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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

February 26, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia


Margaret Thomson


Margaret Thomson

It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that my mother, Margaret Thomson, passed away on
January 25, 2019.

Margaret has owned a house at 17 Florence Terrace, Scotland Island since 1961. Back in those days, the Scotland Island roads had grass growing on them and there was no electricity connected to the island. The electricity was connected in 1963. Back then, the posts that had held the wire for the surround of the tennis court, at Tennis Court Wharf, were still standing. 

Margaret and her husband Bill Thomson, (who passed away in 2012), were very involved on the island in a number of ways. Margaret and Bill ran a Sunday School on the island in the 1960’s in the old fire shed, which was situated very close to Tennis Court Wharf, (near where people park their golf carts now).

Margaret and Bill were also quite involved in the Residents’ Association, which was called the Scotland Island Progress Association in those days, as well as the volunteer bushfire brigade, now the Rural Fire Service.

Bill Thomson was asked to draw the design for the original Church Point Commuter mooring. He produced that design free of charge, particularly as the Progress Association never really had any money.

Margaret was laid to rest with her husband Bill in Bowral Cemetery on February 6. Bowral is where they spent their time when they were not on Scotland Island.

Margaret and Bill are survived by two sons Ross and Philip, a daughter-in-law Michelle and three granddaughters, Amelia, Rebecca and Laura, who all enjoy Scotland Island very much. For Ross and I, Scotland Island has been part of our lives for nearly 60 years.

My mother Margaret will be dearly missed, as has been my father, Bill Thomson.

Philip Thomson

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