Pursell Avenue was named after the Pursell family who lived in a large house on the east side of the street overlooking Middle Harbour and The Spit.
The head of the household was Arch Pursell. I was friends with Robert Pursell (decd) and his older brother Francis from the early 1950’s. There were other older siblings.
I grew up with Robert & Francis Pursell. The Pursell family went to Mosman Methodist Church on Myahgah Rd (as did I). We were all members of the Youth Group at the church during the 1950’s until at least 1958 when I moved to Brisbane.
One of my best memories is of the cars Robert & Francis drove at that time; a Humber Super Snipe and a Humber Hawk. I think the Super Snipe was a convertible and we all used to pile into it after church on Sunday and head to the beach.
Their older brother was Stirling Pursell who died quite young and there was also an older sister, I seem to recall.
R. J. Not much wrong with your memory is there. The Super Snipe was a ‘two door drophead coupe’ . We did not have a Hawk however my uncle had one. I am pleased that you retain good memories of that time. My sister Robin was 14 years older than yours truly and there was an older brother Bryan who met an accidental death when I was about 7.
My memory is not as sharp as yours as I do not recall your name unless it was R.T. then of course I remember and suspect that I still owe you a cup of coffee! If you are R.T. then my wife Barbara, who also grew up in Mosman and attended the same church remembers you also.
Incidentally the family home still stands much as it was and recently changed hands for only the second time since Dad died.
I am a distant cousin (2nd cousin once removed). I thought you might like to know about an ancestor of yours (and mine), William Oxley. You can see info about him at the web page: www.wikitree.com/wiki/Oxley-34
He was a police officer who died as a result of an assault during his duties and there is going to be a memorial service held by Mudgee police on Saturday 29 Sept in the morning, followed by a family reunion for William descendants. You can contact me through the private messaging system at Wikitree or email me directly