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Mosman Memories of Your Street

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Do you have a story to tell about a street in Mosman? Do you want to share your memories?

The Mosman Memories project aims to capture the memories of the streets of Mosman from both past and present residents.

The street may be the one where you live or where you, your grandparents or a friend have lived.

This is an online project but if you do not have access to a computer you may submit your story in writing and we will place it on the web.

All submissions must include full name and contact details. When the story is placed on the web, you may choose to remain anonymous, or use a nickname, initials or your full name.

For more information, and to submit your stories or photographs, visit Mosman Memories or contact the Local Studies Librarian by email or phone 9978 4090 / 4091.

Recent Mosman Memories

  • Margaret Drake's memories of 16 Hunter Road Mosman 03 July 2017

    Margaret Drake's memories of 16 Hunter Road Mosman

    In 1963, married with children, we built the small, modern ‘Safari’ house on a redundant tennis court at 16 Hunter Road, Balmoral – (pic enclosed). (It was opposite the back entrance to the old green ‘Queenwood’ building which then, took boarders as well as day girls). Designed by Nino Sydney for lend lease, it was so functional – based on the Roman design of a square villa surrounding an atrium – in this case a central bathroom with a domed ceiling and a fan. A bit startling then, among Californian bungalows! Now the house has a vanished under a makeover. (LL only built ten – concreting too expensive.)

    It was a great spot there for children to grow up, a few doors from Hunter Park, thence to the beach, the ‘Island’ and swim lessons at the baths. As they grew up my sons and friends had summer jobs with Bob Walton at the Boatshed and Mischa’s milk bar in the Bathers Pavilion. Younger ones would scour the beach for empty soft drink bottles and pocket the rebates at the shop on the corner of Mandalong Road.

    Local children attended Balmoral Infants, Mosman Primary and High Schools and had a fine education.

  • Development of businesses in Cabramatta Road, Mosman 25 January 2017

    Local businessman Ian Jones, through meticulous research, has documented the development of businesses in Cabramatta Road Mosman. The properties include 36, 38 and 40 Cabramatta Road as well as 31-31A and 33-35 Cabramatta Road Mosman. The detailed appendix on this area of Mosman’s early development is not included in this online version but is easily accessible in our vertical files in the Local Studies section of the Barry O’Keefe Library.

    A Crown Grant of 20 acres of land was made to Charles Nathan (one of the first anaethetists who worked at the Sydney Infirmary) at on 5th December , 1853. This grant was later transferred to Richard Hayes Harnett Senior of Sydney which became Title Deed Vol 904 Fol 59 (previous title ref being Vol 596 Fol 53,54 & 61 and Vol 894 Fol 15) on 27th November, 1888 . The transfers were no 141420 (from Christiana Eliza Hayes Harnett junior) and 141421 (from Richard Hayes Harnett Junior). A power of attorney from Richard Hayes Harnett senior was given to James Lindsay Ballantyne and Richard Hayes Harnett junior on 9th July, 1888 and entered on Title Vol 904 Fol 59 on 11th June, 1889. Transfer (no 254571) dated 27th June, 1896 transferred the title to James Lindsay Ballantyne, a bank inspector of Melbourne and Harnett Jnr’s brother in law & business partner, and Richard Hayes Harnett Junior, a mercantile broker of Sydney. Note that Richard Hayes Harnett junior became the first Mayor of Mosman in 1893.

    This estate was subject to a subdivision sale on Saturday 28th March, 1896. The specific sales from this subdivision were as follows –

    Lot 1 of Section A in DP 3272 was the original title reference for the land that became 36, 38 & 40 Cabramatta Road, Mosman. The initial owner of the Lot appears to have built the property at 40 Cabramatta Road in 1903/5 and 1905/06 may have built the properties at 36 & 38 Cabramatta Road.

