October 11 - 17, 2015: Issue 235

 Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways; Mona Vale's Village Greens a Map of the Historic Crown Lands Ethos Realised 

Above Panorama of Mona Vale, New South Wales, ca. 1917 - 1930 [picture] / EB Studios National Library of Australia PIC P865/125 circa between 1917 and 1930] and sections from made larger to show detail and location of cricket pitch and tennis courts. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-162044299

Above: Section showing Tennis courts - Below: Section showing Cricket Pitch 

Visit: Turiimetta - Taramatta Park, Mona ValeTaramatta was the 4 hectare and 1 rood reserve we now call 'Village Park' in Mona Vale, only it's not 4 hectares in size any longer and doesn't have a horse trough, a tennis court or cricket pitch and isn't the scene of many a community gala event prior to a dance at Booth's Hall.

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

The NSW Government's Department of Primary Industries - Lands website defines Crown Reserves as:

"Crown reserves are land set aside on behalf of the community for a wide range of public purposes including environmental and heritage protection, recreation and sport, open space, community halls, special events and government services. This results in a diversity of reserve types, ranging from state parks, beaches and national surfing reserves, caravan and camping grounds, cemeteries, racecourses, showgrounds, community halls, sporting fields and parks, walking tracks, canoe and kayak trails, smaller ports and harbours to wharfs.

Many popular recreation areas are Crown reserves. Sydney's Hyde Park and Bondi Beach are two famous iconic examples of our Crown reserves at work. Underwater areas such as river beds, lakes, ports and up to three nautical miles out to sea are also classified Crown reserves.

There are about 33,000 Crown reserves with a total area of 2.5 million hectares across NSW - about three percent of the land area of the State.

Reserves are created to protect and manage important community resources and are administered under the Crown Lands Act 1989."

This determination to keep a common meeting ground as part of our culture and a manifested physical place in the places we live is as ancient as the notion of common grounds and Commons themselves. In Australia 

On 30 September 1859 the Lands Department was established, with New South Wales Premier John Robertson as the first Secretary for Lands. The Department was responsible for the alienation and occupation of all Crown Lands with a precedence in:


The following important notices appear in yesterday's Gazette :

Department of Land and Public Works, Sydney, 23nd February, 1858.


His Excellency the Governor-General, with the ad-vice of the Executive Council, directs it to be notified that no tender for any new; -vacated, or forfeited run of Crown lands beyond the settled districts, which has already been, or may hereafter be, received by the Government, will be accepted, unless on the special condition that, in addition to all other terms prescribed by the present regulations, the occupancy of the run, and the lease to be ultimately issued, shall be subject to any new or modified conditions which the Legislature may impose.

By his Excellency's command,


Department of Land and Public Works, 

Sydney, 32nd February, 1858.


His Excellency the Governor-General, with the advice of the Executive Council, directs it to be notified, that it is not the intention of the Government to issue any new, or to renew any existing pastoral lease for lands within the settled districts of the colony, except on condition that the holders of timber licenses duly issued under the authority of the Government, shall be at liberty to cut and remove timber there from.

2. Upon the expiry of the current annual leases, the condition contained in the 10th clause of the Timber Regulations of 10th September, 1850, which restricts the holders of timber licenses from cutting timber on lands under lease for pastoral purposes, shall be, and the same is hereby cancelled, so far as regards lands within the settled districts of the colony.

3. It is further notified that the regulation, dated 4thApril, 1851, which forbids the cutting of timber on town reserves is hereby rescinded ; and that from this date all persons duly authorised to cut timber on Crown lands, will be at liberty to out and remove timber on and from any Crown lands, whether within or beyond the settled districts, which have been, or may hereafter be, withdrawn from the holding of the former licensed ocoupant (if any), and reserved for public purposes. .

4. It is not intended by this notice to cancel any existing regulation prohibiting the cutting of timber in special localities.

By his Excellency's command,


Department of Land and Public Works,


Notice is hereby given, that, in pursuance of the reservation contained in the 12th section of the regulations of 20th March, 1848, his Excellency the Governor General, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to revise and alter the said regulations in the following respects :

1. No new lease of Crown lands within the settled districts of the colony will be issued for pastoral purpose), and no existing lease of the kind will be renewed, after the termination of the current year, except on condition that the holders of timber licenses shall be at liberty to cut and remove timber from the lands so leased, and that all other persons authorised by the Government in that behalf, shall be fully at liberty to enter upon such lands and remove there from any stone, gravel, earth, lime, loam, or other material or thing used for building purposes.

2. No such lease will be Issued or renewed for any lands situated within a distance of two miles from the outward limits of any town or village (or town and village united), which, according to the last census for the time being, contained more than one hundred inhabitants.

By his Excellency's command,


THE CROWN LANDS. (1858, February 24). Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), p. 4. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60424676 

The Crown Lands Acts 1861 (NSW) introduced by the New South Wales Premier, John Robertson, in 1861 allowed selection before survey and introduced conditional purchase of Crown land which allowed a new group of small landowners to break up the squatter’s monopoly of land and Parliament. While land in the more settled districts had been sold by auction, vast areas of rich grazing were under the control of pastoralists. In an attempt to address this imbalance the new legislation implemented John Robertson’s scheme for ‘Free Selection before Survey’ whereby the whole leasehold area of the Colony was open to selection and sale at any time. Selectors could choose a limited area (40 to 320 acres) in any place at £1 per acre with ownership conditional on the selector’s residence, improvement to the lands, and payment of moneys owed. Attempts by selectors, whether bona fide settlers or speculators, to obtain land led them into open conflict with pastoralists.

Right: Sir John Robertson, Premier of New South Wales, circa 1890

To protect the public estate both the Lands Department and the Survey Office could proclaim areas as reserves; however, the majority of the requests for quarantining of land came from pastoralists. Reserves were proclaimed and gazetted before they were marked out and charted with the description in the Government Gazette, being the only guide for land agents and selectors. Between 1861 and 1883 three separate validating Acts were proclaimed for the relief of selectors who had unwittingly settled on reserved and other lands not open to alienation.

On 1 January 1863, Christopher Rolleston introduced the Torrens Title (Bound Register) to New South Wales. Torrens Title was based on Lloyd’s shipping register and is a single document containing land description, registered proprietor and impediments against the land, with a government guarantee of ownership as opposed to a chain of deeds and no certainty to title. The Lands Title Branch commenced. In the 1860’s and 1870’s the Registrar General’s Department also took on responsibility for the registration of brands and registration of companies. (1.)

Old parish maps indicate the larger original land grants in this Mona Vale green area were to Robert Campbell and (Miss) Elizabeth Jenkins. Campbell’s land is labelled as ‘Winererremy Swamp’ on the 1905 maps and located to the north the study area and Jenkins; who willed her estate to the Salvation Army, held land to the south of the study area. In between these land holdings was a strip of swampland that extended from Mona Vale Beach to the village of Turimetta, now Mona Vale. This land was set aside by the Crown for the purpose of ‘public recreation’ or ‘conservation’. Kitchener Park R15057 Reserve was gazetted in 1892.

Prior to then an 1886 Land map indicates previous names for this 'Recreation Area' and that 86 acres and 83 acres were set aside on February 8th 1870 and it was envisioned people would go camping in a black swamp! Perhaps there were plenty of cow pats about, good for keeping mosquitoes at bay by burning the dried ones prior to the invention of insecticides. Interestingly, Mona Vale Beach was called 'Bongin Reach' on this chart:

Parish of Narrabeen, County of Cumberland [cartographic material] : Metropolitan Land District, Eastern Division N.S.W. 1886. MAPG8971.G46 svar (Copy 1). Courtesy National Library of Australia

The Gazette Notice:

Department of Lands,

Sydney, 8th February, 1870.

HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, directs it to be notified, that in pursuance of the provisions of the 4th section of the Crown Lands Alienation Act of 1861, the land specified in the Schedule appended hereto shall be reserved from sale for Recreation and for Camping.


No.4 County of Cumberland, parish of Narrabeen, at Pitt Water, 180 acres: Commencing on the sea-coast at the north-eastern corner of E. Jenkins' 60 acres ; and bounded thence on the south-west by the north-eastern boundaries of that land, D. Rowan's 50 acres, Thomas Collins' 115 acres 2 roods, and J. T. Hughes' 50 acres, being in all a line bearing north 60 degrees west 93 chains; on the north-west by (lie south-eastern boundary-line of J. T. Hughes' 50 acres aforesaid, bearing north 30 degrees east 19 chains to the margin of Winnererremy Swamp ; thence by the margin of that swamp northerly about 4 chains; on the north-east by a line (dividing it from Robt. Campbell's 700 acres grant) bearing south 60 degrees east 85 chains 20 links to the sea-coast; and on the east by the sea-coast southerly, to the point of commencement. Government Gazette Notices (1870, February 8). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 306. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223285883 

Robert Campbell Jnr. came into possession of the farm called 'Mona Vale', and then sold it to D'Arcy Wentworth. His daughter Katherine inherited this and other properties after his death. Here the property is wrongly stated to be owned by her first husband Captain Darley, from whom the name for Darley street stemmed. This item refers to one of the many tenants of 'Mona Vale Farm', named by David Foley, during the succession of these who were targeted by those who lived nearby and wanted access to the property for their own benefits and thus sought to drive any tenants out by any means, even murder.


