ANZAC Exhibition



John Steinbeck & Medals


Traditionally Pearl Beach has held an Anzac Day service and this year the service will be held at 10am on Saturday 25th April. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli there will be a three day exhibition titled “Tell us your story”.

At the end of the First World War there had been a great flurry of activity throughout Australia, raising memorials to the fallen and those who had served.. After the Second World War the question of suitable memorials arose once more. There was much discussion and considerable nationwide enthusiasm for war memorials that were useful or practical. Since 1927 gifts for public war memorials had been allowed as tax deductions, and many small communities all over Australia took advantage of these taxation provisions to build long-needed facilities – parks, playing fields, swimming pools, churches, fountains, civic centres and community halls..

Back then Pearl Beach residents, William Steinbeck, James Armstrong and William Frost who were the president, secretary and treasurer of the Pearl Beach Progress Association bought a block of land at 9 Diamond Rd to donate to the Association as the site for a community hall. They probably had in mind the tax advantages of declaring the Hall a war memorial. The Pearl Beach exhibition will showcase a number of items and medals from descendants of early Pearl Beach residents.

Steinbeck himself had two sons serving overseas, one later died as a POW of the Japanese, and other families had lost sons. However, as the Association had limited funds, building seemed a long way off. It was 1950 before enough money was secured through events, loans, and donations to build the hall, and it was officially opened on 16th September 1950 and dedicated as a memorial.

A descendent of William Steinbeck, John Steinbeck comments; “I have a number of items of interest from my uncle Wilfred Batten who was decorated four times at Gallipoli, my father Ted who was decorated in Tobruk and my uncle William who was captured in Singapore and died in a POW camp”.

Pearl Beach spokesperson, Lynne Lillico comments; “Many Pearl Beach residents and families have a close connection with a loved one or a friend who has served in the service of their country in war and peace”. As a mark of respect, on this coming 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, the Pearl Beach Community is planning an exhibition, in the Memorial Hall to exhibit memorabilia of their service”; Ms Lillico continues, “We have been offered photos, letters, postcards, diaries, and clothing to display at the Anzac Exhibition. Many stories are extremely poignant and emmotional and at times quite pragmatic with touches of Aussie humour.   The POW diaries are amazing with   their honest descritpion of daily life. The exhibition will help to remind us of close alignment of the lifestyle we enjoy in our current way of life.

“Tell us your story” ANZAC exhibition

Pearl Beach Memorial Hall   12 noon – 4pm Friday 24th Saturday 25th Sunday 26th April

“Official Opening” 5pm Friday 24th with a presentation by Australian author Robert Holden author of “And the Band Played On”. Entry by a gold coin, includes refreshments.

Photo: Pearl Beach resident, John Steinbeck with his “Story”




9am – 5pm   Saturday 4th April 2015

Memorial Hall

9 Diamond Road Pearl Beach


Book Fair crowd best 2

As a significant event on the Pearl Beach yearly calendar, this year’s annual Book Fair promises to be no exception, so be early to snap up that special book bargain. Now in its 39th year, the event is the largest single fundraising activity with proceeds going toward the memorial hall repairs and upkeep.

President of the Pearl Beach Progress Associaiton, Ross Christie, said “I am delighted that the Pearl Beach community will continue the long tradition of staging the Easter Saturday Book Fair. An extensive collection of high quality books awaits the serious reader as well as beach holiday novels. With nearly all books priced at $2 the Fair represents a great opportunity to stock the shelves”.

Mr Christie continues, “the Fair will again feature children’s books, reference, educational, cooking, gardening, art, travel and novels, and we are extremely grateful for these wonderful book donations and believe that the Fair is an additional attraction for visitors to Pearl Beach ”.

The buzz of the crowd adds to the festival atmosphere, providing the perfect environment to search out that special book bargain, why not make it a day out and also visit the Patonga fete.

The book fair will promote collectables and bric-a-brac tables jammed packed with exciting treasures, and pre-loved items, an exciting raffle and once again there will be the traditional homemade cake stall and jams providing that special treat which is always a sell-out, so come early to avoid disappointment!.

The popular cafe on the back deck with catering by “The Two Turkeys” will be serving delicious refreshments and lunch at reasonable prices.

Saturday 4th April 2015

9am – 5pm


Pearl Beach Memorial Hall, 9 Diamond Road, Pearl Beach, 2256

Further information – 4344 2319 proceeds to hall upkeep and maintenance





Saturday 4th April

Easter Saturday Book Fair
Thousands of books, collectables,Bric-a-brac, cake stall, raffle, refreshments and cafe.