    40 Cabramatta – Lot 1 of Section A DP 3272 was sold to Anders Ostman, a carpenter of Mosman in transfer 330327 (70 pounds now $16,034) on 15th September, 1901. Mr Ostman was born in Finland in 1852. His father Anders Gustave Ostman was a ship builder. In 1884 Anders married Louisa Harrison in Sydney. He died, aged 82, at Manly Hospital on 21/9/1934. They had three children Ethel A. (born 1885), Hilma L. (born 1888) and Ernest A. (born 1890).
    Subsequently the property was registered on title vol 1377 Fol 11 on 16th October, 1901. Lot 1 included the properties now known as 36, 38 & 40 Cabramatta Road. Mr Ostman took out a mortgage (372555) of 400 pounds (now $84,298) from the Savings Bank of NSW on 14th October, 1903 with a further mortgage (420419) of 655 pounds (now $143,850) from same bank on 30th November, 1905. Mr Ostman sold the property for 1,350 pounds (now $296,484) to Mrs Elizabeth Lumley (known as Liley) (transfer 435102), wife of Mr Walter Lumley (known as Wattie) , a butcher of Mosman on 26th June, 1906.

    Mr Walter Lumley (son of John Stephen Lumley a carpenter and Lydia King) was born in Lismore, NSW in 1863. He married Elizabeth Davis (daughter of John Davis a farmer and Elizabeth Dainty) who was born in 1863 in Lambton, NSW on 26th September, 1898 in Lismore. Walter was a butcher and Elizabeth a domestic servant.

    Mrs Lumley leased the premises (shop & residence), then known as 36 Cabramatta Road, (ref B240111) to Mr Ernest Theophilius Thomas, a butcher of Mosman on 22nd May, 1925. Mr Lumley noted as a butcher of Coogee. The lease was for three years at 182 pounds pa (now $11,892) for the shop, premises, ice house and landlord’s fixtures. A further lease (ref F268085) was issued on 12th May, 1950 to Brian Joseph Anschau, a butcher of Mosman, for the butcher’s shop and residence known as 40 Cabramatta Road. On 17th August, 1959 Mrs Lumley leased (ref H358536) the butcher’s shop, dwelling and garage to Mr Fred Lamb, an investor from 28 Cabramatta Road, Mosman. Mr Lumley is noted as gentleman of Sydney and formerly a butcher from Mosman. The lease was for three years at 208 pounds pa (now $1,873) with a premium payable of 312 pounds (now $2,810) upon signing of lease. The premises became known as Lamb the Butcher.

    After Mrs Lumley passed away her sons Wilfred Powell Lumley, bank officer of Willoughby, and Arthur Guy Lumley, a dental surgeon from Bellevue Hill, became the proprietors on 6th December, 1966 (section 94 application K508609). Then on 28th October, 1968 the property was transferred (ref L351149) to Lumley’s Pty Ltd. The Lumley family then decided to sell Lot 1 and subdivided the land into three titles on 14th June, 1972. The titles being Vol 11854 Fol 242 (40 Cabramatta Road), Vol 11854 Fol 241 (38 Cabramatta Road) and Vol 11854 Fol 240 (36 Cabramatta Road). On 2nd November, 1972 Lumley’s Pty Ltd sold (ref M975166) the property at 38 Cabramatta Road (Mrs Gladys Evelyn Martin) for $18,000 (now $36,754).

    Lumley’s Pty Ltd transferred (ref N940549 for $30,000 (now $38,675) 40 Cabramatta Road to Broe Investments Pty Ltd on 16th July, 1974. Broe Investments Pty Ltd was owned by Michael & Janice Broe who operated the Warringah Animal Hospital. The property was still used as a butcher’s shop. On 31st July, 1974 Mr Michael Broe’s application to change the use of the property from a butcher’s shop to a veterinary hospital was refused by Mosman Council. A lease (ref T328427) was granted to Mr Peter Lamb on 30th November, 1982. Broe Investments sold the property to Contano Pty Ltd (interests of Mr Peter Lamb) (ref W137546 for $140,000 (now $18,870). On 22nd January 1986. Mr Peter Lamb then sold, for $218,000 (now $24,941) to John & Margaret McKinley through their company Macmar & Co Pty Ltd (ref W842002 dated 26/3/1987) on 24th April, 1987. Peter Lamb moved to Longbeach on the Gold Coast where he was involved in real estate.
    After lodging DA 278/87 on 8th September, 1987 to redevelop the property into an art gallery there was a lot of opposition to the DA until a compromise design was approved on 22nd June, 1988. The McKinleys carried out extensive renovations and converted the building to an art gallery and framing business but retained the upstairs residence. The business, known as the Duke of Wellington, was opened by Alderman Dom Lopez (Mayor of Mosman 1976-1977 & 1986-1987) on 2nd December, 1988.

