Architects of Patonga’s War Memorial.

Thomas Worthy James SMITH – Hon. Organiser

When Peter Crook was looking for information for this years Anzac Day talk 2019, Patonga Project provided assistance and also prepared a background on the members of the Organising Committee mentioned in the program for the opening.

Thomas Worthy James SMITH

Thomas Worthy James Smithwas born in 1898 in Annandale, New South Wales, his father, James, was 19 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 19. He married Clarissa Kitchener in 1919 in Sydney, New South Wales. They had two children during their marriage. They divorced in 1945. In 1946 he purchased 11 Jacaranda Avenue with a Alice Esther Mitchell who later became his wife. They transferred this property to a company name of Keelston Pty Ltd in 1955 (not sure who owned Keelston).  

Other properties purchased and sold by Thomas Worthy James and Alice Esther SMITH 

1946 – 1956 _ 22 Bay Street

1950 – 1956 _ 19 Jacaranda Ave 

1951 – 1956 _ 17 Jacaranda Ave 

1951 – 1956 _ 15 Jacaranda Ave

It is possible that Thomas met Alice in Patonga as Alice Esther Mitchell is registered as being the owner in 1946 – 1943 of what is now 1 Patonga Dve.      

Electoral records (1949 and 1954) indicate that Thomas Worthy and Alice Esther SMITH resided at “Altoma” in Jacaranda Ave.


Thomas Worthy James Smith was recorded as being employed as a contractor on land title transfers, 

Electoral rolls have him in 1930 & 1933 as a lorry driver and living at Ryde. In 1943 he still resided at Ryde with an occupation as a packer. In 1935-1937 and1943 he resided at Ryde with an occupation as case merchant.  This would relate to his partnership and then sole trader of the Universal Case Factory Camperdown commencing prior to1932.  

During his time at Patonga no occupation was recorded. By 1958 he was living at 60 Adelaide Street Umina and occupied as a carrier.

During his time at Patonga, Smith rented vacation properties, hired launches, provided a taxi truck service and was a local councillor from at least 1948-1950. 

He sought a special lease whilst a boat proprieter, 

It is notified in the Government Gazette of 14th, 22nd, 29thApril, and 6th May, 1949, that application has been made by Thomas Worthy James Smith for Special Lease No. 48/151 Land District of Gosford for Boat shed (Community) and wharf dimensions about 35 feet frontage by 100 feet below high water mark of Patonga Creek, fronting part Reserve 40412 for access. Village and Parish Patonga, County of Northumberland. Objections may be lodged at Land Board Office, East Maitland.

He also operated as an auctioneer and licensed real estate agent.

18 Apr 1951 – SALE POSTPONED THE AUCTION SALE of Household effects to take place at the Chalet PATONGA BEACH on Saturday April 21, has been postponed till further notice, Tom Smith, Auctioneer .Phone Pat. 17

In 1948 one of his hired launches (Syd) went missing with two men and a boy on board.

it was reported that 

9 Jul 1948 – Thirty-five minutes after the time set down for the special meeting of Gosford Shire Council today to consider the report of the consulting engineers on extensions to the Gosford water supply there was a bare quorum of five councillors present. Apologies were received from the three councillors of A Riding (Crs Ashwell, Brown and Grahame. Cr T. W. Smith, of Patonga, was absent also as he is making arrangements for the State Governor’s visit to Patonga on Sunday. Crs Tarrant and Lloyd (Woy Woy) arrived half-an-hour late.

Smith was a strong advocate for Patonga whilst on Council 

11 Nov 1949 – Councillor – Local Loan Works To Be Carried Out At Patonga Beach
Councillor Smith, at last Monday’s meeting of the Gosford Shire Council succeeded in securing approval for two motions proposing local loans for road work and facilities for visitors at the camping area at Patonga Beach.

14thApr, 1949 appointment of Trustees under the Public Trusts Act for Reserve No. 60,868 at Patonga, notified 28th December, 1928, for Mechanics’ Institute Site:—Messrs. Albert William Ballantyne, Thomas Worthy James Smith, Albert Victor Mugridge and James Findlater (in the places of Messrs. E. F. Wilks, H. J. Warrior, S. D. Goulding and A. Landow, resigned); Additional Trustees: Messrs. William George Richardson and Charles Edward Sproul. P. 49-2,076.

