Gosford

 

Gosford was first discovered by white settlers in March 1788 by Governor Arthur Phillip and referred to the area as ‘North West arm of Broken Bay’, later the named ‘Brisbane Water’ around the time of white settlement in 1823 by James Webb and Gosford in 1839.

The City of Gosford is located in a small valley formed between Presidents Hill to the west and Rumbalara to the east.  A creek ran through the town in the early days from Kirkness Ave in the north and flowed down through Grahame Park (Central Coast Stadium) joining with another fed from Kibble park and finished in Brisbane Water.

The city of Gosford has seen much change since its pioneering days when it was isolated from the rest of the world as the only form of transport in and out was via boat. The completion of the railway to Sydney in 1889 allowed a rapid growth of the area when local produce could be transported to Sydney more readily along with allowing easier access for tourists to visit the beautiful lakes and beaches of the Central Coast.

Notable industry in Gosford district:

Shell collecting for lime
Timber getting
Citrus industry
Quarries
Tourism

Early business was focussed in the south end of Mann St Gosford due to the locality of the local wharf in Vaughan Ave. In later years the focus became nearer the railway station further north in Mann St when the railway began to operate.

With the Sydney railway line being completed in 1887 the development of the region accelerated allowing the transportation of people and goods in and out of the area. Today you can see on maps how the railway severed Gosford’s streets as it followed the contours of the ground and not the parallel route of the streets.

Many of the early buildings of the area were constructed with the use of the cost effective timber found in the surrounding areas even though high quality sandstone was plentiful. Many of the early buildings have been lost through time but some early stone and brick examples still survive today if you have a keen eye.

A number of early Gosford buildings are still in existence today and are listed below. While many of the structures have been modified since its original construction they are still visiting.

Name of itemConstruction dateAddress
Christ Church & Anglican Rectory18583 Mann Street, Gosford
Gosford Court House1849Cnr Mann & Donnison Street,   Gosford
Gosford Public School (Old School on   the hill)1877Cnr Henry Parry Dr & Georgiana Terrace, Gosford
Gosford School of Arts188838 Mann Street, Gosford
Gosford South Post Office188223 Mann Street, Gosford
Gosford Hotel1926Cnr Mann & Erina St, Gosford
Sandstone wallc. 19081 Mann St, Gosford
Gosford Wharf Site1880Dane Drive, Gosford
Union Hotel1885Cnr Mann St & Donnison St,   Gosford

Unfortunately preserving heritage items in the Gosford area is not a priority with the local council and many of the more elegant buildings have been destroyed rather than encouraging conservation. If you follow the Gosford Councils Mann Street South Heritage Walk 1 you will begin to understand that many of our old buildings are now only history and photos and that many of them resemble the original design or have been demolished.

For articles relating to individual locations you can either use the search feature found throughout the website or this link will start you at the original post where you can then continue through to newer articles.