    Title converted to ref 3/555076 on 26th July, 1988. Finally sold to the current owners Robbie & Ian Jones through Ffocus Nominees Pty Ltd) on 25th July, 1997. The building became known as Ffocus House where they operated an art materials and framing shop with an art school (Ffocus Arts) and Ian runs his chartered accounting business. Ffocus Arts closed its shop & framing business in 2005 and concentrated on the art school (which commenced in 1981).

    Details extracted from Sands Postal Directories from 1897 to 1933 –

    Property not numbered until 1912 when it was known at 36 Cabramatta Road. Number changed to 40 in 1928.

    1905 – Andrew Ostman – grocer – owner
    1906 – Mrs A. McKay – grocer
    1907 – Mr Wilfred Lumley – butcher – husband of owner
    1908 – Mr T. Collins – butcher
    1909 – Condie Brothers – butcher
    1910 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1911 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1912 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1913 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1914 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1915 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1916 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1917 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1918 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1919 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1920 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1921 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1922 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1923 – Mr W. Bell – butcher
    1924 – Mr R. Mulharn – butcher
    1925 – Mr W.A. Christian – butcher
    1926 – Mr E. Thomas – butcher
    1927 – Mr E. Thomas – butcher
    1928 – Mr C. Lillington – butcher
    1929 – Mr C. Lillington – butcher
    1930 – Mr C. Lillington – butcher
    1931 – Mr C. Lillington – butcher
    1932-33 – A. Smith – butcher

    Mr Andrew Ostman lived at the following addresses –

    1899 to 1901 – 38 Argyle Place, Sydney
    1902 to 1903 – in Prince Street, Mosman , north side between Bardwell and Cardinal Streets at “East Lynne”
    1904 – in Ourimbah road, Mosman near Roseberry Street.
    1905 – in Cabramatta Road, Mosman
    1907 to 1912 – in “Nareema” west side of Cremorne Road, Neutral Bay, between Division Street and Robertson’s Point
    1932/33 – shown at Grandview Cr, Seaforth

    Mr Walter Lumley lived at the following addresses –

    1905 to 1906 – at 236 West Street, North Sydney
    1907 – in Cabramatta Road, Mosman
    1910 – at 236 West Street, North Sydney
    1911 to 1925 – at 81 Burnie Street, Little Coogee
    1925 to 1933 – at 383 Clovelly Road, Clovelly

    38 Cabramatta – Being part of Lot 1 of Section A DP 3272 which was sold to Anders Ostman, a carpenter of Mosman in transfer 330327 on 15th September, 1901. Subsequently registered on title vol 1377 Fol 11 on 16th October, 1901.
    Mr Ostman sold the property for 1,350 pounds ($2,700) to Mrs Elizabeth Lumley (transfer 435102), wife of Mr Walter Lumley, a butcher of Mosman on 26th June, 1906. Mrs Lumley leased the premises (shop & residence), then known as 34 Cabramatta Road, to various people (see list below) for use as a general store.
    After Mrs Lumley passed away her sons Wilfred Powell Lumley, bank officer of Willoughby, and Arthur Guy Lumley, a dental surgeon from Bellevue Hill, became the proprietors on 6th December, 1966 (section 94 application K508609). Then on 28th October, 1968 the property was transferred (ref L351149) to Lumley’s Pty Ltd.

    The Lumley family then decided to sell Lot 1 and subdivided the land into three titles on 14th June, 1972. The titles being Vol 11854 Fol 242 (40 Cabramatta Road), Vol 11854 Fol 241 (38 Cabramatta Road) and Vol 11854 Fol 240 (36 Cabramatta Road). On 2nd November, 1972 Lumley’s Pty Ltd sold (ref M975166) the property at 38 Cabramatta Road to Mrs Gladys Evelyn Martin for $18,000 (now $36,754).

    Mrs Martin then sold (ref W802694) to Mr Terence (Terry) Ludgate (a company director) & his wife Beryl Anne Ludgate (of 34 Honiton Avenue, Carlingford) on 24th March, 1987 for $ 140,000. Title was converted on 26th July, 1988 to ref 2/555076.

