During this period of rapid growth, at least 513 parcels of local land were re-created into “grand” and “supreme” estates, with names like “Kookaburra” (1902), “The Tanja” (1914), “Cuba” (1921), “Toorak” (1931) and “Bonnie View” (1924).
The historic collection offers a unique insight into Mosman and its neighbouring suburbs, showing how prices, spelling and even street names have changed over time.
One Clifton Gardens subdivision, sold by David Thompson in 1912, advertises large lots in Mary St (now Kardinia Rd), Margaret St (now Iluka Rd) and Sarah St (now Morella Rd).
In 1918, Sirius Beach Estate was released by property agent Arthur Rickard, even offering a “shark proof barrier across the head of the Cove”.
“The barrier has thus created a Sea Park and an absolutely safe bathing area,” the brochure reads.
“For the convenience and pleasure of the thousands of children who will resort to this playground, they have also erected Splash Boats, Swings and See-Saws.
“Dressing sheds for Ladies and Gentlemen have been erected by Mosman Council,” it finishes.
The collection of maps and advertising posters can be viewed online at the State Library of NSW.