In our issue of Friday last, was stated that the City Coroner was that day to proceed to Pitt Water to hold an investigation respecting the burning down of some buildings on a farm called Mona Vale, the property of Captain Darley. The inquiry was commenced at the house of Mr John Collins, at Pitt Water, on Saturday last, and adjourned to Monday, when it was resumed and concluded It appeared from the evidence that the farm in question was tenantless a considerable time, and during this time it was used as a common by a Mr. Farrell (who had more cattle than he could feed on his own place) and one or two others About four months ago the farm was taken by a Mr. J. Therry, who at once took insurances for protecting his farm from the inroads of other people's cattle. An ill feeling was consequently engendered, and one settler re-marked that Mr Therry would not stop six months at the farm. Some time ago an effort was made to have a pound established in the district, and all the settlers in the neighbourhood signed a requisition to the hon the Secretary for Lands for this pound, with the exception of Mr Farrall, who refused. On the 5th of November last the farm was left in charge of a man named Madden, who with another man named Turner, was employed to work on the farm, Mr Therry himself being in Sydney. On the day in question, the two men left the buildings, consisting of  a slab built dwelling-house and detached kitchen, &c, valued at£100, immediately after breakfast, and went to a distant part of the farm to work they returned to dinner and found everything as they left it in the morning After dinner they again left for their work, and between three and four o’clock smoke was seen in the direction of the buildings When the men Madden and Turner returned in the evening, a heap of ashes was all that remained of the dwelling house and kitchen 1 ho house w as situated some considerable distance from any other house in the district, at about 3o'clock Mr Farrell was seen near the house by a Mr. Taylor, who is at present superintending some work at the Custom-house station, at Pitt Water. A number of witnesses were examined, but there was no direct evidence to show who set the house on fire, though it was pretty clearly shown that the fire was the work of an incendiary. The jury returned the following verdict, " We find that the dwelling-house and out-houses at Mona Vale, were willfully and maliciously set fire to on the 6th November, but the evidence does not clearly show who the guilty Person or persons may be " Mr. Parker, the coroner, desired to express his thanks to Mr. Collins and Mr. Ross, Custom-house officers, for their hospitality during his short stay in the district. HOBART TOWN. (1862, December 3). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13070361 

While on the subject of the name 'Mona Vale':

Owing to Its similarity to Moss Vale, and the frequent errors that arise on this account, the postal authorities propose to change the name of Mona Vale, and the residents are now being consulted on the question of a suitable substitute. At a meeting held in the Pittwater Hall a few nights ago, presided over by Councillor Duffey, of the Warringah Shire, the matter was discussed.

The convener of the meeting stated that recently a letter for him had gone to Moss Vale first, and he had written to the Postmaster-General, suggesting the alteration of the name to obviate the risk of mistakes of this being made. A motion was carried protesting against the proposed change, there being only two dissentients. MOSS VALE AND MONA VALE. (1914, April 8). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 24. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15497665 

Sir,-In Thursday's "Herald" Mr. Alfred Newham, in his letter, stated that there was no Mona Vale in the early days. This is quite at variance with the fact, as the land from Sheep Station Hill to Pittwater was occupied by my grandfather prior to 1825, and named by him Mona Vale. Correspondence from him in 1830 is extant at the Mitchell Library, and the shingles for the first St. Mary's were supplied by him from timber grown at Mona Vale.
I am, etc,
Deewhy, July 12.  EARLY MANLY. (1935, July 18). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17201367

For more on the Foley's of Mona Vale Farm see: The Murder of David Foley by Shelagh Champion OAM.

Although early land maps for Mona Vale show Crown Reserves from early times, and Leon Houreaux regularly advertised activities in the Recreation Grounds across from the Rock Lily, some parcels were sold off in this vicinity soon afterwards - the 86 acres set aside opposite current day Kitchener Park and holding part of what we today call Village Park in Mona Vale:

The grounds opposite Rock Lily Hotel - circa 1906-1907 

CROWN LAND SALE, ALLOTMENTS £6 to £17 each. Village of Turimetta, close to Rock Lily Hotel Pittwater; day of sale, 25th January, 1897 at 11.30 a.m. E. C. V. Broughton. Auctioneer, 260 Pitt-st. Sydney. Advertising. (1896, December 26). Evening News  (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108215572 

Crown Land Sale. As announced in our advertising columns, Mr. E.C. V. Broughton, under instructions from the Minister for Lands, will conduct a Crown land sale at his rooms, 250 Pitt-street. The land to be offered comprises sixty-six blocks in the village of Turimetta, adjoining the Rock Lily Hotel, Pittwater. Areas, from ½ s to nearly 3s. Upsets, from £6 to £22 per lot.. Terms, quarter cash, balance in three equal annual payments, interest 5 per cent. From the inquiry, evinced it is anticipated that a successful sale will result. Crown Land Sale. (1897, January 27). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108861575 

Plan of the Village of Turimetta and Suburban Lands - Parish of Narrabeen - Vesper St, Mona Street, Allen St, Pittwater St, Wangara St, 1897. Item c046820016 , from album Mona vale Subdivisions, courtesy State Library of NSW

Mr. E. C. V. Broughton sold on the ground on Saturday last the whole of Gilbert Park Estate, Canterbury, at prices ranging from 2a 7d to 17s per foot, and also, under instructions from the Minister for Lands, sold at his rooms,250 Pitt-street, on Thursday last, the following lots in the village of Turimetta, adjoining the Rook Lily Hotel, Pittwater : — Section 1, lots.1 and 3, ... each ; section 2, lot. 10, .£18 ;lot. 11, i£19; section 3, lot. 1, £10; lot. 2,J613; section 4, lot. 5, .£10 : section 7, lot. 10,£8; section 8, lot. 13, .£12. Total sales,-£120.  FACTORIES AND SHOPS ACT. (1897, January 31). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 8. Retrieved from  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article126248262

Above: Mills & Pile. Mona Vale, Pitt Water [i.e. Pittwater] [cartographic material] 1887. MAP Folder 103, LFSP 1553. "Stephen & Ebsworth, licensed surveyors under Real Property Act, Fitz-Evan Chambers, 50 Castlereagh Street". Includes local sketch. Sales plan of Mona Vale, Pittwater. Avaliable at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-lfsp1553




8 areas, about 5 acres each, except a few township lots near the ROCK LILY HOTEL, of half an acre in extent.

The SOIL of this magnificent Estate is of the richest possible Description, the whole area being in the centre of a great out-burst of. Trap, which has covered the hills and filled up the valleys, and this accounts for the magnificent vegetation with which this country is clothed.

A LARGE PORTION of the land has frontages to that beautiful inlet from the Hawkesbury known as PIT T WATER. This has been subdivided into VILLA SITES of 5 acres each. A roadway has been provided giving access to the water from other portions of the estate, and the STEAMER HAWKESBURY now calls regularly at all Public Wharfs in Pittwater.

The SALE WILL BE HELD ON THE GROUND, at 3 p.m.. on SATURDAY, the 28th MAY, and to convey intending buyers to the Ground Waggonettes will leave the Manly Pier on the day of Sale, at a quarter past one


Ten per cent, deposit, 15 per cent, in 3 months from date of sale, and the balance in 1, 2, and 3 years' credit, bearing interest at the rate of 6 per cent, per annum.

THE TITLE is the well-known Bassett-Darley Estate title.

LITHOGRAPH PLANS can be obtained at the Sydney Auction

Mart, 130, Pitt-street, at MANLY, and at the ROCK LILY HOTEL, PITT WATER.

Possibly a few of the citizens of Sydney may not know where

Pitt Water is.

It is about 9 miles by a splendidly macadamised road from Manly Beach. There is no tram line at present for either Sydney or Manly, but this is in the future. THE DRIVE is one of the most charming in the neighbourhood of Sydney, being within sight, for a great portion of the distance, of the Pacific Ocean.

MANY OF OUR LEADING CITIZENS have marine residences at Pitt Water, The soil and climate being unequalled for orangeries, and the locality famed for its magnificent views. MILLS and PILE, Auctioneers, _ 130, Pitt-street. Advertising. (1887, May 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13658964 

Below Sales Map shows Mona Vale Park as a triangle shape - 1891: Mills & Pile. Mona Vale, Pitt Water [cartographic material]1891. MAP Folder 135, LFSP 2168. Sales plan for land in the suburbs of Mona Vale and Winji Jimmy in Sydney, N.S.W., bounded by Carrington Road, Boundary Street, Pine Street and Hooper Street. At head of title: Second subdivision. "Sale in the rooms, Thursday, 19th Dec.. "A.W. Stephen, licensed surveyor under "Real Property Act", Fitz-Evan Chambers, 50 Castlereagh Street.. Also available in an electronic version via the internet at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.map


ORIGINAL SUBDIVISION. PICKED SITES.ADJOINING THE TOWN OF NEWPORT.WATER FRONTAGES LARGE AREAS. WILSON and CO. have received instructions to sell by auction, in the Rooms, 130 Pitt-street, on THURSDAY, September 10, at 11.10 o'clock,

The following picked sites in the first subdivision of the Mona Vale Estate .

SEC. 5., LOTS 3, 4, 5, in three lots, containing each from 3 to 3 ½  acres, having frontages to Water View-street and the waters of -Pittwater

SEC. 5., LOTS 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12, in one block, comprising an area of 30a 3r 2 ½ p , having extensive frontage to Water View-street, Crescent-road, and the waters of Pittwater

SEC. 5, LOTS 13, 14, 15, in one block, containing 36a. 1r. 1p, having extensive frontage to the main Pittwater road and Crescent road.

These properties are well worth the attention of building societies, speculators, investors, and others, as they comprise the very best sites in the original subdivision of the Mona Vale Estate, and have extensive water and main road frontages. Advertising. (1891, September 2).The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13837273 

The Village Park: Mona Vale 

The triangular green where the Mona Vale Memorial Hall and Mona Vale Library now offer a continued central focus for Mona Vale began like many a village green - as a place to gather for markets, for events and to play. It was common ground, a tennis court and cricket pitch, as shown above,  and called simply 'Mona vale Park'.