    Terry Ludgate (of 34 Honihan Avenue, Carlingford) lodged DA 39/87 on 19th February, 1987 to alter the existing shop and internal elements of remainder of building. In addition he applied to extend the rear ground floor living area. Consent was granted on 3th April, 1987.

    Then transferred (ref X861747) to Yvon Alain Edward Le Moy (a company director of 741 Military Road, Mosman) on 21st September, 1988 for $ 355,000. Then transferred (ref I140525) from Daniel Yvon Le Moy & Chantal Annette Eaton to Chantal Annette Eaton for $182,000 on 24th February, 1993. Then transferred (ref 2856901) to Howard & Meredith Basnett on 24th February, 1997. Then transferred (ref 5360751) to the current owner Mrs Meredith Basnett on 29th October, 1998.

    Mrs Basnett lodged DA 719/1998 to remove the existing shop display window, front door and ornamental hood and create an entry recessed 740 mm from the front boundary. The masonry sections of the existing shop front to be retained and be altered to provide a pedestrian entry gate and fence. The awning over the footpath being retained.

    Details extracted from Sands Postal Directories from 1897 to 1933 –

    Property not numbered until 1912 when it was known at 34 Cabramatta Road. Number changed to 38 in 1928.

    1907 – Mrs A. McKay – grocer
    1908 – Mr Foster Race – greengrocer etc & R. Anderson – bootmaker
    1909 – Mrs E. Davis – general storekeeper
    1910 – Mrs E. Davis – general storekeeper
    1911 – Mr T. Kelly – storekeeper & William Lewis – bootmaker
    1912 – Mr S. Bren de Muhl – storekeeper
    1913 – Mr S. Bren de Muhl – storekeeper
    1914 – Mr S. Bren de Muhl – storekeeper
    1915 – Mr G. Fairbairn – grocer
    1916 – Mr G. Fairbairn – grocer
    1917 – Miss M. Catchew – grocer & Mr G. Fairbairn – greengrocer
    1918 – Mrs Catchell – grocer
    1919 – Mrs Catchell – grocer
    1920 – Mrs C.M. Catchew – grocer
    1921 – Mr George Boyce
    1922 – Mr George Boyce
    1923 – Mr I.J. Bell – general store
    1924 – Mr I. J. Bell – general store
    1925 – Mr M. Bell – general store
    1926 – Mr M. bell – general store
    1927 – Mr M. bell – general store
    1928 – Mr I.J. bell – general store
    1929 – L. & M. Cockburn – fruiterers & Ernest Wood
    1930 – L. & M. Cockburn – fruiterers & Ernest Wood
    1931 – L. & M. Cockburn – fruiterers & Ernest Wood
    1932-33 – L. & M. Cockburn – fruiterers & Ernest Wood

    Mrs Gladys Martin, now lives at 192 Willandra Road, Cromer, advised me on 10th March, 2005 that she leased these premises from 1960 until 1987. She advised that she leased the property from the Lumley family and purchased the property in 1972. She ran a mixed business convenience store opening at 7am and closing at 7pm. She would close for lunch between 1 & 2 and do her banking at the CBC later NAB at Spit Junction. After her third robbery, the last one being at gun point, she sold the property in 1987 and retired to Cromer. When Meredith Basnett purchased the property there had been a shop, supplying TV repairs and electrical goods, operating at the property. Meredith has converted the property to a residence.

    36 Cabramatta – Being part of Lot 1 of Section A DP 3272 which was sold to Anders Ostman, a carpenter of Mosman in transfer 330327 on 15th September, 1901. Subsequently registered on title vol 1377 Fol 11 on 16th October, 1901.
    Mr Ostman sold the property for 1,350 pounds ($ 2,700) to Mrs Elizabeth Lumley (transfer 435102), wife of Mr Walter Lumley, a butcher of Mosman on 26th June, 1906. Mrs Lumley leased the premises (shop & residence), then known as 34 Cabramatta Road, to various people (see list below) for use as a bootmaker and other uses.

