Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The line of red dots in the centre is not an old village but the WWII emergency airstrip. It was gravel and its remains are occasionally dug up in someone's backyard.
The other isolated and grouped red dots are the old villages of the Woy Woy Peninsula:
Woy Woy (uppermost group)
Umina/West Street (lowest group)
Booker Bay (3 dots on right)
Pearl Beach (2 dots at bottom)
Woy Woy village:
Railway Street from the railway station
Masonic Hall Railway Street from the railway station
CWA Anderson Park, opposite the (current) ferry wharf. CWA stands for Country Womens' Association. The equivalent of the W.I. in the UK, not sure what it's American equivalent is.
Old Woy Woy Hotel, the one reputed to be built from bricks nicked from the construction of the railway tunnel.
Woy Woy Library, corner of Oval Avenue. Used to be the old Council Chambers in the 1930s but now the Peninsula's part of Gosford City Council and is administered from Mann Street Gosford.
Soldiers' Park, now known as Woy Woy War Memorial Park. On the water right next to the fish and chip shop.
Woy Woy Football Oval in Oval Avenue, next to the Library.
Woy Woy Wharf. Central part of the village then and now. Within 100 yards of the railway station, the shops and both pubs.
More photos of Woy Woy village at Bustling Downtown Woy Woy
Umina village (West Street):
West Street in 2005. West Street is not substantially changed in the last 2 years.
(Ignore the red circle, it marks a gas thingy up on the ridge.)
Shop down the quiet end of the shops, past the pub.
The pub, on the corner of Trafalgar Avenue. I have no front view of this pub. A glaring omission possibly caused by propping up the bar.
This servo (petrol station) stands where a cinema did in the 1950s, at the Ocean Beach Road roundabout at the south end of West Street.
The West Street anomaly.
Night safe on the former bank. Now the bike shop and now painted blue.
The Catholic church. Rumour has it this place is scheduled for demolition. I saw the drawings for the units to go up in their place but I was drunk at the time and may have imagined them.
Purple people eater, a recent addition to the old village of Umina.
The Excrescence. Where the carpark of this thing is there was the Ettalong Memorial Club, a three-storey lump in pebble-crete from whose open windows could be heard the aerobics instructor exhorting her ladies to lift! and lift! and lift!
Drop your pants/ A soul is wasted when there is no aim". Thus quoth the sign at the drycleaners opposite The Excrescence.
That's it for my Ettalong village photos. Hadn't realised it before but I've got bugger all from there. Must remedy!
Booker Bay village:
King's Store & Booker Bay General Store Booker Bay Road Booker Bay.
Old Brick Shop opposite King's Store Booker Bay
This post is about the villages of the Peninsula but it's also revealed some serious gaps in my photo collection. Mostly in Ettalong. So we all learnt summat today. Bless.
I don't pass on chain email but this one is amusing.
For those of you who watch what you eat,
here's the final word on nutrition and health.
It's a relief to know the truth
after all those conflicting
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Australians.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Australians.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Australians.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Australians.
5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Australians.
So eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you!