Prior to the formation of Warringah Shire Council a board of Trustees looked after the green. In 1908, from Warringah Shire Minutes of Meetings, the following proclaims:

14th August 1908: 51st Meeting, Minutes: Mona Vale Park Trust ; Re handing over the park to Council. Mona Vale Progress Association – complaining of roads in that district. Motions – Purchase of life boat – CR. Powell and Cr. Quirk, seconded the following motion: That the Works Committee report on the advisability of purchasing a life-boat for Mona Vale and establishing a life-boat Brigade – carried unanimously 

Just prior to this:

10/2/1904- 10th Meeting: That the present Douglas pump at Mona Vale be replaced with a force pump and stand pipe similar to the one at Narrabeen, if it is thought advisable by the Engineer

8th May 1908 Works Committee Surf swimming; Correspondence – Manly Council re amount to put beaches in order for surf bathing, the following amounts were agreed upon Beach maintenance; Freshwater Beach £300; Dee Why Beach £100; Narrabeen Beach £100; Mona Vale  Beach £100; Bayview Beach £100; Newport Beach £100

And just after a lifeboat is mooted for Mona Vale Beach:

DOCTOR DROWNED. The surf claimed another victim at Mona Vale beach on Saturday afternoon, when Dr. Charles Murray Woods, lately residing at Arnott House, Wynyard Square, was swept out by the current, and drowned in full view of his companions. The deceased was 32 years of age, and a single man. He was in the habit of visiting the spot on week-end trips, being the medical officer to the Oddfellows' Lodge at Mona Vale. He entered the water in company with several others about6 p.m., and, being a good swimmer, ventured well out into the breakers. Mona Vale beach is rarely used by visitors, and is considered at times to be treacherous at several places. The doctor was seen by his companions suddenly to disappear under the water, and, on rising, signalled for assistance. A man named Lloyd, who was in the vicinity, attempted to render aid, but could not cross the swirling current that separated him from the struggling swimmer. On the other side of the channel was a sandbank, and the unfortunate victim was washed against this, but all attempts to reach him failed, and Lloyd himself had to be taken out of the surf in an exhausted state. The body was washed ashore some hours later. The deceased was widely respected in the district. DOCTOR DROWNED. (1911, November 14). Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940), p. 4 Edition: EVENING. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article98811751 

The funeral of the late Dr Charles Murray Woods took place at the Mona Vale Cemetery yesterday afternoon. A large number of friends attended, including several members of the Mona Vale Oddfellows' Lodge, the secretary of the Grand Lodge, and members of the Naval Reserve of which the late doctor was a member. The Oddfellows held a private service in the Rocklily Hotel, and a public one at the graveside, where the Rev Mr Hill, of Manly, officiated. Wreaths wore sent from Arnott House, Wynyard-square, his late residence, from local lodges, and from the Naval Reserve. PERSONAL. (1911, November 14). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15288919 

The Rotary Club of Pittwater, recently merged with Narrabeen Lakes and Terrey Hills to form the Rotary Club of the Upper Northern Beaches, has for years held an annual Christmas Concert in Mona Vale's Village Park and shall do so again this December on Saturday the 12th. 

Opposite the playing fields, in what we now call Kitchener Park, the naturally flat fields offered great spaces for many community functions:


Dr. Arthur, M.L.A., was welcomed back on Saturday to his constituency, Middle Harbour electorate, on his return from England. The welcome, which was managed by n committee of residents of Pittwater and district, took the form of a complimentary dinner at Newport, a trip by motor launch round the Newport arm of Pittwater, and a reception afterwards at Turramitta Park by the ladies of Mona Vale.

At the dinner, replying to the toast of his health, proposed by the chairman, Mr. R.Reid, Dr. Arthur said that ho looked upon this district as the garden of the State. It was an earthly paradise, in which men might forget their troubles. But however much they might wish to keep It to themselves, they must, from motives of philanthropy, open it up to the people of New South Wales. Later, in proposing the toast of the district, he said that during the last six .months he had seen some of 'the beauty spots of the world, but the drive through the shire the day before had given him greater pleasure. .There was nothing like Australia, and nothing like Middle Harbour. The tramline would be out to Brookvale soon, and they had Mr. Lee's assurance that It would not stop there. They would drop him a hint that he had bettor get the next section laid down too. When it reached Narrabeen they would rush It on to Mona Vale.

Alderman J. Bonnor, Mayor of Manly, said there were many people in the other suburbs who would like to live In Manly. "But they're afraid," said he, "especially the mothers, of having their children cross the Heads twice a day."

In proposing tho toast of "Parliament," Councillor E. W. Quirk, spoke highly of the way in which Dr. Nash, M.L.C., had looked after the interests of the electorate In Dr. Arthur's absence. Dr. Nash, In replying, readi letter In which the Premier, Mr. Wade, expressed his regret that none of the Ministry were able to be present, and wished the function success.,' Councillor A. Ralston (president of the Warringah shire), Mr. C. P. Harrington, and Councillor G. Powell also spoke. The last-named hoped the Kuring-gai Chase trust would do a little more in the way of helping to beautify the district. Mr. J. Garrard (chairman of the trust) promised to make a note of what Mr. Powell had said, and he had no doubt there would be no grounds of complaint in the matter.

The motor boat trip showed that the description given of the district's scenery had not been overdrawn. The party landed at Bayview, and drove on by motor to Mona Vale. The park was hung with flags, and filled with people. The Manly band played, a company of remarkably fat and healthy youngsters(boys and girls), conducted by their schoolmaster, sang several songs, and the ladies' provided afternoon tea. Dr. Arthur and one or two others spoke, and the party broke up, making for buggies and motors. WELCOME TO DR. ARTHUR. (1909, August 30). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15097843 


The official opening of a new stand for the Warringah Shire Band took place on Saturday afternoon. The rotunda is situated in the park at Mona Vale, where the Ceremony was held, in the presence of a representative gathering. The first annual banquet in honor of the band was held at the Rock Lily Hotel at night, and was a great success. WARRINGAH SHIRE BAND. (1910, November 15). Evening News(Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117965496 

Spectators standing in front of bandstand at School picnic and sports day held in park, 1912. Courtesy Mona Vale Library Local History Unit.

The Warringah Shire Band will play tomorrow afternoon at 3.10 on the rotunda, Mona Vale. A collection will be made for the Manly Cottage Hospital. Shipping. (1911, October 28). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115289750 

from Warringah Shire Records;
18/11/1918: 21. P. Austin Hon. Sec. Patriotic Committee, Mona Vale Band Stand, suggesting that the band stand be moved from Kitchener Park  to Cannon  Park, Mona ValeReferred to the Engineer for report and estimate. 22. Mrs. K. M. Roche28/10/18, re cutting down of ornamental trees at Bayview Referred to the Engineer.

BY ORDER OF THE MORTGAGEE. That Well-known Building, PITTWATER HALL, fronting- Pittwater-street Village of Turimetta between NARRABEEN and NEWPORT. It is substantially built of brick on concrete foundation, iron roof,  and contains LARGE HALL, with TWO SHOPS(used as office and retiring room) in the front. The land part of lot 11 of sec. 2 of the village of Turimetta has 50ft frontage to Pittwater street, with a depth of over 150ft At the rear is a store of Iron, also room with LIGHTING PLANT therein. This useful building is in good order, and all fittings will go with the Freehold.  

RICHARDSON and WRENCH LTD , In conjunction with CLARKE and SOLOMONS will sill by auction at the Rooms, on FRIDAY, October 20, at 11 30 a.m. The Pittwater Hall, with lighting plant, etc.  Messrs. SHIPWAY and BERNE, Pitt-street, are Solicitors of the Mortgagee. Advertising. (1917, October 22). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15751728 

The First World War had a devastating affect on all local families. Indications in past History pages, such as The Pasadena at Church Point, hint that those who did come home were damaged and life would never be the same again. Those who did not come home were remembered in cenotaphs and Memorials. Pittwater has War Memorials in Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Newport, Avalon, Church Point and Palm Beach there are Memorials some of which were placed in parks and green spaces soon after World War One, The Great War, to honour those who lost their lives serving:

Wounded Soldier and Nurse. 

At a ball at Mona Vale, between Narrabeen and Newport, in aid of the Belgian Fund, little Patty Maley (daughter of Private Maley, who is now at the Dardanelles) appeared as a wounded soldier; and Mrs. Glamorgan's youthful daughter (whose brother is on the way to the front) was attired as a Red Cross nurse. Photo: Sweeney. Wounded Soldier and Nurse. (1915, July 14). Sydney Mail(NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 31. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162494200 


SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL AT MONA VALE. Members of the Royal Australian Historical Society inspected the memorial on their way to Avalon Beach, between Newport and Barrenjoey, on Saturday. From: A Week-End Miscellany : History, Charity, and Sport. (1926, August 25). Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166523535 

Mona Vale Village Park Memorial in 2014 

Warringah Shire Council Minutes from Meetings on Mona Vale's 'Village Green' indicate a focus on this first generation of Councillors to increase the green spaces and areas of recreation for residents and to attract visitors. The policy of requiring those who owned large tracts of land to give small pieces for public use and as reserves increased:

 29/07/1918 17. Petition by Narrabeen, Collaroy Deewhy, Brookvale, Mona Vale and French's Forest Progress Associations, requesting Council to' urge Postmaster General to install a continuous telephone exchange in the district : Resolved that the petition be forwarded to 

29/8/18 Miss Emma Cook asking that a seat be erected at the Waterview Street corner, Mona Vale, and that sign boards be erected indicating Waterview Street and Mona Street Referred to the Overseer for attention. 

8/10/1918: (A Briquet) 29. Application by A. Briguet, for subdivision of Lots 28/9, Sub. A. Allen Street, Mona Vale.  Resolved that the subdivision be approved, provided the residue of Lot 29 is consolidated with 28. 

21/10/1918“Jack's Day" Sports Committee Mona Vale, 15/10/18, asking use of triangular Park  for sports meeting on 9th November, : Resolved that the request be granted. 

18/11/1918: 21. P. Austin Hon. Sec. Patriotic Committee, Mona Vale Band Stand, suggesting that the band stand be moved from Kitchener Park  to Cannon  Park, Mona Vale : Referred to the Engineer for report and estimate. 22. Mrs. K. M. Roche, 28/10/18, re cutting down of ornamental trees at Bayview Referred to the Engineer.

20/01/1919: 10. Manly Ambulance Committee 23/12/18 Requesting an annual subsidy towards motor ambulance Resolved - that a letter be sent to thje committee, commending it for its good work, but regretting that the Council has no power to grant a subsidy. It was also resolved to advertise a sale of the motor-ambulance at Mona Vale which was handed to the Council some years ago.

