This is my great grandma Rose Barry 1950 at I believe some tennis courts that were in Countess Street.
There were indeed tennis courts in Countess St, on the North West corner and (almost on) the South West corner of Awaba St. They were known as Mitchell’s Tennis Courts, but now long gone for housing.
I believe the club house for the tennis courts could have been the shed in our backyard at No. 12 Countess Street.
And the courts butted up to our back fence at 31 Countess st!!!
Right opposite my best friends The Helms at no 12!!! :)
They were grass courts and we always had tennis balls in our yard.
Is that Cathy Davis? :-) How are you?
The courts butted up to my fence tooooo I must have been number 33 Countess ….opposite Krissy & Lyndel. They were great days back then. I will have to dig up some old photos.
We lived next to Mitchells tennis courts at 24 Countess Street, corner of Awaba Street. Mitchells were on the lower corner of Awaba Street, was it Congewoi Road? I played tennis on those courts for many years, we used to play all day school holidays for 3pence each then we’d sweep and mark the courts for Mr Mitchell to save him the next day. Mrs Mitchell would usually also provide us with her special scones. There was a Mosman Lawn Tennis Club in Roseberry Street?? These may have been the ones that backed on the addresses mentioned. The Antcliff twins used to play at Mitchells with me, anybody remember them??
My grandfather built one of the first houses in Countess St in the early 1920’s. No 8 I think. Family history says he paid the deposit to have the electricity put on to the street. The house was sold in about 1960 or a bit later. He was a Japanese man married to an Australian and they had three daughters. He was interned in WW11 where he died. An interesting history has been complied by Pam Oliver “Raids on Australia” which refers to the strong Japanese community around Mosman in the early 20th century prior to WW11.
The photo is of the Mitchell’s Tennis courts that took up the space of
21 to 25 Congewoi Rd. The 2 story house that is on the corner of Wyong Rd
and Congewoi is the telling feature. I walked passed the courts every day on my way to Middle Harbour School and played School tennis on the courts during the winter.
The were 2 sets of courts with the Mitchell’s, one on the north side of Awaba St close to Congewoi Rd the other on the south side closer to Countess St.
The courts in Countess St had a bigger drop from the road to the courts and had the fence between the courts and park. I lived in 28 Congewoi Rd as the youngest of 6 children up until 1962.
Rose Barry could be the mother of Sue Barry who I believe was in the same class as me at Middle Harbour.