My street. Our street. The street where I grew up. My grandparent’s street. The street where my best friend lived.
These statements have a personal significance for many of us, as the place where we grew up provided our first sense of place and of community. It is often the beginning of our personal story.
Do you have special memory of a Mosman street?
If so, we would like to invite you to share this memory. You may still live in Mosman or have moved away but your memories are a wonderful record and this is a great way to keep them alive.
Mosman is fortunate to have a detailed record of the history of the naming of local streets thanks to Jack Carroll’s book, The Streets of Mosman.
However, while these are interesting facts the book does not record the social history of streets.
How have the streets of Mosman been used by residents over the years? How did residents view their street? Has the manner in which residents use their street changed over the decades? Do children still play in the street? Is there a sense of neighbourhood in your street?
The aim of Mosman Memories of Your Street is to find answers to these questions, to fill a gap in the recorded history of Mosman and capture local memories that are quickly disappearing
This is an opportunity for you to tell us why your street is important.
What it was like growing-up in your street? How did you use the street? Did you play in the street? What did you play? How did your neighbours use the street? Did people gather in the street in the evenings? Are there urban myths about your street? What buildings or houses were in your street?
If you have a memory that you wish to share just register and follow the prompts.
Do you have photographs of your street? You can upload these; add a caption and other information.
How long should my story be?
You may submit your own story (maximum 1000 words) or add a comment to someone else’s story (maximum100 words). In some instances, a story about your street may be more suitable as an oral history interview. Please contact the Local Studies Librarian to discuss this further.
Who can contribute?
Anyone who has lived in any street in Mosman can contribute to the Mosman Memories project. Stories from past and present residents are welcome.
Do you want any particular dates?
We want stories from all decades. It would be helpful if you did include an approximate date for your story.
How to contribute
Register then log in to add your story and/or photo(s). It does not have to be long. Most of us remember, or know, something about our street so just tell us your story. All contributions are welcome. You can even leave a comment on a published story.
What if I don’t have access to a computer?
If you do not have access to the internet, all you need do is send your story to the Local Studies Librarian and it will be placed on the net on your behalf. You can download and print a PDF submission form.
To see an example of the type of story to write, have a look at some other contributions.
If you don’t wish to submit a story you may leave a comment on a story or photo already published.
We do require your full name, so that we know who has contributed each story. However, it is not necessary to have your real name published on the site. When you add a story or photo, you will be asked what name you would like attached to the memory. It could be your real name, a nickname or a pen name.
In some instances we will tidy up spelling and punctuation. However, we will not make any major edits without first checking with you. This is in accordance with the conditions of use.