Catalina Park, Katoomba

CATALINA PARK, KATOOMBA AND THE PBY FLYING BOAT Many visitors and local people have fond memories of the flying boat at Catalina Park, a natural amphitheatre to the west of Katoomba. Although officially named Frank Walford Park, it has more recently been called by its earlier name The Gully. In the mid-1940’s this area of bush, swamps and springs was largely undeveloped and home to a small settlement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The land was owned by Horace (Horrie) Gates, owner of the Homesdale Guest House with its Wentworth Cabaret nightspot. In 1946, he felt that a new attraction … Continue reading Catalina Park, Katoomba

Rev. Robert Alexander Redmond B.A. (1869-1911)

The Redmond Memorial in Leura Mall Rev. Redmond’s grave in Wentworth Falls Cemetery Leura Mall in 1946 showing the Redmond memorial on the median strip Rose Series Postcard 5534 from the Local Studies collection Robert Alexander Redmond was born on April 6, 1869 in Northern Ireland, the son of Samuel Redmond, farmer of Slievenaboley in County Down and Catherine (Piddock). In 1896 aged 27, he entered divinity studies at Assembly’s College, Belfast, the theological college for the Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland. In his final year he was awarded the blue ribbon of the college: the Magill Bursary for pulpit eloquence. He … Continue reading Rev. Robert Alexander Redmond B.A. (1869-1911)