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 9am – 5pm
Enquiries: 4344 2319

Sunday 19th April

‘Soiree by the Sea’

Twilight concert with Copanello

Musical mix of vocal solos, duets and trios, includes popular opera and musical theatre performed by Anita de Lisen, Shane Edwards
and Michael James

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: starts at 4pm – 6pm
Cost: $25 includes welcome drink & nibbles
Bookings essential: 4344 2319

Anzac 100th

Saturday 25th April

Rememberance Service

Community invited to come together to reflect and remember the sacrifices made by so many…

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 10am includes morning tea
Donation appreciated for Legacy

Friday 24, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 April

‘Tell us your Story’ Exhibition

An exhibition of items and stories loaned by Pearl Beach residents who have a close connection with a loved one who has served in the service of
their country in war and peace. Featuring precious mementos, photos, letters, postcards and heart wrenching diaries.

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 12 noon – 4pm daily
Entry by donation – Enquiries: 4344 2319

Official Opening Friday evening at 5pm

Special presentation by Robert Holden author of “And the Band Played On”

Saturday 23rd May

Pearl Beach Junior Music & Irvine

Family Piano Showcase Concert

An invitation to come along and enjoy the performance talents of the Central Coast Conservatorium Junior music students

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 2pm – 4pm
Entry by donation
Enquiries: 4344 2319

Sunday 24th May

Pearl Beach Music & Irvine Family Piano Scholarship Concert

An invitation to enjoy beautiful music performed by talented students of the Central Coast
Conservatorium. Three scholarships will be awarded.

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 2pm – 4pm
Entry by $10 donation
Enquiries: 4344 2319

Long Weekend 6th & 7th June

Classical Music Festival
‘Music You Know and Love’

Proudly presented by the Pearl Beach Progress Association the festival will carry the audience away on a magical journey, enjoy the following program:.

Saturday afternoon; Acacia String Quartet
Saturday evening; Bach and Beyond
Sunday afternoon; The Sydney Consort
Sunday evening; Taming the Tango
Venue: Memorial Hall
Times; 2.30pm & 7.30pm daily
Entry: $35 & $40 children under 15 $20
$135 DEADLINE 1st MAY save $20
Bookings: 4343 1455
Enquiries: 4344 2319

Watch this space for further
exciting 2015 events…

Kids Club Fun

Having Fun at the 2015 January Pearl Beach Kids Club

The Pearl Beach Kids Club, an initiative of the Pearl Beach Progress Association, once again presented a series of activities throughout January. Events included Family Bingo; Reach-out and meet the local little critters and insects; Rock Pool Ramble; Seascape Art workshop; Astronomy for Kids, Tennis coaching and culminating with Australia Day on the beachfront.


Artist Marijke Greenway coaching budding young artists

The activities attracted a total of 80 enthusiastic young locals and visitors, many accompanied by parents or guardians, who encountered nature first-hand. Once again local artist Marijke Greenway held a “Summer Seascape” art workshop with the focus on the beach. They were coached in art form, colour and design using paint and pastels. Marijke comments “by using artistic examples I hope to motivate budding young artists”. At the conclusion of the workshop an exhibition of the completed works was placed on display for family and friends to enjoy, and a certificate of participation was presented to each of the children.

Lila with St Andrews spider in jar!

A large group of kids and parents enjoyed the unique Crommelin Research Station, who with guidance from Prof. Madeleine Beekman explored the native bush environment searching for insects and little critters who fly, slither and crawl, and then looking at them through microscopes.

Rock Pool what will we find

Jeannie Lawson led a Rock Pool Ramble discovering a variety of sea creatures and explaining how to be safe in and near the water. Her advice was “at the beach never turn you back on the water”… a new event this year was ‘To Infinity & Beyond ‘ a full house of eager kids, and parents were introduced to the universe by a presentation form amateur astrologer Paul Wickham who then took the group to the beachfront to explore the night sky.

Gemma looking through the microscope

Australia Day, an annual event on the Pearl Beach beachfront attracted large crowds who enjoyed a variety of activities including beach games and races, a fun fair, and sausage sizzle. Musical entertainment was provided by the Gosford City Brass Band with the National Anthem and I Still Call Australia Home performed beautifully by a young Central Coast vocalist, Rachel McMahon

Pearl Beach resident, Van Davey roused the crowd with an entertaining ‘COOEEEEEE’ followed by eloquent story of our Indigenous history. Young local Ella Barrett gave us her version of why she loves living in Pearl Beach.