Woonona: Take a shopping trip down memory lane

During the 1990s I photographed quite a few business places in Woonona shopping centre. While the quality of the photographs are not the best, they will undoubtedly bring back many memories to some readers, of a time when Woonona boasted several banks, a selection of eateries and supermarkets. Sit back and enjoy the following slide…

Lovely child’s appalling leap

Madge Hope, the 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Hope, of Campbell street, Woonona, threw herself off the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the morning of Wednesday November 8 1933. The teenager survived to tell the tale, with reports saying that her large dress had saved her life. Madge was said to have had “a…

Teddy Johnston of Woonona

Cake for blind boy The two girls also gave Teddy Johnston jazz caps, trumpets, nuts, sweets and balloons. The gifts will enable Teddy to entertain about 30 friends at a Christmas party. The boy, who lives at Woonona, near Bulli, has been slowly going blind. Eight months ago he started to take epileptic fits. He…

Dunboyne Private Hospital, Woonona

THE former Nurse Jarrett’s Maternity Hospital, Old Dunboyne, 13 High Street, Woonona. Nurse Mary Jarrett was a well known and highly respected midwife in Woonona. She like Nurse Cram, who ran a private hospital on the Princes Highway where the Mines Rescue Station is located, and Nurse Hobbs, whose hospital was located behind the old…

Woonona’s 1949 beach girl

Woonona’s Marjorie Jones, which the Sydney Daily Telegraph described as being 18 years of age, was 5 feet 6 inches tall, had a bust of 33 inches, a waist of 25 inch, hips 33 inches and weighing 8 stone 12 pounds, was a brunette, with brown eyes. She was one of the newspapers “Beach Girls…

Word of advice

WORD OF ADVICE is given to new National Service trainees for the Navy by A/B R. Hopkirk, after their arrival at the Balmoral Naval Station. They are (from left) Arthur Ratley, 19, of Woonona; Allan Turton, 18, of Stockton; and Aldo Spagnola, 19, of Clifton. – The Newcastle Sun August 5 1952

Woonona’s Charlie Stewart

Aged 14, Charlie Stewart (pictured), of Woonona, is one of the best young all-round athletes in the State. He won trophies at cricket, football and athletics. Last season, in a junior cricket competition, he had a batting average of 110, and took 37 wickets. Stewart has won the sprinting and football kicking championships at school.…

Lieut Nolan Pallier of Woonona

Lieut. Nolan Pallier, of Woonona NSW, who led the Australian force which bayoneted the Japs off the 1,000ft Dunpu ridge, New Guinea. Screaming with terror when the Australians charged, a number of Japs leaped over a 150ft cliff. -Warwick Daily News (Qld.) Saturday 23 October 1943