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- December 2007 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 278 December 2007
It has been wonderful to watch the number of subscribers to this newsletter grow in number by another 10% this year. Although we have an automatic system in place that detects that you have changed your email address, we cannot find out your new address! So, please, if you are about to change your email address click the link at the very bottom of this newsletter to let me know! And remember to tell that new neighbour of yours know about the newsletter. They can sign on at www.scotlandisland.org.au/signup
According to the pioneering historian Maybanke Anderson, Phillip was fascinated by the potential of Pittwater and the Hawkesbury. Three explorations of the latter revealed that the banks of the big river and its tributaries featured “good light soil and beautiful trees like almond trees”. He believed that “the noble river” was very suitable for settlement and, during the following months 70 settlers were sent there. One of the first pair was James Ruse, later to achieve fame as the first man to successfully grow wheat in Australia.
For these early settlers, Pittwater became their port, since they could only reach Sydney by water. But this, of course, had limitations and a road was soon made to the banks of the river. The Green Hills was the apt name for the first settlement and it soon began to produce potatoes and other vegetables as well as wheat for the new colony. By 1803 it was found to be necessary to gazette stringent regulations concerning the carrying of produce in rowing or sailing boats which, at first, were the only conveyances operating.
One regulation warned the settler that “any person sending grain to Sydney in an open boat, or in a boat not trustworthy, would expect no protection from the magistrate.” Another said “If the master should take more grain than he can carry in safety, he shall forfeit five pounds to the Orphan Fund!”
These regulations, particularly designed for safety and to preserve the much needed produce from the danger of overloading, then led to the building of more stable and commodious sloops and, by the following year, 16 were employed. At least four of these were built locally, almost certainly in Pittwater where ship building was beginning to be established in several places, later including Scotland Island. Others were built at Coal Harbour, soon to be named Newcastle.
Boats continued to be the regular transport for the smaller settlers though overland transport was opening up. Near the end of 1804 prizes were offered for those who kept their boats in good order. Boats had to be registered so they could qualify for inspection and were required to be locked up at night. The regulations were put to the test in 1808, according to the Sydney Gazette, when five bushrangers, who had been captured at Parramatta and were travelling down the Parramatta River by boat, overpowered their soldier guardians, landed at Lane Cove and walked to Pittwater and found employment there.
NEXT MONTH: Mullet Island and the Hawkesbury Bridge
We are looking to rent or borrow a wheelchair or golf buggy, or similar, to transport our 90 year- old granny to and fro between Tennis Court Wharf and the Scotland Island Lodge during her stay with us from Christmas to the 17th January.
If you can assist, please ring Derry on 0416 206 546.
The last time I saw Rocky Horror Reg Livermore was in the lead and it was so long ago I can't remember who else was in the cast. It was an extravagant and lavish production which well deserved its excellent reviews. The recent production by the Scotland Island Players, tightly directed by Barbara Labram was right up there with it.
The story centres around Brad and Janet and the fantastic inhabitants of a Transylvanian castle. As their car breaks down and they go for help in a nearby castle, innocent Janet (Emmie Collins) and her recently engaged fiancé, naive Brad (Brian Frankel) go to the old castle for help. Here they encounter some weird and wonderful characters including Riff Raff (Larry Woods), Dr Frank-n-Furter (Karl Mallon), Magenta (Tracy Smith), Columbia (Justine Kirri), Dr Scott (Bob Bolton) and Rocky (Phil Meek). John Travers as the narrator, Ruth Tedder as the Usherette and Andy Moy, Denise Catt and Bec Erdman as Phantoms as well as Andrew Bain, Lizzie Brand and Leslie Woods as Time Warp Phantoms wrap up the cast.
The casting was brilliant and each performer seemed eminently suited to their roles. They all gave excellent, tight and very professional performances. They were all so good it is hard to pick out particular performers, but with my word limit, I can't discuss the entire cast in detail. Just to say that Phil Meek was an hilarious Rocky, Bob Bolton did a great German Dr Scott and certainly Karl stood out as an absolutely fantastic (and gorgeous) Frank-n-Furter.
The costumes were fabulous (thanks Lizzy), and the music, directed by David Richards supported by Maddy Banfield, Petra Godfrey, Gordon Floyd, Jon Hazelwood and Matt Lakeman was, as expected, extremely professional. As too was the make-up by Kerry Borthwick and the choreography (Denis Catt) . All those others that worked behind the scenes did a fantastic job'
And also a gold star has to go to the audience. On the night I went their costumes were great and they participated in great spirit as usual. And congratulations to all those guys who wore fishnet stockings!
As usual the standard of the Scotland Island Players goes from strength to strength.
Church Point Plan of
I found a pair of binoculars on Cargo Wharf on Saturday 17 November. If you have lost them, please contact Gordon on 9997 2035
The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP was returned to the seat of Mackellar in the recent federal election. Residents of the offshore communities congratulate her on her re-election and wish her well in her most important role as our representative to the federal government. Mrs Bishop has always been a strong supporter of our community, with it's special needs and it's ambition to be an example to the rest of Australia in areas such as water conservation and sustainability.
Each edition of this newsletter has her contact details in the summary below. You can always ring her office or email her if you have a problem that you think needs the help of our federal representative.
You may be interested in the way in which we, as a community, voted. The details below show the polling results from the booth on Scotland Island. The two links following the results will take you to the electoral web site and will give you results that are very up to date.
- Pittwater's worst weed!
The Broken Bay Water Police and NSW Maritime will be out on the water in the weeks leading to the holiday season, checking that the controller of a boat has a current licence and that the vessel is seaworthy. Here are the current requirements for boat licences:
Boat Driver Licensing
Are you interested in working with children in a Steiner based education environment? We are looking for more people to join our team in caring for the offshore community’s next generation. Our new Director has helped to create a loving and creative environment, and more staff are needed to allow the program to expand.
Work hours are flexible, Tues – Thursday, minimum 4 hours per week. Regular training workshops are provided.
Working with children checks will be necessary.
For more information please call:
If you cannot attend, it would be very helpful if you could extend an apology to Mark Eriksson by emailing him at email@example.com
Cleaning Job at Youth Hostel Pittwater
Summer Time December 2007 - February 2008 Cleaning Job Available
6-10 hours per week
Tel: 9999 5748 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carols @ Carols
Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since publication of this newsletter began in 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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The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) or any of the associated Pittwater Offshore Resident's Committees
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