3/3/1919: 1. That the Engineer prepare an estimate for repairing and painting the fence round Mona Vale Park; Counoillor Sturman seconded. Carried.

"That the Engineer furnish an estimate for completing cutting in Bilgola Road, Newport, and connecting same with Gladstone Street" Seconded by Councillor Duffy. Mona Vale  Beach Resolved, - (on the motion of the President) That £5 be voted for clearing of any the ti-tree to open up the view of Mona Vale Beach. 

22. Mona Vale Tennis Club, 11/3/19, stating desired Park improvements &c., to tennis court in Mona Vale Park : Referred to the A. Riding representatives, of the Works Committee 

19. E. J. Hamey, 24/3/19, asking that a finger board be erected indicating Mona  Street,  Mona Vale : Resolved, That the finger board be erected as requested. 

16/6/1919: Establishment Resolved, - That the Seal of the Council be affixed to the application for a proclamation declaring that the General Fund of the Shire be applied to the establishment a parks and recreation grounds Letter of  Sympathy. Resolved, - That-a letter conveying the Council’s Sympathy with them on the death of their husband and father be sent to Mrs. Howlett and her family at Mona Vale.

Local Govt. Department, 30/7/19, re Council's request that the P. J. & , M. S. S. Company should contribute an annual subsidy to the Council for its parks and gardens Received.

23/8/19, re Honorary Rangers under Birds & Animals Protection Act ; Resolved, -. (Councillor Sterland, Councillor Thew) That the Engineer and Sanitary Inspector be nominated as Honorary Rangers for the Shire; Councillor Atkin for Narrabeen,; Councillor Rose for and Councillor Duffy for Mona Vale -  That an advertisement be inserted in the local papers notifying that the Shire is now a Bird Sanctuary.

17/11/1919: 19. A. W. Watts, inquiring whether the Council wishes to dispose of Ambulance Shed at Mona Vale  Resolved, - That the Council do not want to dispose of it. 

42. Mona Vale Cricket Club, 29/10/34, requesting (a) that materials be sent out for the repairing of the Mona Vale Park fence; (b) that six tiles be supplied to replace broken tiles on the roof of the lavatories; (c) inquiring whether Mr. A. Hodgins of Bungan  Street, Mona Vale, may use the park for the grazing of his horses from Monday to Friday each week during the cricket season. Council's decisions:- (a) that material be sent out immediately; (b) they be informed that Mr. G. Sheppard was furnished with the six tiles three months ago; (c) that the proposal be not approved.

Creating and keeping public spaces - a policy carried forward by Pittwater's local residents groups suuch as the Friends of Currawong and the Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment, Pittwater MP Hon. Robert Stokes and Pittwater Council in recent instances such asCurrawong and Narrabeen State Parks: 

Expenditure on Reserves in Warringah Shire 

Warringah Shire Council has acquired land valued at £36, 247 for public recreation purposes, during the past ten years. Of this amount, the sum of £31,267 was incurred for the purpose of establishing beach reserves, with the exception of £6000 which the crown contributed towards the* cost of Collaroy Beach resumption. £25,542 has. been incurred in the last four years. Now an additional sum of £30,200 is to be raised by two loans for the purpose of making further acquisitions of foreshores for the public, and for liquidating some of the liabilities included in the above list to a total of£6600. The balance of £23,600 will be spent in enlarging the ocean beach reserve at Newport, providing reserve for recreation and access to Pittwater, Newport, enlarging ocean beach reserve Mona Vale, enlarging Lake Park on northern shores of Narrabeen Lake and extension to Dee Why beach reserve. Some 40 acres of reserves have been acquired through subdivisions of large estates, and Manly and Warringah Shire Councils are under joint agreement to acquire 130 acres of land for a district park at a cost of approximately £15,000, this being an internal reserve mainly for residents of Manly and the Shire, which is not included in the above list of expenditure. Local Government. (1927, May 25). Construction and Local Government Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1913 - 1930), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108990996 


During the past five years the ratepayers of Warringah Shire have paid £50,790 of the £68,956 authorised for the purchase of fore-shores and reserves.

The principal resumptions and their costs are:- Newport Beach reserve, £9600; Newport reserve, for access to Pittwater, £2200; Mona Vale Beach, £2800; Palm Beach, £4500; Lake Park extension, Narrabeen, £1900; Collaroy Beach reserve, £18,050, Deewhy Beach reserve extension, £2000; district park, £9500, Manly Municipal Council contributing a similar amount in respect of the last-mentioned purchase.

The matter was referred to the council meeting by the shire clerk (Mr. R. G. Jamie-son), who stated that probably no other council in New South Wales could show such a fine record.

The president (Councillor Corkery) said that they could not be expected to go on burdening the ratepayers in that way indefinitely. The beaches were used by people who came in their thousands from all parts, and the acquisition of places of access, in his opinion, should be a national work. THE FORESHORES. (1929, August 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16574253 


Top: MONA VALE BEACHES, With rock-bath shown in left-centre of picture. A regular hourly service of motor buses takes 'trippers' to this beach. 

Lovett Bay, Pittwater. A charming inlet in the Ku-ring-gai Chase, which may, be reached by motor launches, to be hired at Newport, Bay View, or Church Point. (This is now known as 'Little Lovett Bay' - remnants of this causeway are where passengers of Church Point Ferry Service disembark when visiting the YHA at Towlers Bay)

The Pretty Little Curl Curl Beach, With a part of Manly showing in the distance.

Picturesque Narrabeen. The lower lake and bridges. Narrabeen has become wonderfully popular in recent years. It is easily accessible, and its charms are all-appealing. THE BEAUTIFUL SHIRE OF WARRINGAH. (1915, April 7).Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 34. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166255867


At left: Looking northward along Mona Vale ocean beach from the heights of Narrabeen Park.   LATE AFTERNOON SEASCAPE—ROOF LIFTED BY GALE—WITH THE FLEET ON MANOEUVRES. (1935, February 15).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17159640 

Kitchener and Beeby Parks 

Beeby Park was gazetted on 8 August 1910. It is thought, but not confirmed, it is named after George Beeby a New South Wales politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1907-1913 and 1917-1920. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 1916-1917. He held various ministerial posts, including that of Lands Minister where he was in the practice of handing over land to local Councils.

Ten acres were set aside and although early land maps show such as the 1886 version above show a section of this marked off for use as a cemetery, the current one on Mona Vale road was where people placed their dearly departed.

Warringah Shire Records: 10th April 1908: the road to beach beside Turimetta be cleared 33 feet wide


PARK FOR MONA VALE.  The Warringah Shire Council has decided to give consideration to the question of converting the old cemetery site on the Newport-road, Turrimetta into a recreation reserveThe reserve adjoining is swamp, and its addition would permit of golf links, etc, being constructed. PARK FOR MONA VALE. (1912, September 3). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15332349

Beside this was an area originally called 'The Black Swamp'  - from Warringah Shire Minutes of Meetings:

Thursday, 29th October. 1935Cr. Hewitt moved - That the Black Swamp Reserve at Mona Vale Black Swamp be named "Beeby Park". Cr. Nicholas seconded. Carried

New South Wales. Department of Lands. Parish of Narrabeen, County of Cumberland [cartographic material] : Metropolitan Land District, Warringah Shire, Eastern Division N.S.W. 1954. MAP G8971.G46 svar. Tile b1.

This area stretched to the beach and is the land now known as being the 18 greens of Mona Vale Golf Club. Prior to this the ill-fated Mr. Brock 'The Oaks' had a small number of greens adjacent to what is now Golf Avenue, tees that disappeared as the promised tram extension to Mona Vale did not materialise and people, despite the putting on of more comfortable transport from where  the line ended in Narrabeen, did not venture by road into the greens:

When the buses reached Mr. Brock's residence refreshments were served, after which some photographs of the new vehicles with the passengers aboard were taken. Mr. Quirk, Mayor of Manly, occupied the chair, in the course of his remarks ho said that every credit  was  due to Messrs. Reid for having had the courage to Import motor 'buses.
Mr. Dugald Thomson, M.P., proposed success to the new venture, and eulogised  the Importers as men of enterprise, who had surmounted great difficulties. He hoped soon to see a regular service of 'buses running between Manly  and Pittwater, and trusted the venture would meet with the success It deserved. 
Dr. Arthur, M.L.A., in supporting the toast, said he was a humble admirer of anything In the shape of enterprise. Ho thought the Manly-Pittwater buses would be a decided acquisition to the neighbourhood. He characterised Pittwater and the surrounding neighbourhood as one of the loveliest districts in this State, and hoped the present buses would be compared favourably with those at present in Sydney, would always be kept busy.
Mr. M'Kenzie, M.L.A., also spoke, and pointed out the necessity that existed for proper communication, between Manly, Newport, and district. He had no doubt that in a short time many more similar buses would be in use.
Mr. Cried responded and spoke of the initial difficulties in inaugurating the service. He was perfectly satisfied that once the novelty had worn off the present buses they would successfully cater for the demands of the Manly and Pittwater residents.

MOTOR OMNIBUSES. (1906, February 10). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14732737

'A View at La Corniche' Image no: a106003h , Date of Work ca. 1900-1927, Sydney & Ashfield : Broadhurst Post Card Publishers, courtesy State Library of NSW

18. Mona Vale Golf Club, 24/10/35, stating inability of Club to adopt the suggestion that in return for a five years' extension of the Club's occupancy of Beeby Park, the Club should pay an annual rental of £200 from let January next. Resolved.- That consideration stand over until the first meeting in January.

 51. Lands Dept., 2/12/35advising that the Department has Park no objection to the adoption of the proposed name "Beeby Park" for Swamp Reserve, and the plans and records of the Department have been noted accordingly. "Received" 

Aerial views of Sydney golf courses] / Hall & Co., ca. 193-?, Mona Vale image no: a2802032h courtesy State Library of NSW. 

