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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- February 2008 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 294 February 2008     


The final episode of 'History Corner' appears below. Leicester has decided to retire (again) and avoid having the threat of your editor not sending him the usual cheque at the end of each month. This way he knows exactly how much his remuneration would be.... Thank you Leicester for so many years of diligence.

My special thanks go to islander June Lahm for her photographic contributions seen in this newsletter. And to all of you who, from time to time, contribute to this small effort to keep the offshore community of Pittwater well informed.


  • History Corner
  • Cartoon of the Month
  • Waste Calendar - Scotland Island
  • Waste Calendar - Western Foreshores
  • Used syringe and needle found
  • Doggy Day on Scotland Island
  • Scotland Island Traders: Shop Online
  • Help needed with Family search
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Wanted: House to Rent or House Minding
  • Bargain Boatshed Sale
  • Australia Day Cricket Match
  • WPYC boat race day at Treharne Cove
  • Zonta Club of Northern Beaches invites you
  • Art Classes and Workshops on Scotland Island
  • Island Thinking - Reputation on an island
  • Cancer Care Advocates Sought
  • Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information
  • History Corner

    The little hamlet of Brooklyn sleepily developed  in l884, when the Fagan brothers, who had been granted 100 acres ( 40.46     hectares), at the waterside just east of the railway line, decided to sub-divide. It is said that the village was named after the Dutch town of Breucklen and oyster farming quickly became the mainstay of the area’s inhabitants.  Long Island , designated a nature reserve, lay off one end to the south with Dangar Island to the east.

    A contract for the first railway bridge across the Hawkesbury was signed early in 1886 with the American Union Bridge Company and construction began in October that year. On April 23, 1889, the bridge was completed and tested the following day with the crossing of an engine.  It was officially opened by the State Governor, Lord Carrington , a few days later on May 1.  The seven spans for the bridge had been put together on nearby Dangar Island and floated into position at high tide.  At that time the prepared bridge piers, positioned at depths from 34 metres to 53 metres, were the deepest bridge piers in the world.

    To prepare for the opening of the new bridge the railway line from Hornsby to the Hawkesbury was opened on April 7, 1887, ending at a corner of Long Island which, for a short time was known as Brooklyn Station. But it wasn’t until January 16 the following year that passengers could be conveyed across the river to the Mullet Creek station to take them on to Newcastle by rail.

    Problems arose with the bridge over the subsequent years with a serious crack in one of the piers and other signs of structural fatigue. A new bridge was begun in July , 1939 and opened by the Premier, the Hon. J.W. McKell , on July l, seven years later.

    For the ceremony, the official train was the last one over the old bridge and the first over the railway bridge in use today.

    Leicester Warburton

    (I would like to thank all those readers of this esteemed journal for their interest in this series which is now concluded. I would also like to gratefully acknowledge the following sources of most of my information  -- The Mitchell Library of NSW. ; Maybanke Anderson’s Story of Pittwater, edited by Jan Roberts; Dee Why to Barrenjoey and Pittwater, by Charles Swancott; Manly and Pittwater, by P.W. Gledhill; and, finally, Pittwater Paradise, by Joan Lawrence.)  LW.

    Cartoon of the Month

    Gwyn Perkins

    Download a full version of this months calendar, ready for printing - click the calendar image to the right


    And another calendar for March, just in case you are very organised! - Click HERE

    Waste Calendar 2008 - Scotland Island

    General & metal clean up: 31 March & 15 September
    Plastic bags can only go in the garbage bin. Soiled paper/cardboard is not recyclable, put in garbage
    Place metals in a separate pile for general clean up collection.
    Max 3 cubic metres.
    Recycling collected from roadside Monday.
    (Extra Garbage Service Wed 19 Dec 2007 - 6 Feb 2008)
    Vegetation collection: 21 January & 21 July.

    The full calendar can be viewed here

    Waste Calendar 2008 - Western Foreshores

    General & metal clean up: 31 March 2008 & 15 September 2008
    Plastic bags can only go in the garbage bin. Soiled paper/cardboard is not recyclable, put in garbage. (Extra Garbage Service Wed 19 Dec 2007 - 6 Feb 2008)
    Place metals in a separate pile for general clean up collection

    The full calendar can be viewed here

    Used syringe and needle found

    A used syringe and needle was found by my 6 year old son this afternoon in the sand whilst playing at Cargo Beach on the island. He picked it up and took it to his mother to show her.

