Morisset Hospital Memorial Chapel
The Morisset Hospital Chapel, containing several beautiful stained-glass windows, is set in the grounds near the shore of Lake Macquarie. It was erected and dedicated to staff members who died in service or were killed in action in both World Wars.
Baking an Aussie Icon
With origins dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, the pie was introduced to the new colony by the British and Irish, to become one of our national foods. Some of our local bakers – McEwans and Thompsons - produced pies still remembered today.
Stories from Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club
In 2022 HELM worked with Lake Macquarie City Council and Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club to photograph some of the heritage collection for uploading to the Museum & Galleries NSW Storytime web site. Here are some of those stories.
Adventures by Caves Members
Transport Many outings were had in the 1927 T model ford painted in Caves colours of maroon and white stripes. This impressive vehicle, named “Kayvs Bitch” (photo on left above) made appearances at May Day celebrations and won three blue ribbons – Newcastle Show. With only rear brakes working, it often had to be thrown into reverse gear. They carried an anchor for a joke but had to actually use it when overtaking a tram and the lights turned red. Resorting to use this emergency brake, they threw out the rope and anchor, stopping, but not before the [...]
Surf Life Saving at Caves Beach – Early Days
All photos courtesy of Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club During 1929 investigations started into the formation of a second surf life saving club between the location of the Swansea Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) at Blacksmiths Beach (now the Swansea-Belmont SLSC) and Pinny Beach, a little further south. A meeting in September 1929 at the Swansea Ambulance Hall, on a section of land now occupied by the Swansea RSL Club, decided a location next to the large natural cave at Caves Beach was ideal. The club was to be named Swansea-Caves Beach SLSC, now Caves Beach SLSC, with official [...]
Keven Harman, All Round Athlete and Good Guy
All images courtesy of Keven Harman Australian and World Masters Surf Ski Champion, Keven Harman’s first surf ski was made by his great uncle, Tom Humphreys in 1946. Ski paddling started in the 1920’s with home-made timber craft to ride the waves and have fun. They made it possible for riders to catch waves further out and became popular around 1947. The average ski was 12’ long and 33” wide – not so much built for speed but to be a better platform for tricks such as standing upright; or on your head with a girl holding your [...]
“Christmas Fancy Fair” in Swansea
After WWII, a small show began with a merry-go-round and an aeroplane ride in a spare paddock on Main St, Swansea. As rides were added the carnival moved across the road to the park, donating profits to the local surf club.
Going to the Chapel: St. Peters Swansea
St Peters church was built on Main St Swansea in 1884, where the Ampol Service station currently stands. The land was divided into 2 to build a new church in 1958; and the original building was moved back from the Highway.
Honouring Some of our Local WWI Heroes
Despite our small population of 4 million, 414,000 Australians enlisted, expecting a short war. Many joined being loyal to Britain; some to have an adventure, see the world, and get paid. Sadly 62,000 lost their lives. Some of our local heroes were...
Rani – Legendary Sydney to Hobart Yacht
The first Sydney Hobart yacht race was held in 1945 and won by Rani – one of the smallest yachts; despite gale force winds, wild seas, no radio, and being presumed lost at one stage. She was built at Speers Point by Les Steel.