Spotlight on the Sydney suburb of West Pymble

Posted by barbara on July 12, 2012

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The Blue Hole, just downstream of the original wooden De Burgh's Bridge (pictured), was a popular swimming venue for West Pymble residents.

Hard as it may be to believe today, Sydney's North Shore was once the hang out of the worst of the worst ruffians following the British 1788 'land grab' that dispossed the First Australians.

The incoming European inhabitants of the North Shore included a mix of escaped convicts and ticket of leave types who had served their time and were determined to make good in their new homeland of opportunity where land rights were going for a song.

Having been lucky enough to grow up in what at the time was a semi rural suburb, I have penned my 'love letter' to West Pymble for the online Dictionary of Sydney.

http://dictionaryofsydney.org/place/west_pymble

 

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Taken from a similar vantage in 2012, this photograph captures the six lane 1970s replacement De Burgh's Bridge in the background. An engineering feat of its day, the original wooden bridge, was destroyed by bushfires in the 1990s.

The exact same view is impossible to replicate as water levels have risen following the downstream construction of a weir at Fullers Bridge during the 1930s. The subsequent damming of the upstream Lane Cove River flooded well known landforms, including Lofberg's wharf.

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