At 12:44, the first of four photographs was taken by another eye-witness at Hunter Park, obtained exclusively by Mosman Collective.
“People who were in the park – including a number of children – then saw these men giving a Nazi salute for the camera.”
“Then they wrapped up the flag, and the main guy, who seemed to be the organiser, walked up to me and said, ‘Hey mate, how’s it going – all good?”
John said the group relocated further away from the swings to take individual photos and a group shot.
“They knew at least one other by-stander was taking photos, and I knew I had to leave the park,” he said.
Locals who witnessed the white supremacy gathering fear for their safety.
A spokesperson from North Shore Police Area Command has confirmed the flag pictured is used by the European Australian Movement, a neo-Nazi group known to target young men.
Its leader, Thomas Sewell, a self-confessed white supremacist and “soldier for the white race”, is currently behind bars, facing serious charges, including armed robbery and assault against a group of hikers in a Victorian state park.
Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Detective Michael Taylor told Melbourne Magistrate’s Court last year that Sewell had “remarkable grandiosity of himself and the white race” and is unwavering in his belief that white people are being eradicated.
He allegedly told a right-wing podcast, “I am a political soldier for the white race, and Adolf Hitler is my leader,” Detective Taylor said.
“I’m a white supremacist … we’re 100% better in every way, shape and form,” Sewell allegedly said.
Thomas Sewell. Image: 7 News.
John overheard Sewell’s same views at Balmoral on Saturday, and said two of the men at Hunter Park were talking openly about their European background.
“One of the men was laughing as he chatted about his lineage,” John said, “I heard him say his family ancestry was ‘extremely pure’.”
Another mum, who did not wish to be named, said she was at the popular playground with her husband and two children around 11 am and was made to feel “very uncomfortable” by the group.
“I was at Hunter Park with my two kids – both aged under five – and these people clad head-to-toe in black had set themselves up right beside the swings,” she told Mosman Collective.
“They looked very strange. At first, I thought they may have been a fitness group because they were running back and forth between two cones.
“A woman was filming them – and then they set up for a BBQ. They were preparing sausages and chopping onions.
“They made us feel like we had intruded on their space, so we went for a walk and had lunch at Kazzi.”
At least two men save a Sieg Heil salute, in front of children, during the meeting at Hunter Park.
When they returned around 12:30 pm, the woman said the group were still loitering.
“They looked out of place, very odd, and we were feeling intimidated,” she said.
“My husband and I didn’t want the kids near them.”
John said he decided to speak with Mosman Collective on the condition of anonymity, to warn residents about extreme racism infiltrating a popular local children’s playground.
“To have this occur in a local park has made me shake with anger,” he said.
“I feel unsafe knowing that people with the capability of extreme violence have been – or are – in our community.
“If anyone sees this flag, please contact the police immediately.
“To violate little kids who were at the park this way is vile, horrendous and absolutely unforgiveable.”