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  • Alan Gamble - interviewed by Shirley Page, Date unknown
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    Shirley Page. Would you like to talk about your time on Council once you got in? Which year did you get in? Alan Gamble. In December 1945. Because of the fact tha…
  • Audrey Lenning, Patricia Harris & Beryl Randall - interviewed by Donna Braye, 1 November 2000
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    Donna Braye. Perhaps you could say something about the Bradley sisters and how they…. Audrey Lenning. …..yes, well they moved to Mosman in the late 1940s from Neut…
  • Barbara Williams - interviewed by Gerald Christmas, 10 May 2006
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    Barbara Williams. On another page there is something about the Garden School, which was my first school because we lived just around the corner. It was run by the Th…
  • Barbara Williams - interviewed by Gerald Christmas, 10 May 2006
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    Barbara Williams. I remember going to that theatre – the one for the coming of Christ. The man who ran The Tivoli had something to do with it. Gerald Christmas. D…
  • Barbara Williams - interviewed by Gerald Christmas, 10 May 2006
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    Barbara Williams. I remember walking to the Spit with my mother we’d go down Parriwi Road to Ferguson’s boatshed in the afternoon where there was a fisherman named B…
  • Bertha Blackman - interviewed by Eve Klein, 15 July 2002
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    Eve Klein. So we’re talking about 1922/24. What sort of childhood did you have? Bertha Blackman. It was happy because there were so many children. Esther Road had…
  • Bertha Blackman - interviewed by Eve Klein, 15 July 2002
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    Eve Klein. Where did they go fishing? Bertha Blackman. Down at Balmoral where the Peggy’s Rocks are .. well the Peggy’s Rocks had big slits in them, so you dropped…
  • Bertha Blackman - interviewed by Eve Klein, 15 July 2002
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    Bertha Blackman. Mr Butterfield lived in The Sunshine Club opposite Joel’s boat shed, the Council built that for the poor children of Sydney that came from Balmain a…
  • Betty Alexander - interviewed by Brian Leckey, 6 February 1992
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    Betty Alexander. …the war had finished. During that time, you got mixed up with charities. You were always doing something for somebody, but it was a very awful time…
  • Betty Alexander - interviewed by Brian Leckey, 6 February 1992
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    Betty Alexander. I don’t know if the Council owned that house; I suppose they must have, or rented it. It was a very strange place on the corner there. Brian Leck…
  • Betty Alexander - interviewed by Brian Leckey, 6 February 1992
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    Brian Leckey. You mentioned last week something about Godwin’s ghost . Can you tell me about Godwin’s ghost? Betty Alexander. Not very much, never having personall…
  • Betty Alexander - interviewed by Brian Leckey, 6 February 1992
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    Brian Leckey. What do you think have been the greatest changes in Mosman in the long time that you’ve been here? Betty Alexander. Well for the worst, the traffic.…
  • Betty Alexander - interviewed by Brian Leckey, 6 February 1992
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    Betty Alexander. I remember when Norman the jeweler first opened; they came from when Mr Norman was on Avenue Road; a funny little shop that looked more like a house…
  • Betty Kennard - interviewed by Eve Klein, 5 March 2001
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    Betty Kennard. Yes it was. We were quite comfortable, we had help in the house and for some of the time we had a car. That was before The Depression. There were othe…
  • Betty Kennard - interviewed by Eve Klein, 5 March 2001
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. What other deprivations do you recall? Betty Kennard. We lived in a small house in ‘The Grove’, only two bedrooms, and my mother didn’t have a washing…
  • Betty McGlinchy - interviewed by Eve Klein, 13 August 2000
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    Eve Klein. Talking about wartime, is there anything that stands out in your mind during that time? You’re now what age? Betty McGlinchy. I’ve just turned 72. I wa…
  • Betty McGlinchy - interviewed by Eve Klein, 13 August 2000
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    Eve Klein. Where were you shopping then? Betty McGlinchy. In Mosman Junction. Eve Klein. At Mosman Junction, which is Spit Junction…? Betty McGlinchy. ….no,…
  • Betty McGlinchy - interviewed by Eve Klein, 13 August 2000
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    Betty McGlinchy. Not really no. Redan Street was fairly quiet. During the War the tanks and the army lorries used to come trundling along the street and we’d all rus…
  • Betty McGlinchy - interviewed by Eve Klein, 13 August 2000
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    Betty McGlinchy. My main social life was around the Mosman Musical Society. I started doing ballet as soon as we hit Sydney. Eve Klein. Where did you do ballet?…
