Today's was mostly clouds and a wee bit of sun. Crappy photo day. Dug these up instead. Took them a couple of weeks back on a pub crawl.
Empire Bay in the background, the ferry wharf behind the flagpole and the War Memorial in the foreground is in Kendall Road Empire Bay.
Get the ferry from Woy Woy wharf. Sit and gaze out the window as it quietly motors along between the Woy Woy Memorial Park and Pelican Island. Enjoy the view from the water as it cruises past Saratoga and Davistown, past Rileys Island and St Huberts and stops at a few tiny wharfs in Lintern Channel and Cockle Channel. Get off at Empire Bay, where the ferry driver gets off for his lunch.
Empire Bay is not a big town. It's got twenty three streets and the population is probably five thousand. It's rather pleasant and peaceful, like most places on the Central Coast. There's a nice park along the waterfront and a decent fish-and-chip shop fifty metres back from the wharf.
The memorial reads:
C.W.ADAMS x ? 40 24
W. SETTREE x ? ? ?
FOR KING & COUNTRY"
The question marks are bits I can't make out. They look like dates but have an x in front of them.
Bustling downtown Empire Bay. This is half the shops. The other half are just out of the frame on the right.
The plaque on the memorial reads:
FOR KING & COUNTRY"
Empire Bay's a small town. Losing that many, and so many from the same families, must've ripped the guts out of the place.
One of the two small memorials within the fence. That insignia at the top is either the army's or the armed forces one. Can't remember.
The plaque reads:
"1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945
LEST WE FORGET"
Unusually, this memorial has roses (left edge of photo) as well as the usual rosemary.
The other small memorial. It reads:
"IN MEMORY OF FALLEN COMRADES
[3 insignia I don't recognise]
KOREA - MALAYSIA - VIETNAM
As always, it's a relief to see Vietnam acknowledged.
On the way back to my place we hit the Davo (the RSL at Davistown) and the Woy Woy pub. Then we had a little lie down.