Katoomba Children’s Library & Crafts Club

The opening ceremony, at the podium from left: Mary Matheson, Joseph Jackson MLA, Hon. Clive Evatt, Dr Eric Dark, Eleanor Dark, Michael Dark on chair, Mayor Freelander, B J Milliss Elsie Rivett, and her sister Mary Matheson, were the founders of the Children’s Library and Craft Movement. In 1922 they opened the first Children’s Library and Crafts Club in Surry Hills, Sydney. The Katoomba branch was apparently the eighth to be established.The following is compiled from contemporary newspaper reports. “Boys’ and Girls’ Library and Craft Club Nearing CompletionMost mothers have had, at some time, to cope with a complaint from their … Continue reading Katoomba Children’s Library & Crafts Club

Dr. Eric Payton DARK

Eric Dark portrait 1914-18, courtesy of Mick Dark DARK, Eric Payten (1889-1987) medical practitioner, social and political activist and writer, was born on 23 June 1889, the youngest child of the Rev. Joseph Dark, an Anglican clergyman, and his third wife, Adelaide (nee Goodwin). In an intensely religious household the young Eric spent his Sundays reading religious literature. This gave him an extensive knowledge of the Bible from which he would quote often in later life. He suffered severe asthma and at the age of eleven was taken out of school on medical advice and allowed to ‘run free’ for … Continue reading Dr. Eric Payton DARK

The Giant Stairway, Echo Point, Katoomba

First StepsAt 540 metres in length, with 911 steps hewn from the cliff face and 32 steel staircases, the aptly named Giant Stairway drops almost 300 metres to the floor of the Jamieson Valley below the Three Sisters. At the official opening in 1932, the Newcastle Morning Herald saw it as a “triumph of nerve and skill”, while the Sydney Morning Herald concluded that “patience and courage have had their reward”. Such comments, made in relation to the official opening of both the Giant Stairway and the Projecting Platform at Echo Point on Saturday October 1, 1932, were among many … Continue reading The Giant Stairway, Echo Point, Katoomba