Jan 132013
 

Looking west from the roundabout of Dane Drive and Central Coast Hwy
(c.1970s) Boats washed ashore – Photo: Brendan Connolly Collection
(Jan 2013) Bridge and stadium changes

The top photo was captured in the early 1970’s after a large storm where boats were washed ashore over the wall of Gosford’s Brisbane Water and onto the grass.

Looking at the bottom photo taken in January 2013 the location of the retaining wall between the water and land was changed at the time of the Brian McGowan bridge construction. To the top right the lights of Central Coast Stadium (currently named Bluetongue Stadium) can be seen.

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  1. The Impacts of Significant Storms on the Broadwater in Gosford:
    An Historical Perspective

    Note this list may not be complete, but events below document evidence of similar very severe storms to our recent 2015 one affecting the Broadwater.

    1898, 5th May ref in 1917 newspaper article ( below)
    Winds of 68 mph. This was the gale that wrecked the SS Maitland off Broken Bay

    1917, 20th Sept. “A Record Storm. Church Building Blown Over. Over 8″ of rain.”
    Two launches shifted moorings, blown into seawall off Waterside Park ( before land reclamation, now the Stadium)
    Mr Ash’s launch blown into Police Park (now south side of GPS site)
    Damage to wharf -seas ran high over wharf , stove in shed, shifting planking and carried away all items on the wharf including girders weighing at least 7cwt each, and carried them onto roadway ( Wharf Rd , now Veron Rd) , presbyterian church blown off its foundations and tipped on its side, district orchards and State Nursery ( Narara ) devastated. Sheds and houses unroofed, gardens damaged , trees and telegraph poles brought down,

    1930 June – Gosford Times 19 and 26 June 1930
    Rain and storm damage severe in Gosford area

    1946, 20th June – GCC Minutes for 26 Jun 1946 p 2-3
    Reporting on considerable storm damage done to breakwater and wharf approach, almost severing the road to the wharf . Also seawall between baths and railway embankment damaged. Considerable amount of rock dislodged from southern side of Graham Park and scattered for a distance of up to half a chain from the Waterfront.

    1959, Oct. – Gosford Storm GT 7 Oct 1959 p 1
    Cruiser ‘Two Bob’, and many other boats adrift in Broadwater, and Gosford Sailing Club launch ended up on Railway embankment at Point Clare, while ‘Too Good’ and ‘Sea Witch’ were washed up onto Graham Park . Dozens of small craft vanished while high tide brought water over waterfront road making unusable and Gosford Leagues Club building site was flooded to road level.

    1963, May – Gosford Star 8.5.1963, also Central Coast Express
    Gosford flooded. Some of the heaviest rain in town’s history. Huge flood damage in financial terms. (there were several flash floods in this period)

    1974, 20th May – CC Express Mon May 27th p18-19
    Aquatic club suffered $20K damage, wharf and cool room completely destroyed, surf boats torn from wooden rails under building and ended in carpark. Central Coast Leagues Club surrounded by flood water, bowling club under 2-3 feet of water for 100 yards . Gosford RSL surrounded by 2-3 feet of water. Described as ” the worst experienced in the last four decades.” 80 mph winds.
    The boat ‘Sapphire’ washed up on Graham Park and another on a front lawn at Point Frederick, other boats scattered and ruined in Brisbane Water.
    70 mile an hour gale tore along Central Coast, beginning of heavy storms that battered the coastline for months. Houses undermined on coast at Wamberal. Huge boulders flung up onto Terrigal Oval from the ocean. Boats flung up at Point Clare, one through the front glass wall of a house.

    1977, March
    Torrential rain caused havoc on the Central Coast, bridges swamped, roads closed.

    1978, July
    Storms ravaged Central Coast – worst hit areas Woy Woy Peninsula, Empire Bay

    1981 (early)
    One of the worst storms for years hit the area with widespread damage

    1984?

    2007
    2 yachts swept up onto Park below Brian McGowan Bridge. This is picture looking towards Iguanas, with waves 2 metres over the Road .