    It sickens me as to what could have happened. I think a warning needs to go out to our community, especially now during the holidays as so many young children play at and swim at this beach.

    George Gorga

    Doggy Day on Scotland Island
    Finally………. a solution for the guilt ridden, overworked dog owner. You get home from a gruelling day at the office and your dog is psycho, he has destroyed your house, alerted the neighbourhood repeatedly to all manner of intrusions real or imagined, or perhaps he’s just slobbed out into a state of overweight apathy and you know you have to walk him, but you’re tired, worn out, so another day goes by without adequate exercise (for the dog that is). So what do you do?
    You could give us a ring on 0415 05 89 22. We can help.


    Pick up / drop off service
    Dog walking service
    Socialisation, day of fun with furry friends
    Stimulation including toys, kongs, bubble machine
    Large enclosed outdoor environment (monitored and controlled)
    Basic training – “sit, stay and come”
    Frontline treatment (optional extra)
    Brush & nail clipping (optional extra)


    Dogs will arrive with leash and collar (and perhaps a favourite toy)
    They will expend all energy & have lots of fun
    They will help themselves to fresh water always readily available
    They will show good doggy manners and refrain from snarling, snapping, growling or excess barking.
    They will be separated according to size / temperament evaluation
    They will not be provided any food except yummy treats for training purposes (with owners consent).


    ½ DAY (9:00am – 12:00pm) Morning shift $30

    ½ DAY (1:00pm – 4:00pm) Afternoon shift $30
    FULL DAY (9:00am – 4:00pm) $50
    (Discounts available to regulars and multiple dog families)

    For a healthy, happy pooch and for peace of mind apply via phone, or email Sandy mob: 0415 05 89 22
    email: esaby@hotmail.com
    PO BOX 334

    Scotland Island Traders: Shop Online
    NEW method from January 2008

    We are pleased to announce that from January 2008, Woolworths - The Fresh Food People - will be our suppliers to the offshore community. 

    For all supermarket items, including fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, beer, wine, and spirits Visit: www.homeshop.com.au

    Select the Delivery Suburb of "SCOTLAND ISLAND TRADERS" with postcode 9876 on entry to the site to gain access to the exclusive delivery window. You will also need to ensure that this exclusive suburb and postcode are in your nominated delivery address for the order itself, but you can keep your street address as normal.

    An Example:
    If you live at "99 Florence Terrace, Scotland Island, 2105", you will need to:

    1. Enter the postcode of "9876" when prompted on entry to the site, or follow the "region" link in the top left hand corner of the browse page to enter this postcode.
    2. Select your products.
    3. Go to the checkout.
    4. When entering a delivery address, enter "99 Florence Terrace, Scotland Island Traders, 9876" so that the special 7:30 Saturday delivery window is available.
    5. Confirm the order.

    Should your experience any difficulties please ring the Woolworths Customer Service Team on 1300666377 between the hours - Mon - Fri 8.00 AM to 10.00 PM and Sat 8.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

    If you wish to obtain any information on our service, please e-mail Graeme Richmond at:  scotlandislandtraders@gmail.com

    Help needed with Family search

    Good evening from Scotland UK.

    I wonder if you could help please, at the moment I am researching my family tree and find a great uncle settled in the Bondi area of Sydney in 1908 and I believe he purchased property on Scotland Island sometime during his life in Australia.

    His name was Archie Thomson and was the proprietor of a garage in Bondi with the name of the Super Thistle Service Station (quite a tongue twister) He served with the AIF in WW1 where he was quite well decorated and was demobbed in 1919. After his service I believe he purchased a boat and was in the copra business until he started the garage, he died in 1968.