  • Bob Moylan - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 5 February 2001
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    Bob Moylan. The Mosman Musical Society had been going since 1900, and that was in 1935, and they did wonderful shows. Three a year, and they had an Australia-wide re…
  • Bob Moylan - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 5 February 2001
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    I started work in 1931 shipping newspapers, I was 15 then and getting 15 shillings a week, and I managed on that and with that I was able to give my mum and dad some…
  • Brian Woolley - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 16 May 2001
    Subject:
    Sandra Blamey. Did you fish? Brian Woolley. No. I was never a fisherman person. None of us seemed to do that really. The main thing was our billy-carts and push-bi…
  • Brian Woolley - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 16 May 2001
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    Sandra Blamey. Do you remember the war years here? Brian Woolley. Yes, I remember the war years in Beauty Point, because all the street lights had guards on them.…
  • Brian Woolley - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 16 May 2001
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    Brian Woolley. During the war-times when a lot of volunteers went into the city to do the camouflage nets, I had about 50 or so of these big Huntsmen spiders, and I…
  • Brian Woolley - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 16 May 2001
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    Brian Woolley. We use to go to the cinema. Sandra Blamey. Any memorable pictures that stick with you? Brian Woolley. Well, we saw so many; we used to go to a the…
  • Brian Woolley - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 16 May 2001
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    Brian Woolley. I suppose we used to go to the Zoo, and we had rides on the elephants. They had big things on the top of them and you walked up on the elephant and yo…
  • Bruce Cormack - interviewed by Eve Klein, 4 December 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. From your point of view, do you recall any deprivation at all, during that time? Bruce Cormack. No, absolutely none. It was a great time to be in Mosma…
  • Bruce Cormack - interviewed by Eve Klein, 4 December 2000
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    Bruce Cormack. I spent a lot of time in the Mosman/Mosman. When we came back in 1942 – back to Mosman from Parkes, we were in Rickard Avenue, and there was a back g…
  • Bruce Cormack - interviewed by Eve Klein, 4 December 2000
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    Bruce Cormack. We used to do the most ridiculous hair-raising things in billy-carts on the steep hills of that part of Mosman. It was the hill that was the problem n…
  • Bruce Cormack - interviewed by Eve Klein, 4 December 2000
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    Bruce Cormack. ... but I was just going to mention a bit about the cricket. We got our first radio and we bought it from Mr. Ferris’s radio shop who was in Middle He…
  • Bruce Cormack - interviewed by Eve Klein, 4 December 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. Do you remember going to the pictures? Bruce Cormack. Oh yes I do. We went to four theatres. There was the Kinema in Mosman, which was the theatre beaut…
  • Bruce Cormack - interviewed by Eve Klein, 4 December 2000
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    Bruce Cormack. … After the Kinema, I don’t know what you call it, but just below the Fire Station in Military Road, was what used to be the Mosman RSL; and before th…
  • Charles Rosman - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 26 June 1996
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    Nancy Johnson. So your father bought a boatshed was it? Charles Rosman. No, it was a fellow that had the land here. All the land in this area was a grant by the g…
  • Charles Rosman - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 26 June 1996
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    Nancy Johnson. The ferries you started here, did they run to the city? Charles Rosman. Yes, of course, there was no bridge. I used to see four ferries in Mosman…
  • Charles Rosman - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 26 June 1996
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    Nancy Johnson. Back to your ferries. Did you build any of them out here? Charles Rosman. They were built by a man at Cronulla, near La Perouse there. I finished u…
  • Charles Rosman - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 26 June 1996
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    Charles Rosman. After the 1st World War, all the return soldiers that came back used to get deferred pay and it amounted to about a thousand pounds, or round about t…
  • Charles Rosman - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 26 June 1996
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    Charles Rosman. When I started to get sick, about six or seven years ago they sold a running fleet – three of them running, and they were often came into the bay, th…
  • Clifton Haynes - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 24 February 2004
    Subject:
    Zoe Dobson. There was a movie theatre there too. Clifton Haynes. Yes, called the Kinema – where I used to go with my parents every Saturday night and the charge f…
