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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- July 2005 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 7, Issue 88; July 2005     


If you missed the secession plot revue, it was a serious mistake! Up there with the best of the island productions of recent years and starring so many of our talented local populace. A full review by our roving theatre reporter is below.

I am away in central Australia, driving around in my tank with tent and partner. Please excuse the smaller edition this month.

In this Issue:

  • History Corner
  • Secession Plot Succeeds
  • Preserve those old photographs & 35mm slides
  • Car Share Scheme
  • Crime Prevention Competition for Children
  • Charity Book Sale
  • Scotland Island AGM Report

  • Missing Person

  • Island Thinking

  • Did You Know?

  • Archived Newsletters
  • Local Guide
  • Your Subscription Information
  • History Corner

    When Rosa Barnet, the architect's daughter, laid the foundation stone for the Barrenjoey Lighthouse on that sunny July day in 1880, a Sydney Morning Herald reporter was there. He reported that " Miss Barnet was presented with a solid silver trowel with an ivory handle to lay the foundation stone and a mallet of tulip wood was also used for the ceremony. Bottles containing the official scroll, papers, coins, and a medallion of Queen Victoria were placed under the stone."

    One of the party, a Mr. Grenville, waxed almost lyrical to Miss Barnet. "With a few light touches of this pretty piece of metal and a few taps of the mallet you will lay the first stone of a tower which will be the guide and safeguard of many future voyages," he orated. "Above the spot on which you stand there will rise a noble beacon -- the silent sentinel of the storm-tossed mariner, the shining monitor, warning those who brave the perils of the deep to shun the more obdurate dangers of these callous rocks!"

    In the construction work that followed, two workmen died. Frederick Stark, a blacksmith was killed in an accident, and another, George Cobb, drowned. When completed, the three storey tower was was 39 feet or not quite 13 metres from its octagonal base to the lantern floor with a total cost of thirteen thousand four hundred pounds.

    The Barrenjoey Lighthouse was first lit on the 1st of August, 1881, by the lighthouse keeper, George Mulhall. Local legend says that four years later the old lighthouse keeper, aged 71, was struck and killed by lightning. It was claimed his body was burned almost to a cinder. But another early historian refutes this colourful tale and claims that. Mulhall's death certificate reveals he died of a stroke after a short illness. His remains were buried in a small enclosure close to the light and, next year, his wife, Mary , was buried beside him. His epitaph read:

    All ye that come my grave to see
    Prepare in time to follow me.
    Repent at once without delay
    For I, in haste, was called away.

    Today, the summit of the Barrenjoey headland, where Mulhall"s grave lies, is named Gledhill Lookout after Percy Gledhill, the founder and, for many years, the President of the Manly Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society and an indefatigable worker in the field of local history.

    (Next Month) Of cattle, customs, and Chinamen

    Leicester Warburton

    Anyone for Tennis – The Secession Review
    Secession Plot Succeeds

    There’s nothing like an Island Review to spice up life on the Island!

    Kerry Borthwick-Bolton and Bob Bolton’s splendid review Anyone for Tennis once again demonstrated that we have so many great performers with an enormous talent for acting, singing and dancing. With choreography by Denise McConnell this review kept the audience rolling in the aisles including those who were (very gently) being sent up!

    Nettie Lodge once more showed her wondrous talent with her skit “The Coup” aided and abetted by Beth Jessup and Lisa Atkins and the Tilly Devine “girls” showed that and a bit more(!) to the delight of many in the audience! John Travers also stood out as did Bill Lee with his beautiful singing. Toby Jay showed that he was able to keep up with any comments from the audience and made a wonderful compere.

    As well Claire Atkins, Bob Blackwood, Lizzie Brand, Shayne Chamen-Kraal, Gordon Floyd, Shar Jones, Phil Meek, Tracey Smith, Giles Westley, Paul Burchall, Robert Dale, Issy Moodie, Lally Tapnell, Sandy Bartlett, Matt Bowden, Graeme Catt, Kim Fitzgerald, Annette Ritchie and the marvellous production team made this a review to remember!


    Preserve those old photographs & 35mm slides

    Are those old photographs and 35mm slides sitting in a cupboard gathering dust and mould? If so, why not move them to the next generation of preservation by having them scanned and captured to a CD or DVD. Example: wedding photos - holidays - family history.

    Capturing old images to a CD will enable you to view the images on a computer monitor where as capturing to a DVD will enable you to view the images in a slide show through a TV set with a DVD player attached.

    For further information contact Evan Starling at 0402362280 or email starlza@hotmail.com

    Car Share Scheme

    Are Any Off-Shore Residents Interested in a Car Share Scheme?

    Last month Karl Mallon of Scotland Island had his van pinched from the car park by joy riders and then written off in Terry Hills. Rather than replace this vehicle which was only used very occasionally, Karl has approached the GoGet company who run Newtown Car Share to see if they would be interested in setting up business for Pittwater off-shore residents.

    Members of a car share have continuous access to one or more vehicles which would be parked at church point, and can book on-line or with a quick phone call. There is a membership fee and then the use of the car is charged by the hour/kilometre. For people who only need a car now and then it's a lot cheaper and much less hassle. GoGet would take care of parking, insurance, maintenance and keeping it clean and tidy.

    As a result of Karl's enquiry GoGet have approached Pittwater council to see if they would set aside one or two parking places at the point for an Off Shore Residents Car Share vehicle and they are now in dialogue with the mayor.

