it has been changed now. My grandparents and their children lived at South Hurstville. They used public transport to get to Pittwater. They caught the train to Wynyard then a bus to the “corner store”. Mum says there was only one corner store and from there they walked to the property.

The house had 2 bedrooms a kitchen and a large dining area. There was no bathroom, however, there were washing facilities under the house and an outhouse “dunny”. The older people had the bedrooms while everyone else slept on the large veranda on old army beds. The house had no electricity. Kerosene lamps were used. 


Gunjulla - 1920


Gunjulla - 1920


Gunjulla - 1920


Gunjulla - 1920


Gunjulla driveway


Gunjulla driveway

Upon arrival, Great grandfather would light the cast iron stove and it would stay lit until the last day. Mum said that as soon as the smoke came out of the chimney, the birds would come. Great grandfather Albert had a meat chopping board nailed to the veranda post. He would feed the kookaburras and butcherbirds. There was a large basin in the kitchen and mum was bathed in it as a baby. 


Gunjulla: kookaburra on the verandah


At Gunjulla: Geoffrey feeding the kookaburra 1940

Grandfather Henry would light a “billy” fire outside. Mum said her father had a passion for the smoke that burning gum leaves made. Each tree had its own fragrance.  A cup of tea made on a smoking fire outside tasted better than one made inside. I can vouch for this as the utensils my grandfather made came to our house in Caringbah and my mother encouraged us to do the same.  All these were hand-made by Henry from old kerosene and cam tins.


Gunjulla: Henry making smoke 


Gunjulla: Henry making smoke by the tree


Gunjulla: making smoke by the tree

Mum said the property had koalas. She didn’t elaborate on it, she just said there was plenty of them.  

My great-grandmother Catherine was a golf enthusiast. The “green” was basic, but all managed to have a go. It is unknown how many holes the green had or if it was taken seriously.


At Gunjulla: the Palms and creek and golf grounds

Bushwalking was the favourite pastime for everyone. Yes, they went to the beach, but mum seldom went swimming.  Her father, Henry had a boat and he would take mum out to look at the rocks. She said she never saw any neighbours, it was all bush. 

Her fondest memories of the place were of the family being together. Everyone loved the outdoors and a chance to escape their busy lives. This passion for the outdoor was enjoyed by all the families right up till their deaths.

On their walk to the property they all collected mushrooms. Catherine Grace fried them in butter for breakfast. There were mushrooms on the property and they ate them every morning. They bought meats and vegetables from the corner store at Avalon or they brought favourite foods with them. they had no fridge. Every night they ate well and mum remembered the stews were delicious.  

After dinner they played parlour style games such was cards or Chinese checkers. Catherine was in charge of card games and Albert was keen on Chinese checkers and draughts. Albert always won. Half way through the game Albert took his teeth and secretly put them in his pocket. 

During the day Catherine would instruct everyone in craft. It was during the war and Catherine got her grandchildren to knit socks for soldiers.  Catherine would collect clay from the creek and make sculptures. We still have a sculpture she made. She was also keen on embroidery. My mum said she could look at clothing and make it without a pattern. She could see how things work. Millicent Grace inherited this skill.

During the day they would walk to the beach. No houses were there and flannel flowers grew everywhere. Mum remembered Ruskin Rowes’ house being " Cabbage Tree....something?" because of the property being covered in cabbage trees. He was a successful business man. This is all she knew. 

On November 26th, 1926 Albert Henry Grace sold some of his land to Harry Ruskin Rowe - HRLV provides:





With World War Two erupting, and much of the Barrenjoey end of Pittwater cut off by tank traps at the Mona Vale-Bungan hilltop, Helen's Great Grandfather sold the rest of his land in 1941 to Lillie Marion Searle of Waverton, on October 9th, 1941 who sold the 3 acres to Harry Ruskin Rowe on December 19th, 1941, later that year and who allowed training camps to be held there during this conflict.


Above: Avalon, NSW. c. 1940. Huts surround the parade ground of the Sun Down RAAF Camp where the Women's Air Training Corps (WATC) undertook some of their training, including the first aid hut on the right. Note the flag pole on the right is flying the RAAF flag. The NSW WATC was formed in January 1940. The women were trained in a variety of skills including aircraft engine maintenance, ambulance first aid, signalling, and driving cars and trucks. Many members of the WATC later joined the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force WAAAF. The camp soon became a place to train men. Police Boy Club members who came to patrol Avalon Beach during the war years have related watching them troop down to the beach to learn to swim or do practice exercises. Visit Pittwater Aviatrixes On The Eve Of The RAAF's 100th: A NSW Women's Week - Women Of Aviation Week Celebration 

HRLV provides:





The home, Gunjulla, also featured in an advertisement for coffee in 1996. Grace family photo:


Gunjulla, 1990s

Henry Albert Grace is famous for being ‘’The Bird Man’’. Henry was an electrician and bird enthusiast. He was born on June 28th 1885 at Moree, New South Wales, eldest of five children of Albert Henry Grace, solicitor, and his wife Catherine Ruth, née Muirson. 


