Look up Look Down: Week 21

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Bradleys Head in Mosman Sydney is a place steeped in history. A fort was built on the site in 1840 – 42 consisting of a gun pit and firing wall. Extensions made in the 1870s gave it three gun pits and more connecting firing galleries. With the British removing their regiments from Australia, these fortifications would protect the country from possible invasion by the Russians.

The mast (pictured) is the foremast from the cruiser HMAS Sydney. This ship was the first Australian Naval vessel to take part in a battle in WWI. Erected in 2000 it commemorates not only this battle but all Australian seamen and ships lost in conflict.

Bradleys Head was also the site of a Mission Impossible set but the custom-built polystyrene house  was removed on completion of filming.

The area is now a National Park with fantastic foreshore walks. It is possible to walk from Clifton Gardens, past Taronga Park zoo, through Bradleys Head National Park (stopping for coffee at Athol tea house which was initially the soldiers mess) and on through Clifton Gardens to Balmoral Beach. With sights of the opera house,  and Sydney Harbour Bridge along the way it is a walk well worth doing.

Some of my own personal family history is here as this was the place my Great Grandparents and grandparents and father watched the third Japanese midget submarine recovery after it entered the harbour and was immobilised with depth charges. The family home was ,at that time, a few minutes walk from Bradleys Head.



About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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8 Responses to Look up Look Down: Week 21

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a cool shot!


  2. Damyanti says:

    Just look at that. Great exercise here in this post– keep at it 🙂


  3. so cool to have your family’s history wrapped up in a national park like this that commemorates various battles and such.


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