Monday, 24 April 2017

1970: The 747 arrives in Sydney

Source: Anonymous. 1970. Untitled (photograph). The Sydney Morning Herald, October 5, 1. 

On October 4, 1970, the first 747 jumbo jet landed at Sydney Airport before a crowd of 10 000 people. In fact it was the first 747 jet to land in Australia.

The PAN-AM flight from Los Angeles, via Honolulu and Nadi arrived approximately 6:30pm, more than nine and a half hours late due to mechanical problems with the jet. It's arrival would inaugurate PAN-AM's twice weekly 747 service between Sydney and Los Angeles.

Source: Anonymous. 1970. Untitled (photograph). The Daily Telegraph, October 5, 1. 

Below is coverage of the arrival as seen by The Daily Telegraph on October 5, 1970. 

747 makes first appearance october 5 1970 daily telegraph 3

Qantas commenced 747 services the following year. The Boeing 747 jet like the Boeing 707's that came into operation just a decade earlier transformed the way that Sydneysiders travel around the world. While the objective by airlines like PAN-AM was to reduce congestion at airports, it had cost benefits for airlines. It could carry up twice the number of passengers that a 707 could carry. The cost of flying would fall opening up more opportunities for Sydneysiders to see the world, within their budgets.

Earlier in 1970, the International Terminal opened on its current location on the western side of the airport, and the design of the terminal accommodated for the new jets. It also led to the extension of the North-South Runway out into Botany Bay. 

Aircraft noise was already huge issue in suburbs surrounding the airport, especially in Rockdale. The 747's were noted as being much quieter than 707's. However the problem would not disappear but worsen as the airport grew in the decades to come and air traffic increased. Up to eighty planes land per hour at Sydney Airport today. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Shepherd Meadows - Toongabbie (1973)

Here is one from Long Industries Homes (now Long Homes) from 1973 featuring the Australiana series which was on display at Toongabbie.

Long Industries Ad April  7 1973 daily telegraph 39

Source: Long Industries Homes. 1973. "Shepherd Meadows" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, April 7, 39. 

Monday, 17 April 2017

1997: Plans for the Eastern Distributor are unveiled

Eastern Distributor April 10 1997 daily telegraph 

Source: Bissett, K. 1997. "Motorway sinks but toll will rise". The Daily Telegraph, April 10, 8

Did you know that it is 20 years ago this month that plans for the Eastern Distributor that we see today were unveiled?

While there had been calls for the entire road to be placed underground, attempts were made to make it appear more environmentally sensitive. This included sinking sections of the motorway under South Dowling Street and the landbridge connecting The Domain with the Royal Botanical Gardens

Opening was slated for 2000 (The Daily Telegraph), but was opened ahead of schedule in December 1999, sticking to the promised $3 toll.

ED plan 1997 April 15 smh

Source: Morris, L. 1997. "New $1bn plan for eastern M-way". The Sydney Morning Herald, April 15, 4. 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Peninsula Apartments Pyrmont (1998)

Large week, it was split level townhouses that one could buy in 1998 on the north shore if you wanted compact without losing the bigness of a home, but if you wanted to be close to the city, you could choose a "super large" apartment in the Peninsula Apartment Complex at Pyrmont.

  Peninsula Apartments Pyrmont June 11 1998 SMH 17RE

Source: Sydney Prime Realty. 1998. "Peninsula apartments; Living Large". The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11, 17RE (Real Estate Liftout). 

Monday, 10 April 2017

1965: The Royal Easter Show Official Opening + additional find from the 1992 show

On Saturday, the Royal Easter Show was officially opened by the Governor General of Australia - Sir Peter Cosgrove and is the pinnacle event of the show when the best of Australian agriculture is put on show with those assembled in the Main Arena treated to a spectacular procession. The Grand Parade has been held annually since 1907. In 1965, the Duke of Gloucester was on hand to officially open the show, making him the first member of the Royal Family to open a show since 1824. Here is a report from the April 15, 1965 edition The Daily Telegraph of the Official Opening. We are also treated a picture of the formations from the parade, one tradition that still holds to this very day.