1890s -  Henry Albert Grace as a boy reciting poetry in Stuart Park Wollongong

Henry worked as an electrician on shift work for the New South Wales Government Railways and Tramways for forty-five years. 

In 1910 he was in England, as on August 2nd of that year in the parish church at Erdington, Warwickshire, he married Deborah Watling Carter, from Norfolk. Next year he worked as an electrical switchboard attendant at Wolverhampton. 

Back in Sydney the family lived at Willoughby; after World War II they moved to Jannali.

Henry had first taken up his hobby of bird watching in 1917, although clearly he had a passion for birds prior to then. Taking an old police bicycle given to him by his father in 1896, he would take the steam train south from Sydney to the Royal National Park, where he was an honorary ranger for twenty-seven years. 


Henry with his bike


Henry with his bike

During his working life he maintained a love for the bush and nature. After retiring, he devoted himself to bird watching or more precisely bird listening, for which purpose he designed his own whistles so that he might 'talk with the birds'.

From his backyard workshop, Grace painstakingly constructed a series of extraordinary instruments, fashioned from old brass tubing, wire and rubber bands. In the National Park he would test the whistles in the wild, using his own birdcall notation (said to be a cross between Morse code and shorthand) to record the songs he heard in reply. He could imitate some sixty native species with his whistles, often with such perfection that he would fool the birds themselves—they would imitate each other. 

At times he ranged further afield, catching the train to Otford or Thirroul loaded with bicycle, whistles, firewood and supplies and then riding into the bushland, often camping out overnight. His favourite sound was the dawn chorus: 

'First the yellow robin, then the coachwhip, the currawongs, and the kookaburras. Finally the wonga-wonga and bronze-wing pigeons and orioles would join in . . . The chorus only lasts about 20 minutes, but it was worth camping out all night to hear', he said.

When his hearing became impaired, Henry built himself metal ear trumpets, which enabled him to hear the sounds he had cherished throughout his lifetime. As he aged and his memory became rusty, he would increasingly refer to his exercise books full of birdcall notations, to remind himself of the calls.


Henry Albert Grace with his hand made ear trumpets

Henry visited the Minimurra falls regularly until his eightieth year, travelling by train to Wollongong then pushing his bike thirty miles (48 km) to the reserve. 


1937 The Grace family on Christmas vacation Stuart Park Wollongong

He passed away on July  4th 1966 in hospital at Caringbah and was cremated with Anglican rites. His wife, four daughters and son survived him and went on to have children of their own. 

In 1999 Grace's whistles, notebooks, bicycle and a 16-mm film of him in the Royal National Park featured in an exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales, 'Sydney Eccentrics: A Celebration of Individuals in Society'.


At Gunjulla front gate: Joyce, Deborah, Gwendolyn and Henry with his bike


Henry with his bird whistles

Some extra Grace - Grant family photos - the community ios fortunate that Albert Henry Grace was a photographer and fortunate again in Helen and her mum Deborah have shared these images:


Avalon Beach 1920


Avalon Beach circa 1920


Avalon Beach circa 1930-35


Newport Beach circa 1930-35


Gunjulla: The Grace family's The Tree, 1930-50


Gunjulla driveway 1930-40


Avalon Beach - view down Avalon Parade, 1958


Ruskin Rowe - 1958-1960


Ruskin Rowe - 1958-1960


Ruskin Rowe - 1958-1960


Ruskin Rowe - 1958-1960


The Spit, 1960

Our HUGE thanks to Helen Grant and her mum Deborah for sharing these insights and family photos.

Gunjulla: view from the veranda, 1920

References + extras

  1. Jennifer O'Callaghan, 'Grace, Henry Albert (1885–1966)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/grace-henry-albert-12946/text23397
  2. Pittwater Roads II: Where The Streets Have Your Name - Avalon Beach
  3. Pittwater Roads II: Where the Streets Have Your name - Clareville 
  4. Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club   -  The First Clubhouse
  5. Avalon's Village Green: Avalon Park Becomes Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
  6. The Clareville/Long Beach Reserve: some History - where name for Arnold Road came from
  7. Avalon Beach Golf Links: Pittwater Fields of Dreams II
  8. Avalon Beach Public School: Some History For A 70th Birthday
  9. Pittwater Aviatrixes On The Eve Of The RAAF's 100th: A NSW Women's Week - Women Of Aviation Week Celebration 