    Recent 2015 storm.
    Including washed 3 yachts up against the Broadwater and ruined them and 2 metre waves heaped debris onto park above .

    A search of Trove will reveal further detail in accounts of these events . (Bolded dates – reports directly relate to damage in the Broadwater.)

    The record highlights the risks of building glass and wooden structures on the reclaimed Crown Land in Park beside Graham Park , below Brian McGowan Bridge emergency access for the stadium. -Kay Williams.

  2. the Road off the roundabout at eastern end of Brian McGowan Bridge is named “Alfred Higgs Place. There were two Alfred Zhiggs in Gosfords history, the first a Newspaper Propietor, the second, a descendant, was a Council Gardener . The area was named for the gardener:

    Alfred Higgs Newspaper proprietor.
    Website: State Library of New South Wales [website] library.sl.nsw.gov.au State Library of New South Wales /Catalogue -/%&ovr1/s.. .._03ad614d8e.htm – 19/11/2009 …: Gosford, N.S.W. : Alfred Higgs,-1906. Description based on: Vol. 12, no. 293 (July 2, 1897) Microfilm… This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.034) Website: State Library of New South Wales [website] library.sl.nsw.gov.au State Library of New South Wales /Catalogue – library.sl.nsw.gov.au/%&ovr1/s.. ..c042b590549.htm – 19/11/2009 …. Published Gosford, N.S.W. : Alfred Higgs, 1906-1962. Publication Date Vol. 23, no. 21 (May 25, 1906)-Dec…

    Alfred Higgs Council Gardener:
    I have found two reference to Mr Higgs the council gardener in the council minutes. . 2 Nov 1936 it is stated he works two days and this will be retained. On 28th July 1937 he is granted 2 weeks leave. Both indicate him as Mr A Higgs. Also CM 2 Jul 1940 suggestion to Palm trees for Graham Park . On the south side of the road leading to the Bowling Club. Given go ahead. CM 23 March 1944 p 6 application from Pro Tom Horse Club for use of Southern end of Graham park for a gymkhana on labour day. Permitted provided the southern side of the Palms is roped off. 13 August 1940 Mr E J Woods was the council gardener with unnamed assistance . No indication Mr Higgs was still with council. – research by Pam Williams.

  3. The area off the roundabout at eastern end of Brian McGowan Bridge is named “Alfred Higgs Place”. There were two Alfred Higgs in Gosford’s history, the first a Newspaper Propietor, the second, a descendant, was a Council Gardener . The area was named for the gardener:

    “Alfred Higgs Newspaper proprietor.
    Website: State Library of New South Wales [website] library.sl.nsw.gov.au State Library of New South Wales /Catalogue -/%&ovr1/s.. .._03ad614d8e.htm – 19/11/2009 …: Gosford, N.S.W. : Alfred Higgs,-1906. Description based on: Vol. 12, no. 293 (July 2, 1897) Microfilm… This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.034) Website: State Library of New South Wales [website] library.sl.nsw.gov.au State Library of New South Wales /Catalogue – library.sl.nsw.gov.au/%&ovr1/s.. ..c042b590549.htm – 19/11/2009 …. Published Gosford, N.S.W. : Alfred Higgs, 1906-1962. Publication Date Vol. 23, no. 21 (May 25, 1906)-Dec…

    “Alfred Higgs Council Gardener:
    I have found two reference to Mr Higgs the council gardener in the Erina council minutes. . 2 Nov 1936 it is stated he works two days and this will be retained. On 28th July 1937 he is granted 2 weeks leave. Both indicate him as Mr A Higgs. Also CM 2 Jul 1940 suggestion to plant Palm trees for Graham Park . On the south side of the road leading to the Bowling Club. Given go ahead. CM 23 March 1944 p 6 application from Pro Tom Horse Club for use of Southern end of Graham park for a gymkhana on labour day. Permitted provided the southern side of the Palms is roped off. By 13 August 1940 Mr E J Woods was the council gardener with unnamed assistance . No indication Mr Higgs was still with council. ”
    -Quoted research by Pam Williams.

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