Thursday December 15, 2005

Cracking Awaba – Stories of Mosman and the Northern Beaches during the Depression

This new book draws on seventy-two oral histories about life in Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah during the Depression of the 1930s.

By combining extracts of these interviews with an evocative selection of photographs of the period, author Paula Hamilton has provided a wonderful glimpse of the landscape, culture and community spirit that existed in these suburbs during a particularly difficult time in Australia’s history.

The curious title comes from an interview with local Mosman boy Harley O’Reagan who as a lad attempted to ride a billycart down Mosman’s very steep Awaba Street. Harley and his mates called this ride an attempt to “crack Awaba

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