Whatley Watson, Ltd., will hold the first seaside subdivision sale of the season on Monday at Avalon Beach, when they will submit about 60 allotments of the Park Estate.
All these allotments are handy to the surf, and command magnificent views of the new golf links and ocean. Judging by the demand for lithographs a large attendance is anticipated. REAL ESTATE. (1924, October 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16169775

AVALON BEACH. Whatley Watson, Ltd., will sell by public auction on the grounds, Park Estate, Avalon Beach tomorrow. Avalon Beach is 14 miles north of Manly, between Newport and Palm Beach. It is reached by tram from Manly to Narrabeen, thence by motor bus, which runs to a regular timetable to Palm Beach. It can easily be reached by car from Sydney in about an hour and a quarter, and in much less time from the Northern Suburbs, and now the Roseville and Spit bridges are almost completed the journey will soon be considerably shortened. There is also a steamer service from Clareville wharf (handy to the estate)to the Hawkesbury Riverrailway station, which is a very pleasant journey, passing en route through glorious scenery all the time, tennis courts are now available, and excellent golf links are nearly completed. These links have been laid out by one of Sydney's leading professionals, and comprise golfing country equal to, if not better than, any links in the metropolitan area. A club house is shortly to be erected. It is expected that these links will form an immense boon and attraction to golfers, owing to the badly congested state of all seaside links at the present time. FINANCE-COMMENCE-REAL ESTATE. (1924, October 5).Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128144077








Park Estate, Avalon Beach 1924 - front page and back pages 1924 Items No.: c027560033h and c027560034h, Subdivision Plans courtesy State Library of NSW - and sections from to show details


Albert Henry Grace Notes

Albert Henry Grace was born in 1861 in Sydney to Henry and Eliza Grace. His father was a builder. 

Parents marriage:

720/1855 V1855720 43B GRACE HENRY WRIGHT ELIZA MF

Children of the union:

GRACE ELIZA J 1212/1856  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY
GRACE ELIZABETH A 987/1859  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY
GRACE ALBERT H 1148/1861  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY
GRACE LILLA L 881/1863  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY
GRACE JOSEPH E 1079/1865  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY
GRACE WALTER G 645/1867  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY
GRACE ERNEST H 875/1869  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY
GRACE FREDERICK L 765/1871  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY
GRACE ARTHUR F 1497/1873  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY
GRACE HAROLD PERCY 2444/1876  HENRY ELIZA SYDNEY

His father passed away when he was still very young:

GRACE.— June 29, at his residence, 54, Botany-street, Surry Hills, Mr. Henry Grace, aged 48 years. Family Notices (1879, June 30). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107153167 

GRACE.—June 29, at his residence, 54, Botany-street, Surry Hills, Mr. Henry Grace, builder, aged 48 years, native of Hampshire, England. Family Notices (1879, June 30). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13437487 

THE FRIENDS of the late Mr. HENRY GRACE, Builder, are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral ; to move from his late residence, 54, Botany-street, Surry Hills, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at 2 o'clock, and proceed to the Mortuary, per train to the Necropolis. C. KINSELA and SONS, 118, Oxford-street; and George-street.

LOYAL ROSE OF AUSTRALIA LODGE, No. 4024, I. O. O. F., M. U.-The Officers and Brothers of the above Lodge, together with the Officers and Brothers of the various Lodges, are requested to attend the Funeral of our late Brother, HENRY GRACE ; to move from No. 54, Botany-street, Surry Hills. Family Notices (1879, June 30). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13437527 

In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION.

In the will of Henry Grace, late of 54, Botany-street, Surry Hills, in the city of Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, builder, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof, application will be made to this Honorable Court, in its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, that probate of the last will and testament of the abovenamed Henry Grace, deceased, may be granted to Eliza Grace, Gilbert Hair, and Hugh McMaster, the executrix and executors therein mentioned.—Dated this 7th day of July, a.d. 1879.

RICHARD DRIVER, Proctor for the Executrix and Executors, 176, Pitt-street, Sydney. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. (1879, July 8). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 2995. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223433391 

Worth noting 'Goods sworn as under £1200.00’, although Albert Henry would later sell lands at Surry Hills, in 1910 and 1922. He also held land at St Leonards.

