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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.