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Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 7, Issue 94; October 2005
live in expensive times, especially those of us who buy and use fuel
bought from waterside resellers. What can we do to reduce our costs?
Some suggestions offered by others include using Woolworths and Coles to
home deliver (at least to Cargo at Church Point), bulk buying food
staples such as milk and bread once a month, and limiting excursions to
the mainland to only essential trips Perhaps using the ferry more
regularly or the water taxi in company with others might be a more
economic proposition than using your own boat. Worth a thought!
Just below the Barrenjoey Headland, there was once a well cultivated market garden. It was worked by an old man named Pat Flynn who took possession of the land around 1808. There old Pat grew a great variety of vegetables which he sold at low prices. He delighted to tell customers and visitors of the day when, during a furious storm, ocean waves had swept across the isthmus , a rare occurrence.
For the first inhabitants of Brisbane Water , the north arm of Broken Bay, the inner beach of Barrenjoey was a landing point on the route to Sydney. Two old fishermen lived there and ferried passengers across the heads. When the notorious bushranger Captain Thunderbolt escaped from Cockatoo Island prison, he made straight for Pittwater and the departure beach. As his home was at Wilberforce, he apparently hoped to travel up the Hawkesbury River to reach it. However, a sharp-eyed citizen noticed the marks of fetters on his legs and he was recaptured.
When the Government Surveyor William Govett made his first survey of the Pittwater area, he described in his journal the road over which he travelled. "From Barrenjoey," he wrote, " it continues on high ground to Pittwater, overlooking the sea the whole way, passing through several minor farms and on the side of a ti-tree swamp." This road was higher than the present Pittwater Road and nearer the sea. It led along the cliffs It led along the cliffs until it reached a large farm at Mona Vale when it turned inland.
The road was described again in the New South Wales Directory of 1834. By this time the farms of Pittwater formed an important part of New South Wales and the way to reach the area was carefully pointed out. The North Coast Road," said the Directory, "begins at the little bay about 11 miles from Sydney where the village of Balgowlah, on North Harbour, has been laid out. After leaving Balgowlah, the road is known as Jenkins' Road, from an industrious farmer of that name. (This is almost certainly the father of Charles Jenkins who played an important Part, with Joe Benns, in the subsequent occupation and development of Scotland Island). After some miles the comfortable farm-house of Mr. Jenkins will be passed," the Directory continues, " and the road for the next mile runs along a level sandy beach. On the left is Narrabeen Lagoon."
NEXT MONTH; More about the Jenkins family
Leicester Warburton adds ..... During my talk on the history of Scotland Island recently (and thank you so much for being a wonderful audience!) I mentioned that a memorial to Andrew Thompson had been first, vandalised and the sundial on the top taken, and then the base removed. Now, I have been advised by the redoubtable Bob Blackwood that it is back in a place of honour in the Bush Fire Brigade garden and may be seen there by anyone interested. He says that some years ago he searched Catherine Park and found the plinth at the bottom of a drain among rubbish near the water's edge. It was not far the from the slipway where Thompson's boat, the Geordy, was built.
With the help of the Brigade's devoted custodian, Bruce
Healey, the memorial stone was towed up the hill to the
Fireshed garden and installed with due ceremony, complete
with a new sundial which Bob had purchased. We owe them our
Following last month's item about the sighting of dolphins in Pittwater, many readers have sent in their reports. Dozens of them! (which means you do read the newsletter...) A number of your messages are quoted below. It really is terrific to see dolphins returning to our pristine waterway.
"We saw a pod of around 8
dolphins about 2 months ago just inside Barrenjoey on the
sea side of Pittwater.
"two dolphins between cargo wharf on island and elvina bay sighted tues 30 aug "
"Hello There, my 7 year old Tommy, informed me that last week he and everyone else on the School Ferry saw dolphins somewhere off the NE side of the island. Thanks. Keep up the good work"
"Haven't seen any dolphins but a seal was spotted about 4 weeks ago. The sighting was reported to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife who advised the seal was probably sick and they were keeping an eye on it. Haven't heard anything since."
Develops Cultural Plan
Birding Essentials at the
Coastal Environment Centre Lake Park Road, North
SIRA (Scotland Island Residents Association) welcomes new mayor of Pittwater Council, Cr. Alex McTaggart. Alex has lived in Pittwater all his life and is a keen surfer, swimmer and active member of Avalon Lions Club. With a background in accountancy and lecturing in horticulture, he is a Director of Garrigal Housing Association, providing affordable housing for the local community. Our community looks forward to working with Cr. McTaggart to further enhance our corner of this beautiful part of Pittwater.
Located at the northern tip of Sydney's northern beaches
in Avalon (a stone's throw from the playground of the
rich and famous, Palm Beach) SODA Gallery offers
visitors to the area, and locals, a welcoming and rich
A key aim of SODA Gallery from its inception has been to
educate broader audiences and stimulate increased
awareness and appreciation of
art. This initiative serves as a way to continue our
commitment to the country's emerging artists and elevate
the visual arts experience of northern beaches residents
Call for Artwork
Did you know that the
Scotland Island Players have been invited by Pittwater
Council to spark off the cultural conversation? The
Players have chosen to perform a staged reading of a
scene from "Hotel Sorrento" by Australian playwright
Maritime moves to make waterways safer
Local Real Estate Agents:
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