  • Clifton Haynes - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 24 February 2004
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    There was another theatre, the Anzac Hall which is still there today and it had several name changes, the last one being The Rex. So we had three theatres in Mosman…
  • Clifton Haynes - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 24 February 2004
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    Clifton Haynes. After the war I won a scholarship from the Sydney Conservatorium for singing and while I was there I appeared in several productions of scenes from o…
  • Clifton Haynes - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 24 February 2004
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    Zoe Dobson. You were with the musical society at its vintage time? Clifton Haynes. Yes – from say the 1940s to the early 1970s and it was then when the Mosman Musi…
  • Clifton Haynes - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 24 February 2004
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    Clifton Haynes. I remember the Amphitheatre well as a child. I remember when it was built and I have a picture of that. It was built by the Theosophists and these pe…
  • Dallas Dyson - interviewed by Eve Klein, 6 August 2001
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    Eve Klein. Now we’re talking about the 1930s and you were then about 12 years old. Did it affect your schooling? Dallas Dyson. Yes. Eve Klein. In which way? Da…
  • Dallas Dyson - interviewed by Eve Klein, 6 August 2001
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    Eve Klein. Prior to that time what were houses mainly built from? What materials was he using? Dallas Dyson. Oh in Mosman – bricks. It was an ordinance in Mosman C…
  • Dr and Mrs Dwyer - interviewed by Eve Klein, 30 November 2000
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    Dr. Dwyer. I was born in Mosman in Simpson Street, near Whiting Beach Road. at the bottom end of the Zoo. My recall was, as a young boy – a young fellow just getting…
  • Dr and Mrs Dwyer - interviewed by Eve Klein, 30 November 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. And you as a child went to school in this area? Mrs. Dwyer. There was a little school in Bradleys Head Road called Orana, a private primary school. It…
  • Dr and Mrs Dwyer - interviewed by Eve Klein, 30 November 2000
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    Dr. Dwyer. We went for this approach of building a house on a vacant block, rather than buying a house that had already been occupied by someone else, simply because…
  • Dr and Mrs Dwyer - interviewed by Eve Klein, 30 November 2000
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    Eve Klein. You were talking about the Amphitheatre; where was that located? Mrs. Dwyer. At the northern end of Balmoral until it was replaced, post-war with that…
  • Dr and Mrs Dwyer - interviewed by Eve Klein, 30 November 2000
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    Mrs Dwyer. There was no library. There were two ladies – about University age perhaps, very dedicated who lent out some books. Eve Klein. Who owned something?…
  • E. Abercrombie, with Madge Dwyer - interviewed by Eve Klein, 1 February 2001
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    Mrs. Abercrombie. Another thing I thought of, when I was coming home from town one day – it was very close to Christmas. Eve Klein. When would this have been?…
  • Estelle Clancy - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 21 March 2001
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    Estelle Clancy. We did well, but then we didn’t know anything else either. If you got a plain biscuit, you were more than happy. I can remember when Kellogg’s Cornfl…
  • Estelle Clancy - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 21 March 2001
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    Sandra Blamey. How did you meet John? Estelle Clancy. We were both invited to the party of a man called Jim Ferguson. I wasn’t first on the list by a long shot, I…
  • Estelle Clancy - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 21 March 2001
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    Estelle Clancy. We’re talking now about 10 Clifford Street. Each of the houses in the street had tennis courts. It was a big backyard when they eventually – of cours…
  • Garrie Felsted Wells - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 24th July 2003
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    Garrie Felsted Wells. Yes, I think I was very aware that most of my school friends’ parents owned their own house whereas we rented so I felt that they were definite…
  • Gretchen Dechert - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 15 August 2005
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    Gretchen Dechert. After that I went to the St Hilda’s Church of England Grammar School up near the Zoo. That school was started by the four Sisters of Tippy Arnold w…
  • Gretchen Dechert - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 15 August 2005
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    Gretchen Dechert. Yes I went to Balmoral a lot, that’s where I learnt to swim. When I was a little girl my father threw me in off the end of the wharf and dived in a…
  • Gretchen Dechert - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 15 August 2005