He was also controversial 

Local Government matters are only ‘middling’ down Gosford way. Cr. T. W. J. Smith, of Patonga, was fined £9/9/6 for punching Cr. W. L. Lloyd. The latter claimed £50 compensation. Smith alleged that Lloyd called him a — — liar. A second action, in which Cr. T. W. Smith instituted proceedings against Cr. W. J. A. Dennett (Avoca), alleging that he had acted in a civil capacity while subject to special disqualification was adjourned, part-heard. The Shire Council has decided to have an investigation of its affairs by a competent administrator.

And still ambitious 

13 Jan 1950 – Cr Barrett New Chairman Of County Council Cr. Wilfred Barrett was elected Chairman for the ensuing twelve months at a special meeting of Brisbane Water County Council on Wednesday. His allowance was fixed at £125. Cr. T. W. J. Smith, of Patonga, was the only other nominee for the position. He was later elected depuy-chairman. Both Cr. Barrett and Cr. Smith filled identical positions in the first term of the present council in 1948. Cr. Barrett is on the Wyong Shire Council and Cr. Smith on the Gosford Shire Council. 

He remained an advocate for Patonga after leaving Council 

2 Mar 1954 – Council urged to save sanctuary, Ex-Gosford Shire councillor, Mr. T. W. Smith, of Patonga, last week urged council to alter its decision to close the old Patonga-Pearl Beach Road. Council recently decided to close the road at the request of the Warrah Sanctuary. Mr Smith, in an address to council, said that closing the road would be a grave mistake as it was of great value, not only to the people of the shire but to the people of the State.

2 Jul 1954 – Sanctuary road will remain open.
Its previous decision to close the old Patonga-Pearl Beach Road through Warrah Sanctuary was rescinded by Gosford Shire Council at its monthly meeting on Wednesday. Since its last meeting council has received a letter of protest from Mr. T. W. Smith, of Patonga Beach, and received a petition with 300 signatures.

… and entrepreneurial

11 Jul 1952 – Opposition To Spirits Licence At Patonga – Mr. Cassidy appeared for Thomas W. J. Smith, who applied for a spirit merchant’s licence at Patonga. The Court adjourned the hearing to Sydney for a decision. A deputation of residents,
front Patonga opposed the application.

31 Aug 1952 – Former Councillor Refused Liquor Licence An application by Mr T. W. J. Smith, for a spirit merchant’s licence at his premises at Patonga Beach was refused by the Licensing Court at Gosford on Tuesday. Mr Smith is a former Gosford Shire councillor. The Court considered that the reasonable requirements of the neighbourhood did not justify granting the application.

Hints to the building of the war memorial


19 Sep 1950 – FOR SALE, J.J.P. secondhand Brickmaking Machine, as new. Also extra Moulds. Tom Smith, Patonga 17.                                                                                         

FOR SALE, 6ft Southern Cross Windmill, 30ft tower, as new. Can arrange to instal. See it working. Tom Smith, phone Patonga 17

He died in 1960 at the age of 62 at his son’s home in Canterbury NSW.

Organising Committee – Patonga War Memorial

Herbert James WARRIOR – Hon. Treasurer

Herbert James Warrior was born on 1 June 1881 in Cowes, Hampshire, his father, Alfred, was 38 and his mother, Mary, was 33. He married Mabel Florence Scriven in 1910 in Kilburn, Middlesex. He died on 30 July 1955 in Patonga at the age of 74.

WARRIOR and Mabel left the Port of London on the ship Orvieto in Dec 1912. His occupation was recorded at carpenter and his age was 31. Public Service records indicate he was initially employed in the service in Aug 1915,unknown in what capacity, until his role as caretaker as Sydney Girls High School 1927.

I was unable to locate any children of the marriage. Records do indicate that his sister Mildred Sybil CIVIL nee WARRIOR at the age of 42 moved to Australia and then Patonga in 1920 after the death of her husband – no childred recorded. Mildred purchased 27 Patonga Street in 1928 and was sold in 1963.

Purchased property at 21 Patonga Street in 1928 transferred in 1931 and then in 1936 he purchased 36 Patonga street transferred in 1952. His wife Mabel Florence purchased 25 Patonga Street in 1942 and this was sold on in 1945.

