Shellharbour – a double post

This is for both Neil’s Second Decade and Neil’s Sydney Photo Blog. See also Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields: from convict days.

There’s quite a contrast between the Shellharbour my father and mother met in and Shellharbour today.

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Shellharbour 1917

Contrast the aerial view (1930) and the latest Google Earth image. The place has evolved from a fishing village to a suburb, the most dramatic phase being since around 1970. The large bush area in the 1930 photo is Native Dog Hill, now the suburb of Mount Warrigal! It gives some idea of the blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) forest that used to cover much of this region.

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My grandfather Tom, my Uncle Ken, and my cousin Una, Ken’s daughter, wouldn’t know the place – well Una may be an exception as she certainly was alive and well through quite a lot of those past forty years. (Such is the passing of time and the etiolation of family connections that I have only just discovered that Una’s husband, Andy Gerke, died last year. I had last seen him at Beverley Whitfield’s funeral in 1996.)

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Tom, my grandfather; Ken; Una

Ken is remembered here:

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