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    Gretchen Dechert. Oh yes, and I remember the Star of the East, the Amphitheatre. That was when Christ was to walk through the Heads. We were overseas so I didn’t see…
  • Gretchen Dechert - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 15 August 2005
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    Gretchen Dechert. I also remember the day the bridge was opened. My father had seats and we sat right in the front row. He didn’t want to go, he stayed at home and l…
  • Hazel Maclean - interviewed by Yolande Pierce, 31 January 1989
    Subject:
    Yolande Pierce. Well I guess around here there weren’t too many…. Hazel Maclean. ….well there was nothing. When I was living here as a child, there was nothing wha…
  • Hazel Maclean - interviewed by Yolande Pierce, 31 January 1989
    Subject:
    Yolande Pierce. Well during the Depression, did life dramatically change for your family? Hazel Maclean. Well, it changed rather dramatically for me. We had a rea…
  • Hazel Maclean - interviewed by Yolande Pierce, 31 January 1989
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    Hazel Maclean. And talking about the dairies, when we were kids we always had a Collie dog, you’ve seen those photos. You see the gate there – well two steps down, t…
  • Hazel Maclean - interviewed by Yolande Pierce, 31 January 1989
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    Yolande Pierce. Do you remember the Theosophist Temple down at Balmoral Beach in its heyday? Hazel Maclean. Oh yes. In its heyday. Yolande Pierce. I believe the…
  • Hazel Maclean - interviewed by Yolande Pierce, 31 January 1989
    Subject:
    Hazel Maclean. Oh, we had so many theatres to go to in those days – local theatres. Between Crows Nest and Manly we had 13 theatres that we could go to in that area…
  • Irene Kertez - interviewed by Eve Klein, 8 November 2000
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    Irene Kertez. They came to me, but I said in Botany I can’t teach, they had children and in-laws etc, etc, and we had one room. He said: ‘That’s not a problem, I fin…
  • Jean Hill - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 14 April 2003
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    Rosemary Christmas. So you three girls would play games? Jean Hill. We played a lot of tennis because people had courts. I started tennis first at St Hilda’s when…
  • Jean Hill - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 14 April 2003
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    Rosemary Christmas. Would you drive into the city? Jean Hill. No, we went by the Zoo ferry, which I’m very fond of actually having travelled on it for years. My fa…
  • Jean Hill - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 14 April 2003
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    Rosemary Christmas. Were you happy to do law, you didn’t have any other ideas? In a way law was prepared for you. Jean Hill. Yes it was. I used to work in the off…
  • Jill Edwards - interviewed by Gerard Christmas, 28 August 2002
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    Sirius Cove and how it has changed, because it was a dump and there was a big storm water pipe that ran right down beside the track. ‘We’ll meet you down at the pipe…
  • John Carruthers - interviewed by Trish Levido, 15 February 2006
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    John Carruthers. He bought the residue of the land from the association after they ran out of steam, they didn’t sell the last two houses on the eastern side…. Tri…
  • John Carruthers - interviewed by Trish Levido, 15 February 2006
    Subject:
    Trish Levido. So you didn’t get to go on the tugboat because Violet actually said that she had been on the tugboat. Now Hazel McLain had some connections with the Me…
  • John Carruthers - interviewed by Trish Levido, 15 February 2006
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    John Carruthers. No one I knew had a bicycle, but billy carts, yes. Trish Levido. There was something in the wheels of the billy carts that was valuable. John…
  • John Dansie - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 7 March 2002
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    Susan Kelly. Can you tell me about some of your early childhood experiences, using this area as a playground and what you remember? John Dansie. Yes this headland…
  • John Dansie - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 7 March 2002
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    John Dansie. As I’ve told you Sue, in the park there are some old sandstone steps. There are two sections – the bush or the park – there’s three and a half acres the…
  • John Dansie - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 7 March 2002
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    Susan Kelly. How do you remember the head of Sirius Cove yourself? John Dansie. It was a rubbish tip where all sorts of rubbish were dumped. In those days bricks,…
  • John Dansie - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 7 March 2002
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    John Dansie. In the lower part of the Curraghbeena Park, or the bottom bush, as we used to call it, between the road and the high water mark, there is one area where…
  • John Dansie - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 7th March 2002
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    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 pictu…
