At long last, the story of Orry Kelly, 


Orry Kelly with Tony Curtis doing a fitting for ‘Some Like it Hot’

 the boy from Kiama who won three Oscars for costume 

Orry’s three Oscars

as head of Warner Brothers costume department  is out there in the world, thanks to the artistry, persistence and skill of Australian Director Gillian Armstong,  

Gillian Armstrong

  who has previously won acclaim for her documentary Unfolding Florence and the 14 up series Love, Lust and Lies which follows the lives of three Adelaide girls every 14 years.
Well known TV character actor Darren Glishenan plays Orry with the right mix of dry wit, fearlessness and malicious glee.

Here is the trailer for Women He’s Undressed. 

Women He’s Undressed trailer

And here is the website for the Women He’s Undressed Documntary

Women He’s Undressed

The film will receive a general cinematic release in the middle of July with the memoir of Orry Kelly ‘Women I’ve Undressed’ available to buy in mid August.

Kiama Public School celebrated its 150th Anniversary in style, on Saturday November 19, 2011 with a number of events, including a dinner for ex-students, publishing a history of the school in a new booklet, and an extensive display in the Bombo room (the old Bombo school that was transplanted onto the Kiama Public School site.

Here is some of the many old class photos with many ex-students looking for familiar faces

The school also filled and buried a brand new time capsule. As mentioned in the 100th anniversary booklet (1961) the original time capsule from 1861 was never found, which is around the time the rare and valuable Kiama or Allen Pennies went out of circulation.

The Divas, the choir of Kiama Public school, also performed, ably conducted by principal Jenny Maude.

Even the school scarecrow was in full school uniform for the occasion!

Here is the Kiama independent special feature

The Chittick farm at Rose Valley (south of Kiama and north of Gerringong) held an open day, on 21st March, 2011, which was very well attended. This is very rare, as this Alne Bank is only a short distance from the other more well known Hindmarsh home, also known as Alne Bank (which has had 10 Generation of Hindmarshes living there,from the very beginning of Kiama, and where currently Micheal Hindmarh livea).
The Hindmarshes came from Alnwick in Northumberland. The Chitticks from County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and bought the second Alne Bank froma Hindmarsh descendant.
One wonders if in the early days have two Alne Banks so closes was there some sort of dispute in the family reflected in both trying to keep the name. Maybe they got along fine, and just liked the name!

Here is some the history of the farm, the Chitticks and the Hindmarsh, which was displayed on the day

Here is the magnificent main hall, the houses is build with traditional Kiama blue metal (basalt) and local red cedar. A beautiful, solid house and home!

Joe Chittick holds up a horse hoof and shoe from a beloved family horse
( if I understood the story correctly)The Chitticks played, and play a prominent role in the Kiama Show, and the dairy industry, and have for several generations.

Part of the historical display, which include many moments when the Chitticks played prominent roles in local government and other important moments of local history

The original cottage, now known as the milk house

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 8 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 76 posts. There were 41 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 26mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 14th with 101 views. The most popular post that day was Kiama, Its Place, Plants and Animals.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mariaozawa2u.blogspot.com, google.com.au, search.conduit.com, library.kiama.nsw.gov.au, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for casablanca, sea eagle, cow, casablanca poster, and orry-kelly.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Kiama, Its Place, Plants and Animals November 2008


Orry-Kelly’s Unpublished Biography still with family, in 1996. May 2009


Important Moments in the History of Kiama’s Daisy the Cow April 2009


Kiama and the Orange Lodges and Fraternal Societies June 2009


Headless Ghost of Dunmore House August 2007

On Saturday 20th November, 2010, a new plaque commenorating the ‘Four Orphans’ was unveiled in Hindmarsh Park, Kiama, explaining the provenance of the name.

It celebrates the central role that the Hindmarsh family made in establishing Kiama, as well as the strong civic role that family had made in all facets of Kiama over the next four generations.

The Hindmarsh family got their land grant at Gerringong in 1822, and build Alne Bank in 1855 which has been lived in by 10 generations of Hindmarshes to this day. It is my understanding an earlier ‘Alne Bank’ cottage was built nearby and may still exist on the Chittick farm. If it does I will add a photo.

Michael Hindmarsh had 14 children and the extended family played many roles in Kiama’s life. One of the first structures in Kiama was the Hindmarsh general store, which was supplied by Hindmarsh ships, and the first PostmasIer was Michael’s brother George. The sister Hannah ran a school. In addition later generations served on council, and Nesbit Hindmarsh had the Kiama Motors, and lived in ‘Rosebank’ a Hardy Wislon designed home sadly knocked down.

Here is Dr Michael (the Third) Hindmarsh (with blue folder) of Alne Bank who organised the event with the Kiama Mayor Sandra McCarthy and Deputy Mayor Ben van der Wijngaart, who all spoke to a crowd of the extended Hindmarsh family and the Kiama local history community of over 100. Councillor Monique Dare-Ward, of Jamberoo, who is descended from an old Kiama family herself, the Alexanders, also spoke about Hannah Hindmarsh, but is not in this photo.

