Soon after 1804, the year of the
area survey by Governor Hunter, early documents reveal that
Pittwater was listed in grand sounding terms as forming "The
Hundred of Packenham in the County of Cumberland in the Parish
of Warrabeen". This last name should not be confused with
Narrabeen which was then spelt Narrabine. The division of land
areas into hundreds was begun by Governor Phillip and persisted
until the time of the appointed Surveyor General, Sir Thomas
Mitchell, in 1828. The Hundred of Packenham is marked on the
maps of his time, but careful search has not revealed any clue
to the reason for the intriguingly numerical name. (Note: There
was later a Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell but neither
dignitary inspired the naming of Sydney's Mitchell Library. This
was named after a wealthy benefactor named David Scott
It was not until 1866 when the east
coast of Australia was surveyed by Commander Sidney that the
bays and points of Pittwater were formally named, probably for
the first time. But before then they been given their informal
and more appropriate names and few of those recorded on Sidney's
maps remain in use. As officially stated on Sidney's maps,
Morning Bay and Night Bay lie on each side of Long Nose but this
could, in fact, be Woody Point. Careel Bay is Evening Bay.
Scotland Island is Pitt Island. The southern inlet at the head
of Pittwater is Pitt Inlet, today known as Winji Jimmi , itself
a corruption of the native name of Winnereremy. West Head is
named as Three Heads and only the North Head of Broken Bay was
allowed by Commander Sidney to retain its original name of Hawke
Head. This is not derived from the Hawkesbury River as is
generally supposed, but was the name given to the headland by
Captain Cook, who forgot none of his friends. In the Historical
Records of N.S.W. where there is a copy of
Cook's appointment to the command of the Endeavour, the first
signature to the document is by Ed. Hawke. Sir Edward Hawke
was First Lord of the Admiralty from 1766 to 1771 when he was
succeeded by the Earl of Sandwich.
In 1829, William Romaine Govett was
sent by the Government to survey the coastline between Port
Jackson and Broken Bay. In his journal, now in the Mitchell
Library, he has a watercolour painting of Barrenjoey which is
still in excellent condition. As well, he lists his impressions
of the country and includes sketches of the strange birds and
animals he saw. Describing his impressions of Pittwater, he
wrote " Pittwater, a quiet inlet of the sea, protected from the
boisterous waves without by a ridge of mountain and a narrow
sand-bar, forms a beautiful and romantic lake, and is found to
be a convenient shelter in adverse weather. The ridges which
divide the creeks are mostly barren, rocky and precipitous, and
the summits of some rise in rugged and exposed peaks, in some
instances like the castellated ruins of a fortress, with its
dilapidated walls and shattered battlements. (Wow! Does that
sound like home? L.W.) The caves or hollows are called by
the natives 'gibbie gunyahs'. It was in one of those deep
gullies that I saw a host of most singular animals, called
Next Month: Govett leaps onto
Attention all offshore families with children 2-6 and beyond
Island Pre-School is working towards providing Long-Day Care. As
a first step KU (Kindergarten Union) Childrens Services who are
the licensee for the pre-school require feedback on the level of
interest and commitment.
Please print out and fill in the
survey and drop it into the Preschool or Church Point Post
Office by end of May. To complete the survey,
click this link, then print the page shown. Our unique and
high quality pre-school needs to service what the communities
real needs are with regard to childcare.
This is also an
opportunity to gauge the other children related needs that
exist. Please take a moment to identify where your interests are
now and in the future.
REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE PRE-SCHOOL AGE
CHILDREN WE NEED YOU TO FILL OUT THE KU SURVEY….JUST
THE LINK, PRINT, COMPLETE AND SEND/HAND IN TO PRE-SCHOOL.
car from Church Point to the Bays
Many locals have dreamed about driving
their car from the point across to the island or bays. A Queensland
man has developed composite panels & a jetdrive for a Suzuki 4WD to
convert it to a carboat. He estimates the entire car & package will
The article was in the Sydney Morning
Herald approximately 18 mar.05
Huge Crowd attends
Car Park Meeting
A much larger than expected crowd (about
out to discuss the future of Church point and the car park, as the
photo to the left shows. 25 souls volunteered to do a variety of
tasks to stimulate further interest in solving this ongoing problem.
Some advice for
a newbie offshore resident
My husband and I are seriously
considering moving to Scotland Island (or Lovett Bay or Elvina Bay)
in the near future. We have two young children, boy/girl twins
nearly 18 months old.
We would like to talk to other parents in the offshore community who
can advise us about: childcare, community activities for families
and the practicalities of getting two small children on and off the
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
Melissa and Mike Gilliland
firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 9427 3020
Stress Buster Exercise
A colleague tells you his mobile number but you haven’t’ got a
pen or phone handy to record it in – you have to use your mind. It
Try saying it once to yourself, and you can guarantee you will
forget it. Try it now and see. Come back to this email in one
minutes time and see if you can recall it then.
Welcome back, now try breaking the number up into short sections and
repeating them five times – you will remember it for a short while –
long enough to get to a pen or phone, but then it will be gone. Try
it now, go and get a glass of water, and see if you can remember it
when you get back.]