  • John Schenker - interviewed by Eve Klein, 13 December 2000
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    Eve Klein. We were just talking about trading hours during the 1940s, and the fact that a mixed business and a milk bar could open on a Saturday and a Sunday in the…
  • John Schenker - interviewed by Eve Klein, 13 December 2000
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    Eve Klein. What was the swimming instruction like? John Schenker. That was outside school, it had nothing to do with school. Eve Klein. You didn’t go swimming…
  • John Steel - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 10 May 2000
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    John Steel. My grandfather arrived in Mosman in 1891 and set up what was Mosman’s first grocery store. It was really a general store, and it became the oldest establ…
  • John Steel - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 10 May 2000
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    John Steel. …and of course, you had a ferry service in those days, although there was no tram service at that time going down to Mosman Bay. He tells me he used to h…
  • John Steel - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 10 May 2000
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    John Steel. But I do remember that in the period just before, and after, The Second World War there was a large amount of shops along Military Road. They really had…
  • John Steel - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 10 May 2000
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    John Steel. My memories of the war years were building an air-raid shelter. We built an air-raid shelter and actually used it twice. Rosemary Christmas. Where was…
  • John Steel - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 10 May 2000
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    John Steel. Well this is really during the war years. I remember, we were talking about Balmoral beach earlier on. I remember Balmoral was completely wired against t…
  • John Suhan - interviewed by Trish Levido, 27 July 1981
    Subject:
    Trish Levido. What did you do growing up in Mosman? What would you say were the highlights? John Suhan. I was one of those people who had a crack at everything, no…
  • John Suhan - interviewed by Trish Levido, 27 July 1981
    Subject:
    Trish Levido. What was your favourite childhood occupation? John Suhan. I think I was torn between the lures of Hollywood at the Mosman Kinema Theatre. I can remem…
  • John Suhan - interviewed by Trish Levido, 27 July 1981
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    John Suhan. The other attraction in those days was grade cricket. I thought they were heroes, and of course, we did have people like Stan McCabe playing for Mosman,…
  • John Suhan - interviewed by Trish Levido, 27 July 1981
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    Trish Levido. What would you say that you played with most? John Suhan. I was very lucky living in Clanalpine Street, within 100 yards it surrounded Sirius Cove, w…
  • John Suhan - interviewed by Trish Levido, 27 July 1981
    Subject:
    Trish Levido. Mosman shopping? John Suhan. Yes, I can remember when G.J. Coles put up a very big department store, which is now gone – it was about opposite the K…
  • John Wilmot Roberts - interviewed by Trish Levido, 15 December 2005
    Subject:
    Trish Levido. Do you remember going to the cinema? John Roberts. Oh yes, the two cinemas, one was the Kinema and the other one was the Australian, which is on the…
  • John Wilmot Roberts - interviewed by Trish Levido, 15 December 2005
    Subject:
    Trish Levido. What businesses do you remember in Mosman? John Roberts. On the corner of Clifford Street and Spit Road opposite the Australian Theatre was Crossman’…
  • John Wilmot Roberts - interviewed by Trish Levido, 15 December 2005
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    John Roberts. They were down at Balmoral, Mrs Tilly’s and then later, on the corner of Mandolong Road and The Esplanade Mr Ford set up a business there, then furthe…
  • John Wilmot Roberts - interviewed by Trish Levido, 15 December 2005
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    Trish Levido. What year was this? John Roberts. Around about 1951, I was 32; I think my first born was just a baby. Trish Levido. What did you have to give up t…
  • John Wilmot Roberts - interviewed by Trish Levido, 15 December 2005
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    John Roberts. Yes, quaint old days and there’s something documented in books about Balmoral – the Amphitheatre played a small part in my youth. After the Theosoph…
  • Joyce Robinson - interviewed by Eve Klein, 24 April 2001
    Subject:
    Joyce Robinson. I can just remember the bad flu that was in 1919, just after we moved back here. My aunt and her family were living in the house next door to us. My…
  • Joyce Robinson - interviewed by Eve Klein, 24 April 2001
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. We’re just talking about Woolworth’s and how Mrs. Robinson saved money in those days. Joyce Robinson. It cost 3d on the ferry, and I’d get the tram to…
  • Julie Kerner - interviewed by Eve Klein, 7 February 2001
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. What brought you to Mosman? Julie Kerner. We met a gentleman on our passage from England to here. He was a Swiss Consul, and he gathered up all the youn…