    After Mrs Lumley passed away her sons Wilfred Powell Lumley, bank officer of Willoughby, and Arthur Guy Lumley, a dental surgeon from Bellevue Hill, became the proprietors on 6th December, 1966 (section 94 application K508609). Then on 28th October, 1968 the property was transferred (ref L351149) to Lumley’s Pty Ltd.
    The Jenkins family leased the property from the 1940’s.

    Lumley’s Pty Ltd sold to Miss Patricia J. Jenkins, a spinster of Mosman, (ref N47776) on 15th November, 1972 for $18,000 (now $36,754).

    Miss Jenkins lodged DA 395/73 on 2nd October, 1973 to build a carport at the end of the right of way entered from Bardwell Lane. Consent was granted on 17th April, 1974.

    Miss Jenkins lodged DA 338/74 on 22nd November, 1974 to construct a small aluminium tool shed to be attached to the eastern side of the building. However the DA was withdrawn on 16th December, 1974.

    Finally Miss Jenkins lodged DA 99/81 on 25th February, 1981 in order to remove the ground floor shop at the front of the building and build a new courtyard. As stated the existing shop was to be removed and a new courtyard and verandah roof to be built in front of the existing brick residence. The awning over the footpath to be removed and a new brick fence built to 1800m on the front boundary. The existing eastern side wall to be reduced in height. Council granted consent on 13th April, 1981.

    The title reference changed to 1/555076 17th August, 1988. Pat Jenkins transferred (ref Y138491) to Yvon Alain Edward Le Moy (a retailer of 38 Cabramatta Road, Mosman) and his wife Jacqueline Elizabeth Le Moy 14th October 1988 for $325,000. Then after Yvon died the property passed to his wife who transferred (ref I847516) to Serena Carmel on 9th December, 1993 for $319,750. Then transferred (ref 3086173) to Ms Phillipa Lee (a sharebroker) on 23rd May, 1997 for $465,000. Then transferred (ref 5921098) to Ms Catherine M. Bristow for $622,500 on 22nd June, 1999. The property was then sold again in 2016.

    Details extracted from Sands Postal Directories from 1897 to 1933 –

    Property not numbered until 1912 when it was known at 32 Cabramatta Road. Number changed to 36 in 1928.

    1912 – William Lewis – bootmaker
    1913 – W. Warren – bootmaker
    1914 – W. Warren – bootmaker
    1915 – T. Elgar – fishmonger
    1916 – Horace Adney – bootshop
    1917 – William Adney – bootshop
    1918 – William Adney – bootshop
    1919 – William Adney – bootshop
    1920 – Henry Adney
    1921 – Horace C. Adney
    1922 – Horace C. Adney
    1923 – Horace C. Adney – bootmaker
    1924 – Horace C. Adney – bootmaker
    1925 – Horace C. Adney – bootmaker
    1926 – Horace C. Adney – bootmaker
    1927 – Horace C. Adney – bootmaker
    1928 – H. C. Adney – bootmaker
    1929 – H. C. Adney – bootmaker
    1930 – H.C. Adney – bootmaker
    1931 – H.C. Adney – bootmaker
    1932-33 – H.C. Adney – bootmaker

    On 10/3/2005 I was told by Mrs Martin and later by Mrs Pat Green that Mr & Mrs Jenkins lived in the property from 1941 until it was sold in 1988 (seems that they rented from 1941 to 1972 . Then purchased in 1972 and sold in 1983). The Jenkins family operated a fruit and veg shop which was then closed down in 1960 and the property was converted into a house. Mr & Mrs Jenkins had 2 girls and a boy. Pat is married to Norman Green. They live at 15 Adina Place, Balgowlah.