  Royal Easter Show April 15 1965 daily telegraph 3

I hope you enjoyed last weeks insights into the 1992 Royal Easter Show, but I felt this article should also be shared from 1992. The recession was still biting hard on peoples pockets. It was being reported that more people were passing through the gates, but spent less once inside the gates.

  Royal Easter Show April 12 1992 daily telegraph 7

Source: Thorpe, D. 1992. "It's Showtime". The Sunday Telegraph, April 12, 7. 

But on a positive, people did their homework before buying their show bags. A very handy tip if you want to get bags with good stuff at a good price!!!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Pemberley Grove, St Ives (1998)

This week we head up to St Ives, where split level townhouses were on offer in 1998 at the Pemberley Grove complex in Shinfield Avenue.

Permberly Grove St Ives June 13 1998 SMH 10RE

Here is a Google Earth link to view the complex from the street. 

Source: AustLand. 1998. "Pemberley Grove" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, June 13, 10RE (Real Estate Liftout). 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Royal Easter Show Flashback: 1992

Source: Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. 1992. "There's No Time Like Showtime" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 46.

The 2017 Royal Easter Show commences on Thursday at the Sydney Showgrounds at Sydney Olympic Park.

Lets look back at the highlights from the 1992 Royal Easter Show.

It was the sixth last show held at Moore Park (1997 was its final year) as planning continued towards the eventual relocation of the showgrounds. Newspapers provided very valuable coverage of the events from the Easter Show including the preview guides.

Dates: April 10 - April 21, 1992

Admission & Transport:

Easter Show Preview April 8 1992 daily telegraph (2) - Showlink Page 46

Source: Cityrail. 1992. "Cheap Thrills" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 46

Adults: $13 (Showlink - From $14.00). This was $1.50 more more than 1991.
Children: $7 (Showlink - From $ 8.00)
Students & Pensioners: $10 (Showlink from $11.00)

Family discounts applied if there was a second child etc if attending as a family. They went in for free!!!

Showlink Tickets for the first time allowed show goers to use either (or a combination of) buses, trains and ferries to travel to and from the show. Paying just an extra dollar for public transport provided incentive for people to leave the car at home. I remember my parents driving to the show that year and the car parks in Moore Park were packed to the brim as usual.

It may appear to be more affordable to the average person, but remember you could purchase either a show entry ticket only or the all in one ticket. Today each person must pay a flat admission charge which includes public transport to and from the show on all modes.

This year, an adult will be charged $41.50 for Easter Show admission (up $1 from 2016) but is lower if booked online. Purchase your ticket before Wednesday and you will pay just $37.

  • Royal Easter Show street parade on opening day through central Sydney. 
  • No guest nation for 1992. 
  • Human Cannonball spectacular featuring Michael and Carolyn Vandeleur. This was the first time such an act had been done since 1966 at the show. I remember seeing human canonballs at the 2007 show. 
  • New XPT Xplorer cars on display (advertisement below). 
  • Jimmy Barnes performing on closing night. 
  • The Grand Parade. 
  • Peter West Stunt Spectacular
Easter Show Preview April 8 1992 daily telegraph (4) - XPT Explorer Ad Page 50

Source: Countrylink. 1992. "See the Xplorer that's going to be more famous than Captain Cook" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 50. 

In 2017, there are 380 bags available (up from 300+ last year), and all view able on the Easter Show website. The choices can be overwhelming today, but in 1992, many options were there. Showbags in 2017 will sell for as high as $30. Bertie Beetle was and still is $2 though you can choose from several other Bertie Beetle Bags that retail for up to $15. There are two show bag advertisements that I've included for you to get a feel of what was available.

Source: Anonymous. 1992. "A Selection of Nestles Top 20 Showbags" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 47.

Source: Anonymous. 1992. "A Selection of Nestles Top 20 Showbags" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 48.

Source: Triple M. 1992. "The Triple M Showbag" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph Mirror, April 8, 48.

Source: Anonymous. 1992. "Super Hero Stand. Your One Stop Shop" (Advertisement). The Sunday Telegraph, April 5, 139.

