A memory refresh

Mosman Oval, January 1913

In May this year, mosmanmemories.net will celebrate its sixth birthday. Internet years are like dog years and whilst we won’t hazard a guess as to its equivalent human age, the site deserved an update.

Here’s a brief outline of what we’ve done:

  • A redesigned template that will adapt to your mobile and tablet devices – we hope you’ll take this site with you as you walk around Mosman.
  • Stories and photos have been given a latitude and longitude so that they can be browsed on a map.
  • You now have the option to license your stories and photos with Creative Commons. You retain copyright but make it possible for other individuals and institutions to re-use your stories and photos on the conditions you specify.

There are lots of other little enhancements throughout the site and we hope the refresh will encourage you to browse the many contributions and comments… and prompt you to add your memories of Mosman.

Our thanks to the Textpattern developers and community for the open source platform upon which this site is built. Special mention to Michael Manfre who developed the plugins for user submissions and Stef Dawson of Team Textpattern for additional customisations.

Bernard D, Mosman Library · 7 January 2012 · # · Comment

Blue Peter: motor cruiser

Blue Peter at Donnovan’s Landing, Glenelg River, South Australia

A question from researcher David Newble:

I am researching the provenance of a motor cruiser called Blue Peter for the National Maritime Museum’s Historic Ships Register. She was built in Sydney in the mid 1930s. The only information I have of her early life is that she was sailed from Mosman Bay to Adelaide, leaving in November 1953. The departure was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald because the couple sailing the boat were the Tuckfields from Perth who were quite famous for undertaking a round Australia voyage in their ketch. While the boat was called Blue Peter at that time we think it may previously have had another name. It would be very helpful to have this name or the name of the owner at the time. We believe one previous owner was a Charles Walker.

If you have any information please contact Professor David Newble.

Mosman Library · 9 August 2011 · # · Comment [1]

Can you help? Did you know Bobbie (Roberta) Fitzgerald?

If anyone can help, I am looking for Bobbie Fitzgerald who worked for Schweppes and passed away in or around the year 2000. She could have been Irish decent. She was best friends with my mother, Josephine McCabe, and am looking for any famiy or friends who knew her to see if they have any pictures or memories.

Can you help? Please contact us or leave a comment.

Mosman Library · 8 August 2011 · # · Comment

Who remembers Charlie de Mars & his cake shop?

Fran de Mars is looking for information on her grandfather and his ‘Exclusive Cakes’ shop. Can you help?

I have recently discovered that my grandfather, Charles (Charlie) de Mars had a cake shop Exclusive Cakes in Mosman back in the 1930’s/1940’s. We think it is where Hanna’s Cakes now stands (or at least one part of that premises) in Middle Head Road. If anyone has any information about the business or knew Charlie or his wife Eleanor (they lived at Cammeray), or children Bert (Hubert) and Dawn, could you please let me know, or any photos. Charlie was not only a wonderful pastry chef but a master cake decorator. His work was exquisite. No family photos have been kept of that period. His father Hubert, was a pastry chef from Paris who came to Australia in 1875 as a cook on the ship Lord Ashley. He resided in Parramatta.

If you have any information, please contact us — or post a story or photo to the site!

Mosman Library · 23 June 2011 · # · Comment [1]

Putting a face to the name

Mosman Faces is about people and places, a place to share your stories of Mosman.

In this first series of Mosman Faces ten people tell stories that have shaped the Mosman community. The stories create a visual history of Mosman through film and through images from Mosman Library’s Local Studies collection.

We aim to build on these interviews through your comments and responses to the stories and the snaps. Mosman’s story is ongoing and we need you to tell it with us, to bring it to life and preserve it for present and future generations.

Add your face!

Join the Mosman Faces Flickr Group. Add your photos to the pool — they’ll appear on MosmanFaces.net.

Mosman Library · 7 June 2011 · # · Comment