Opposite the stone jetty built by David Walker in 1885 for his lonely life
McCarrs Creek was another stone jetty of a less meticulous kind. It was
ballast heaps made from blocks of sandstone brought round from quarries at
Pyrmont by the trading ketches. These were returning to Pittwater empty
needed ballast on the voyage back after delivering their cargoes of
firewood, shingles, tree ferns and staghorns.
Up to 1913, a cosy weatherboard residence stood on the shore above the
It belonged to George Brown, the owner of Waterside Estate, a 41acre
granted to him in 1880. A small cabin and a boatshed at the water’s
provided a comfortable retreat for holiday visitors.
Stone steps led from the tiny jetty to a track which wandered amidst the
flora skirting the shore to a little nook once known as Dorothy’s
Brown’s daughter. Dorothy, who later settled in Avalon after her
then only seven when an aunt who was staying with them became ill and had
taken to Sydney for treatment. The house was left unattended and, during
family’s absence, the residence was completely destroyed by
A track that led from Church Point to Brown’s Estate was
to a road then named Quarter Sessions Road. This road, with its eventual
extension to Ingleside is, of course, now known as McCarrs Creek Road and
over the site of the Brown residence. The name of the family was
historically by the official naming of Brown’s Bay in official
Lands maps in 1944.
In 1943, the Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society erected a
sandstone obelisk to commemorate the early surveys of the creek which date
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Offshore Survey Summary
The aim of the survey was to provide
information on the offshore community together with their views on
parking needs and proposed changes to the Church Point precinct in order
WPCA and SIRA could represent their members effectively and
596 surveys were distributed to households on the island, in the bays and
western side of McCarrs Creek.
330 completed surveys were received prior to the cut off return date being
response rate of over 55% Households included full time owner-residents
renters, and weekender/holiday home owners The majority of respondent
were owners (85.2%); and only l58% respondent households were weekenders
The average number of people living in a household was 2.7 and the 330
households equated to 883 people living
(fill or part time) offshore in total.
Ages of offshore residents ranged from newborns to over seventies and the
common age group was the 5 1-60 years (baby boomers); 19.2% of residents
children under 15 years and 17.2% were over 60 years (seniors)
Comparison with most recent available census data (2001) revealed that the
current offshore population was not only aging but continuing to live
until an older age
reported having 319 vehicles for use on the mainland with 283 of these
at Church Point There were 290 commuter boats reported with 226 being
86.8% people cited Church Point as their primary transport interchange
majority of people commuting to the mainland 5 days/week.
The primary mode of transport to the mainland was via commuter boat
the ferry and the primary mode of transport on the mainland was by car and
There was a consensus that the public transport on the mainland was
unsatisfactory in respect of frequency, hours of operation and
Other barriers to the use of public transport included the need to
petrol and LPG, animals, and large objects such as household
appliances/furniture which are not permitted on public transport There was
moderate interest in organised car pooling and/or community cars.
Over half the respondents would like a parking bay for waiting trucks at
Wharf and there was some minor support for a security/surveillance system
A strong majority (69.4%) respondents would like the creation of parking
along both sides of the road between the mini-market and Holmport
There was strong support to return the green area leased by the Pasadena
space or increase community access to it, after the current lease expires
There were mixed responses in respect of the leaving the temporary pontoon
Church Point in place or moving it the other side of the mini-market with
moderately higher percentage favouring relocation.
Over 40% respondents were not in favour of an alternate interchange to
Point however of the alternatives suggested, Bayview Public Wharf received
support than others.
50.3% prefer the carpark to stay the same and 44.2% would be prepared to
50/vehicle fee for non- exclusive use of the carpark and a boat space at
Attitudes towards the type of preferred built structure varied with a
favouring of an above ground carpark
Respondents indicated that they would be prepared to buy only 36 spaces in
underground carpark; or 75 spaces in a partially in ground one; and
they would be prepared to purchase 160 spaces in an above ground carpark,
represented only 133 vehicles currently using Church Point and an
vehicles currently parking
The results of the
survey are published and can be viewed by
clicking here or visiting
Pittwater Events for
The annual award-winning Guringai Festival promotes and celebrates
understanding of Australia’s Indigenous heritage, history and
Each year from late May (National Sorry Day) through to mid-July (NAIDOC
events are held across 10 local government areas in northern Sydney
traditional land of the Guringai people.
As part of this year’s Guringai Festival, Pittwater and Manly
Councils will join
the Aboriginal Support Group to host film screenings of 'Kanyini' at 6pm
Wednesday 27 June at Manly Cinema ($10 ticket includes bush tucker), at
on Thursday 28 June at Avalon RSL Club ($5) and 9.30am on Friday 29 June
Collaroy Cinema ($5).
A tale of Indigenous wisdom clashing against materialist notions of
Kanyini is not only a story of one man and his people, but of the human
Bob Randall, a listed traditional owner of Uluru and former Indigenous
the Year, is the guide to Kanyini..
the screenings, director Melanie Hogan and Bob Randall will speak about
and answer questions. All proceeds go to the Kanyini Foundation, which
Mutitjulu community of Uluru. Bookings for the screenings can be made with
Louise Jeffs at Pittwater Council on 9970 1170.
