The Journal of the DH Lawrence Society of Australia

ISSN No: 1039-9658
Vol 17. No 3, July-August 2010



Long-time DH Lawrence Society of Australia supporter, MICHAEL LESTER, recently made a visit to Taos where he happened upon some Lawrence treasures...Read about his adventures and see his photographs, next page, please click HERE


The Very Cream of Austinmer, Second Subdivision 1913
coloured map; 15.5 x 25.8 cm. Maps Collection, Australian National Library


REAL ESTATE was selling like the proverbial hot cakes down the south coast in 1913 when Wyewurk was built - as the ad for a sub-division in nearby Austinmer demonstrates.

And though, alas, we don't have a poster for Thirroul, an advertisement for Wyewurk was discovered recently in the Australian National Library by STUART MACKENZIE who has written a delightful article about it for The National Library Magazine (December 2009). The ad was in the real estate journal Properties and Premises by Hardie and Gorman Pty Ltd. The date is 1919 when the Irons family, who had built the cotttage, put it on the market and it wss bought by Mrs Southwell.

The Real Estate agent waxed lyrical about the cottage, which he spelt Wywurk: ‘Wywurk’ … ‘Why work’ indeed when one has a retreat like this to tempt from the turmoil and effort of city life to the restful murmur of the beach? … The fortunate owner of ‘Wywurk’ can tumble out of bed on its sheltered verandah, run down the path to the beach, and in thirty seconds revel in the froth of the breakers. Again one asks, ‘Why work’?

You can read Stuart's article - and see a lot of other interesting pictures of another seaside place which Lawrence visited in 1922 - Narrabeen. - by clicking HERE.

STUART MACKENZIE is a landscape architect and town planner with a passion for Sydney’s urban heritage and bushland. He is writing a book titled ‘Absolute Waterfrontage: A Real Estate History of Sydney’s Waterfront Suburbs’


A major literary discovery made by DH Lawrence Society of Australia member. See details on Page 3 by clicking HERE.




Katherine Mansfield