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Another north Korean suicide. Shame.

Thanks for posting the photo of the entrance to the channel tunnel.

looking glass; thank you bye

I lived in the so-called ''Lighthouse-keeper's Cottage'' from 1947 to 1961 (aged one to fourteen). My father was an Army officer and it was a married-quarter; address: 31 Military Reserve, South Head, Watson's Bay.

It was built following the wreck of the Dunbar at The Gap, Watson's Bay, in about 1854, as the home of the first lighthouse-keeper, Jacob Johnson, who happened to be the sole survivor of the Dunbar disaster. The lighthouse and cottage, presumably, were built around the same time.

The house had been renovated when I lived there: the open space between the house proper and the separate kitchen/laundry (which backed on to each other) was covered and converted into a large sitting/dining room. Access to the original lounge room and 5 bedrooms was via the hall off the added sitting/dining room. First on the left of the hall was our lounge room, which opened on to the veranda facing George's Heights. Next was the master bedroom, which also opened on to the veranda. The hall also opened on to the veranda, facing North Head. First on the right of the hall was an enclosed bedroom with two sky-lights in the ceiling/roof. Next down the hall was the first of the other 3 bedrooms, all of which, including the enclosed one, were connected through doorways . All but two of the bedrooms, the end one of which also opened on to the veranda, had working open fireplaces replete with caste iron hearths. One of the bedrooms had been converted into a bathroom, with a gas heater over the tub, and toilet. Another toilet had been installed at the ocean end of the veranda, much to the many passing fishermen's relief.

The original, large, wooden cabinet, replete with wire netting over the openings, which would have been used originally for storing fruit, vegetables, meat, etc, was still in the kitchen, opposite our ''Early Cooker'' gas stove. There was, of course, no hot running water. My mother used to heat the water in a large kettle on the stove and do the washing-up in a large, metal dish. I can still remember sitting in the baby bath on the kitchen table.

Originally there was nothing between the house and the cliff, just across the lawn. Eventually, the Works & Housing Department (''Works & Jerks'') people agreed to enclose the place with a wooden fence. There also used to be a timber shed in the yard to the left of the house. It also contained a shower recess. However, ''the colonel'' apparently was sailing past one day in his yacht and was offended by the ''eyesore''. So, it was demolished by the ''W&J'', much to us kids'chagrin.

The nearby coastal, artillery battery (two 6.5 inch, 100-pounders)used to blaze away through Sydney Heads at targets towed across the horizon and illuminated at night by searchlights, one adjacent to Hornby Lighthouse (the concrete building is still there)and the other, half-way down the cliff below the current Navy Chapel, about twice a year. All the residents of Watson's Bay were advised to open their windows to avoid breakages during firing. One morning a large piece if plaster fell from the master bedroom's ceiling, missing my sleeping father by a few inches.

Lady Jane's (or Lady Bay, as we used to call it) Beach is a few hundred metres away towards Watson's Bay. As South Head was a military installation, with guards on the gates, for most of my time there, the beach was effectively our private beach, save for the fishermen who used to row their boats, with nets, out in a semi-circle from either end of the beach and then pull their catch in, early each morning.

There used to be a colony of penguins which lived under the overhanging cliff. They'd waddle in line down across the sand to the water in the morning. However, they suddenly disappeared once the beach was opened to the public, no doubt frightened off by all the nudists.

The Army has long since left South Head. It's now all Navy, which had always had a presence there nearer The Gap, and national park. The house has been restored to it's original condition, save for the clay pipe atop the chimney nearest the lighthouse. Regrettably, the toilet on the veranda has gone too.

Dennis Callaghan, 11.12.2012

Thanks for pointing out the typo.

"The localcouncil,Marrickville, removed most of these shrubs quite some time ago."

That's because plants don't last forever except in photos (:-)

I really like this photo.The bottom half is a scene right out of the colonial days with the 1874 barque James Craig passing South Head looking much as it would have back then. Australia could not have become a nation without sailing ships like this, taking away our exports and bringing in much needed supplies. It is as though the bottom half is the foundation of the top half depicting the city which owes it's development to such ships and the brave men who crewed them.

Glad the pictures have brought back good memories for you guys. The council is planning a new playground and I'm happy to report that they will retain the rocket. Cheers

Thanks gecorrections. The move to the correct bridge should show in the next update.

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