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A little tour of the suburb I (and two other forumers) live in. Mosman. Home to many bays, beaches and an island to boot. All this from about 5km-10km (it's a big suburb - the only one in Sydney I believe to have its own council) from the city as the crow flies. Its population is about 27000.

The photos are not mine, and all the ones from Flickr have the photographer listed below their photo linked back to their Flickr portfolios if you want to see more. Commentary is in green and above each photo.
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Soundtrack is 'Hope there's Someone' by 'Antony and the Johnsons'.

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The Spit Bridge spanning Middle Harbour and overlooking the northern and eastern parts of Mosman. For the true Mosman snob, this is apparently the 'wrong side' of Mosman. The old money lives on the Sydney Harbour side of Mosman (and Balmoral). You can see a tiny snippet of the CBD on the very right of the horizon.

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Mandolong Road snakes its way steeply down to Balmoral Beach. This serpentine road is quintessential coastal Sydney

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Chinamans Beach. The headland here separates Balmoral Beach from Chinamans Beach. It contains Sydneys most expensive homes north of the Harbour. Recently an underhand offer of $50 million was knocked back for a house on a double block here. The owner having claimed his stake on this tightly held headland refused to consider the offer.

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The view from a Chinamans Beach house, on the aforementioned headland. called 'Done House'. In it lives a guy who has made multi-millions from selling his 'art' on bikinis and boardshorts and jumpers to Japanese tourists. The name of the house gives you a clue.

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The 'old money' side of Mosman, on Mosman Bay. This building has been converted into apartments. It sits on a cliff above the ferry wharf.

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Upper Almora Street, looking out towards North Head (Manly).

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Chinamans Beach again. Looking through the heads out to sea.

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Balmoral Bathers Pavilion. Now an expensive restaurant and cafe, but its outlook is unbeatable. The food and coffee is decent as well.

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A summer day on Balmoral Beach.

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Photo looking back at Balmoral beach, most likely from the island.

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Looking at Sydney Harbour National Park at Balgowlah Heights, from Balmoral beach. If you were to stand on that bushy plateau, you'd be able to see about 8 of sydney's skyscraper skylines, panning about 235 degrees.

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Going for a swim at Balmoral.

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Pinky wagging time?

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'Shakespeare by the Sea'. A summer institiution at the rotunda at Balmoral Beach.

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Mosman House (Clinton Murray Architects)

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Military Road shops. The shops on this end complain that the Council hosts all the festivals at the snootier end, about a 5 minute walk away

Mosman Library
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The rest of the photos are from realestate.com.au and should give you some idea of the houses in the area.














And on a smaller scale....much of Mosman is also like this

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And of course, all the animals at Taronga Zoo are Mosman residents as well. Good night! :)

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You have a really good taste in music Tony! 'Some day I'll be a beautiful women. Some day I'll be a beautiful girl.'

Nice compilation!
 

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Lovely thread Tony P. I lived in this area several times, once on a yacht which occupied the very last berth on the finger wharves at Spit Bridge marina there on the inner side of middle harbor in your picture, and once next to Bob Rodgers house on Awaba Street above Balmoral Beach.

You will know about this, but can i borrow your thread to tell others the story of occultism, the Theosophical Society and the long-gone Star Amphitheatre at Balmoral Beach?




The Madras-based Theosophical Movement had a college at Balmoral Beach (Peter Finch, who grew up in that movement, attended it once, and Alfred Deakin was a believer in its teachings). Sydney was a major centre of the movement - they once held the licence for radio station 2GB. In 1923-24 a controversial leader, English occultist Charles Webster Leadbeater, began the construction of the amphitheatre at Balmoral as a forum for the person whom he was procliaming its new messiah, or Teacher, the Indian Jiddy Krishnamurti.





Of course there's a widely circulated story of thousands gathering there in the 1920s supposedly waiting for a proclaimed moment when Jesus Christ was expected to walk on the water for a Second Coming in through Sydney Heads. Without going into it much further, I'm just not sure whether that story stemmed from prejudice, and whether it belongs to urban legend -whether the gathering for the failed moment actually happened or not.

You can learn some basics about the history of Theosophical Society and its Australian connections in an National Library of Australia paper here:

http://www.nla.gov.au/pub/nlanews/2006/jan06/article4.html


There some reference (one of many) of the supposed Second Coming event in the transcript of a Caroline Jones program here:

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/relig/enc/stories/s746134.htm



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Anyway, just an off-beat episode from this area: the amphitheatre was demolished in 1951, and I think there's only some foundations left there to see now. Shame it wasn't preserved, really.
 