Prior to coming to Patonga, WARRIOR had been a caretaker at the Sydney Girls High School from 1927 until he resigned in Dec 1935 just before his purchase of 36 Patonga Street. I assume he retired although the purchase by his wife of 25 Patonga records him as her husband and a carpenter.

WARRIOR committed time to the community being appointed to the Public Trust for the management of the hall and fire station from 1935 to 1949.

In 1952 he was the volunteer librarian for Patonga –

25 Jul 1952 – Patonga Library Reopening The Patonga branch of the Gosford Shire library would reopen on Tuesday at 2 pm, the Gosford Shire librarian, Miss M. Whealing, said yesterday. Miss Whealing will be present at the reopening. Mr. H. J. Warrior will be in charge of the branch, in a voluntary capacity.

I was unable to identify any military service for WARRIOR.

WARRIOR acted as Hon. Treasurer on the committee for the Unveiling of the War Memorial.

Back to Patonga – please book on Eventbrite

Back to Patonga event on the 27th April 10am -2pm – WHY BOOK ON EVENTBRITE?

You might have asked yourself why the heck do I have to register on Eventbrite to go to a FREE event in Patonga. Here’s some points why it helps.

1. The event is part of the National Heritage Festival 2019. To register “Back to Patonga” as an event for the Festival and to get Council support we had to have a booking system. Eventbrite is FREE, is reportedly safe and also available to a larger amount of people. That way we have exposure in the National Trust event, a council brochure for the Heritage Festival and more exposure through Eventbrite. National Trust site for event –

2. An avenue to verify community interest and support will help in any applications for grants and/or sponsorship. 

3. A really important point about registration is that it gives the Progress Association some idea of how many to cater for in the proposed BBQ. Remember the BBQ is also a fund raiser for renovations for the War Memorial.

4. Eventbrite takes limited details – Name and email address minimum for a FREE event. Create a new web page email if you wish.

5. FINALLY A lot of work has gone into this and it’s going to be depressing to see that only 20 people are interested enough to register. So if no other points make sense and you think the Patonga Project is worthwhile continuing – PLEASE register. 





A story in the Bush Fire Council of New South Wales “Sitrep” Bulletin of 1976

RFS tender_1
The Patonga Tanker

The story highlights the work of Mrs Walter ALLSOPP of Patonga who over a period of time collecting donations from visitors and tourists to benefit the Bush Fire Brigade. Accordingly to the article she raised over $800 for the fire shed to be built and a further $2,000 to buy the Bedford  tanker (pictured).
Work on the fire shed and the tanker was done by members of the brigade headed by the Captain, Doug Allsopp, Mrs Allsopp’s son.

For the full story click on the link

Officers of the Bush Fire Council inspecting the vehicle.

Back to Patonga – 27 APRIL 2019

The Australian Heritage Festival will run between 18 April through to 19 May this year with a theme of Connecting People, Places and the Past. The Patonga Project is hosting a “Back to Patonga” day as part of the festivities.

We are planning to include a display of photographs; the opportunity to scan your photos on the spot or tell a family story; catch up with old friends and families; Guest speakers as well as (hopefully) representatives from the Gosford Historical Society to help with queries relating to ancestry, research and tips etc.

The event is FREE but we will accept donations – Please Book through Eventbrite so we can manage the numbers.


Commencing at midnight on Friday, 10THApril 1936 a fishing competition, with anglers sleeping beside thelr lines, ended on the following Monday night at Patonga Beach, No fewer than 121 persons competed from Gosford, Sydney, Newcastle, and other areas.  Among the competitors were 25 women, and the ages of the male competitors ranged from 8 to 75 years.  Mr. S. Brown, of Patonga, was the oldest. Two cups were awarded, one for the heaviest flathead and the other for the largest Individual blackfish,

MESSRS. A. SMITH and W. Bale, of Patonga, were successful in catching the largest flathead during the fishing competition, their fish weighing 8 lb. Mr. W. Norford, of Sydney, won the contest for the largest individual blackflsh and also the cup for the competition, his total haul being 818 fish, 180 of which were caught in nine hours. There were 121 competitors. Including 25 women, and the ages ranged from 8 to 16 years. So successful has the competition proved, that the Amateur Fishermen’s Association, which was responsible for this contest, will conduct another over the Anzac week-end.

Mr. P. S. Williams, of the Patonga Beach Social Club, states that in the club’s Anzac week-end fishing competition, Mick Simmons’ special trophy for the largest number of blackfish was awarded to Mr. G. Peaty who caught 68 of an average weight of two lb.