A little on a founding member who did not get to see the realisation of 18 tees:


Mr. V L H Coghlan of Milson-road Cremorne, who was widely known in sporting Press and broadcasting circles died yesterday in hospital after an illness of three months. Mr Coghlan who was a native of Perth was associated with several newspapers in Western Australia, on both the literary and advertising sides. He came to Sydney 15 years ago and joined the "Sunday Times ' and later was on the staff of the ' Daily Telegraph " Subsequently he turned his attention to radio and was the Sydney representative of several interstate broadcasting stations. Mr Coghlan was an enthusiastic golfer and was one of the founders of the Mona Vale club, of which he was president for four years. He is survived by Mrs Coghlan.  MR. V. L. H. COGHLAN. (1935, June 13). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17202238 

And a few resident among the names who attended this gentleman's funeral service:

MR. V. L. H. COGHLAN. Representatives of the Press, broadcasting companies and the Australian Journalists' Association attended the funeral of Mr V L H Coghlan, of Milson-road, Cremorne which took place at Rookwood yesterday. There was a service at the Crematorium.  The chief mourners were -Messrs A G, S J, and J H Wiseman (brothers-in-law) and Mr Clifford Wiseman (nephew). Others present included-Mrs Vere Graham Dr McIntyre Mr J Wilson Jun and Mr B Rogers (representing Shipping Newspapers Ltd), Mr H Samuels (representing the Bulletin ) Mr T W Spencer (chair-man) and Mr J E Davenport (trustee) representing the Australian Journalists Association Benevolent Fund Mr M Goldberg and Mr C C Faulkiner and Messrs B Luscombe Goldstein R  Hutchison Clive Cooper William Hill Charles Ramses Gordon Neillry D White N Strack J Moore J Austin R Pepler (Mona Vale Golf Club) J Searle and C Searle (Balgowlah Golf Club) T Trousdale, Hardv P Russell J Hill J S McNamara Sutherland T Fletcher T Levy and P Moteon. MR. V. L. H. COGHLAN. (1935, June 14).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17186530

From Warringah Shire records on Beeby Park in the lead up to WWII:

9/2/1937: By Cr. Zewitt - Will the Engineer make an inspection of the pipes leading from Beeby  Park (formerly Black Swamp Reserve) to the ocean, the first pipe of which is becoming loose, and furnish a report to the Council as opportunity permits.

27/7/1937: Cr. Hewitt reported that the Mona Vale Golf Club was prepared to plant and protect 120 Norfolk Island Pines and 20 Christmas Bush trees on Beeby Park, provided the Council supplied the trees. Resolved - That consideration of this matter be deferred until the President reports to next meeting. 

10/8/1937: (b) Resolved, - That the-Council purchase for the Mona Vale Golf Club 120 Norfolk Island Pines and 25 New Zealand Jàs Trees, at an estimated cost of £9. (Crs. Hewitt, Hughes) 2. Land Board Office's letter, 4/7/37, inquiring whether there are any objections to the granting of the application of Pittwater Shell &Lime Co. Ltd.. for a dredging Permissive Occupancy within Pittwater below highwater mark fronting Bayview Park for the purpose of a pipe-line and power-line already installed without authority: - That the Council raise no objection to the proposal, and it be left to the Shire Engineer to see that the spoil from the Bayview Company's operations is placed on Bayview Park in accordance Park with the Council's wishes.

72. Mona Vale Golf Club, 16/2/39, requesting an extension of the Club's occupancy of Beeby Park at Mona Vale for a Mona Vale period of ten years from 20th October, 1940, such occupancy to be on the same terms and conditions as at present for he Golf Club first five years, the position then to be reviewed and an equitable rental arranged should the condition of the course justify it. - That the Club's request be approved. 

At La Corniche, prior to the area being taken over for tank traps and barbed wire during WWII :


Many of the country boys who arrived at the National Fitness Camp, Mona Vale, during the week-end have "never seen the sea before, and all are attending their first camp.  COUNTRY BOYS AT SEASIDE CAMP. (1943, April 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17844032 

Schoolboy Gives Cheek to Par!

HOLES OUT IN ONE AT MONA VALE . L. WOOLFE, a school boy of 17 years, had a remarkable round    in the grade match at Mona Vale yesterday. He was playing ninth man, did par for the first nine holes, and holed theninth, 112 yards, in one.    Schoolboy Gives Cheek to Par!. (1932, August 21). Truth(Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169142001 

A Golf Club for Beeby Park - a great way to restore post-war damaged dunes and greens


Two of the younger clubs in Mona Vale and Kogarah have signified their Intention of assisting In the cause of greater representation on the proposed new council. The Kogarah club committee unanimously carried the following resolution:

"That this committee of the Kogarah Golf Club disagrees with the amendments made by the New South Wales Golf Council, in the constitutions of the proposed New South Wales Golf Association, but considers that further efforts should be made to adjust the differences which have arisen." MONA VALE AND KOGARAH. (1930, February 14). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16626235 


The official opening of the new course at Mona Vale will take place on September 5. The remaining two holes will then be In play extending the course to 6182 yards.. The new No 7 green and No 8 tee are practically on the water’s edge.

To mark the opening professionals who will be In Sydney for the open championship have been Invited to take part In an 18 holes stroke event with several of the leading Sydney professionals. Among those who have accepted Invitations to play are -Rufus Stewart W Harvey and W Robertson of South Australia, E. Naismith, A. Spence and L Wood of Victoria M L Kelly N G von Nida W Bolger V Richardson F. Byre  W. Thomson, Alex Thomson (the Mona Vale Professionals) and W Holder of Sydney. Play will begin at 1.30pm following a dinner at which the visitors will be the guests of the president (Mr. W.W. Hill). No charge will be made to witness the play. MONA VALE GOLF COURSE. (1937, August 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 23. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17375544 

Around the time of the First World War (1914-1918), Kitchener Park was owned by the Commonwealth Defence Department and administered by Warringah Council.(2 )

Some sources state Kitchener Park may be named after Lord Kitchener due to his activities during the First World War including his visit to Australia.

During the 1930s Council drained 10 hectares of an area known as Black Swamp (now the golf course). The golf club was located on land to the north, and they provided the funds in return for a fifteen-year lease of the drained land. The soil was composed of dried reeds forming peat with a heavy salt content (indicating that it was once a seabed). 

During the early stages of the Second World War (1939-45); the Defence Department set up a camp on the south-eastern corner of Kitchener Park and the army took over the golf course. Barbed wire entanglements were installed along the fairways adjacent to the beach and a tank trap extended from Turrimetta Head through the golf course to Mona Vale headland. Several machine gun pits were established on the golf course. (2.)

And even before then, as shown in Camping at Narrabeen – A Trickle then a Flood as well as:

ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTERY. Firing Practices at Narrabeen.

The 1st Anti-Aircraft Battery will carry out firing practices from Narrabeen Head, the small promontory immediately north of Narrabeen Beach from 2.30 o'clock this afternoon.   A drogue ("cloth sleeve") will be towed out to sea by an Air Force machine.

The military authorities yesterday issued an invitation to the public to witness the practices, and pointed out that there were many excellent vantage points in the locality. The public would be excluded only from the small rocky beach between Narrabeen Head and Turimetta Head during the actual firing. No portion of Narrabeen Beach would be affected. A danger area seawards had been proclaimed and fishermen were warned against entering it.   ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTERY. (1937, October 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 24. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17403603 

Many of the facilities located at Kitchener Park were developed during the mid to late twentieth-century. The Department of Lands gave the Scouts a Special lease for Reserve 73605 and Reserve 87586 was gazetted in 1969 for the public purpose of Girl Guides with the Guides appointed trustees of the Reserve in 1970. Pittwater RSL Youth Club formed its first soccer committee in 1966 and shared the sportsfield with rugby league. Between 1981 and 1984 the club built Kitchener Park Sports Centre. The fields were floodlight in 1995 with funds raised by the club and a grant from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation. The skate park opened in 1988.

This large portion of Crown Land, and a park for recreation, is still leased by Mona Vale Golf Club and used by many community sports clubs and youth development groups..

The parks and green open spaces still remain in the estimate of many 'people's parks' and are utilised by a wide range of sporting clubs, social clubs and community groups for everything from tennis to soccer to markets to skateboarding. A Girl Guide Hall and Scout Hall, have places adjacent to the previous unused cemetery plot, recently changed into more parking space for more cars at the cost of these groups losing a treasured green area for their activities. 

A new Skate Park to upgrade the now rundown play area in Kitchener will provide ample opportunity to inspire those who don't like kicking or batting a ball to gain air anyway while the 'village green' remains a place where people meet for events, picnics or to purchase great food and goods at annual market days.

Long live the Village Green!

Aerial views of Sydney golf courses] / Hall & Co., ca. 193-?, Mona Vale image no: a2802033h courtesy State Library of NSW. 


1. History of Land and Property Information - LPI NSW Government. January 2013. © January 2013 LPI (B) P13/10/002. Retrieved from: www.lpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/169035/Brief_history_LPI.pdf

2. 2. Jennings, Guy and Joan, 2007. Mona Vale Stories, Arcadia Publishing, Newport.

3. Mona Vale Golf Club, 2007 ‘In the Beginning 75th Anniversary 1927- 2002.’

Warringah Shire records on Turimetta - Mona Vale Cemetery

10th April 1908: the road to beach beside Turimetta be cleared 33 feet wide

24th April 1908: would the Council support the trustees of the Turimetta reserve in an endeavour to obtain £150 towards improving the Turimetta Cemetery . Agreed to write to Dr. Arthur in support of this.

5th June 1908: H F Madsen, Lands Department, asking of Council intend taking over road beside Turimetta Cemetery and do they intend repairing it. Replied in the affirmative. 

25/6/1928: Mona Vale Progress Association 14/6/8. Submitting the following requests - (1) That Warriewood Road be widened at the ;culvert about 50 yards from the junction with the main road or that a guard rail be erected at this at (2) that Park Street be placed in trafficable condition, (3) that the corner of Allen Street and Newport Road be rounded off, (4) that the formation of Wangarra Street be extended as far as Vesper street, (5) that the Council take over the control and management of the Turimetta cemetery, and that it place it in order. Nos. 1 to..4 referred to the Overseer, and that with regard to No, 5, the Association be asked for the names of the Trustees of the cemetery

1. Lands Department. 3/8/28, Further re Turimetta  Cemetery, and stating reference is being made to the various Church authorities concerned as to whether there is any objection on their part to the control of their respective portions of the cemetery being transferred to the Council. Received.

