Cronulla 'servo' went same way as Women's Rest Centre

Writing on the wall

An Amoco service station which once stood near the present entrance to Cronulla mall went the same way as the adjoining Women's Rest Centre many years later.

Frank Farrelly had been operating the service station for 17 years when BP Australia took over Amoco in 1984.

"It meant there were two BP service stations within a block of each other," Mr Farrelly said as he fought to save his business.

"My wife and I could see the writing on the wall because we knew one of the stations would have to go."

The Women's Rest Centre, which was controversially demolished by Sutherland Shire Council in 2017, was funded by the Amoco Corporation in 1962.

In return, the council gave the company a patch of parkland to provide a driveway into the petrol station.

Saturday morning fashions

A series of photos in the Leader's archives reveal what was in fashion for women doing their weekend shopping in 1978.

"Saturday morning shopping fashions at Hurstville" reads the caption on the photos.

One of the images shows work going on in the war memorial square near the train station.

Lasting legacy

Ben and Hazel Broadhurst, who bequeathed the Hazelhurst property at Gymea to the community, were among the 100 Faces of the Shire, chosen for the centenary of Sutherland Shire Council in 2006.

The couple bought the land in 1945 and built the house, which brought a £300 ($600) fine from the Housing Commission for breaking post-war austerity rules.

To thwart the government and developers, they registered the property as a farm and brought in goats, chickens, a pony and cow.

By the late 1970s, when the couple were unable to maintain the grounds and unpaid rates were accumulating, an arrangement was reached for the council to take over maintenance of the property on the basis Hazelhurst would be used for community purposes after their deaths.

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre has developed into a priceless asset for Sutherland Shire residents and visitors.


Hefty increase 

The cost of using vintage weighing machines on Sydney train stations rose by 100 per cent to four cents in 1973, causing a sharp drop in revenue.

Mrs. E McDonald, of Miranda, posed for a photo on a machine at Redfern station.

Designed about 1890, the machines were leased to the Railways Department by the Australian and Eastern Manufacturing Company at Marrickville.

Daring rescue

A man rowed a skiff more than a kilometre through heavy seas to rescue a fisherman off Royal National Park in 1960.

The fisherman had been struggling in the sea for three hours after being swept off the rocks south of Curracorrang Cove, near Wattamolla.

"I really thought I was a goner, said the fisherman, Alan Cecil Locke, 28 of Hurstville, after he was brought ashore.

Bridge walk

Tens of thousands of people walked across the new high level Woronora River Bridge after the official opening by Premier Bob Carr on Sunday, February 11, 2001.

The event followed a decade of political bickering over whether the bridge was needed.

It took the bushfires, which ravaged Menai in December, 1997, to convince Mr Carr the project should be fast tracked.