  • Julie Kerner - interviewed by Eve Klein, 7 February 2001
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. So how long did you work as a milliner in the city? Julie Kerner. The city job – I was so unhappy in the city working there under pretty awful condition…
  • Julie Kerner - interviewed by Eve Klein, 7 February 2001
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    Julie Kerner. …but what was the most interesting part of it – in those days the refugees weren’t allowed to go into town in anyway they liked. They had to inform the…
  • Julie Kerner - interviewed by Eve Klein, 7 February 2001
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    Julie Kerner. My business – well that’s quite interesting. I stopped of course, this selling hats in the other shop. It was in Middle Head Road and I said to the lad…
  • Julie Kerner - interviewed by Eve Klein, 7 February 2001
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    Eve Klein. Looking back on life at that time what other differences were there in behaviour, mentality and so on that you found when you came in the first years to A…
  • Julie Kerner - interviewed by Eve Klein, 7 February 2001
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    Eve Klein. What did you do in the early days for entertainment? What did you do for music because you loved music so much? Julie Kerner. Well we had the ABC of cou…
  • Lola Toohey - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 28th November 2005
    Subject:
    Lola Toohey. Because of the real estate situation being so unfavourable he bought a general business at 525 Military Road which was called McGregor’s and had for a l…
  • Louise Crisp - interviewed by Eve Klein, 14 August 2000
    Subject:
    Louise Crisp. The other thing I remember was a lovely old Chinese man who used to bring ginger and he had a dray, which he pulled himself, filled with pots of ginger…
  • Louise Crisp - interviewed by Eve Klein, 14 August 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. Can you recall the differences, say in the 50s, to your first recollections of Mosman? What would have developed? Louise Crisp. Things were very easy i…
  • Louise Crisp - interviewed by Eve Klein, 14 August 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. Do you recall the war at all? Louise Crisp. I do, I was a little girl at school and I remember the teachers talking about it to us, and my parents spea…
  • Louise Crisp - interviewed by Eve Klein, 14 August 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. What sort of dangers, or worries were you warned about when you were a child? Anything to do with snakes or spiders, or people? Louise Crisp. Only if p…
  • Margaret Broadfoot and Ken Hooton - interviewed by Trish Levido, 5 March 2008
    Subject:
    Ken Hooton. The other neighbour was Juilette, Maurice, Henry, and Pierre, French people. They were in Prince Albert St, but they adjoined us. Henry was my age so I s…
  • Margaret Ewart and Garland Churcher - interviewed by Eve Klein, 27 December 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. She’s just going to comment on the life in Mosman during the war. Garland Churcher. Well it was busy with war things. Masses of canteens were opened, b…
  • Margaret Ewart and Garland Churcher - interviewed by Eve Klein, 27 December 2000
    Subject:
    Margaret Ewart. Well it was our beautiful sand dunes. To spoil it with that cement structure was shocking. The same as we hated when they built that monstrosity ther…
  • Margaret Joan Holmes - interviewed by Margaret Holgate, 17 November 2000
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    Margaret Holmes. The other thing was the influx of the refugees from Hitler that came to Mosman during the 1930s. Margaret Holgate. What dates would that be? M…
  • Margaret Joan Holmes - interviewed by Margaret Holgate, 17 November 2000
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    Margaret Holgate. Could you tell me a bit more about how it was in Mosman during the war generally? Margaret Holmes. Once the Japanese threat came, we had to prep…
  • Margaret Joan Holmes - interviewed by Margaret Holgate, 17 November 2000
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    Margaret Holmes. A small grocer’s shop – there weren’t any Supermarkets whatsoever. Margaret Holgate. Were there many grocery shops in Mosman, or only two or thr…
  • Marion Harding - interviewed by Marlene Reid, 20 July 1998
    Subject:
    Marlene Reid. How did you become involved in business? Marion Harding. I didn’t become involved in the business until many years later. It’s rather interesting ho…
  • Marion Harding - interviewed by Marlene Reid, 20 July 1998
    Subject:
    Marlene Reid. Were some of the people that were in business in Mosman at that time, similar to any of the people that are there now? Marion Harding. Lopez, the gr…
  • Mary McKenna - interviewed by Eve Klein, 28 February 2001
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. Could you describe the walks your father took you on when a child. Mary McKenna. He would say that we’d go to so and so for afternoon tea this afternoon…
  • Miss Jessie Hutchinson and the Sydney Nursery School, Belmont Road Mosman - interviewed by Trish Levido, 10 December 2009
    Subject:
    Trish Levido. Robert, am I correct in saying that your great uncle was a Doctor Doak? Robert Hall. Yes, my great grandfather. Trish Levido. He was your great gr…