Key Statistics

According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald on April 22, 1992
  • Total attendance was approximately 900 000 which was similar to 1991. Note that less than 750 000 attended in 2016, which was the lowest attendance in a generation. 
  • 118 000 attended on Good Friday. 
  • 6700 metres of hot dogs (down 700 metres from 1991). 
  • 40.7 tonnes of chips 
  • 5000 cubic metres was garbage was collected. 
As a bonus, I have a map of the showgrounds for the 1992 Royal Easter Show which was published in The Daily Telegraph Mirror in their preview guide on April 8.

Easter Show Preview April 8 1992 daily telegraph (3) - Easter Show Map - Page 48

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Presidio Newtown (1999)

This week we head over to Newtown where a one bedroom apartment in the Presido complex would cost you just $198 000 in 1999.

Presideo Targets June 5 1999 SMH 19RE

Source: Anonymous. 1999. "Presidio" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald,  June 5, 19RE (Real Estate Liftout).

Monday, 27 March 2017

1970: Westfield's grand plan for William Street

For nearly four decades, Westfield was based in William Street in central Sydney. Whether you drove up the street or see it in view from the Domain or the top of Park Street, it was a big part of the streetscape. The famous Boulevard Hotel also shared the honour, and still is there today.

Alot of people forget that the office tower and the Boulevard Hotel were part of a grander scheme by Westfield

Westfield Complex 1970 nov 5 SMH

Source: Anonymous. 1970. "Exciting William Street project under way". The Sydney Morning Herald, November 5, page unknown

You'll notice above that the model is looking from William Street. Note that the Boulevard Hotel and the former Westfield Offices are at right. The scheme by Westfield comprised of:

*Two office towers - Only the tower (right) was built which was to house Westfield's offices.
*Motel (Boulevard Hotel) & motel
*Retail space
*Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The project would have been part of a greater scheme by city planners to turn William Street into a major boulevard, which simply has never come to fruition.

Had the scheme gone ahead, I think William Street would have been a more reputable address for businesses to be based and spurred further development on the city fringes, extending the Sydney CBD into Kings Cross.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Property Advert of the Week: The Rawson, Balmoral (1998)

This week, we head up to one the most prestige suburbs on the North Shore - Balmoral. In 1998, a prestige penthouse was up for the grabs right on the slopes.

The Rawson Balmoral June 13 1998 SMH10RE

Source: Winten Property Group. 1998. "The Rawson" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, June 13, 10RE (Real Estate Liftout).

Monday, 20 March 2017

1966: When Epping wanted to go its own way.

With forced council mergers a big topic in communities across sydney, I found an article from 1966 when Epping wanted to create its own council to resolve the situation where the suburb was divided amongst three councils - Parramatta, Hornsby and Ryde. This was seen as causing headaches for locals. The existing councils opposed the idea. It never got off the ground, but under the NSW Government's policy of forced council mergers, the entire suburb of Epping was incorporated into the City of Parramatta Council in May 2016.

Epping Council December 30 1966 daily telegraph 9

Source: Anonymous. 1966. "Epping Fights Hard for its Own Council". The Daily Telegraph, December 30, 9.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Property Advert of the Week: AVJennings Advertisement (2001)

Here is another great AVJennings advertisement from 2001 which was published in the Homes Liftout of The Daily Telegraph

AVJennings April 14 2001 daily telegraph page unknown

Source: AVJennings. 2001. "Add on a rumpus room for only $1,932." (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, April 14 2001, Homes Liftout (Page Unknown).

Monday, 13 March 2017

1966: Goldfields House is open for business

Photo taken by the Author.

In 1966, Goldfields House in Alfred Street accepted its first tenants when it was completed. For its 50th birthday last year, it was given the worst present one could receive - death.

Currently its in the process of being demolished, but I did find an article from The Sydney Morning Herald in 1966 which provides an insight into the building. The report mentions the tower being 27 stories tall, but the skyscraper centres lists it as being 25 stories tall but the height of 110 metres is correct. 

Source: Anonymous. 1966. "Tenants moving into balancing block on Quay". The Sydney Morning Herald, December 6, 25. 

People have mentioned the similarities between Goldfields House and the AMP Building located down the street. They were designed by the same firm - Peddle Thorp Walker. The AMP has a curved facade whereas Goldfields House does not. 

Here is another feature on Goldfields House that was published in The Daily Telegraph on November 7 1966.