On Monday 2 July Indigenous author Philip McLaren will speak about his
international best-selling novels and his life. The talk will take place
7.30pm-9.30pm at the Nelson Heather Centre, corner of Jacksons and
Roads, North Narrabeen. Book for this FREE event with Lissie Landers on
Pittwater Mayor, Cr Alex McTaggart, said: “I encourage Pittwater
participate in the interesting events planned for this year’s
A full list of Festival events can be found at
Community, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders.
In November, The Scotland Island Players will be presenting,
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.
The show will be Directed by Barbara Labram, Produced by Jon Hazelwood,
directed by David Richards and Choreographed by Denise Catt, with an
Flaming Doghouse supplying the music.
We are getting together “over at the Franki’s Place” on
Saturday June 9th @
3.00pm. (106 Thomson, Stone House at the top of the island, follow the
from the Community Centre.)
Come along and see what is happening, have a chat, have a drink and hear
the music from the film. Dressing as your favourite Transylvanian is
Any queries contact Jon on 0402 917364 (email@example.com)
Don’t dream it…..be in it………
The next event by Roy Baker is another not to be missed.
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?
of behaviour are likely to give us a bad name? And what no longer matters
our friends and neighbours see us?
Roy Baker has spent the last five 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
How well do judges, lawyers and jurors relate to what ‘ordinary
people’ think? And do you think you could do any better?
This talk will summarise the results, as yet largely unpublished, of
research into attitudes across Australia. Using phone surveys and focus
as well as interviews with judges and lawyers, Roy believes he can
some surprising facts about how modern-day Australians think, as well as
worrying failings in the law. The repercussions of these are both
major: they affect everyday perceptions of ourselves and our relationships
those around us, as well as our hopes for a freer and more enlightened
‘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
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 23 June, 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
the island, looking north-east. It lies between the houses of Trudi (to
north) and Claire and Luke Atkins (to the south). As you go up the fire
that starts just behind the fire shed it is the second house on the left
the first hairpin bend. (There is likely to be a white Suzuki Vitara
outside by the fire track.) Note that the only access is from the fire
there is no access direct from Thompson Street. Please also be careful of
hazards on our path leading from the fire track.
Contact no. in case of difficulty (eg in finding house): 9999 6891
Please bring either a bottle or something edible (light finger food only
Bluegrass Concert - This
Sat 9th June - Scotland Island Community
Featuring World Renowned Artists
Andrew Clermont Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar 3 time Golden Guitar
MonTz Matsumoto Banjo Japanese banjo champion
Daryl “Jack” Melbourne Australia’s best Dobro, also
Banjo and Guitar (the
Gary Melbourne Vocals (the rhythm kings)
Aron Mclean Double Bass (The Pigs)
Tickets $20 Under 17 Yrs free You have to see it!
FOR BOOKINGS Contact Aron 0413 747 747
A Wonderful Winter Meal =
1 onion, finely
1 T bacon bits OR celery
1 tin tuna OR ~250g meat from the fridge (anything will do)
½ tub sour cream
½ cup white wine OR 1 chicken stock cube and ½ cup water
½ cup risoni OR rice
2 cups vegies (frozen is fine)
Fry the onion and bacon or celery until crispy. Add the vegies and stir
Add the risoni or rice and stir to coat. Add the wine/chicken stock and
enough water to cover. Bring to the boil and cook until the rice is done
minutes) or risoni is (2 minutes) and the sauce has thickened. Adjust the
seasoning. Stir in the cream and serve sprinkled with fetta.
With thanks to Vogue
Scotland Idols - a few DVD's
Fantastic “Scotland Idol”
DVD’s are now available –
re-live that special night, and see your favourite idol perform
Contact Jon (0402 917 364),
firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy
Author Talk at Mona Vale
Mona Vale Library will host another in its popular series of Author Talks
Tuesday 19 June, 2007.
Peter Lalor will speak on his new book, “The Bridge. The epic story
Australian icon – the Sydney Harbour Bridge.”
This fascinating history takes us through the planning, construction and
controversial opening ceremony of the bridge, to the official role it has
as a symbol of Sydney. Interesting stories are told of those who built it,
dreamt it and were drawn to this famous structure. The book is illustrated
historical and contemporary photographs of the bridge and the
Peter Lalor is an award-winning author and journalist. He studied history
University of Melbourne before moving into journalism, where he has worked
20 years. Major stories he has covered include the Bali bombings, the
crisis and the Sydney and Athens Olympics. He has also written the
"Blood Stain" published in 2002, which won the 2003 Ned Kelly
Award for Best
True Crime Writing.
The Author Talk will commence at 6.30pm at the library in Park Street,
Vale. Light refreshments will be served and bookings are essential on 9970
Cost $7 & $5 concession (Friends/Pensioners/Students - cards must be
Payment is required within three days of booking to confirm
The Scotland Island RFB will be
famous Christmas in July dinner on Saturday, 28 July 2007, at the Fire
Station. A full roast dinner with all the trimmings, licensed bar,
music and a visit from Santa - what better way to celebrate
Tickets available soon.