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I would SWEAR that ampitheatre was part of Taronga... IT seems so familiar. Too familiar.
 

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Yes, it's a fascinating tale, Bronteboy. Feel free to continue!

In fact, in one of the photos I had posted above, now reproduced below, was the home of the Theosophical Society and was owned by CW Leadbeater. It's the rather substantial house on the right of this photo (ignore the arrow).



You can't miss it when you round Bradley's Head on the Manly Ferry. If I'm not mistaken, I think 2GB started broadcasting from this house, before moving to the CBD shortly afterwards.
 

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another snippet of history from this interesting area. A heritage-listed national monument, the mast of the World War 1 cruiser HMAS Sydney - which destroyed the famous German raider SMS Emden at Cocas-Keeling Island in the first months of the Great War - stands on Bradley's Head.





That area of Mosman is super conservative and quite militaristic. When I lived there there was a tweedy guy owned a camera shop on Military Rd near Cremorne Junction, who had the bloody brass clock from HMAS Sydney on his shop wall. I badly wanted it.

Couldn't afford it: I think it ended up in that naval outfitter's shop at the top end of George Street, can't think of their name. There's one of the guns from SMS Emden
preserved in Hyde Park, on the corner facing Oxford Street from memory.

 

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Pone, you forgot the 'dahhhling' in the title of the thread ;)

I'll likely be in need of a local guide in a month or two. :D
 

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Meantime, Tays, continuing the complete hijack into the realms of the bizarre for poor Tony P's study of his very affluent and respectable suburb: it was of course the home and hunting ground of Mosman pie salesman John Wayne Glover, 'The Granny Killer,' responsible for the deaths of six elderly fragile ladies in the area over 13 months of 1989-90, and probably, police believe, as many others elsewhere.



He hanged himself in Lithgow maxmimum security jail in September 2005. Sorry Tony: back to beaches and mansions - CW Leadbeater's was magnificent!

Your shot of the Bathing pavilion on Balmoral Beach: trendy restaurant there from memory, but - like Bondi on the other side - it was a early morning meeting place for captains of industry, Sir Tristan Antico and others back then - for their early morning jogs and swim.
 

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Not bad. Get some shots from Neutral Bay next time ;)
 

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Great area ain't it? Looks a lot like Seaforth (North bank of the spit).
 

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sad to see that wonderful amphitheatre has gone...
 

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It peed me off no end when the Mosmanites all lobbied the Geographical Names Board to extinguish all the nice little suburbs on the peninsula and then combine them into the monolithic "Mosman 2088". I miss Balmoral, Clifton Gardens, and of course Quakers Hat (what an awesome name). Probably added a cool few thousand bones onto all their property prices, but what price history??
 

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hmmm, ^^ quite right Randwicked, there is another lovely little place just around from Qauker's Hat called Forty Baskets beach.

On the Harborside of this peninsula too was the famous Curlew artists camp at Sirius Cove: still artists camps and huts in there I think. You reach it by boat, but maybe there's a way to walk in.


Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton were among many who spent time there: below is Streeton on the beach at Sirius Cove in 1893:



Roberts painted their camp in 1899:



Looks like Streeton, but this Ken Knight painting of Sirius Cove must have been done more than 80 years later. Knight was born in 1956.



And Roberts had done this famous painting of Mosman Bay -Australian Impressionism - in 1894

 

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neat! looks like a quite cosy suburb, i guess it's a quite fine suburb?
 

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Quite a fine suburb indeed. Salubrious even! I spent a bit of time around here as a kid, my old man took us on rambling, pointless tours in the car, gawking at houses a little out of his price range and of course there were many glorious dips in the water off the harbour beaches.
Love the compilation of images & the bonus local history/cultural tour - fascinating & amusing. If Jesus were to make a surprise appearance, walking thru the harbour heads would be a pretty decent choice, although if there is a second coming I think Rio will get the nod!
 

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THEOSOPHISTS

Many leading lights of the 1920s and 30s were Theosophists. I think Kandinsky was, and numerous other abstractionsosts and modernists. Also, I believe that Walter Burley Griffin, designer of Canberra, was one too. He and Marion designed Canberra according to many of the principles of "magic numbers", giving rise to the urban myths about Canberra being designed by black magic.
 

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Very nice pictures but I'd never live in Mosman!
 

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this reminds me: does anyone remember the tiny, crusty salt water bathing pools that lucky harborside homeowners around Mosman and elsewhere used to have at the bottom of their properties?

They were always dark, slippery, murky - and you felt you would scrape your knees or feet on something awful if you dared to get in one. I guess there are scores of them still around - but noone would use them now.
 
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