The Great Depression in North Sydney
In April 2020, the International Monetary Fund declared the worldwide ‘Great Lockdown’ to be the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression...
Miss Harbord 1885
Most readers will know that the suburb and beach to the immediate north of Queenscliff has flirted over the years with the names Freshwater and Harbord...
Expressions of faith: churches and local heritage
Christianity was the dominant religion in Australia for more than two centuries. From the second half of the 19th century, churches mushroomed across New South Wales...
Blinking lights and symbolic legs
With the growth in prosperity after the Second World War, ownership of motor vehicles increased rapidly and so did accidents on the roads...
Lost houses of North Sydney
Sydney has been in a constant cycle of building, demolition and redevelopment since the earliest European structures were erected...
A new port
Residents of Newport may perhaps imagine that their suburb was named after Newport in Wales or, alternatively, Newport Rhode Island. In fact, it was christened, literally, as New Port...
An old scene through new eyes
Binem ‘Bill’ Grunstein was among the first of the 170,000 ‘displaced persons’ who came to Australia after the upheaval of the Second World War...
Through the wormhole
Many readers will know of and have perhaps traversed the hand cut tunnel or ‘wormhole’ through the headland at Queenscliff...
‘Stay at home’: creativity and ingenuity of homemakers
In the 19th and early 20th century, ‘stay at home’ was the rule for many women, due to social norms rather than a global pandemic...
Protecting our pine-lined promenade
A military move to cut down the Manly beachfront pine trees during World War Two was scuppered at the eleventh hour thanks to some fast-thinking locals...

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