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Cnr Pacific Hwy & Wyoming Rd (West): -33.396730, 151.344931
Frogys / Waltons – Gosford: -33.427914, 151.341240
Creighton\'s - Mann Street Gosford: -33.429128, 151.341654
Cnr Mann & Donnison St - Gosford: -33.427174, 151.342174
Gosford waterfront (Northern end) - Gosford: -33.429535, 151.338931
Mann St Gosford looking south of Etna St: -33.419669, 151.343342
Cnr Pacific Hwy Manns Rd Roundabout - Wyoming: -33.398249, 151.344633
Cnr Watt & Beane St - Gosford: -33.420718, 151.344386
Cnr Watt & Faunce St – Gosford: -33.423261, 151.344032
Mann St, Gosford - Zone3 Laser Tag: -33.419159, 151.343560
Hills St Professional Centre - Gosford: -33.419917, 151.344552
Avoca Beach Theatre Storm Damage: -33.471774, 151.436160
Pear Beach / Lion Island: -33.536601, 151.304913
Gosford School of Arts: -33.429195, 151.341174
Imperial Shopping Centre - South / Kibble Park: -33.426723, 151.342453
Sterlands Gosford - Cnr Mann & Erina St: -33.425193, 151.342466
NSW - Blackwall - 393 Orange Grove Road: -33.504766, 151.337529
NSW - Mangrove Creek - Fairview Homestead: -33.323250, 151.126342
Brisbane Water County Council (BWCC) - Gosford: -33.428236, 151.341348
Gosford library: -33.426887, 151.342839
Kibble Park – Gosford: -33.426705, 151.343678
Old Gosford Primary School: -33.429937, 151.340704
Gosford War Memorial Park – Gosford Cenotaph: -33.431183, 151.340717
Gosford War Memorial Park – Boer War Memorial: -33.431183, 151.340717
Gosford War Memorial Park – Sister Sumner Memorial: -33.430667, 151.341017
Gosford War Memorial Park – Harry Newhouse and Gallipoli Vetrans: -33.431300, 151.340450
Gosford War Memorial Park – A Century of Service Plaque: -33.431417, 151.340817
Gosford War Memorial Park – National Servicemen’s Memorial: -33.430950, 151.340783
Gosford War Memorial Park – War Widows Memorial: -33.431583, 151.340667
Gosford War Memorial Park – Lone Pine: -33.431467, 151.340517
Gosford War Memorial Park – HMA Ships South East Asia dedication plaque: -33.431300, 151.340567
Gosford War Memorial Park – British Commonwealth Occupation Force: -33.431233, 151.340583
Gosford War Memorial Park – World War 2 25 Pounder Cannon: -33.431467, 151.340650
Gosford War Memorial Park - Mann St: -33.431316, 151.340371
Corduroy Road buried below Punt Straight: -33.436497, 151.366849
Wondabyne cutting brick arch culvert - Mullet Creek: -33.484807, 151.264408
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Cnr Pacific Hwy & Wyoming Rd (West)
Cnr Pacific Hwy & Wyoming Rd (West)
Wyoming, New South Wales, Australia
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Frogys / Waltons – Gosford
Frogys / Waltons – Gosford
70 Mann St, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Creighton's - Mann Street Gosford
Creighton’s – Mann Street Gosford
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Cnr Mann & Donnison St - Gosford
Cnr Mann & Donnison St - Gosford
99 Mann St, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Gosford waterfront (Northern end) - Gosford
Gosford waterfront (Northern end) - Gosford
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Mann St Gosford looking south of Etna St
Mann St Gosford looking south of Etna St
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Cnr Pacific Hwy Manns Rd Roundabout - Wyoming
Cnr Pacific Hwy Manns Rd Roundabout - Wyoming
Wyoming, New South Wales, Australia
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Cnr Watt & Beane St - Gosford
Cnr Watt & Beane St - Gosford
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Cnr Watt & Faunce St – Gosford
Cnr Watt & Faunce St – Gosford
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Mann St, Gosford - Zone3 Laser Tag
Mann St, Gosford - Zone3 Laser Tag
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Hills St Professional Centre - Gosford
Hills St Professional Centre - Gosford
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Avoca Beach Theatre Storm Damage
Avoca Beach Theatre Storm Damage
Avoca Beach, New South Wales, Australia
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Pear Beach / Lion Island
Pear Beach / Lion Island
Pearl Beach, New South Wales, Australia
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Gosford School of Arts
Gosford School of Arts
Mann St, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Imperial Shopping Centre - South / Kibble Park
Myer / Imperial Shopping Centre - South / Kibble Park
Gosford, NSW, Australia
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Sterlands Gosford - Cnr Mann & Erina St
Sterlands Gosford - Cnr Mann & Erina St
163 Mann St, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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NSW - Blackwall - 393 Orange Grove Road
NSW - Blackwall - 393 Orange Grove Road
393 Orange Grove Road, Blackwall, New South Wales, Australia
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NSW - Mangrove Creek - Fairview Homestead
NSW – Mangrove Creek – Fairview Homestead
NSW - Mangrove Creek - Fairview Homestead
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Brisbane Water County Council (BWCC) - Gosford
Brisbane Water County Council (BWCC) - Gosford
60 Mann St, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Gosford library
Gosford Library
Gosford Library, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Kibble Park – Gosford
Kibble Park - Gosford
Kibble Park, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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Old Gosford Primary School
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Gosford War Memorial Park – Gosford Cenotaph
Gosford War Memorial Park – Gosford Cenotaph
Gosford War Memorial Park
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Gosford War Memorial Park – Boer War Memorial
Gosford War Memorial Park – Boer War Memorial
Gosford War Memorial Park
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Gosford War Memorial Park – Sister Sumner Memorial
Gosford War Memorial Park – Sister Sumner Memorial
Gosford War Memorial Park
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Gosford War Memorial Park – Harry Newhouse and Gallipoli Vetrans
Gosford War Memorial Park – Harry Newhouse and Gallipoli Vetrans
Gosford War Memorial Park
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Gosford War Memorial Park – A Century of Service Plaque
Gosford War Memorial Park – A Century of Service Plaque
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Gosford War Memorial Park – National Servicemen’s Memorial
Gosford War Memorial Park – National Servicemen’s Memorial
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Gosford War Memorial Park – War Widows Memorial
Gosford War Memorial Park – War Widows Memorial
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Gosford War Memorial Park – Lone Pine
Gosford War Memorial Park – Lone Pine
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Gosford War Memorial Park – HMA Ships South East Asia dedication plaque
Gosford War Memorial Park – HMA Ships South East Asia dedication plaque
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Gosford War Memorial Park – British Commonwealth Occupation Force
Gosford War Memorial Park – British Commonwealth Occupation Force
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Gosford War Memorial Park – World War 2 25 Pounder Cannon
Gosford War Memorial Park – World War 2 25 Pounder Cannon
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Gosford War Memorial Park - Mann St
Gosford War Memorial Park - Mann St
Gosford War Memorial Park - Mann St
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Corduroy Road buried below Punt Straight

Corduroy Road buried below Punt Straight


Erina, New South Wales, Australia
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Wondabyne cutting brick arch culvert - Mullet Creek
Wondabyne cutting brick arch culvert – Mullet Creek

 

Notes:

  1. Gosford Council website (4/2/2012) http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/library/local_history/heritage.html (Page since removed)

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