Googley's Lagoon and the Camden Haven River look very peaceful and quiet on a grey autumn dawn but on the morning of the 14th of August 1944, a Catalina Flying Boat made an emergency landing and awoke the slumbering residents to the most exciting thing that had ever, ever happened!
Aboard the plane was none other than the famous American film star and entertainer Mr Bob Hope. He was returning to Sydney after entertaining WW2 troops in the South Pacific and New Guinea.
His short time in sleepy Laurieton turned the small timber/fishing town upside down, with many humorous anecdotes remaining. If you want to hear an interview from Patty Thomas, who was part of the Hope's party click here and to read some other anecdotes click here.
Hope leaving the stricken Catalina with Laurieton in the distance. I wonder if the bloke that shouted out, "Have you got any American cigarettes Yank!" is in this shot.
The famous image of Hope phoning Sydney from the Laurieton Post Office.
This image was taken in the 1955 when Hope performed in Sydney at the old Stadium and invited some of the people he met in Laurieton to come and watch the show. They presented him with a painting of their town.