Mother’s death: GRACE ELIZA 12655/1920  parents: (WRIGHT) 87 YRS RANDWICK RANDWICK

GRACE.— August 24th, 1920, at her late residence, "Glanton," Dutruc Street, Randwick, Eliza Grace, widow of the late Henry Grace, Builder, aged 87 years. Family Notices (1920, August 25). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article239697518 


1910


1910 - some of these he was acting in his capacity as a solicitor


1920


1922


Marriage of Albert and Catherine: 5105/1884  GRACE ALBERT H MUIRSEN CATHERINE R MOREE

GRACE-MUIRSON.-September 16th, at the residence of the bride's parents, Moree, by the Rev. T. M. Davies, Albert Henry Grace, of Moree, solicitor, eldest son of the late Henry Grace, of Sydney, to Catherine Ruth, youngest daughter of Kenneth Muirson, of Moree. Family Notices (1884, September 20). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13562454 

Children of the union:

GRACE RUBY M9089/1895 ALBERT HCATHERINE RWOLLONGONG
GRACE EDITH M23006/1887 ALBERT HCATHERINE RMOREE
GRACE ADA F22404/1889 ALBERT HCATHERINEMOREE
GRACE HAROLD A22558/1891 ALBERT HCATHERINE RMOREE
GRACE HENRY A999999/1885 D188500311ALBERT HCATHERINE R

Catherine Ruth Grace passed away in 1949. Albert Henry Grace passed away in 1955.

This is their daughter 'Ada' being referred to as Mrs. Keyworth, married in 1915 to Frank Keyworth:

OBITUARY
MRS. C. R. GRACE 

The many friends of Mrs. F. L. Keyworth will regret to hear that her mother Mrs. Catherine Ruth Grace, died on Saturday aged 93 years. Mrs. Grace leaves a husband who is in his 96th year, two sons and three daughters, together with several grandchildren and great grand-children.

The remains were cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium. Mrs. Keyworth, who has been with her parents for several weeks, is expected home shortly. OBITUARY (1949, August 23). The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131359012

Deborah Sarah Grace married David Forrest Grant in 1952, the marriage was registered at Sutherland.

GRANT-GRACE. - The Engagement is announced of Deborah, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grace, of Jannali, to David, only son of Mrs. Barbara Grant and the late Mr. Adam Grant, of Bellevue Hill. Family Notices (1952, January 5). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 34. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18261049

Harry Ruskin Rowe: Purchase of Grace holdings

Harry Ruskin Rowe - lands at Avalon Beach, which he commenced selling off in March 1950. Visit, VP Day 2019: Anthony Thomas Ruskin Rowe, Spitfire Pilot (1919 To 1943) - Who Defended Darwin And His Mate: An Avalon Beach And Pittwater Hero

From HRLV:





Lillie Marion Searle (1883 - 1979) - residue of holding and Gunjulla home and tenants Laurence Minot Quillan and Margaret Louise Smith:



In 1962 the estate changed hands again, Laurence Minot Quillan becoming owner:



Mr Quillan was involved in the construction and running of Avalon Picture Theatre:

 (3) Mr. Arnold Gladstone Spry, 184 Wyndora-avenue, Harbord, in respect of a proposed picture theatre to be situated in Old Barrenjoey road, Avalon Beach. Proposed seating accommodation, 750. THEATRES AND PUBLIC HALLS ACT, 1908-1946. (1953, May 1). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 1436. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article220014243 

Name and Address of Applicant.

(1) Mr. Arnold Gladstone Spry, 184 Wyndora Avenue, Harbord. - Proposed picture theatre, Old Barrenjoey road, Avalon Beach. Granted. THEATRES AND PUBLIC HALLS ACT, 1908-1946. (1953, August 14). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 2601. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article220067726  

(2) Application under paragraph (c) for the approval of alterations designed to provide additional seating accommodation made by Mr. Arnold Gladstone Spry, 184 Wyndora-avenue,Harbord, in respect of a proposed picture theatre to be situated in Old Barrenjoey road, Avalon Beach. Approved seating accommodation, 740. Additional seating applied for, 84. THEATRES AND PUBLIC HALLS ACT, 1908-1946. (1954, January 29). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 287. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article220289167 

2) Mr. Arnold Gladstone Spry, 184 Wyndora avenue, Harbord. Proposed picture theatre, Old Barrenjoey-road, Avalon Beach. The approval of alterations designed to provide additional seating accommodation. Granted. THEATRES AND PUBLIC HALLS ACT, 1908-1946. (1954, March 26). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 975. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article220290887 

Avalon Beach Cinema; Opening of Avalon Cinema Theatre – Adele Spry's father Arnold Spry built this with partner Larry Quillen. Photos courtesy Geoff Searl, Avalon Beach Historical Society.


Avalon Cinema Theatre - soon after opening night. courtesy Geoff Searl, Avalon Beach Historical Society.


The crowd buying tickets on the opening night - 28th of July 1955! Courtesy Geoff Searl, Avalon Beach Historical Society.



The brand spanking new box office. Courtesy Geoff Searl, Avalon Beach Historical Society.

Gunjulla Place, 2021

A J Guesdon photos

Pittwater Summer Houses: Gunjulla, Avalon Beach-Clareville by Helen and Deborah Grant, supporting research by A J Guesdon, 2021

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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

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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  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