    If anyone is interested in the idea either now, in the future or if they think they would like to test the scheme for a few weeks, please have a look at the brochure and contact Karl Mallon and Ruth Tedder

    Crime Prevention Competition for Children

    Pittwater school children are encouraged to enter the Crime Prevention Competition, hosted by Pittwater Council. The competition is open to children aged 6 to 10 years and will run from Wednesday 15 June to Friday 15 July.

    Children are encouraged to enlist the assistance of a parent or guardian with the competition, when they talk to each other about how they can prevent crime in Pittwater. Participants should also ask their parent or guardian to make a pledge, in which they promise to keep valuables such as mobile phones, money, tools, bikes and wallets out of sight and secure. This reduces the opportunity for them to be stolen.

    Children entering the competition can win a $30 gift voucher for Warriewood Shopping Centre. Parents signing the pledge will receive a certificate, as well as an entry into the draw to win a gourmet food hamper.

    Entry forms are available from Mona Vale and Avalon Libraries and local primary schools, or can be downloaded from the Pittwater website www.pittwaterlga.com.au
    (Community Services, Community Safety).

    Charity Book Sale

    Another charity book sale is to be held at GEEPS (waterfront a few south of Tennis) Bring along all unwanted books anytime before July 21st. The sale will only be held on Sat 21st. Last year we charged 50cents per book and raised over $300 for the Garvin Institute which conducts research into cancer. It’s a fun day where you can read and talk about books with whoever drops in. Bring a plate a food and something to drink and take the afternoon to drift through the literary off casts of your friends.

    This year we will be raising funds to buy a wheelchair for a needy teenager. More about that later.

    Cheers Tracy Smith

    Scotland Island AGM Report

    Many thousands (well, a small number) attended the Scotland Island AGM, held on Sunday 19th June in the community hall. SIRA committee members reported on all of the SIRA activities for the year and the new committee was elected, after a vote was taken. If you wish to bring something that matters to you, to the attention of the associations, email them at SIRAPittwater@hotmail.com

    Missing Person

    My name is Carolyn Darragh and I live in Avalon.
    I am looking for a girl I went to primary school with  in South Turramurra, who moved to Scotland Island in the early 1980's.

    The family name was Harvey.  Her name is Rachel and her older sister was called Lucy and her younger one was Emma.  Her father was a pilot for East West Airlines.  Is there anyone on the island that has any idea of where Rachel or any of her family has moved to or if they are still living there.

    Please let me know. My email address is

    Thanks Carolyn

    Anne Palmer on Life, Stress and Yoga
    Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you handle it.
    Life throws all sorts of things at us and we all get stressed from time to time.
    Stress is a natural response, and in small doses it's fantastic: it gets us motivated and inspired!
    However, when the stress just doesn't go away, it starts to drag us down: our performance, health and relationships start to deteriorate.
    Do you want to know how to handle stress?
    Are you interested in learning some simple 30-second exercises that can help you cope?
    Anne Palmer works with Corporations and Multinationals all over Australia, teaching employees how to manage stress at work.
    Anne also lives on the island and runs local yoga classes here - she'd love to help us all cope with the stresses of the boats, the wharfs, the water, the carrying, the commuting and so on. 
    This will be an interactive session. Audience participation is required! 
    When: Saturday July 9th 8pm
    Where: Di & Duncan Watts home, Robertson Rd, on water West of Catherine Park
    Judy Parrott will be attending as part of her project to link Scotland Island with an Island in Scotland.

    Please keep the next Island Thinking free (Saturday 13th August) - Leicester Warburton will be speaking about Island History - an event NOT TO BE MISSED!

    Did You Know?

    That Tuesday 21st June is the shortest day in the year for those of us living in the southern hemisphere?
    The scientific explanation is that winter solstice is when, because of the earth's tilt, your hemisphere is leaning farthest away from the sun, and therefore: the daylight is the shortest, and the sun has its lowest arc in the sky.
    This day has been important to mankind for thousands of years. Traditionally the fear was that the daylight wouldn't get longer without rituals and ceremonies to see the change in. In the northern hemisphere many of the old ceremonies have been absorbed into the Christmas and winter traditions. In Romania they mark the day with apple wassailing. In Iran, there is the observance of Yalda, in which families keep vigil through the night and fires burn brightly to help the sun (and Goodness) battle darkness (i.e. evil). Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights occurs around this time every year too. It begins on the 25th of Kislev, three days before the new moon closest to the Winter Solstice, and although it commemorates an historic event it is also a symbolic celebration of growing light. In many cultures it is considered bad luck for the year ahead to let the candles or fire go out around this time. So keep that fire burning at home!

    (thanks to zenatwork)

    The local guide

    Local Real Estate Agents:

    Botham 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.
    State: John Brogden, Member for Pittwater, or email him at jbrogden@nswcoalition.com or  by clicking here
    Federal: Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar, or email her by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au or
    Local Transport:

    Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Information, click here. Phone 0404-103-700

    Church Point Ferries (02-9999-3492)  Manly Warringah Cabs (02-9997-9111) Palm Beach Cruises (02-9997-4815) Pink Water Taxi (0428-238-190)

    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au         (9979 3301)
    Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage:  (9997 8382)

    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls/index.html

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, 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

    Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

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


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