    I know this isn’t much to go on and that I am clutching at straws but I would be much obliged if any house ownership records held could searched on my behalf. Thank you for taking the time to read this email. Kind regards,  (Click the link below to respond)

    John Lenaghen

    Recipe of the Month

    Nothing beats this wonderful recipe to serve on a hot summer day:

    Gazpacho  Serves 5
    3 medium tomatoes, chopped finely
    ½ medium cucumber, chopped finely
    ½ red capsicum, chopped finely
    ½ green capsicum, chopped finely
    1 medium onion, chopped finely
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    1 litre tomato juice
    1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    ½ teaspoon sugar
    dried herbs
    1 tablespoons olive oil
    8 slices day old bread, cut into 1 cm cubes
    1 clove garlic
    In a large serving bowl add all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours. Serve immediately with oven baked croutons rubbed with garlic.

    Wanted: House to Rent or House Minding

    Our current  island waterfront house owners are returning from overseas, so we require a pet friendly house either for housesit or rent from March 2008 for 12 months.

    We can be contacted on: 0414620686 or siena.paul@bigpond.com 

    Bargain Boatshed Sale

    Selling: TV, new printer/scanner, Balinese daybed, corporate, and funky clothes, recycled timber furniture, portable wardrobes, next to new exercise treadmill, children’s and adult books, toys, CD’s, DVD’s and more....

    When: Sunday 3rd February 9am-3pm

    Where: 4 jetties down from Bells Wharf (towards Carol’s)

    Australia Day Cricket Match

    It is the custom of Scotland Islanders to play cricket in the park on Australia Day. It is a well attended event, non-organised (don't ya luv it!) event and one that you should put in your diary for next year. The images below were taken by June Lahm and we thank her for providing these excellent photos.

    WPYC boat race day at Treharne Cove

    Last Sunday saw the annual Woody Point Yacht Club Regatta at Treharne Cove. This very popular event was photographed by our own in-house professional photographer June Lahm, and the results are below. If you would like higher resolution copies I am sure June would oblige.

    Zonta Club of Northern Beaches invites you

    to attend the third annual with Guest Speaker Nancy Knudsen

    Nancy has recently returned to Australia from a 5 year circumnavigation of the world, with her husband Ted, on their yacht ‘Blackwattle’. Nancy will share some of her sailing experiences as well as look back on the time when she established, and was CEO of, a major travel company. Nancy was Westpac Woman Business Owner of the Year in 1998 and has been active in women’s issues and women’s organizations. Nancy was the first woman to import and operate commercial sized passenger aircraft in Australia as well as the first woman to float a company on the Sydney Stock Exchange.

    Friday 7 March 2008 7.15 am to 9am - Registration and coffee from 7am

    Mona Vale Golf Club Golf Ave, Mona Vale

    Come and celebrate International Women’s Day. A great opportunity to network and socialise – come along, bring a friend, or book a table for yourself and your colleagues.

    Cost $30
    To book please send form below with payment – early bookings advised – numbers are limited
    Enquiries Tricia Haines 9918 8569 or haines.avalon@bigpond.com

    Art Classes and Workshops on Scotland Island

    Water Colour painting classes with Max Peet
    Water colour technique is one of the most difficult, but most satisfying media to work with and Max has inspired many community members with his teaching.

    Max runs both morning and evening classes.
    Cost: $15 per class. For more information call Max on 9997 4527

    Mixed Media workshops with Marion van den Driesschen

    A six week course in the use of mixed media. Enjoy experimenting with acrylics, pastels, collage, inks, etc. Mixed media is exciting and the imagination is the only limitation.

    Times: Saturdays 2-4 pm
    Dates: 16th February – 8th March
    Cost: $25 per class or $120 prepay 6 weeks

    Call Marion for information 9979 3993 or 0431 457 431

    Venue: All classes are held in Max Peet’s studio Scotland Island (entrance from southern end of Thompson St )

    We are considering starting children's classes if there is sufficient interest. Call Marion.

    Island Thinking - Reputation on an island

    Nothing highlights the value of a good reputation more than living in a tight-knit community. But what does a person’s reputation depend on? What kinds of behaviour are likely to give us a bad name? And what no longer matters to how our friends and neighbours see us?

    Roy Baker has spent the last six years studying personal reputation in Australia. His specialism is in defamation law, the legal protection of reputation. But how successful is the law in understanding contemporary values? How well do judges, lawyers and jurors relate to what ‘ordinary reasonable people’ think? And do you think you could do any better?

