Mosman Collective has uncovered an incredible set of images documenting the last days of Alfred St in Milsons Point before many of its homes and businesses were demolished to make way for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Built in 1908 by William Wells Robinson and his wife Charlotte, “Trafalgar” was one of Australia’s finest homes.
At the start of 1966, the Liberal-Country party coalition had governed Australia for sixteen years. Robert Menzies retired in January, paving the way for debonair treasurer Harold Holt.
Before the arrival of television, Australian radio ruled the airwaves with programs like Dad and Dave, Blue Hills and ‘Calling the Stars’.
Today we’re taking you back to those golden years of the 1980s – when hair was big, clothes were loud, and power ballads were super-charged with emotion.
Sydney was no place for an unwed, pregnant young woman in the early 1900s, but 18-year-old Mary Hutchison had nowhere else to go.
When it officially opened on Sunday, 28 March 1954, "Greenway" was Australia's largest communal social housing complex.
Sydney’s great iron maiden turns 90 this week – and we want to celebrate her milestone birthday with your stories, photos and memories.
Mosman teenager Alma Plaister was never absent from school. But on Monday 18 July 1932, the brilliant and popular 13-year-old was missing from morning roll call at North Sydney Girls High.
On the busy corner of Ourimbah and Spit Rd, a commercial building known as Island Centre opened to fascinated locals in July 1968.
“When we were waist-deep in the surf, they opened up a murderous fire,” Sister Vivien Bullwinkle recalled after the Bangka Island Massacre of WWII, "mowing us down like a scene I saw in a film as a child.”
In our new series, Mosman Collective unlocks historic local crime case files, revealing new images and details of the lower north shore’s most shocking stories.
Flashback 1954: Mosman gripped by Royal fever, thousands line local streets, when Queen Elizabeth comes to town.
When Queen Elizabeth stepped onto Australian soil for the frist time on 3rd February 1954, the nation was gripped by Royal fever. Over the next 58 days, she would visit 57 cities and towns, with more than 75% of the population catching a glimpse of the young monarch, and on February 18th, it was Mosman’s turn.
On 21 November 1934, Coles came to Mosman, opening the doors of 22 Spit Rd at 9:30am. Goods on sale included seven-piece fruit sets, toys, cotton reels, ladies’ aprons, hats dresses and nickel torches.
Described as “an old colonial home”, Victoria Cottage on Clanalpine St was marketed with stunning views, a formal garden, extensive library, and a swimming pool by local agent James S. Lindsay in August 1986.
Not even Mosman was spared during Australia’s deepest post-war recession in the early 1980s.
Australian competitions aren’t limited to just sport and spelling bees. From yabby races to bed making, prawn peeling to whip cracking, we love nothing more than a good-humoured match-up.
Kids of the 80s and ’90s will remember family dinners at Sizzler, the iconic chain famous for its all-you-can-eat salad bar, unlimited ice cream and complimentary cheese toast.
It has been 100 years since children’s author May Gibbs brought the ocean to life in a book featuring an underwater creature called Little Obelia.
Lower north shore locations and identities with stories to celebrate have a chance to become recognised with the universally known heritage symbol – a blue plaque.
“Welcome to Paradise” was the line agent Rob Simeon used when marketing the Golden Triangle property known as “Heachem”, in 1999.
Over the course of six months, an entire zoo population of native and exotic animals was moved from cramped quarters in Moore Park to an idyllic paradise known as Taronga Park.
North Sydney Council has voted to retain the legacy of Benjamin Boyd, a colonial entrepreneur who lived in Neutral Bay in the 1840s.
The "Big 20" remains one of Mosman's fondly remembered cafés. And, just like 'Arnold's diner in Happy Days, it boasted a regular cast of colourful characters.
Fifty years ago, Lower North Shore Nuns went to court over the right to stage ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.
Local History: An unholy row between Theatrical Agent Harry M Miller and a Loreto Kirribilli Nun played out on Sydney's front pages in September 1971, after a legal battle over a school performance of rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar.
Some of the lower north shore’s best backdrops have appeared in scores of blockbuster movies and TV shows.
If you’ve been around long enough, you’ll remember when Mosman boasted a range of fast-food options including Sizzler, the Black Stump and even a Subway.
In a suburb known for its high concentration of Groodles, Cavoodles, Labradoodles and Schnoodles, there once lived an old, ugly, battle-scarred mongrel dog with arthritis in all four legs who was almost totally deaf.
Mosman Collective writer MICK ROBERTS has travelled back more than a century, to reveal the fascinating history behind former Sydney landmark, the Clifton Gardens Hotel.
It was 1.17am on Saturday 29 June 1958, when passengers crammed onto the last tram from Mosman, to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Local residents are invited to have their say on the proposed renaming of Ben Boyd Rd in Neutral Bay.
There was a time, long before UberEats and Menulog, when most Australian households used home delivery as an essential service.
FOR more than a century, dominating the corner of Military Road and Vista Street, the Hotel Mosman was one of Sydney's favourite pubs.
