Category Archives: Historic

Hydro Majestic Hotel​ History Tours

Discover the history of yesteryear with a guided tour of the Hydro Majestic commencing in the Casino Lobby. The tour will take in history of the Casino lobby with its iconic domed roof, the magnificent Salon Due The and Cat’s Alley, the elegant Majestic Ballroom and concludes in the Hydro Majestic Pavilion which showcases vibrant… Read More »

World War II gun emplacements – Fort Tomaree

If you’re interested in Australian military history, make sure you take the short walk along Fort Tomaree walk to Tomaree Head. The headland, part of Fort Tomaree, played an important role in Australia’s east coast defence system during World War II. Fort Tomaree included search light stations, a radar tower, torpedo tubes and barracks, where… Read More »

THROWBACK Monday – Regal Theatre, Gosford

The Regal Theatre opened on 15th October 1937 and closed in 1975. The building was demolished in 1978 and the Commonwealth Bank now on the site. Where the Commonwealth Bank stands today was known as Hill’s Corner. The corner was previously known as Campbell’s Corner, after the owner of shops in the 1910s. Campbell’s shops were… Read More »

THROWBACK Monday – Embassy Theatre

73-75 Katoomba Street By 1911 a house called Riversdale had been built on allotment 23 of James Neale’s estate on Katoomba Street. It had before 1911 been owned by Richard Godson but in 1911 was acquired by the local dentist, Alfred Seller (Rate Books). In 1915 Seller decided to redevelop his property, presumably demolished Riversdale,… Read More »

THROWBACK MONDAY – Erina Skyline Drive-In

Construction of the complex, which had its entrance at today’s Penrose Street, began in July 1957. Occupying much of the old Archibald orchard site, the opening feature in February 1958 was “Green Fire”, a B-grade romance set in Columbia, and starring Stewart Granger and Grace Kelly. Entry prices were 5 shillings for adults, and 1… Read More »

ON THIS DAY – In 1932 the Sydney Harbour Bridge is officially opened

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world, though not the longest, with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. At 48.8 m wide, it was the widest bridge in the world up until 2006. In 1912, John Bradfield was appointed chief engineer of the bridge… Read More »

Jenolan Caves: Still up for sale, three years on

The Jenolan Caves, part of the world heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains, has failed to secure a private lessee, more than two years after the NSW government opened it up for privatisation. With the government’s favoured tender applicant, Anthology Travel, pulling out of a deal citing ownership changes and staff reportedly resigning after being evicted from… Read More »