Woonona Public School became an emergency hospital during the 1919 ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic

MANY folk of the old Bulli Shire were eagerly awaiting their influenza inoculations in 1919. Between January-September 1919, pneumonic influenza, commonly known as the ‘Spanish Flu’, killed 6,387 people in New South Wales, infecting as many as 290,000 in Metropolitan Sydney alone. The Spanish flu infected 500 million people – about a third of the…

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 was discharged…

Nurse Jarrett’s Dunboyne Private Hospital, 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 Prince’s Highway, where the Mines Rescue Station is located, and Nurse Hobbs, whose hospital was located behind the old Woonona Post Office, ran lying in hospitals where many local children were born.…

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 Would you like…

Woonona bowlers state title win, 1922

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Woonona’s Keith Worthington, 1928

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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.…