Goldfields House november 7 1966 daily telegraph 20

Source: Anonymous. 1966. "Final touches to Gold Fields House. The Daily Telegraph, November 6, 20. 

The building's fate was sealed in late 2014 when Chinese Property Tycoon Dalian Wanda bought the building for $425 million. Wanda also owns adjoining properties including the Rugby Club and Fairfax House in Pitt Street. The three sites have been combined, all buildings demolished and two towers will rise. A 30 storey (110 metre) hotel tower will rise on the Pitt Street side, while the remainder of the site will have a 59 storey (197 metre) apartment tower containing ultra luxury apartments.

Source: Anonymous. 2016. Untitled. Image. 

What has made the redevelopment of the Goldfields site possible has been the huge demand for apartments in central Sydney along with a relaxation of planning guidelines. The location is also a major factor with the building located right opposite Circular Quay with never to be built out views of Sydney Harbour. 

While the office space in Goldfields House was rated as A-grade, businesses prefer newer buildings that can accommodate and reflect current workplace environments, which is difficult in older buildings like Goldfields. While its possible to gut the tower and modify it, returns from converting a building into a residential building can result in higher returns for investors and developers. 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Warehouse 82, Chippendale (1998)

In 1998, you could purchase a designer warehouse apartment at 82 Myrtle Street, Chippendale.

  Warehouse 82 Chippendale June 11 1998 SMH 17RE

Source: Bay Developments & McGrath Partners Project Development, 1998. "Exquisite Warehouse Conversion" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11, 17RE (Real Estate Liftout).

Monday, 6 March 2017

1990: Rain, Rain and More of the Same

The Sunday Telegraph reported yesterday that Sydney is not only facing a wetter than usual Autumn and Winter, but the city is also on a trend towards higher annual rainfalls, going against research that suggests that climate change will lead to a drier city.

For me, the rain when it comes seems to occur less often but when it does rain, it is more intense.

But I do have this clipping from The Daily Mirror published in 1990 where weather reporter Don White (still working at The Daily Telegraph) explains why Sydneysiders back then were being subjected to wet weather.

Both yesterdays article and the article from 1990 want to blame El Nino, because it is being predicted that were due for one later this year.

Source: White, D. 1990. "Rain, Rain and More of the Same". The Daily Mirror, April 10, 20-21. 

And yes, some more rain is forecast this week. At least its better than the 40 degree weather we had to put up with during our hottest summer on record in 2016-17.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Harvey Real Estate Sutherland Shire Land Sales (1972)

In October 1972, Harvey Real Estate were asked on behalf of Sutherland Shire Council to auction off blocks of land in various suburbs of the Sutherland Shire.

October 4 1972 The Leader 62

Source: Harvey Real Estate. 1972. "Land Auction" (Advertisement). The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, October 4, 62.

Monday, 27 February 2017

1965: What the Hurstville Super Centre might have been

Hurstville Central is the shopping centre located right above Hurstville Railway Station. It is a busy commuter shopping centre that was once known as the Hurstville Super Centre.

It is currently a one level shopping centre, containing a Coles Supermarket and food retailers to cater for commuters using the railway station and transport interchange. There is a rooftop carpark above with medical centre

The Centre has traded since 1965, and was seen as essential to reviving Hurstville's retailing precinct, which was being threatened by the opening of shopping complexes at Miranda (Miranda Fair) and Roselands.

Hurstville Supercentre April 26 1961 The Leader 10

Source: Super Centre Development Corporation Limited. 1961. "Hurstville Super Centre Limited" (Advertisement). The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, April 26, 10. 

Original plans from the early 1960's called for much more believe it or not. This included:

  • Extra parking
  • "Prestige" shopping level above the existing shopping centre.
  • Offices
  • Apartments (Approximately six levels)

At the time of  the opening of stage one in 1965, customers were promised alot more in the future than the fifty shops and rooftop carpark that they were getting. 


Source: Anonymous. 1965. "This is It! The Start of a new era in shopping convenience" (Advertisement). The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, 30 & 31.

Even in 1970, there will still hope it would proceed as per original plans:

  Hurstville Super Centre May 27 1970 The Leader 7 

Source: Anonymous. 1970. "Scheme Still Alive". The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, May 27, 7.