19/2/29 Inquiring if the Council is willing to accept control of the Turimetta Cemetery,: Mona Vale) with the exception of the portion alotted as a Catholic burial ground. Resolved (ars. Campbell, Austin) — Cemetery That the Council agree to accept control of the 'cemetery and suggested, the Department be asked to furnish the names and addresses of the trustees of the Roman Catholic portion of the cemetery, with a view to them being approached to hand over the control of that portion also.

45. The Diocesan Secretrtry. R.C.Church.; 23/3/29..Replyinng that the Church authorities are unwilling to allow the control of the Roman Catholic section of Turimetta cemetery to be taken out of the hands of the appointed Trustees. Resolved (Crs. Hitchcock, Austin) -That the Council agree to take over the whole of the cemetery excluding the Roman Catholic section. Resolved(Crs. Robertson, Parr) — That the Council make application to be given control, of the large new cemetery reserve at French's Forest. 

27/5/1929: 40. James Booth. Offering to construct gateway to Turimetta Cemetery. Resolved (Crs. Austin, Hitchcock That the offer be accepted and £12 voted for the work, the work be carried out when the cemetery is vested in the Council. 

Sir, — As this old historical burial ground is in a sadly neglected condition I would like to ask through the medium of your paper whether those who have friends or relations burled there could not lend a little assistance in trying to renovate the church yard. There is a beautiful stone church there with a number of expensive vaults and monuments erected to the memory of great men and women who helped to make Australian history. A few pounds each would save these; if let go much longer these monuments will be totally ruined. The poor people who were drowned in the Dunbar are buried there and their burial place is carefully preserved by the trustees who do the best they can with the small means at their disposal. Just now the grass has got such a hold that it is really a menace to the locality, in fact it is so bad that breaks are being cut through, and the fire brigade's assistance is necessary to help burn the grass which anyone naturally can understand does a lot of harm to the tomb-stones. I know this sort of thing does not appeal to everyone, but still I am pleased to say that there are many to whom it does appeal. So if a number of these were to come along even with a little voluntary assistance it would be a great help. One of the workmen in the cemetery is keeping one grave in order just for the sentimental reason that the inscription on the tombstone is the same name as himself. So let the interested people come and lend a hand, just to show that Australians do not forget their dead. I am, etc.,    
Mona Vale, March 10. THE CAMPERDOWN CEMETERY. (1930, March 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16632323 

Department of Lands Sydney June 1911

THE attention of all persons interested is invited to the Notification in the Government Gazette of the 31st May 191 with respect to proposed Closing of that part of road (lane) 31 links wide separating allotments 1, 2 and 3 from allotments 6, 7, and 8 of section 4 village of Turimetta parish of Narrabeen County of Cumberland  Warringah Shire No 131  Course of the Government Gazette may be inspected at the Crown lands Office and the Police Office of the District CHARLES  E RENNIE_ Under Secretary.  Advertising. (1911, June 10). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15252566 


At Information Bureau, Lands Department, Sydney, Wednesday, 24th April, 12 noon, Allot. 9, Sect. 8, 1 acre, upset price £100 the lot; allot. 1, sect. 9, 2 rdB.7J pots., upset price £40 the lot; allot. 4, sect. IS, 2rds. 8 per..., upset price £50 the lot. Situated at Turimetta, about 1/10  mile from Manly-Barrenjoey road. Deposit 10 per cent., 6 years' terms, interest 5 per cent, per annum Further particulars from Lands Department, Sydney, W. J. ROPER, U.-S. for Lands. Advertising. (1929, April 18). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16556178 

9th March 1945, NOTICE appears in the Government Gazette of 19th Mar 1945 with respect to proposed Closing of Road (lane) separating allotments 4 and 5 from allotments 9 and 10section 4 village Turimetta Land District Metropolitan Shire Warringah K 45 56. NOTE If closed it is proposed to add the area comprised in the ... described road to the Mona Vale Public School Site. Objections may be lodged with the Minister for Lands within one month from the date of thee publication of the notice in the gazette, H H, GUEST. U S for Lands. Advertising. (1945, March 9). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17940540 


A flagrant act of desecration occurred at Mona Vale Cemetery within the past few days, a symbolic statue, the creation of Mr. H. Tristram Squire, having been stolen from the grave of the late Mr. Henry Moncur Atkinson.

About four months ago Mr. Atkinson, a resident of Mona Vale, died at the age of 92, and, as he was an ardent bird-lover, his niece, Mrs. O'Reilly, of Pymble, thought it would be appropriate to perpetuate his memory by a drinking vessel for the native birds with which the Mona Vale district abounds. Mr. Squire, who during recent years has specialised in statuary representing birds, animals, and aborigines, was commissioned, and a fortnight ago he placed on the grave a handsome statue of a stork, five feet high, standing over a large bowl. The latter, which was inscribed with grape leaves, was filled with water for birds to drink from.

Apparently the statuary was only in position a week when the stork disappeared. The bowl was carried a few yards, turned upside down, and smeared with mud, the thieves apparently intending to disguise its beauty pending an opportunity to return for it. One evening at dusk a man was seen from a distance in the cemetery staggering under a heavy load, with which he drove off in a car. This was evidently the stork, which, being constructed of concrete and reinforced with iron; weighed about a hundredweight. The police, who are investigating the robbery, are puzzled as to the motive of the thieves, since the stork is signed with the sculptor's name.

Mr. Squire's work is familiar to tourists who pass along the road to Bay View and Church Point. His group of elephants is conspicuous at the Bay View golf links, and a family group of aborigines encamped about a natural pond in his grounds causes many a motoring party to stop. STATUARY STOLEN. (1935, April 10). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 13. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17157874 

A reaction to the above widely published report or something else?:


A second act of desecration has occurred at the Mona Vale cemetery following the theft of a statue, the work of Mr. H. Tristram Squire, a fortnight ago.The statue was a representation of a stork, five feet high which Mr. Squire had modelled and sculptured in cement, and erected over the grave of the late Mr. Henry Moncur Atkinson. Associated with the stork was a large drinking vessel for the native birds, of which Mr. Atkinson was an ardent protector.  

After the disappearance of the stork, Mr. Squire tended the grave. He visited the cemetry again yesterday and found that the grave  had been disturbed. The tablet inscribed with the name of Mr Atkinson had been torn from  the ground and was upside down. The drinking bowl, a handsome engraved vessel, 15 inches in depth and two feet across, was lying on the grass. GRAVE DESECRATED. (1935, April 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17168390

Incidentals: some facts...some stories...


Extensive improvements are being made to the road to Palm Beach. This big cutting on the Newport-road has just been completed. The old blind turn, which was a source of danger when traffic was heavy, is on the left. Another cutting is being made at the northern end of Mona Vale. Tents and Motor-Campers. (1935, November 20)Sydney Mail(NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 49. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160499041

Incidentals: some facts...some stories...


The Mayor of Manly (Alderman J. Bonner),acting on behalf of the Manly and Warringah councils, the Spit to Manly Tramway League, and the residents of Manly and district, extended an invitation to members of the Commonwealth and State Parliaments to visit Manly and district on Saturday, and as a result about 30 legislators attended.

The party was met at the Spit, and received by the Mayor of Manly and Dr. Arthur, M.L.A., and conveyed by motor cars to quarantine station, where, after inspection of the grounds, dinner was served. The Mayor presided.

Mr. N. S. Badgery submitted the toast of the "Federal and State Parliaments," and in doing so entreated the legislators of both Parliaments to earnestly consider the desirability of dedicating the hospital site, about 400 acres, as a park for the people of Australia; likewise to construct, without delay, the Spit to Manly tram.

Mr. W. Hughes, M.P., responded for the Commonwealth, and assured those present that in his tour of the world, where he visited the principal watering-places, there was only one to compare with Manly - the Welsh town of Llandudino. For climatic conditions, facility of bathing, and as a health resort, Manly was the best in the world, with the exception named. It was his first visit to quarantine, and he had no idea of its beauty. From what he had seen, there was ample justification for the Government setting it apart as a national reserve. The tram had his whole support, as the Spit was an unnatural and impossible terminus, and its extension to Manly would complete the avenue to Australia's watering-place.

Mr. D. Storey, M.L.A., responded for the State Parliament. He expressed his strong determination to assist in having the area dedicated as a reserve for the people. The future must be provided for, as Sydney would before long contain a population equal to New York or London. The quarantine grounds proper - about 280 acres - should be held for defence purposes, but there was no justification for the other 400 acres being retained.

Mr. Henley, M.L.A., proposed the toast, "Continued Prosperity to Manly and District." He referred to the wonderful progress Manly had made within the last 10 years, and promised to do his utmost to facilitate the tram extension and rededication of the quarantine. He referred to the good work the member for the district (Dr. Arthur) had done since his election.

Messrs. Farleigh, M.L.C., A. Griffith,  M.L.A., and E. M. Clark, M.L.A., also spoke.

Dr. R. Arthur responded, and remarked that it was the duty of the Government to make Manly attractive, not only for the people of Sydney, but also for the people from the tor-rid districts on the other side of the mountains. The Government should take immediate action in rededicating the 400 acres now forming part of the Quarantine Station, with a view of throwing open the whole area as a national park. Manly needed no justification for the proud position it occupied as the playground and sanatorium of Australia. The tram was a necessity, and he felt sure was on the eve of consummation.

The Mayor of Manly pleaded for overland communication and for liberal treatment in connection with the votes for reserves.

Mr. A. Ralston, president of the Warringah Shire Council, Dr. Thomas, of Manly, and Mr. F. W. J. Donovan, who elaborated on surf bathing and the necessity for financial assistance in that direction, also responded.

