Putting the pieces together
Outside opening hours there is still plenty to see and investigate online via the Local Studies page, of the Sutherland Shire Libraries website.
The Historical Photographs collection has more photographs of this delightful getaway, owned by the Catts, Americans, who used Cliffhaven as their Christmas holiday retreat for 6 weeks each year.
The Catts had Cliffhaven built, by the local stonemasonry firm Ellis & Sons, based at Sutherland. Roy Ellis and brother -in -law Reg Moon did most of the work. Advertisements for these men can be located in the newspapers of the time, via a keyword search of the Sutherland Shire Historical Newspaper index. The newspapers can then be viewed, on film, in the library.
Aerial photography of the Sutherland Shire has been conducted irregularly over the past 75 years and can be viewed on Shire Maps. Look up what your own part of the Shire looked like in 1930.
Echoes from the Bay: the Yowie Bay story. This title includes the stories of many of the old sandstone homes around the bay as well as a wealth of other information on Yowie Bay's past glories.
Georgette Wall also has written a biography, which is part of the Local Studies collection.
Visit the collection on the second floor of Sutherland Library and look around for a full view of the material available, during opening hours.