    33-35 Cabramatta – Lot 1 of Section B DP 3272 was sold to Sarah Helen Matts, wife of Joseph Matts, a carter of Mosman, in transfer 331815 on 28th September,1901. Subsequently registered on title Vol 1381 Fol 87 on 16th November, 1901. She mortgaged the property on 22nd May, 1903 from the English Scottish & Australian Bank Limited. Later selling (ref 426645) to Mr Robert Mackay, plasterer of Mosman, on 5th March, 1906. He then sold to Lucy May & her husband William Lancelot Shirley, a grocer of Mosman, on 25th January, 1912. Mrs Shirley sold the property (ref G397627) to John Dudley Druitt, a man of independent means of Cremorne, on 20th October, 1955. He sold (ref G625533) to Patricia Barbara Murray, a spinster of North Sydney, on 1st November, 1956. On 20th November, 1959 a portion was transferred (ref H110775) to the Sydney County Council (title vol 7787 Vol 11) with the rest of property transferred to title Vol 7787 Fol 42. Miss Murray sold the property (ref L83479) to Egizia Abela and her husband Michael Abela, cashier, both of Cremorne on 19th June, 1968. They leased (ref M440928) the premises, being a lock up shop, known as 35 Cabramatta Road to Harrolds Electrical Service Pty Ltd on 19th July, 1971. On 24th October, 1975 the property was sold (ref P571847) to Harrold’s Investments Pty Ltd. The title reference changed to A/410318) on 6/2/1990.

    Details extracted from Sands Postal Directories from 1897 to 1933 –

    Property not numbered until 1912 when it was known at 31-33 Cabramatta Road. It was changed to 33-35 Cabramatta Road in 1928.

    1900 – Joseph Matts (husband of owner) (33)
    1901 – Joseph Matts (33)
    1902 – Joseph Matts (33)
    1903 – Joseph Matts (33)
    1904 – Joseph Matts (33)
    1905 – Joseph Matts (33)
    1906 – Joseph Matts (33)
    1907 – R. McKay (owner) – grocer (33)
    1908 – R. McKay – grocer (33)
    1909 – R. McKay – grocer (33)
    1910 – R. McKay – grocer (33)
    1911 – R. McKay – grocer (33)
    1912 – W. L. Shirley (owner) – grocer (33)
    1913 – W. L. Shirley – grocer (33)
    1914 – W. L. Shirley – grocer (33)
    1915 – W. L. Shirley – grocer (33)
    1916 – W. L. Shirley – grocer (33)
    1917 – W. L. Shirley – grocer (33)
    1918 – W. L. Shirley – grocer (33)
    1919 – W. L. Shirley – grocer (33)
    1920 – W. L. Shirley – grocer (33)
    1921 – W.J. Mclean (33)
    1922 – W.J. McLean (33)
    1923 – W.J. McLean, JP – grocer (33)
    1924 – W.J. McLean, JP – grocer (33)
    1925 – W.J. McLean, JP – grocer (33)
    1926 – W. J. McLean – grocer (33)
    1927 – Massington & Phillips – grocer (33)
    1928 – C. R. Phillips – grocer (35)
    1929 – C. R. Phillips – grocer (35)
    1930 – C. R. Phillips – grocer (35)
    1931 – C. R. Phillips – grocer (35)
    1932-33 – C. R. Phillips – grocer (35)

    On 8th April, 2005 Mr Geoff Harrold advised that there used to be stables at the rear of the property as the family had found many old horse shoes when excavating the property.

    31-31A Cabramatta – Lot 2 of Section B DP 3272 was sold to Donald Alphonsus Douglas, in transfer 258922 on 30th October, 1896 by Messrs Ballanatyne & Harnett. Subsequently registered on title Vol 1208 Fol 154 on 19th December, 1896. Then sold (ref ) on 3rd August 1900 to Matthew John McCann, a gentleman of Sydney. He sold (ref ) on 30th September, 1904 to Thomas Quirk, a gentleman of Sydney. After Mr Quirk died the property passed (ref ), on 29th July, 1909, to his widow Catherine Quirk, Helena Quirk, spinster of Mosman, and John David Bourke, a school teacher of Lismore. On 2nd September, 1909 the property was sold (ref ) to Mr Herbert Arnold Black, a builder of Mosman. Title became Vol2669 Fol 55 on 25th May, 1916. Mr Black sold (ref A467785) to Mary Schofield, a widow of Lewisham. On 6th June, 1919. She then sold (ref A 470299) to John Francis Cooper, a surveyor’s assistant of Sydney, on 17th June, 1919. Then following a mortgagee sale (ref C244500) on 24th March, 1934 the property was in the ownership of Frederick Percy Cooper (mortgagor and a postal official of Mosman) to his wife Mary Joan Cooper. Transferred
    (ref D800103) on 25th February, 1948 to Frederick Percy Cooper, a retired public servant of Mosman. Then sold (ref F998133) to Frederick John Cooper, a motor driver of Mosman, on 6th January, 1954. Then sold (ref H16970) to Margaret Annie Preston of Mosman on 31st July, 1958. Property then split into semi-detached property on 9th May, 1962. Title ref Vol 9182 Fol 219 & Vol 9182 Fol 220. In December, 1987 the owners were Mr & Mrs N.J. O’Brien (31) and Mr P. Alexander (31A).