The party then boarded the cars again, and a visit was paid to Narrabeen. Afternoon tea was served by the local ladies, and further speech-making followed. Mr. A. Ralston(president) presided. Mr. Stuart Robertson, M.L.A., proposed "The Shire of Warringah and District." Dr. R. Arthur, M.L.A., followed, and the toast was responded to by Mr. A. Ralston (president Warringah Shire), Mr. Gordon (president Narrabeen Progress Society), and Mr. Duffy (president of the Mona Vale Progress Association).

The toast of "The Visitors" was proposed by Councillor Holden, and responded to by Mr. Hughes, M.P., Mr. J. Hepher, M.L.C., and Mr. Briner, M.L A.

Mr. Hughes, in the course of his remarks, regretted that in connection with the Federal capital Sydney and its environs had been banned by the 100-mile limit, as places within that radius were by beauty and suitability justly entitled to have it.

A visit was then paid to Queenscliff and Freshwater, and the various beauty spots admired.

In the evening a complimentary social was tendered Dr. Arthur in the Victoria Hall, Manly. A programme of musical items was submitted, and at the close, on the motion of Mr. Mark Mitchell, seconded by Mr. F. Trenchard Smith, a vote of thanks was accorded Dr. Arthur for the work he had done for the electorate since his entry into politics. The remarks of the speakers were supplemented by Mr. Henley, M.L.A., and Colonel Ryrie, M.L.A. Dr. Arthur responded. AUSTRALIA'S PLAYGROUND. (1908, October 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14990032 

At Mona Vale, near Manly, a young woman named Powell was walking along a lonely portion of the road when she was suddenly confronted by a youth 16 years of age, who held a revolver close to her face, snatched her bag, and made off. A youth named Silby was subsequently arrested. LATEST TELEGRAMS. (1913, April 15). The Riverine Grazier(Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140270400 

MONA VALE SENSATION. (1914, January 16). Evening News(Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article114489161

In connection with the £3,000 grant received for the new Colo River bridge and approaches, it was announced at Monday's meeting of Colo Shire Council that council's acceptance of the tender of Messrs. J. F. Duffy, H. E. Solomon and G. L. Solomon, of Mona Vale, at £1779/19/- for the structure, on condition that the con-tractors employed 90 per cent, local labor through the local labor bureau, had been approved by the department, as also had been the plans, and specifications for the work. The approaches and other work specified will be done by the council staff, and it was expected that operations, both on the bridge and approaches, would begin on Monday last, May 13. WEEK TO WEEK. (1935, May 17). Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85795072

Plane Lands on Beach SYDNEY, Tuesday.

Bad weather forced Mr. T. Bowman, grazier, of Muswellbrook, to land his Klemm Swallow monoplane on the beach at Mona Vale to-day about' 11a.m.? While flying from Muswellbrook he- ran into blinding rain near Palm Beach and landed on the water's edge at Mona Vale. The soft sand presented difficulty in taking off when the weather cleared, so Mr. Bowman phoned to Sydney and Pilot Geoffrey King motored to Mona Vale and took the machine off with its owner as passenger. The plane reached Mascot at 1 p.m.Plane Lands on Beach. (1935, December 17). The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166497235 

Mr. Patrick Bourke, Mona Vale. The death occurred in St. Ronan's Private Hospital Manly, on November 20th, after a  lingering illness lasting sixteen weeks, of Mr. Patrick Bourke, of Mona Vale, through neuritis supervening upon an attack of influenza. Mr. Bourke, who was a native of Innes, Co. Clare, Ireland, and 65 years old, landed in Melbourne in the year 1863 at the age of 19. He afterwards went to Albury    and Wagga, and at the latter place got married, and followed farming pursuits. Eventually he went to Nevertire, where, with his eldest son, John, he took up the well known property, 'Summerfield,' spending fifteen years there, after which, his health breaking down, his medical adviser ordered him to the seaside. Mr. Patrick Bourke disposed of the property, 'Summerfield,' to his eldest son, John, and then settled at Mona Vale and went in for fruit growing, besides owning a butcher's shop at Narrabeen. After disposing of these two properties to his eldest son, John, he contemplated settling in Woy Woy, but illness overtook him, and he died fortified by the last rites of the Church, leaving a widow, three sons, and two grandchildren to mourn their loss. The remains were interred in the Manly cemetery, on November 21st, the Rev. E. Brauer, assisted by the Rev. R. McElligott, officiating at the graveside. — R.I. P.  Mr. Patrick Bourke, Mona Vale. (1912, December 5). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 25. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108035169 


Little Vendor on Newport Road

On the Newport-road, near Mona Vale, this little lady stands from morn till eve with her musical and tempting cry of 'Strawberries, Strawberries!' The motorists who know her familiar form on the roadside call her Little Miss Muffett. She grows the fruit herself, and sends to the city for the baskets in which she packs the luscious red layers. With the proceeds she buys her collies, her clothes, and her little outfits; and banks a weekly surplus. When the time comes to buy more plants she is properly equipped with capital. Motorists have learned to look for her on Sundays in the strawberry season, and she had a crowd of regular customers. Her only sorrow is that the Prince of Wales did not pass that way to put her 'Under Royal Patronage.' The fruit is always delicious. She says archly that 'the single-seaters' are her best customers. One man and a girl will pay more readily for a box than anyone else. STRAWBERRIES! STRAWBERRIES!. (1922, December 17).Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 1 Section: Social and Magazine Section. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128220488 

BORG AT MONA VALE. W. W. (Billy) Hill— Mona Vale's president — entertained about 20 visitors, including Arne Borg, O. G. H. Merrett, Billy Herald, Moss Christie, Keith Kirkland. H. R. Kelly, L. E. Duff, Jack Dexter, Wally York, and Freddy Williams, at Mona Vale last Sunday. In the morning the party visited the baths and indulged in a series of events, Moss Christie winning the visitors' handicap. The afternoon was spent in surfing and tennis. A big crowd watched proceedings. SURF GOSSIP. (1924, January 25). Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1916 - 1933), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103536769 


The men in the picture are: No. 1, R. Riley (Coogee) ; 2, Alex Jones (Curl Curl); 3, J. Blackwood (Mona Vale); 4, A. H. Curlewis (Palm Beach); 5, W. Hill (Queenscliff) ; 6, T. Meagher (Bondi); 7, D. Murray (Dee Why); C. Ward (Cook's Hill); 9, H. Fletcher (Bondi). SOME NOTED N.S.W. SURF SWIMMERS WHO HAVE DONE GOOD WORK THIS SEASON. (1924, March 21). Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1916 - 1933), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103540567 


John C. Blackwood, who hooks the ball in the Waratah scrummage, had. his nose fractured in the Ulster match at Belfast last week, but will be all there against Wales next Saturday. Blackwood is a Manly boy, and captain of the Mona Vale Surf Club though he plays Rugger with Eastern Suburbs. THE WARATAHS' HOOKER AND HIS NOSE. (1927, November 23). Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article127911882 


Mona Vale Alumni Surf Club, which is mainly composed of former Sydney Grammar School students, held its annual meeting at the Surf Life Saving Association rooms, when Mr. E. Scott was elected president In place of Mr. F.Cooper, who retired. The club report showed a sound financial position, and the club will make an effort to secure a new surf boat before the coming season ends. Mr. R. Dickson was re-elected captain and boat captain, Mr. J. Kennedy is hon. treasurer and vice-boat captain, and Mr.G. Kennedy hon. secretary. Messrs. J Blow, R. Dickson, and G Walton are the selection committee. SURF LIFE-SAVING. (1935, October 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17226495 

The Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club yesterday launched a new surf boat

A surf lifesaver "shooting" a breaker on one of the new "surf-skis," the utility of which for surf rescues was demonstrated yesterday at Maroubra Beach. 

WOMEN'S ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS—"SURF-SKIS" FOR RESCUES. (1936, January 20). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17208481 


The Mona Vale and Districts Progress Association considers that the claims of Pittwater for selection as a base for the air mail flying boats should be considered by the Federal authorities. The association decided, at its annual meeting, to suggest to the Acting Minister for Defence (Mr. Thorby) and the Premier (Mr. Stevens) the suitability of the area between Bayview and Lion Island for use as a base. PITTWATER SUGGESTED. (1937, June 29). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17390800 


ESME FARMER, of Mona Vale, who studied in Sydney with Fred Leist, and at various art schools and galleries abroad, will hold her first exhibition of pictures at the Macquarie Galleries. The exhibition will be opened by Miss Jeanie Ranken next Wednesday. Mrs. Farmer is the wife of F. Rhodes Farmer, who published his first novel, "Thirsty Earth," a few years ago; they have a three-year-old son, Bill.  TO HOLD HER FIRST ART EXHIBITION. (1940, January 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17651053 

Only Woman Of Her Kind. 