    This talk will summarise the results, as yet largely unpublished, of extensive research into attitudes across Australia. Using phone surveys and focus groups, as well as interviews with judges and lawyers, Roy believes he can demonstrate some surprising facts about how modern-day Australians think, as well as some worrying failings in the law. The repercussions of these are both immediate and major: they affect everyday perceptions of ourselves and our relationships with those around us, as well as our hopes for a freer and more enlightened society.

    ‘Research that puts a cat among the legal and media pigeons’ was how this work was described by ABC Radio National’s ‘Media Report’. And, according to a Senior Counsel, it is a ‘bombshell … it shows that one of the fundamental assumptions upon which defamation law has been built is misconceived. … There will be a lot of interest in this. The law can’t ignore it.’

    When? Saturday, 15 March 2008, 7.30 for 8.00

    Where? 10 Thompson Street (Lot 332), Scotland Island.

    Directions: this house, which used to belong to Jim Hinckley, is on the top of the island, looking north-east. It lies between the house that used to belong to Trudi (to the north) and the one where Claire and Luke Atkins live (to the south). As you go up the fire track that starts just behind the fire shed it is the second house on the left after the first hairpin bend. (There is likely to be a white Suzuki Vitara parked outside by the fire track.) Note that the only access is from the fire track: there is no access direct from Thompson Street. Please also be careful of trip hazards on our path leading from the fire track.

    RSVP: roybaker99@yahoo.com

    Contact no. in case of difficulty (eg in finding house): 9999 6891

    Please bring either a bottle or something edible (light finger food only please) to share.

    Cancer Care Advocates Sought

    Pittwater Council and The Cancer Council are teaming up to find members of the Pittwater community willing to be trained as ‘cancer advocates.’

    The Cancer Council has been running the advocacy training courses for more than four years and in that time nearly 250 people have been trained, including carers and cancer patients. Many have gone on to become advocates for a range of improvements to policies and services for cancer patients and their families.

    One notable improvement to come out of the advocacy training is the ‘Isolated Patients Travel Accommodation and Assistance Scheme’ which was set up specifically to assist cancer patients in regional and remote areas travel to and from treatment centres.

    The training is held over two days and is free to participants. The next training sessions will be held on Friday 28 March and Saturday 29 March in central Sydney.

    To apply contact Rory Alcock from The Cancer Council on 9334 1859 or email rorya@nswcc.org.au for more details.

    The local guide

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Diary Click Here  
    Scotland Island Traders - On-line shopping from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419460331 or click here for full details  
    Buy and Sell: Pittwater Trading Online or visit http://www.pittwatertradingonline.com.au  
    Local Real Estate Agents:  
    View Real Estate L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate
    Government Organisations:
    Local Pittwater Council, or email them at pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  or by clicking here.
    Federal: Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    State: Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater, at pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au or by clicking here
    Local Transport: Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Info: click here. Phone (0404103700) Church Point Ferries (0408296997)  Manly Warringah Cabs (0299725600) Palm Beach Cruises (0299974815) Pink Water Taxi (0428238190)
    Local Accommodation
    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au (0299793301)
    Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
      Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club or http://www.rpayc.com.au/
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage:  (0299978382) Wiringulla Retreat (0299718375) or here
      Treetops on Towlers Bay' (0293322611) info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Budget Accommodation:

    On the doorstep of the Ku-ring-gai Chase N P: Pittwater YHA, Ph 0299995748 www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31 

    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade: http://www.sirfb.org.au

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, Police Assistance Line: 13 1444, general information 9281 0000
    • Broken Bay Water Police 9979 4944 or 0412 162 093
    • NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
    • NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
    • Rural Fire Service: 000, general information 9450 3000
    • State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES: 9486 3399
    • National Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information 9457 9322
    • Dept of Community Services: general information 9977 6011
    • Sydney Water: 132 090
    • Energy Australia: 131 388, (ah) 131 909

    Membership of SIRA, Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts and Application for Water + Guidelines for water, in one document: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures Qantas Information                    Jetstar Information Virgin Blue Information
    Sydney Buses Information.  Sydney Ferries Information City Rail Timetables & Information. Country Link Rail Timetable


    Join SIRA You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page and return the completed form to SIRA at this address: The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105. Please NO CASH. Contact SIRA at sirapittwater@hotmail.com Join WPCA

    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at m2wiener@bigpond.net.au

    Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au


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