Myra Taylor-Farrell: The “odd duck” Mosman mum who became Australia’s most prolific female inventor.

2023-04-19T18:01:02+10:00April 19, 2023|Local History|

It was Australia's entry into WWI that saw a young widow, Myra Taylor, brace herself as she stood at North Head on a windy night in 1915. There she tested her rayless, light-throwing device to see if it might benefit the Allies.

Flashback: The fascinating history of a landmark Cremorne Point building called “The Ritz”.

2022-10-14T08:48:41+11:00October 13, 2022|Local History|

When it opened to the public in 1913, “The Ritz” at Cremorne Point was described as Sydney’s finest private hotel. A haven for honeymooners and holiday makers, the six-storey white landmark had 140-rooms comprising private single and double suites, open-air sun lounges, a billiard room, tennis courts, electric lights and a lift.

Flashback 1954: Mosman gripped by Royal fever, thousands line local streets, when Queen Elizabeth comes to town.

2022-09-15T11:23:56+10:00February 7, 2022|Local History|

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.

Fifty years ago, Lower North Shore Nuns went to court over the right to stage ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

2021-09-23T07:35:17+10:00September 22, 2021|Local History|

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.

Attack on Sydney Harbour: In 1942, Japanese submarines brought WWII to Mosman’s doorstep.

2024-02-07T11:12:35+11:00May 31, 2021|Local History|

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.

High Tea Party is Over: Boronia House closes abruptly, so what’s planned for the historic Mosman landmark?

2021-05-13T14:35:27+10:00May 13, 2021|Local History|

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”.

The Cremorne streets named after Aussie test cricketers who gave birth to the Ashes legend.

2021-03-27T21:27:37+11:00January 8, 2021|Local History|

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.

2021-03-31T22:51:39+11:00August 19, 2020|Local History|

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 History: The Murder of Heart Surgeon Dr. Victor Chang, the man named as “Australian of the Century”.

2023-11-23T17:03:14+11:00July 3, 2020|Local History|

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.

Calls to rename National Park honouring controversial colonialist Benjamin Boyd. So, what does this mean for Neutral Bay?

2021-04-07T23:53:25+10:00June 23, 2020|Local History|

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.

2021-06-09T16:36:59+10:00June 11, 2020|Local History|

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.

Anzac Day 2019: Acclaimed author Patrick Lindsay on 100 years since the end of World War One.

2024-04-18T17:27:52+10:00April 24, 2019|Local History|

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.

2021-04-08T01:21:05+10:00February 28, 2019|Local History|

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.

Mosman Insider: Our reporter takes a step back in time and unlocks secrets from the past.

2021-04-08T04:53:02+10:00August 8, 2018|Local History|

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.

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