Tennis on Congewoi

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Jenny Hazelton (Medland)
Congewoi Road, Countess Street

I lived in Congewoi Rd. from 1944 until 1970 and spent so many happy hours playing tennis (and practising tennis!) on Mitchell’s Tennis Courts, which were at 21 Congewoi and also behind our house, 17 Congewoi, and running to Countess Street.

My Mum and Dad (Les and Nancye Medland) were keen tennis players, and so I was really brought up on the tennis court! We had a wooden gate in our back fence for easy access to the court- I never knew if this was to make it easier for me to whip in and have a game (after school) or to make it easier for the players to retrieve their lost balls. Whichever, it was great.

Mr. Mitchell (Len) would let us (children) play after the courts were free every day, before Sylvia (his wife) and he would prepare the courts for the next hiring. He would roll them with a heavy roller, sweep the lines and then water them, to settle the sand.

Now, my son and his wife live in my family home, and there are 5 houses on the space of the 5 courts. What wonderful memories I have of those tennis courts, and what a lovely place Mosman is to live – another day in paradise, each day.

Jenny Hazelton (Medland) · 8 October 2010

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I look recall the Tennis Courts in Congewoi. I lived in Countess Street close to the park from 1962- 1973. Mr Mitchell was a very kind man. Can also recall the huge slippery dip in the park at Countess / Awaba. Also the see saw’s. We use to place fire crackers under the seat. Bit naughty, but those were the days!!

Mark · 13 February 2011, 19:00 · #

I well remember the tennis courts, old Mr Mitchell was a great bloke. The park across the road was a favourite place for us kids in the area. The Antcliffe’s, McMasters in Rosbery Street, and myself. My dad was Bill Smith at Whittle’s.
Us kids used the playground frequently. There were bushes along the fencing of the houses adjoining the playground. There was often water lodged there and sometimes a tadpole or two. When we were older, naughty kids, we used to share cigarettes hiding behind the bushes. The cigarettes were of course nicked from our parents. The Tobins lived near there to and the Kennedy’s in Inkerman Street.

— Rita Corbett · 25 April 2011, 16:39 · #

I (Peter Clouston) remember living at 33 Congewoi Road … and had friends opposite in the Dodd family. I knew Ian Dodd. I also knew Helen Lester around the corner. This is living in Mosman in the late forties and fifties. On the corner lived the Guths. Orpheum Cinema used to be owned by a family in Burton Street. The Dalgleish’s lived in the last house. The Hunters lived next door.

— Peter Clouston · 22 July 2012, 17:55 · #

I now own 28 Congewoi Road. The Dodds owned this house for many years. We discovered soon after we moved here that this Dodds family were grandparents or great-grandparents of a school mate of our son, Paul.

We have a copy of the original Deed of our property, where the house was built in 1929. Deeds are interesting historic documents.

— John Young · 25 July 2012, 12:22 · #

We use to play football and forcings back in the Countess Street park after school and cricket in summer. Can recall lots of bad crashes on the corner of Countess and Awaba (before they closed Awaba, the rat runs and places a Stop sign there)

Mark · 16 September 2012, 16:41 · #


The bushes you refer to in the Countess Street park, where chopped down in the early 70’s when a girl who lived very near the park was assulted there. She was our neighbour.

Mark · 16 September 2012, 16:43 · #

We used to spend whole days in that Park ! The slippery dip was HUGE!!! As a small child would recall :)

— Cathy Sutton · 2 September 2013, 17:58 · #

I can recall cracker nights in the park, when they were legal. Around 30 kids would come down with a bag full of crackers and we have a great time. Those were the days and nobody got hurt. A few thunders were placed under the see saw!!

Mark · 9 February 2014, 15:16 · #

We lived in Congewoi in 1972 – cant remember the number, think it may have been 31 – Google street view indicates the house has been demolished or at least very modernised-
We had 3 massive camphor laurels in the back yard – maybe 100 ft (30metres) or more high. These overshadowed the whole back yard – hard to dry clothes on the clothes line underneath. One day I decided to trim the trees. About half an hour into the job, there was a knock on the door. I thought it was a Council Ranger come to put me in handcuffs
When I opened the door a man asked “are you going to cut more off those trees?” He lived in a castleised home on the waterfront in Shellbank Ave which had a very colourful swimming pool & was used for photo shoots – our tress – nearly 400 metres away were background for their shoots

— Colin Farrell · 24 July 2015, 19:13 · #

I’m sure I played tennis with your parents at Mitchells courts Jenny. We lived at 24 Countess Street on the corner of Awaba opposite the park. I spent many hours on those courts, played with the Antcliff twins, David Hawkins?? and many other locals kids. Middle Harbour Tennis Club played through the week and Saturdays and on Sunday mornings we played with the Lynwood Tennis Club at the same courts. Moved from there to Hunters Hill Lawn Tennis Club but have many happy memories of Mitchells.

— Rob Stirling · 17 December 2015, 20:26 · #

Rob Stirling – you and I played tennis nearly every week with the Antcliff boys and David Hawkins, who lived opposite us on the corner of Awaba St.. So great to hear your name, after so long. After I left school, joined Mosman Lawn, then played Northern Suburbs mid week and Sat. Comp.
Mitchell’s Courts were a very happy meeting place.

Jenny hazelton · 25 May 2016, 05:50 · #

Rob Sterling. Did you have a sister called Jan who went to Middle Harbour School. She was a year or two ahead of me but often saw her next door at Mackenzies. ( Elizabeth and Margaret). Also saw her at the park at times. Last weekend I attended the School Centenary with sister Nancy and was happy to meet up with a few golden oldies like myself, however a bit disappointing more ex students did not attend.

— Rhonda Blunt/Higgerson · 1 August 2016, 14:56 · #