Here the plaque is being unveiled by the Mayor and other councillors, including Ben van der Wijngaart and Monique Dare-Ward, and various members of the Hindmarsh family.

Here is Local Historian Fran Whalan talking about Cecilia Rutter, who married into the Hindmarsh family and her sisters married the other prominent landholders of the area, Kendalls and Chapmans. Fran did her local history degree on the Rutter sisters as her main research project.

Here is a copy of the letter which only surfaced on the day, which confirmed that the name change from Central Park to Hindmarsh Park was official by Kiama Council, though I note the letter actually says ‘part of’ Central Park and not the whole park! Well picked up by the Mayor Sandra McCarthy!

Here is the plaque itself.

If you can’t find the plaque in the Park, leave a comment and I will supply a series of three clues, each more cryptic than the last to pinpoint its location.
Here is the Kiama Independent article on the day.

Reading the Hindmarsh family history, most of the Hindmarshes (including Michael Hindmarsh of Alne Bank) came from around Alnwick, in Northumberland, and since the two words seem Danish, I suspect they trace back to a a whole village, which had its name changed by the Norman COnquest.
The most famous Hindmarsh was Sir John Hindmarsh, first Governor of South Australia, http://www.hindmarsh.org.uk/page61.htm
who became famous for his bravery at the age of 13 in a naval battle, and was a lieutenant on the Victory under Nelson. He was the son of John the Gunner of Chatham, Kent and his uncle was George, who was hung for murdering his chief mate on a slaver called the Eolus off the West Coast of Africa and was hung on the 6 Jul 1792. He was described as a pirate in the report of the day and the gibbet was set symbollically by the river and the sea.

I will post more detail on the Kiama history of the Hindmarshes, firmly scuttling any rumours of buried treasure.

Painter Henry Gritten’s early view of Kiama 1860 from a Robert Hoddle sketch 1830

An early view of Kiama near Black Beach by explorer and surveyor Robert Hoddle in 1830

Kiama’s Pink Post Office, looking from Black Beach.

It is not obvious today, but Kiama’s Black Beach ( named for the black grains of sand) was the site of Kiama’s very earliest history, with very little signs left today.

It is very clear in this photo below that the black colour comes from being wet, and the grains and pebbles are residue of basalt, possibly even from the Kiama Blowhole. None of the other beaches in Kiama having any granules anything like these.

The earliest buildings of Kiama were (except for the lockup where the police station is today) were on the BEACH side of Terralong street, and included the Hindmarsh general store, (roughly where the grand wooden stairs are)

and Kiama’s first council chambers (roughly where the public toliets near the railway bridge are today).

The first church service and public meetings were held under the grand old Fig Tree, sadly destroyed by lightning in the 1960s.

This early photo gives a sense of its size and importance.

The first landings of boats were made directly onto the beach, and early paintings of Kiama show Black Beach was the primary focus of the early township. Not so today!

Very few pieces of architecture in Kiama predate 1850. This bollard, ( one of two on the School Flat side of Black Beach) was part of the anchor chain system running across Kiama Harbour, before Robertson basin was dug out.
This is a shot of the same bollard from the other side of Kiama Harbour.

One interesting feature is the S.S. Bombo memorial plaque, under another Fig tree, roughly central to Black Beach.

22 sailors drowned, many well-known in the Kiama area.

Here is a shot of the seawall at Black Beach

as you can see in this earlier picture, the sea was eating away at the park, and even washed up to Terralong St. I recall it was built in the 1930s, but I will confirm the date.

I will add further detail on Kiama’s Black Beach’s Hidden Early History soon.

This is from the MUA website.

Wollongong film maker Sandra Pires short film clip “Pig Iron Bob” could be just the prelude to a full length docodrama on the legendary 1938 Dalfram Dispute
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On November 15, 1938 the steamship Dalfram berthed at No. 4 jetty Port Kembla to load pig iron for Kobe, Japan.

Japan was at war with China and reports were making their way back of the brutalities carried out by the Japanese Imperial Army – “the Rape of Nanking.”

Ted Roach, Branch Secretary, addressed the men at the labour pick up for the Dalfram. He told the men of the destination of the pig iron and the obvious use the Japanese would make of it: bombs – first to be used against the Chinese and eventually against Australia.

At 11 am the men walked off the ship declaring they refused to load pig iron for Japan to turn into weapons. It led to a nine week lock-out, with incredible pressure and threats applied by the government of the day, leading the Attorney General and future Prime Minister Robert Menzies from this time on being known as Pig Iron Bob.

Rupert Lockwood wrote in his book War on the Waterfront: “180 men in sweaty singlets and hobnailed boots sacrificed pay packets in favour of conscience rather than become unwilling providers of munitions metal for Japan.”

Now local film maker Sandra Pires has produced a short clip with the long term aim of making a full length doco drama on the dispute.

Love this ‘fake’ Greens ad done on Gruen Nation!
Check it out!

