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Curlew Camp Artists’ Walk – Mosman

Curlew Camp Artists’ Walk – Mosman

In 1890 Camp Curlew became an artists’ retreat. The artists’ camp was set up on the eastern shore of Little Sirius Cove, on Sydney Harbour by clothing manufacturer Reuben Brasch and his brothers. The Brasch Family owned and operated a department store Reuben Brasch Pty Ltd on Oxford Street, opposite Hyde Park.

The camp was a weekend retreat for the brothers, but it soon became a gathering place for artists, writers and musicians, who wanted to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow ‘bohemians’. Women would visit rather than stay overnight due to the strict social and sexual conventions at the time.

The artists took inspiration from the local natural beauty of the surroundings. Many well known artist from the Australian School of Impressionism, like Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Charles Conder and Arthur Streeton took inspiration from staying at Camp Curle and created many famous paintings.

Camp Curlew was abandoned after the siting of Taronga Zoo in the area in 1912.

In 2007 the Curlew Camp Artists’ Walk was developed by Mosman Council and Taronga Zoo with financial assistance from the Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program and the NSW Heritage Office. The walk is over 1.6 km long and extends from the South Mosman ferry wharf at Musgrave Street and continues along to the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf, following the route used by visitors to the Camp during the 1890s.

If you’re planning on heading over to Mosman then check out our blog post.  37 Fabulous Places To Visit In Mosman



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Curlew Camp Artists’ Walk

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