  • Nancy Phelan - interviewed by [talk at Mosman Library], 28 June 1990
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    It’s a very strange experience for me because people keep coming up and saying, ‘do you remember me I was at school with you’. But actually our family connections go…
  • Nancy Phelan - interviewed by [talk at Mosman Library], 28 June 1990
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    That was one of the frightening things in my childhood, but of course Parriwi Road itself was a rather perilous place because every time it rained we used to have a…
  • Nancy Phelan - interviewed by [talk at Mosman Library], 28 June 1990
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    Beauty Point was just bush. There was a dairy there, and the milk used to come to the diary at dawn in a cart in those great big metal cans and you put out the billy…
  • Nancy Phelan - interviewed by [talk at Mosman Library], 28 June 1990
    Subject:
    And then there were some people who used to come and spend the day outside our front gate, they were a family and perfectly well behaved there was nothing weird abou…
  • Nancy Phelan - interviewed by [talk at Mosman Library], 28 June 1990
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    As I say there was no road down to Chinamen’s Beach, there wasn’t even a footpath, you just sort of went down and crawled up and then later on they cut a big slice o…
  • Nancy Phelan - interviewed by [talk at Mosman Library], 28 June 1990
    Subject:
    Then of course, you see, we had two grandmothers living in Mosman and masses of cousins and uncles and very peculiar aunts. I might tell you that I’m happy to say th…
  • Nancy Phelan - interviewed by [talk at Mosman Library], 28 June 1990
    Subject:
    …but as I got a bit older I began to become a little restless and I began to realise there was another side to life in Mosman, another character of Mosman. Now th…
  • Pat Gardiner and Laurie Huby - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 21 May 2007
    Subject:
    Laurie Huby. I’ll start from Edward’s Bay Road, which was in McAdam Road. It became concreted over time. My father, whilst we were living there decided to have built…
  • Patricia Ann Rae Dale - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 14 October 2002
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    Patricia Dale. We spent a great deal of time in the bush being right opposite the Zoo . My elder brothers tell stories about how they used to climb over the Zoo wall…
  • Patricia Ann Rae Dale - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 14 October 2002
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    Susan Kelly. How did the war change your experiences as a child? Patricia Dale. I can remember the soldiers being camped between us and the Zoo and the searchlight…
  • Patricia Ann Rae Dale - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 14 October 2002
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    Susan Kelly. Your memories of your early school days in Infant and Primary School? Patricia Dale. In those days the Primary School was down where it is now in Belm…
  • Patricia Ann Rae Dale - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 14 October 2002
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    Susan Kelly. Did you travel by bicycle? Patricia Dale. I never had a bicycle, I’m not sure whether the older ones did, or not, it was either walking or the tram. M…
  • Patricia Ann Rae Dale - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 14 October 2002
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    Susan Kelly. You mentioned delivery of goods by horse and cart. Patricia Dale. Oh yes I remember that vividly. The bread and of course milk came with a horse and…
  • Patricia Beaumont - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 28 March 2001
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    Rosemary Christmas. Do you remember the war years? Did that affect you at all? Patricia Beaumont. Yes, the Second World War, well yes. Rather a strange thing happ…
  • Patricia Beaumont - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 28 March 2001
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    Rosemary Christmas. When you were a girl, what do you remember about going to the beach perhaps? Patricia Beaumont. Yes, we went to the beach. I wasn’t able to st…
  • Paul Metzler - interviewed by Donna Braye, 18 February 2000
    Subject:
    Paul Metzler. Where we lived, so you can get a picture of the street outside, was in Prince Albert Street on the corner of Lennox Street. As far as I was concerned,…
  • Paul Metzler - interviewed by Donna Braye, 18 February 2000
    Subject:
    Donna Braye. Did you go to school in Mosman? Paul Metzler. My sister went to school at Miss Yarnold’s. My sister was two years old than I. She went to Miss Yarnol…
  • Paul Metzler - interviewed by Donna Braye, 18 February 2000
    Subject:
    Paul Metzler. …..but he may have made quite a lot from investments, because those wool buyers, I wouldn’t say young wool buyers, but they’d be early middle-age, they…
  • Paul Metzler - interviewed by Donna Braye, 18 February 2000
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    Paul Metzler. Oh yes – we all walked in those days. Except you didn’t walk up to shops, the shopkeepers delivered. Donna Braye. Really? In horse and cart? Paul…
  • Richard Neville Hughes - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 24 July 1996