The local Kiama Deputy Mayor ( and currently acting Mayor) Ben van der Wijngaart is running for the Greens in the 2010 Federal election in the seat of Gilmore and has opened up his own TV Channel.Check it out,
This is the broadcast policy channel with stuff like this

Go to the public endorsement channel if you want to upload a message

Send it to Ben’s Youtube TV Channel(bqucv7lcjmp1@m.youtube.com)
and it should go straight through, or if you are an ambitious local filmmaker contact us and maybe your wildest dreams might come true! ( not that one, the one you tell your parents about)
Here is a great Irish Green ad I found.

and a English one here

Ben’s facebook pages


I really like the Irish one, especially with Kiama having such a Irish connection, but I reckon we could probably make one as good if we tried.

These are a number of photos from the recent Jack Waugh exhibition held at the Jamberoo School of Arts, by the Jamberoo Red Cross. I have to admit the landscapes he did were so instantly local and Australian. He was mainly famous for illustrations in magazines, but he did a lot of illustrations for lot of local history publications (mostly Jamberoo) and seemed to catch that fiercely parochial but very open spirit of Jamberoo.

These are part of a sketch series of local Jamberoo life, done in a rather 19th Century Bulletin style

Of course the big star at the exhibition was the original of the ‘Santa and the Drover’ illustration

used so widely for Arnotts on its biscuit tins

and in its ads.

I wonder if Jack Waugh was related to the old dairy family of Waughs in Jamberoo ( the cricketers Steve and Mark Waugh and the equally estimable other brothers Dean Waugh,and Danny Waugh) are.
Congrats to Jamberoo Red Cross for a very professional exhibition, which seemed very well attended, and by the number of local families lending art, it seems ‘trey cool’ to have a ‘Jack Waugh’ on the wall. Most of the material os preserved by his son and the rest of the surviving family. I wouldn’t mind a Jack Waugh on my wall!
If you want to know more about Jack, this is by far the best article on him, by Greg Ray, and rather than pinch all his reaearch and change a few adjectives (as they train you at uni to do) I cannot not do more than merely step aside with a quiet smile and usher you forth to it,

This intro give a good summation,,,,
“John Edward (Jack) Waugh was a prolific commercial artist and illustrator whose work appeared in many Australian publications.

He was one of the artistic mainstays of the K.G. Murray publishing group and his illustrations were a prominent feature in such titles as Man, Man Junior, Adam and Cavalcade.

His glorious double-page paintings – like those of fellow artist Phil Belbin – adorned the pages of Man through its heyday in the late 1940s and 50s to the end of the magazine’s life in the 1970s.

Perhaps his best-known single illustration, however, was painted for the Arnotts biscuit company in 1964 and appeared on the back page of the Australian Woman’s Weekly several times over a number of years. The picture showed Santa Claus pausing for a rest by a country wayside, sharing a billy of tea (and some biscuits) with a wiry Aussie drover. The drover was Waugh himself (he often modelled for his own pictures in a mirror) and the picture was such a hit with Arnotts and the public that instead of appearing once only it was republished year after year at Christmas time. Eventually Arnotts, in recognition of Waugh’s creation of a powerful and valuable image, paid him an extra cheque and thanked him for his inspiration. In a way, the outwardly tough but inwardly sentimental drover is a fitting symbol of the independent, self-reliant and outdoorsy ex-serviceman whose strongly masculine drawing style co-existed with a passion for nature, the bush and conservation. “

Are these photos proof that Kiama is the World’s Greatest Blowhole?
Does this photo (which shows a blow at the Kiama Blowhole around 1880, much higher that the Kiama Lighthouse, (which is 36.3 metres off sea level) a world record?


Some History on them name Kiama and here
“Blowhole History

The main Kiama Blowhole was discovered by George Bass on his voyage of coastal exploration on December 6, 1797, after anchoring his whaleboat in the sheltered bay which became Kiama Harbour.

The shore Bass wrote, showed evidence of considerable volcanic fire and on the point he found: “The earth for a considerable distance round in the form approaching a circle seemed to have given way; it was now a green slope…..Towards the centre was a deep ragged hole of about 25 to 30 feet in diameter and on one side of it the sea washed in through a subterraneous passage…with a most tremendous noise…”

Bass was not, in fact, the first to discover the Kiama Blowhole, as local Aboriginals had for generations referred to it as Khanterintee.

In January 1889 a performer by the name of Charles Jackson attracted large crowds to see his crossings of the mouth of the Blowhole on a tightrope.

A smaller “little Blowhole” is located a few minutes south of the main Blowhole & performs best under moderate seas.”

The second largest blowhole, in Mexico, La Bufadora, thinks so. It claims to be the second largest blowhole in the world and names Kiama as the largest
While no official listings exist, what science articles on the subject do name Kiama as the world’s largest blowhole.

Maybe it is time for Kiama to claim the title, and use it to promote the town, but also come up with a plan for what the poor thousands of tourists who go up to see the Kiama Blowhole, should do instead, maybe a Lunchtime Blowhole Show next to the Blowhole every day?

Most other towns would be pretty much onto this, but I think Kiama tends to rests on its tourist laurels!