CHARACTERS OF PATONGA Nellie FLOWERS. (1890 – 1968)– How did she get to Patonga and was it because of a broken heart.

Nellie Flowers was born into the family of Fred and Annie Flowers.  Fred had been originally born in England and immigrated in 1882.  He was a painter and plasterer by trade and soon became involved in the Labor movement.  Nellie was the second of four children.  Fred was a major influence in the Labor movement of inner Sydney.

Fred FLOWERS was president of the premier Rugby League club, South Sydney, in 1908-28; as the patron of the New South Wales Rugby Football League in 1910-28, he contributed much to its survival in the difficult early years. In 1924 he became first chairman of the league’s Australian Board of Control.  Flowers encouraged the building of a new zoological gardens at Taronga Park, on Bradleys Head, and became chairman of the controlling trust next year. In 1915-16 he arranged the transfer of animals and birds from their inadequate location in Moore Park to their new harbour site. The zoo became known internationally. State’s first minister of public health, from April 1914 to April 1915.Fred was given a life appointment to the Legislative Council in 1900 and was President of the Legislative Council for 13 years.  As a Minister, Flowers made many important contributions including improvements to police working conditions while Colonial Secretary, and as the first Minister for Public Health he oversaw the introduction of public health centres for mothers and infants.

Nellie Flowers, aged 27 had married Carl IRVING, aged 30, a dentist, in 9thJune 1917 at St. Stephen’s Church Sydney.  IRVING had been married previously in 1908 whilst as a student, aged 22, and then divorced in 1913.  He had spent 2 days with his NZ wife before she returned to New Zealand.  

In 1921 Nellie filed for divorce over desertion brought a suit at the Divorce Court on Wednesday, against her levanting husband, Carl Howard Irving, an Oxford-street dental doctor, for divorce, on the ground of desertion. Petitioner is the daughter or Mr. Fred Flowers, President of the Legislative Council. Mr. Markell (instructed by Mr F. Marsden) appeared for petitioner, and the suit was not defended. Mrs. Irving, slender and good-looking was wedded on June 9, 1917, the ceremony being performed at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Kirk Sydney, by the Rev. John Ferguson.  During the divorce proceedings it was recorded that “…The bridegroom had previous experience of the united state.- for the marriage certificate set forth that he was a divorced petitioner. He was in business as a doctor of dentistry in Oxford-street, and In a good way of making money. Nine fleeting months of life together, however, and the honeymoon waned. It had been, waning for some time, for the fang puller had neglected his young wife by remaining away from home till late at night, and excusing it on the score of pressing business at his surgery. On March 8, whilst they were residing at Milroy-avenue, Kensington; Irving, who was a man over thirty then, and some years older than his wife, packed up his belongings and left home. He had threatened to leave. a few times before, but his wife regarded his threats in the light of a joke, though he had never exhibited much warm affection for her. See full article below:

Nellie purchased No.’s 21 and 23 Patonga Street in 1931 and 1936 respectively.  She retained the properties until two years before her death, selling them in 1966. I was unable to find records about her time in Patonga other than in 1931 Nellie made application to council to build a weatherboard and fibro home – builder G.T. Page.

In September 1941, an obituary states   Dr. Carl Howard Irving dental surgeon, of Forest Road, Hurstville, who died suddenly in Brisbane while on a holiday, practised his profession at Hurstville. He secured his degree in U.S.A., and had travelled around the world twice.  He took much interest in the art of magic, and his library on that subject was perhaps, one of the largest in Australia. The late Dr. Irving was a member of the A.J.C., and also of the St. George Bowling Club. He married Miss Fuller, of Parramatta, and had one daughter, Miss Ursula Irving who is a singer..   

There is no mention of Carl’s previous two marriages in his obituary.Nellie died in 1968 aged 76.  She is recorded in the name of Nellie FLOWERS so it can be a

Gone But Not Forgotten – Part 2

Following on from the theme of Gone but not Forgotten Homes here are some examples of our not too distant past to remind you of the importance of capturing this history.  Houses that are gone and/or land that has been re-imagined.

Please REMEMBER that some changes may not be to your liking BUT it would be impolite to comment too harshly here. You are always welcome to comment on memories of the houses or request for photos of others that have gone.