    Subject:
    And then there was the ice cream man in later years came down, and he had what was like was like a Roman chariot, he had a chariot seat it was only about this long…
  • Richard Neville Hughes - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 24 July 1996
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    Neville Hughes. … And of course there was the Cremorne pictures – old Mr. Lane, who lived in Avenue Road down on the left-hand side, near about opposite where Keston…
  • Richard Neville Hughes - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 24 July 1996
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    Nancy Johnson. How did you get in and out of the city when you went to work? Neville Hughes. From Holt Avenue, Dad and I used to walk down what we called the gully…
  • Sylvia MacCormick - interviewed by Trish Levido, 9 January 2008
    Subject:
    Trish Levido. Now did you ever see the lady living in the cave down at Rosherville Reserve? Silvia MacCormick. Oh yes that character. Yes Al and I became quite fr…
  • Ted Pethebridge - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 6 March 2001
    Subject:
    Sandra Blamey. What did your father do for a living? Ted Pethebridge. My father started off as a shipwright, and during the Depression of course he was out of wo…
  • Ted Pethebridge - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 6 March 2001
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    Ted Pethebridge. There were several kids in the neighbourhood, and we used to play our cricket, because the roads weren’t built then, there were a lot of asphalt roa…
  • Ted Pethebridge - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 6 March 2001
    Subject:
    Sandra Blamey. Do you remember anything in particular about school days? Did you enjoy school? Ted Pethebridge. Oh yes. School days were very good, I had a lot of…
  • Ted Pethebridge - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 6 March 2001
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    Sandra Blamey. You mentioned the Musical Society. Ted Pethebridge. They were a great society. They put on beautiful shows over at Mosman there, and to see one of…
  • Ted Pethebridge - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 6 March 2001
    Subject:
    Sandra Blamey. You mentioned the war years and being in service. Ted Pethebridge. I was in the Infantry in the services – I became a Sergeant. Sandra Blamey. Di…
  • Terry Forrest - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 16 October 2003
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    Terry Forrest. In 1937 my father who was involved in the meat business ostensibly, purchased a shop at number 6 Spit Road Mosman. We moved from Vaucluse to come and…
  • Terry Forrest - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 16 October 2003
    Subject: ,
    Terry Forrest. When I mentioned the change of number of the house – that was because Bay Street stopped well short of Pickle Road, it was then extended subsequent to…
  • Terry Forrest - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 16 October 2003
    Subject:
    Terry Forrest. The other thing was, that after they built the road and that beautiful storm water drain, it ran down alongside my friend’s place, Terry Burrough who…
  • Terry Forrest - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 16 October 2003
    Subject:
    Terry Forrest. In 1943 there was a big change in the hierarchy of Mosman because a Priest came there called Father Cusack who changed the scenery a little bit. Anybo…
  • Terry Forrest - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 16 October 2003
    Subject:
    Terry Forrest. Yes I was a child at that time. I used to ride my bike down from Beauty Point to the Spit, but it was always easy to come home because all you had to…
  • Terry Forrest - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 16 October 2003
    Subject: ,
    Zoe Dobson. A strong sense of community. Terry Forrest. I think that has always existed in Mosman because of its boundaries are almost all water and I think that…
  • Thelma Afford - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 14 August 1996
    Subject: ,
    Thelma Afford. I trained as an art teacher, only in art that is in Adelaide I trained. Then I got 12 months off and went to Melbourne and then became involved with a…
  • Thelma Afford - interviewed by Nancy Johnson, 14 August 1996
    Subject:
    Thelma Afford. Max died 40 years ago. Things just happened some how or other. I was always lucky, when I was worried about anything or something, it would happen. Qu…
  • Valerie Lhuede - interviewed by Trish Levido, 6th November 2009
    Subject:
    Valerie Lhuede. We moved – getting to the Pearl Bay Estate, dad had bought the Pearl Bay Estate in the 30s and had an auction sale in the whole area including waterf…
  • Violet Peters (nee Philips) - interviewed by Trish Levido, 12 September 2006
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    Trish Levido. You are of particular interest to the library because you grew up in what we call the soldier settlement. What do you remember and what was the address…
  • Violet Peters (nee Philips) - interviewed by Trish Levido, 12 September 2006
    Subject:
    Trish Levido. …tell me about the man that lived in a cave. Violet Peters. I remember seeing him walking up the big central avenue. He had a long beard and a big t…