Nobody ever expected Mosman to become the front line of World War Two. But on a crisp Autumn evening in 1942, as the sun dipped west behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the final stage of an audacious plan to invade Australia's largest city was almost complete.
With war on our doorstep and mainland Australia preparing for a Japanese attack, Mosman was a suburb of fear and unease in 1942.
High Tea Party is Over: Boronia House closes abruptly, so what’s planned for the historic Mosman landmark?
Landmark heritage venue Boronia House has closed after long term tenant Mosman Catering pulled out of its 10-year contract. The historic home, built in 1885, is owned by Mosman Council which agreed to terminate the lease five years early, after agreeing the hospitality business was “no longer viable”.
Irene Ferguson, a member of the popular “Mosman Memories” Facebook group, regularly contributed personal stories and photographs right up until last Monday, April 26, when she slipped away quietly on the Sunshine Coast.
The lower north shore’s obsession with North Sydney Olympic Pool runs deep. A national icon and local landmark, the aquatic playground has played a pivotal part in our lives for generations.
When they climbed abord cabin cruiser ‘Valeeta’ on the last morning of the Australia Day long weekend, Frederick Knight and Marcia Hathaway were in high spirits.
Police Rescue chopper crashes in front of horrified swimmers on Balmoral Beach after engine explodes.
It’s just before 7:20 am when NSW Police pilot Peter Leslie climbs into the cockpit of PolAir 4 with crewmates Alan Keane and Steve Southey, to rescue a couple of ocean swimmers in trouble off Curl Curl beach.
It was just after lunch time when 13-year-old John Willis walked the short distance from his home on Burran Ave to Balmoral, with his parents Sidney and Linda.
Australia and England first met in test match cricket in 1877, but the legend of the Ashes, the symbolic trophy the two teams play for, began on August 29, 1882, after the on-field antics of English captain W.G. Grace so incensed Australian spinner Fred Spofforth, it produced a bowling spell that scorched the oval.
What a difference a century makes! Historic subdivision plans for Mosman and the lower north shore now online.
The State Library has released 40,000 subdivision maps, providing a valuable insight into the lives of New South Wales residents from 1860 to the 1930s, illustrating the spread of suburbs across Sydney and regional areas.
Mosman Mysteries Uncovered: We launch our explosive new series with the gruesome case of The Suitcase Baby.
After months of painstaking research, we are thrilled to finally launch our brand new crime series: Mosman mysteries uncovered. Each week we will bring to life the hidden secrets and dark stories of Sydney’s lower north shore.
Mosman History: The Murder of Heart Surgeon Dr. Victor Chang, the man named as “Australian of the Century”.
It’s Thursday, 4 July 1991, when Dr. Victor Chang climbs into his new Mercedes 500SL and pulls out of his Clontarf driveway, bound for St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst. The pioneer heart surgeon is running late, after sharing breakfast with his wife, Ann.
The very first factory-built race car to bear a Holden badge is predicted to double the previous record for a Holden vehicle sold at auction.
Calls to rename National Park honouring controversial colonialist Benjamin Boyd. So, what does this mean for Neutral Bay?
lls for the NSW State Government to erase the name of Ben Boyd from a national park have raised a question mark over the Neutral Bay road named after the Scottish entrepreneur and adventurer.
Local History: The unsolved mystery of the deadly Ghost Train inferno at Luna Park still haunts Sydney – more than 40 years later.
It was winter 1979 when a young family from far west NSW travelled to Sydney for the holiday of a lifetime. Dad John, mum Jenny and their two young children Damien and Craig enjoyed a week in the ‘big smoke’, before spending their final day sight-seeing on the lower north shore.
Over the last four years, year by year and battle by battle, we’ve commemorated the centenary of World War One. 2019 marks the Centenary of the Great Homecoming - the start of the aftermath of that war - the realisation of the cataclysmic damage that it caused.
Walkley Award winning journalist and acclaimed historian Gavin Souter shares his memories of seven decades in Mosman.
Not everyone wins Australian journalism’s highest honour, a Walkley Award. And not everyone can say they’ve been commissioned by the Federal Government, to write the narrative history of our nations Parliament. But Gavin Souter can.
Our local history series continues, with Robert Simeon taking a look back at the life and times of local builders Smith & Cabban, who rose to fame in the early 1900’s with their landmark Mosman “Merchant Mansions”.
Exclusive: We uncover never before seen images of Chalwin Castle – and reveal the famous faces who partied there.
Chalwin Castle in Cremorne was a lifelong project that took Vivian Chalwin 30 years to complete and from the 1960’s, it hosted thousands of guests at private gatherings.
This classic Cremorne home has been owned by one family for more than half a century – and since 1949, the much loved residence has seen it all… from first steps, to first birthdays, to first days of school.
Rat Milland, Florence Desmond, Greta Garbo and Humphrey Bogart. These were just some of the stars that graced the screens of Mosman during its cinematic heyday.
At the turn of the 20th century, picture postcards of Mosman were fashionable way for local residents to share news with family and friends. Mosman collective delves into these windows of our past, to uncover long forgotten moments in our suburb’s history.