    Details extracted from Sands Postal Directories from 1897 to 1933 –

    Property not numbered until 1912 when it was known at 29 Cabramatta Road. It was changed to 31 Cabramatta Road in 1928. The property next door was known as 29 Cabramatta Road changed to 31 in 1928. On 9th May 1962 the property was split into two titles Vol 9182 Fol 219 & Vol 9182 Fol 220 and became a pair of semi-detached houses numbered 31 & 31A Cabramatta Road

    1902 – Mrs E. Richardson – dyer & cleaner (29)
    1903 – Mrs E. Richardson – dyer & cleaner (29)
    1904 – Mrs E. Richardson – dyer & cleaner (29)
    1905 – Mrs E. Richardson – dyer & cleaner (29)
    1906 – H.A. Black – carter & horse clipper in “Hazeldene” (29)
    1907 – H.A. Black – carter & horse clipper in “Hazeldene” (29)
    1908 – H.A. Black – carter & horse clipper in “Hazeldene” (29)
    1909 – H.A. Black (became owner) – carter & horse clipper (29)
    1910 – H.A. Black – carter & horse clipper (29)
    1911 – H.A. Black – carter & horse clipper (29)
    1912 – H.A. Black – carrier & contractor (29)
    1913 – H.A. Black – carrier & contractor (29)
    1914 – H.A. Black – carrier & contractor (29)
    1915 – H.A. Black – carrier & contractor (29)
    1916 – H.A. Black – carrier & contractor (29)
    1917 – H.A. Black – carrier & contractor (29)
    1918 – H.A. Black – carrier & contractor (29)
    1919 – H.A. Black – carrier & contractor (29)
    1920 – J.F. Cooper (became owner) (29)
    1921 – J.F. Cooper (29)
    1922 – J.F. Cooper (29)
    1923 – J. F. Cooper (29)
    1924 – J. F. Cooper (29)
    1925 – W. J. Nalder (29)
    1926 – unknown (29)
    1927 – Mrs Ida Roberts (29)
    1928 – Mrs Ida Roberts (31)
    1929 – Mrs Ida Roberts (31)
    1930 – Mr Mathew Fisher (31)
    1931 – Mr Mathew Fisher (31)
    1932-33 – Mr J.H. Bell (31)

    Ian Jones 24/1/2017


    36 to 40 Cabramatta Rd Nov 1980


    36 Cabramatta Road being redeveloped 1981


    36 Cabramatta Road 1981 renovated


    36-40 Cabramatta Road Mosman, mid 1980s


    40 Cabramatta Rd in 2014

  • Clifton Gardens Postwar Clifton Gardens 27 September 2016

    It was 1945 and the war had ended,
    Our brave men were coming home,
    The survivors of the fighting “Sixth”
    Their slouch hats were proudly worn.

    They had seen the worst, of it all,
    Good mates they’d lost were many
    In the Middle East, Greece and Crete
    And in the jungles of New Guinea.

    My dad was there, he’d seen it all,
    He had made it back alive,
    Battle scarred worn and weary,
    He was fortunate to survive.

    Soon after he heard from an army mate
    Of a place called Clifton Gardens,
    He put us in his old T-Ford,
    A new adventure we were starting.

    Through the then slum streets of “Erko”
    And over the Sydney Harbour bridge.
    Through Northern Sydney suburbs,
    Perched high on a sandstone ridge.

    At last we arrived at the crest,
    Of a steep curving downhill drive,
    Suddenly below a green sheltered cove,
    There our child spirits jumped alive.

    Dad’s wartime pal had told him,
    Of army huts standing bare,
    Put a lock on one of ‘em mate
    We soon were squatters there.

    To two small kids ten and eight,
    From the slums of the inner city,
    The grass, the trees, the golden beach,
    It was a beautiful serendipity.

