Malcolm's Description of Wentworth
Wentworth’s green hills and golden beaches are strung like jewels between the harbour and the sea. From the tropical gullies of Bronte and Cooper Park to the urban bustle of Bondi Junction and Double Bay, from the sheltered rock pools of Watsons Bay to the thunderous waves of Tamarama, Wentworth’s geography is as varied and engaging as its people.
It is not a big place. You can paddle a surf ski from one end to the other in an hour; which is not a lot longer than it takes to drive in peak traffic!
Wentworth’s most endearing aspect is the least well known. Contrary to popular myth, our community is egalitarian, democratic and far from homogenous. Like the majority of Wentworth’s residents I grew up living in flats, mostly rented and, in the style of the times, with small rooms running off a long dark corridor.
I did not feel deprived of anything (although I would have liked a dog). I was rarely inside. The best things in Wentworth; the waves at Bondi, the ducks in Centennial Park or even the brisk nor’easter whipping down the harbour on a summers day take no account of your bank balance.
Most mornings my father and I went for a swim at North Bondi Surf Club. The surf club showers were no respecters of rank or privilege. Our companions included judges and garbos, teachers and policemen, businessmen of all types; from shmattas in Surry Hills to high finance in Martin Place. There were surgeons whose hands saved lives and there were gentlemen whose calloused hands were used, in a rather emphatic manner, to collect debts for bookies.
Wentworth was multicultural before the term was invented. Our prayers fly heavenward not just in English, but in the language of the New Testament at St George’s Greek Church, of the Old Testament at Central Synagogue and many other shuls, and if you believe the Irish, (and who would doubt them?) just once a year in the tongue of the angels themselves at St Patricks in Bondi.
(from Malcolm’s First Speech in the House of Representatives 29 November 2004.)
Products/Industries of the Area
Finance, property, service, wholesale and retail trade, tourism, education, sport and recreation.
M B Turnbull (LP) 2004 -
Peter King (LP) 2001 – 2004
A Thompson (LP) 1995 – 2001
(Dr) J Hewson (LP) 1987-95
P Coleman (LP) 1981-87
R J Ellicott (LP) 1974-81
L H E Bury (LP) 1956-74
E J Harrison (UAP/LP) 1931-56
W M Marks (NP) 1919-31
W H Kelly (FT/ANTI-SOC/LIB/NAT) 1903-19
(Sir) W McMillan (FT) 1901-03