The development was never built further than stage one. In the 1970's, Westfield was built nearby including the arcade that links it with Forest Road. By the 1990's the centre went into a gradual decline. Even Franklins (which had replaced Coles) disappeared. By the mid 2000's the centre was desolate with large areas vacant and the structure itself in a bad state. Proposals were changed yet never saw the light of day. I took these photos in 2006 which show its bad condition.

A change of ownership a decade ago saw a major interior upgrade of the cent. As part of the process it was rebranded as Hurstville Central. Coles returned and the centre itself is doing quite well with most spaces occupied. Below are several photos of the current centre from 2008.

What if?

You might be asking yourselves the What If? question. This is what I think might have happened had the development proceeded.

  • More flexible highrise development in Hurstville's CBD on both the Kogarah Council and Hurstville Council sides. The presence of the highrise unit blocks would have given incentive to build. While Hurstville contains its fair share of highrises today, maybe we might have seen a few more. 
  • The Super Centre would probably have declined in status as time went along. Space to expand would have been limited i.e -built to Ormonde Parade with limited room for expansion into Forest Road.
  • Struggled to get tenants for it's "prestige" shopping floor. Hurstville is traditionally seen as a working class suburb and getting some high end boutiques into Hurstville might have been tough.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Opus 1 Bondi Junction (1998)

This week, we head to Bondi Junction where $315 000 bought you an apartment in the Opus 1 Tower in 1 Adelaide Street in 1998. Westfield Bondi Junction was yet to be expanded, but within a few years, it would come right to their door.

Opus1 Bondi Junction June 11 1998 SMH 17RE

Source: PRD Reality. 1998. "Feel the Rhythm of Sydney" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11, 17 (Real Estate Liftout). 

And as a bonus, a photo of the building taken by yours truely.

Monday, 20 February 2017

1989: Teething Problems at Darling Harbour

Setting up anything (in general) or building something will always create teething problems. Darling Harbour was no different. One year after its official opening in 1988, The Sunday Telegraph looked back at the first year of the Darling Harbour redevelopment.
  Darling Harbour wrap sunday tele may 7 1989

Source: Broekhulise, P. 1989. "A Year On, and Nothing's Changed!". The Sunday Telegraph, May 7, Page Unknown. 

The headline does not reflect the true nature of the article in saying that nothing has changed in a year, particularly in its opening year. Maybe the headline might have worked the following year if they wanted to compare 1989-1990 with 1988-1989.

Despite concerns about the structures, overbudgeting and failure to get key facilities and attractions open in time, authorities had believed that it had become a hit with Sydneysiders.

Its biggest success happened to be after hours when crowds flocked in, but people were not keen on visiting during regular work hours. Transport access was a key issue (in fact still is today), and there no bus or ferry services serving the area at that point in time, though this would be remedied during the 1990's.

Attracting tourists was another key challenge and a marketing unit had to be setup to address this. You can only assume by the numbers of tourists visiting the area today, that it has been overcome. Locals like myself also step in through word of mouth and actually take visitors from elsewhere to visit. On normal weekdays, it may still feel quiet, but not as quiet as in the past. You do see some people making the 10 minute trek from the Sydney CBD to have their lunch at a cafe or restaurant.

Monorail patronage was identified as not meeting targets and not helped by the fact that some stations in the CBD were holes in the ground awaiting major construction.

One aspect that is not looked is the urban renewal of the Pyrmont Peninsula, because Darling Harbour would act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of that part of the city. Darling Harbour would provide the open spaces, shopping and dining that the residents would need.

And just over at Cockle Bay and the streets surrounding Darling Harbour to the east- they were undergoing significant changes as hotels, offices, and (later) apartments would be built, providing another source of people for the area. The western parts of central Sydney were only being discovered. Now its become the new downtown.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Parkes are Best (1966)

Here is an interesting advertisement from Parkes Developments in 1966 promoting land sales in various suburbs across the Sydney metropolitan area. 

Parkes Ad April 9 1966 daily telegraph 35

Source: Parkes Developments Pty Ltd. 1966 "Forget the Rest; Parkes Are Best". The Daily Telegraph, April 9, 35. 