    Over the years we fished, swam and grew,
    Until our lives went different ways,
    But still today my mind can see,
    Those idyllic childhood days.

  • The green tree snake and the lovers 27 September 2016

    Her screams resounded far and wide, from Mosman heights to distant Chowder bay,

    It was just a bit of harmless fun our band of larrikins played on that day.

    We were amblin’ back from the Mosman flicks to our camp at Clifton gardens,

    And the sounds we heard from that old parked car, sure got our imagination startin’.

    In our escapades in the bush around, we knew the green tree snakes did abound,

    And sure enough our bush boy “Pavo” saw a big one crawling on the ground.

    The car partly hidden in some scrub, was parked nearby the Clifton Gardens pub,

    It was rockin’ and rollin’ and squeakin’ with motion, like the spin dryer on a washin’ machine tub.

    There was moanin’ and groanin’ and raspy breathing, like someone was very stressed,

    And sly quiet peeks through a foggy back window showed a bloke and a sheila undressed.

    Entwined in their passion, they were very engrossed, and we did not make a sound,

    As “Pavo” slid the snake quietly into and through, the back window that was partly down.

    “Pavo” lowered that snake very carefully, and next to the bloke’s palpitating white rear,

    And then we waited, with bated breath, our ears strained for the sounds of fear.

    There came a scream of tremendous high note, exploding as loud as a gunpowder keg,

    And words the screaming sheila yelled, there’s something crawling up my effing leg.

    As their naked glory burst out the car doors, an unholy fuss they both did make,

    Love’s passion gone their tryst of love ruined, by a harmless green tree snake.

    And we found it hard to run away from the scene of our cheeky crime,

    For we were folding up with shrieks of laughter, at the funniest prank we’d played of all time.

  • Teenagers in 70's Mosman 30 October 2015

    Mosman in the 70’s was a great community. Our big family lived in Belmont Road opposite the primary school. There was no social class, no haves or have nots. The neighbourhood was made up of school friends, family friends, soccer friends, scout friends, and just street friends. We rode our bikes everywhere.
    Many a long hot summer afternoon was spent riding our skateboards down the concrete hill of the primary school. Watching the big kids do their dare-devil stunts; being massively injured trying to repeat them. (How hard can it be to do a handstand on a 30cm piece of plastic as it hurtles down a hill at about 40km an hour, anyway?) I remember we were always trying to be cool in front of the girls and being annoyed that the girls only ever seemed to be interested in the dare-devil big kids.
    We were lucky to have a pool and summer was spent with a never ending rotation of kids coming over for a swim, a skate across the road, and then another swim.
    In about 1974 the dog had a big litter of pups and Dad sold them and bought a colour television! That summer holidays was spent glued to the tele. Hogans Heroes, Gilligans Island, War movies. The boredom.
    I got an after school/ weekend job at the Regal milk bar on Military Road. $2 an hour. This was Jim the Greeks milk bar, next to Franklins supermarket. My mates would come in a loiter around, buying smokes and milkshakes. Kids would jump the back fence and try to steal the soft drink bottles because they had a 5c refund on them. Jim’s wife didn’t speak English and her two sons were about 3 years younger than me but spent their entire life working out how to play tricks on me.
    Before that I washed up dishes at the Indian restaurant opposite the KFC at Spit Junction. $2 a night!
    My brothers and sister had friends all over the place. The Petaras’s owned the deli; the Segreto’s owned the fruit shop. My mate Robert’s mum, Marjorie, was an actual descendent of the Mosmans. My mate Andrew’s mum was a TV star on No. 96. Some dads worked in business, the arts, the banks.. it was a real mixed bag. We went to scouts at Balmoral Beach, learning to sail. We played soccer at Balmoral oval and Mosman Oval. Brett Borders brother became captain of Australia’s cricket team!
    I was 15 when a few of us got together to run some dances at the Mosman High hall. It was $2 to see 3 punk bands, the rugby team were the bouncers. 600 kids came! Then I found music, motorbikes and girlfriends.. I got drunk at the Mosman Hotel seeing new wave bands – yes… Midnight Oil, Spy Vs Spy, The Models.
    It didn’t seem so unusual at the time but growing up in Mosman as a teenager in the 70’s was a great experience.