Mosman Voices: Oral Histories Online

Feature interview

Citizen of the Year for 2014 John Dansie is a true Mosmanite. Born in the local Mena Hospital he shares some wonderful memories of living and growing up in the picturesque harbourside suburb. John’s pride in and love of Mosman is apparent as he tells of finding an old mattress, some fence palings and his attempt to row across the shark infested Sirius Cove; he describes the sandstone cave he and his mates used as a cubby house; he recalls catching Yellow Tail from the Musgrave Street Wharf, playing cricket and the all important social event the Empire Day bonfires.

John also describes rediscovering the hand hewn steps carved out of the sandstone in Curraghbeena Park which had been used by the artists who frequented the Sirius Cove artists’ camp across the bay.

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Since the mid-1980s Mosman Library has maintained an oral history program as part of an ongoing commitment to the documentation and preservation of the history of Mosman. The aim is to collect the recollections of those who live, work or attend school in Mosman both now and in the past. more

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