MISS NANCY WILIS, of Mona Vale , (N.S.W.), is the only woman in Australia to hold a valid flying instructors certificate. Only Woman Of Her Kind. (1948, September 13). Barrier Miner(Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48572554 

Mona Vale Takes Top Tennis Final. Mona Vale on Sunday won the Gosford District Tennis Association A grade final. Mona Vale, A grade minor premiers, defeated Corra L.ynn b sets 47games to 3 sets 35 games.I The match, played on Grahame Park centre court, was a replay of the fixture of the previous Sunday afternoon, when the teams drew. Lakevieiv defeated Tumbi Umbi in the final of the A reserve grade, and Glen Ayr defeated Way Woy II, in the grand final of the Bl grade. The match between Mona Vale and Corra Lynn was decided in the seventh set, when Mona Vale led by 13 games. ;Mona Vale established an early lead and took the first three sets with the loss of only five games. Corra Lynn rallied and took the next set 6-2, but the team lost the women's double 2 — 6.A. Kilpatrick, Mrs. Golding and A. Schwartz, Mrs. Rogers played well in the first two mixed doubles, and were instrumental in bringing about the defeat of Corra Lynn. Halcyon is the minor premiership side in the A reserve grade. It will meet Lakeview next Sunday in the grand final. The final between Lakeview and Tumbi Umbi was close and was decided in the last match, Lakeview won by 6 sets 51games to 3 sets 45 games. In the last set, the Tumbipair had to take the set 6-1to win. They lost 3-6.20-GAME SET! The second men's doubles went to 20 games before Drake: and McGrath, Tumbi, defeated Nagle and Truran, Lakeview,11-9. iIn the grand final of the 'Bl grade, Glen Ayr defeated Woy Woy by 6 sets 53 games to 3 sets 45 games. The eighth set decided this match when K. Bowcock, Mrs. Harris, of Glen Ayr, defeated A. Curtin. Mrs. Stevenson and put Glen Ayr six games ahead. The championships will begin on Sunday week. Entries close on Thursday.  Mona Vale Takes Top Tennis Final. (1952, September 30). The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW : 1906 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167228905 

See Bayview's Koala sanctuary from Fields of Dreams History Month: Mona Vale, and Pitwtater, once had so many trees and so many koalas:

To star in Hollywood film

THESE LITTLE AUSTRALIANS are bound for Hollywood, where they will appear in the Paramount film, "Botany Bay." At the week-end at Mona Vale (NSW)[sanctuary, the koalas faced the camera for the first time. They left yesterday by Pan-American plane for the US." {Assurances have been given that they will be well cared for. They will ¡live at San Diego Zoo for six months before being returned. To star in Hollywood film. (1952, January 9). Barrier Miner(Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49232805 

More from the 'Bird Sanctuary' of Pittwater:


TARONGA PARK ZOO president, Sir Edward Hallstrom, is foster mother to five baby parakeets, found in bush country near Mona Vale, NSW. Although still almost featherless, the 10-day-old birds are thriving in a suitcase under Sir Edward's desk. He feeds them five times a day with a medicinal syringe. QUINS ARE A HANDFUL. (1954, June 26). Barrier Miner(Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49956348 


THREE boys found this unusually large sea-horse(hippocampus) dead on Mona Vale beach yesterday morning.

The boys (left to right in the photograph) were: Phil Levy, 8, of Neutral Bay, Richard Stanton. 9, of Mona Vale, and Ralph Stanton, his cousin, 9,of Melbourne. The sea-horse was 15 inches long. A Taronga Park Aquarium expert will examine it to-day. When the sea-horse was described to him last night, the expert said it was probably of the deep-sea species, of which the largest known size was 28 inches long. The biggest deep-sea sea-horse at the aquarium was 12 inches. The three boys will give the sea-horse to the aquarium. BIG SEAHORSE. (1950, January 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18141588 

 The Beach at Warriewood. 

The seclusion of Warriewood Beach, near Mona Vale, makes it a haven for those holiday-makers who avoid the beaten track. Stories of Western America reached children from the far west of New South Wales at first hand yesterday when Zane Grey, the novelist, visited the children at the home at Manly.  The Beach at Warriewood--. (1936, January 1). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17223593 

The view south from Mona Vale Golf Course when the last of the swamp was being turned into a waterbird attracting pond and before Mona Vale Hospital began. 

 The view south from Mona Vale Golf in August 2015

 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 -  threads collected and collated by A J Guesdon, 2015.

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Bradley 1788 Journal Midholme Loggan Rock Cabin La Corniche La Corniche II Lion Island Bungan Beach Botham Beach Scarred Trees  Castles in the Sand Dame Nellie Melba lunches at Bilgola Spring, 1914  First to Fly in Australia at North Narrabeen  Mona Vale Golf Club's Annual Balls Governor Phillip camps on Resolute Beach  Ruth Bedford  Jean Curlewis  Mollie Horseman  Charlotte Boutin  May Moore  Neville W Cayley Leon Houreux  Frederick Wymark  Sir Adrian Curlewis  Bilgola Heron Cove  Mullet Creek  Shark Point  Woodley's Cottage  A Tent at The Basin Collin's Retreat-Bay View House-Scott's Hotel  Bilgola Cottage and House  The First Pittwater Regatta  Women Cricketers Picnic Filmed In Pittwater  Governor Phillip's Barrenjoey Cairn  Waradiel Season The Church at Church Point  Governor Phillip’s Exploration of Broken Bay, 2 – 9 March 1788   Petroglyths: Aboriginal Rock Art on the Northern Beaches  Avalon Headland Landmarks  Steamers Part I Pittwater Aquatic Club Part I  Woody Point Yacht Club  Royal Motor Yacht Club Part I  Dorothea Mackellar  Elaine Haxton  Neva Carr Glynn Margaret Mulvey Jean Mary Daly  Walter Oswald Watt Wilfrid Kingsford Smith John William Cherry George Scotty Allan  McCarrs Creek Narrabeen Creek  Careel Creek Currawong Beach Creek  Bushrangers at Pittwater Smuggling at Broken Bay  An Illicit Still at McCarr's Creek  The Murder of David Foley  Mona Vale Outrages  Avalon Camping Ground  Bayview Koala Sanctuary  Ingleside Powder Works Palm Beach Golf Course  Avalon Sailing Club  Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club  Palm Beach SLSC Part I - The Sheds  Warriewood SLSC Whale Beach SLSC Flagstaff Hill Mount Loftus Pill Hill Sheep Station Hill  S.S. Florrie  S.S. Phoenix and General Gordon Paddlewheeler  MV Reliance The Elvina  Florida House  Careel House Ocean House and Billabong  Melrose-The Green Frog The Small Yacht Cruising Club of Pittwater  Canoe and I Go With The Mosquito Fleet - 1896  Pittwater Regattas Part I - Dates and Flagships to 1950 Shark Incidents In Pittwater  The Kalori  Church Point Wharf  Bayview Wharf  Newport Wharf Palm Beach Jetty - Gow's Wharf  Max Watt  Sir Francis Anderson Mark Foy  John Roche  Albert Verrills  Broken Bay Customs Station At Barrenjoey  Broken Bay Water Police  Broken Bay Marine Rescue - Volunteer Coastal Patrol  Pittwater Fire-Boats  Prospector Powder Hulk at Towler's Bay  Naval Visits to Pittwater 1788-1952  Pittwater's Torpedo Wharf and Range Naval Sea Cadets in Pittwater S.S. Charlotte Fenwick S.S. Erringhi  P.S. Namoi  S.Y. Ena I, II and III  Barrenjoey Headland - The Lessees  Barrenjoey Lighthouse - The Construction Barrenjoey Broken Bay Shipwrecks Up To 1900  Barrenjoey Light Keepers  Douglas  Adrian Ross Newport SLSC 1909 - 1938 Part I Overview  North Narrabeen SLSC - The Formative Years  Bilgola SLSC - the First 10 years  North Palm Beach SLSC A History of Pittwater Parts 1 and 4 Pittwater Regattas - 1907 and 1908  Pittwater Regattas - 1921 - The Year that Opened and Closed with a Regatta on Pittwater Pittwater Regatta Banishes Depression - 1933 The 1937 Pittwater Regatta - A Fashionable Affair  Careel Bay Jetty-Wharf-Boatshed Gow-Gonsalves Boatshed -Snapperman Beach  Camping at Narrabeen - A Trickle then a Flood Pittwater's Parallel Estuary - The Cowan 'Creek' RMYC Broken Bay Boathouse and Boatshed Barrenjoey Boat House The Bona - Classic Wooden Racing Yacht Mona Vale Hospital Golden Jubilee - A Few Insights on 50 Years as a Community Hospital Far West Children's Health Scheme - the Formation Years  The First Scotland Island Cup, Trophy and Race and the Gentleman who loved Elvina Bay Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay NSW - Cruiser Division History - A History of the oldest division in the Royal Motor Yacht Club   Royal Motor Yacht Club€“ Broken Bay€“ Early Motor Boats and Yachts, their Builders and Ocean Races to Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury and Pittwater  The Mail Route to Pittwater and Beyond  The Wild Coachmen of Pittwater - A Long and Sometimes Bumpy Ride on Tracks Instead of Roads  The Fearless Men of Palm Beach SLSC's Surf Boats First Crews - A Tale of Viking Ships, Butcher Boats and Robert Gow'€™s Tom Thumb 'Canoe'  Furlough House Narrabeen - Restful Sea Breezes For Children and Their Mothers  From Telegraphs to Telephones - For All Ships at Sea and Those On Land Mona Vale Training Grounds - From Lancers on Horses to Lasses on Transport Courses Fred Verrills; Builder of Bridges and Roads within Australia during WWII, Builder of Palm Beach Afterwards  Communications with Pittwater  Ferries To Pittwater A History of Pittwater - Part 4: West Head Fortress  Pittwater's Lone Rangers - 120 Years of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase and the Men of Flowers Inspired by Eccleston Du Faur  Early Pittwater Launches and Ferries Runs Avalon Beach SLSC - The First Clubhouse Avalon Beach SLSC The Second and Third Clubhouses From Beneath the Floorboards at Hyde Park Barracks Bungaree Was Flamboyant Andrew Thompson - 'Long Harry' Albert Thomas Black John Collins of Avalon Narrabeen Prawning Times - A Seasonal Tide of Returnings Oystering in the Pittwater Estuary - Oyster Kings and Pearl Kings and When Not to Harvest Oysters Yabbying In Warriewood Creeks Eeling in Warriewood's Creeks (Includes A Short History of community involvement in favour of environmental issues/campaigns in and around Narrabeen Lagoon - 1974 to present by David James OAM) Eunice Minnie Stelzer - Pittwater Matriarchs  Maria Louisa Therry - Pittwater Matriarchs Katherine Mary Roche - Pittwater Matriarchs Sarah A. Biddy Lewis and Martha Catherine Bens Pittwater Matriarchs 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 Marquise of Scotland Island  The First Boat Builders of Pittwater I: the Short Life and Long Voyages of Scotland Island Schooner the Geordy  Boat Builders of Pittwater II: from cargo schooners and coasters to sailing skiffs and motorised launches  The Currawong: Classic Yacht  The Riddles of The Spit and Bayview/Church Point: sailors, boat makers, road pavers and winning rowers  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