Many artists and writers were attracted to the bush surrounds and the serenity of the Upper North Shore. These included Ethel Turner (Lindfield), Ethel Anderson (Turramurra), Grace Cossington-Smith (Turramurra), Lionel Lindsay (Wahroonga), Margaret Coen and Douglas Stewart (St. Ives), Sydney Ure Smith (Wahroonga) and photographer Harold Cazneaux (Roseville).
Author Ethel Turner (1870-1958) wrote Seven Little Australians at her home, Inglewood, in Lindfield (now Woodlands, Killara) in 1893. The State Library of New South Wales holds the original manuscript of this children’s classic.
Writer and artist Ethel Anderson (1883-1958) and members of the Turramurra Wall Painters group painted the murals in the Children’s Chapel of Sydney’s St. James Church in 1929.