Monday, 13 February 2017

2000: The Pioneers of Pyrmont (Daily Telegraph Feature)

The Daily Telegraph visited Pyrmont in mid 2000 to report on how urban renewal was shaping the area.

While the focus on the growth in the residential population (increased from 3000 to 5000)  it did refer to the area ascending to be come the city's Silcon Valley as information technology firms descended into the area. This was occuring just after the Tech Bubble had burst.

Fast forward to now, the Sydney CBD itself seems to attracting the firms themselves as this report from The Sydney Morning Herald  last year shows. They want to be located near services and transport plus some of their talent prefer to work downtown.

It was already a hub for media, but since 2000, has established itself further. Many of Sydney's radio stations broadcast from Pyrmont including NOVA, 2GB, 2UE, 2CH and 2SM. The Seven Network also moved its corporate headquarters into Pyrmont in the years following 2000.

Compare the transport and services provided downtown as opposed to Pyrmont. Dozens of routes serve the Sydney CBD, but only the 389 and 501 serve Pyrmont. Pyrmont is served by light rail which connects with heavy rail services at Central and Dulwich Hill, but does not served by heavy rail.

There is no more monorail either which stopped at Darling Harbour, pulled down in 2013.

The other big change was the rise of dining with cafes and restaurants making an appearance. You walk around Harris Street today, and you'll be greeted to a wide variety of cafes and restaurants to cater to a wide variety of tastes. That has grown immensely even more since 2000.

Readers were reminded that many changes were ahead including the massive Jacksons Landing Development which would take until early the next decade to complete.

Read more from the original article below.

Source: Casey, M. 2000. "Pioneers of Pyrmont". The Daily Telegraph, August 5, 38-39. 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Property Advert of the Week: Parkview Towers, Pyrmont (1995)

This week, our property advertisement of the week dates back to 1995. It was for Parkview Towers in Wattle Street, Pyrmont which was built by Meriton.

Parkview Towers Pyrmont June 24 1995 SMH 85

Source: Meriton Premier Apartments. 1995. "Parkview Towers" (Advertisement). The Sydney Morning Herald, June 24, 85. 

Monday, 6 February 2017

1996: Rare Sunday Telegraph Article on Gladys Berejiklian

With Gladys Berejiklian recently gaining the job as Premier of NSW, I am reminded of this article that I found several years ago from when she had been elected as President of the Young Liberals in NSW in 1996.

In newspaper profiling the Premier in recently, you do see the images of her in the outfit that you see below, but was surprised that the photo below of her standing on the steps of Parliament House in Macquarie Street was not featured.

Gladys B November 3 1996 sunday telegraph 60

Source: Van Den Nieuwenhof, L. 1996. "Gladys prepares to fight for Libs". The Sunday Telegraph, November 3, 60. 

At the time, she was only 26 years old, and wanted to use her appointment to the role to highlight the issues of youth e.g. Generation X. She was asked to comment on the recent debate on immigration as highlighted by Federal MP (now One Nation Leader & Queensland Senator) Pauline Hanson just two months before. Despite her Armenian heritage, she felt at the time there needed to be a restriction on the number of immigrants permitted into Australia each year,

Very few people reading this article were thinking back in 1996 that Gladys would end up running the nations premier state, but it was a sign of things to come. A politician of the future was in the grooming.

The staffer for (then) NSW Opposition Leader Peter Collins, would end up succeeding him as the Member for Willoughby in 2003, when Collins retired from politics. She worked her way up through the shadow cabinet.  When the Liberals gained power in 2011, she become Transport Minister. Under Mike Baird (2014-17), she ascended to the role of treasurer and when he retired last month, endorsed her to lead the Liberals. On January 23, the party room elected her as Premier in an unanimous vote.

Her appointment as Premier also makes her the first woman to lead a Liberal Party Government in any Australian State Parliament, and the second woman to lead a government in NSW.

The stereotypes were being bulldozed then? I hope even more can be bulldozed now.  Will she finally bulldoze the negative stereotypes of women leading in politics that sections of the media has created under the leadership of others i.e. Clover Moore, Julia Gillard and Christine Nixon? I hope so. Gender does not shape how one leads. It's the decisions that a leader makes that defines their ability to lead.