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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

August 18, 2022

Newsletter for the Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 23, Issue 1184

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of Pittwater, as well as our Indigenous readers


The Two Catherines Play

Call for actors, production crew and more

Catherine Benns Catherine Bouffier
Catherine Benns (1838 - 1920):
an indigenous midwife and 'Queen of Scotland Island'
Catherine Bouffier (1857 - 1940),
after whom Scotland Island's Catherine Park is named


The SIRA Recreation Club has been developing a play about two women, both called Catherine, who are important to Scotland Island's history. Workshops were conducted in late 2021, detailing aspects of offshore history. The Recreation Club then engaged a young professional playwright, Jasper Marlow, to develop a light-hearted, engaging script that would appeal to offshore audiences.

Script writing is now almost complete and we are looking forward to staging the play in early 2023.

Markus Plattner, an islander whom many of you know from his excellent concert earlier this year, has agreed to be Musical Director. He and others will be writing original songs and music for the play. We have already received some wonderful lyrics from another islander and gifted musician, Geoff Bullock.

Kay Reaney, a relatively new island resident and director of many events, has agreed to be Director. We are extremely lucky to have these professionals to steer the production of the play.

We are now looking for people to fill the following roles:
  1. producer
  2. set designer
  3. costume designer
  4. stage manager
  5. stage hands (young people)
  6. actors for the following parts:
    • narrator
    • Catherine Bouffier (a woman in her 40s or 50s)
    • Jo Benns (a man in his 40s, 50s or 60s)
    • Herbert Fitzpatrick (30s)
    • Florence Fitzpatrick (née Bouffier) (30s)
    • Tilly Devine (40s or 50s)
    • 'Real Estate Angel'
    • chorus of 'wife swappers'.
To find out more, come to an information session in Scotland Island Community Hall on Sunday, 28 August, commencing 2.00pm. For details, or to advise of your interest, please contact Robyn Iredale: rriredale@gmail.com.


Table Tennis

Scotland Island Recreation Centre

Most Saturdays throughout the year

2 - 3 pm: Introduction to Table Tennis

3 - 5 pm: Table Tennis practice

Groups meet most Saturdays and anyone over 12 is welcome. Sessions are supported by the Scotland Island Recreation Club.

Play from 2 - 3 pm is intended primarily for those new to table tennis. The session from 3 - 5 pm is open to everyone, regardless of your standard of play.

Sessions do not run every Saturday. If you are interested in taking part then it's best to join the table tennis WhatsApp group to receive up-to-date information on who is playing. If you would like to join the group, please email editor@scotlandisland.org.au. Alternatively, you can just turn up and take your chances.

Adult players are asked to contribute $5 per player per attendance to defray expenses.


The Tuesday Discussion Group

Scotland Island Recreation Centre

Tuesday 23 August, 11 am - 12.30 pm

The Recreation Club runs a discussion group, meeting each month, from 11 am to 12.30 pm in the Recreation Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Members take it in turn to design a session, choosing material for discussion. This can consist of essays, articles or podcasts, or a combination of all three. The idea is that group members shouldn't be committed to more than a few hours' preparation in terms of listening or reading. The idea is to be open to a wide range of topics and material.

In July Michael Doherty led a discussion on the recently introduced prohibition on climbing Uluru, asking whether it is justified and whether it should be extended to other landmarks.

For the August meeting, Tim Turpin will lead a discussion on our collective sense of nostalgia, and the extent to which it shapes our national identity, as well as social and political action.

Sarah Churchwell has suggested that Gone with the Wind remains a rallying point for white supremacism. How have the 19th century ballads of AB Paterson and Henry Lawson shaped contemporary Australia?


Listen to the podcast with Sarah Churchwell, available here.

Read some of the poems of Paterson and Lawson, available here.

For the really keen, see Sarah Churchwell's book:The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells.

The group operates via a WhatsApp group, which will be used to distribute further information about this and future discussions.If you would like to be added to the group, please provide your mobile phone number to editor@scotlandisland.org.au.

Alternatively, contact Jane Rich (janebalmain@hotmail.com) for more information or to express your interest in participating. 


International Folk Dancing

Scotland Island Community Hall

Saturday 27 August, 7 - 9 pm

The Recreation Club asks for $5 per person per attendance to defray expenses.


Hall Anniversary & Photo Exhibition

Scotland Island Community Hall

Sunday 28 August, 10 am - 1 pm

The above event will run concurrently with the island café (see below).


Scotland Island Café

Catherine Park, Scotland Island

Sunday 28 August, 10 - 12 noon


Live Music Trivia Quiz

Scotland Island Community Hall

Sunday 4 September, 2:00 - 4:30 pm

To book tickets, click here.

Coming to Scotland Island: a piano tuner

An experienced piano / pianola tuner will be visiting Scotland Island on Friday 9 September. If anyone else would like their piano tuned on this day, please let me know and we can book you in.

Peter 0407 379 666


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