Working Memory is short term, front of mind, and relies on
repetition. Like all aspects of the mind, it is more efficient if
you break things up into patterns. If you rely on this memory alone
to do everything though: not only will you find it hard to remember
things in the long term, but you will also become mentally exhausted
and stressed out. (thanks to zenatwork)
Water & Waste Water
‘On current predictions of urban growth and water consumption, most
of Australia’s cities will run out of drinking water within the next
Professor Nicholas Ashbolt, University of NSW.
On SUNDAY JUNE 5TH 2005, we are holding a workshop to address the
• To understand the latest technologies in the management of water
and waste water that could be applied to our offshore area.
• To examine the advantages and disadvantages of each technology
• To select the technologies that we believe would be most
appropriate for our conditions
• To consider the next steps in working, together with the Centre
for Waste Water Technologies from the University of NSW, towards
installing the selected technology/ies through a Pilot Program, and
thus not only having the most suitable system for our needs, but
becoming an acknowledged leader in what will become a necessity in
the years ahead – the efficient and effective management of water
and waste water in NSW and Australia.
These steps to include the most likely funding sources.
The workshop will be facilitated by Bill Gye, and attended by
Professor Nick Ashbolt (Centre for Waste Water Technologies,
University of NSW).
It will run from 9.00am to around 4.00pm and be based on a high
degree of participation.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, and lunch will be handled
on a ‘bring a plate’ basis.
Places are limited, so if you would like to participate, please
advise your name, Email address, Postal address, and telephone
number by MONDAY 9th MAY to:-
Greg Roberts –
email@example.com 9979 9599
Medivacs on Scotland Island
Did you know that the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade can assist
in the case of a medical emergency? We have a number of first aid
trained volunteers who are ready and able to assist on these
occasions. Our members can collect the ambulance personnel from the
Water Police boat, transport them direct to the patient, assist with
assessing, stabilising and transporting the patient off the Island.
However, the Brigade does not automatically get called in case of
emergency despite years of trying to get us listed in the system.
The procedure for calling in a medical emergency on the Island:
Call 000 & ask for ambulance
Ask for the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade to be notified
If possible, call the Brigade
Men's Weekend Retreat
Respect and Awareness
Uncle Max teaches respect and the responsibility of man for holding
the consciousness of the land. This is the ancient knowledge of
“singing the land” and watching the land talk.
The experience offers an opportunity to be open to this awareness
through the aboriginal cultural teachings of the Senior Yuin loreman
and elder Uncle Max Harrison. The teachings will relate to climate,
bush tucker, healing and respect for Mother Earth.
This Men’s Retreat weekend is from Friday evening 6 May until Sunday
afternoon 8 May 2005 at YHA Morning Bay in the Ku-Ring-Gai National
Park, Pittwater. All the participants including Uncle Max will be
staying at the YHA at Morning Bay, which will be booked exclusively
for this gathering.
Food will be provided and transportation to and from Morning
Bay/Church Point will be provided at specific meeting times.
• On Friday evening Michael Edols will screen his highly acclaimed
movie Lalai Dreaming. Michael is happy to talk about his experience
of making the film in the Kimberley.
• Bring musical instruments if you wish for the campfire on Saturday
• The cost for the weekend is $360.00 per person.
If you would like attend this retreat or have any questions please
contact Penelope Star Peter Kirychenko
M: 0421 174 178 M: 0408 960 091
Our next event will
be lots of fun - A participative night of laughter and spirit
reading local island stories written to capture the essence of
our offshore life. The stories will be read live by their
creators- local offshore residents. More material always
welcome! The night will be facilitated by Juliette Robertson so
get your pens out and e-mail your delightful scribbles to
Juliette@thejfactor.com.au before the day.
Details: 7.30pm Sat May 14th at Edna Carew's waterfront home -
81 Florence Terrace....there's a log with the number carved
into it on Florence Tce. About 6 or 7 houses North of Eastern
wharf, There will be balloons & a lamp put out on the
night. Edna can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org (Bring
something warm if its a cool night, a nibble and a swig to
loosen that tongue!)
Everyone welcome. Here's a taste...
"The tinnie is so
heavily laden that prow is barely above water and I am soaked by
every wave during the crossing. Docking at the island I
desperately try to hang onto the wharf steps with one hand while
slinging bags out with the other. One or two cans will
invariably have had enough by this stage and go over board,
refusing to take any more. Then I have to get the load up the
hill. I did try dragging it up in rucksacks once, and once only.
We have now invested in a quad bike instead. Picture scenes from
India of buses and trains bursting with people, chickens, pigs,
bags and kids and you won’t be far wrong. Through an ingenious
system of bungies, ties, string and sheer determination we can
fit a full trolley load and two people on the bike. As it
bounces its way up the track the pillion has to leap off, from
time to time, to catch escaping carrots and assorted veggies".
For more info about the night contact Juliette on 9979 2411
tihs all aoubt?
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at
Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the
ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the
frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a
total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is
bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but
the wrod as a wlohe and the biran fguiers it out
aynawy. . WOW
Have your say
I love the new wharf at the point,
but do we really need two wharves? I mean, how many boats need
to tie up at the same time? The new one is modern and efficient
and the old one is garbage. I say get rid of it. It would make
an excellent bonfire and we could throw some of the old
never-to-be-driven-again wreaks in the carpark on it as well.
Art Project – Call for
My area of interest is the importance of community and how
people relate to their place and culture. One aspect of this is
the importance of our environment and how we interact with it,
and how this affects our immediate and long term well-being. I
am conducting a series of exhibitions, which includes seven
communities from around the globe and addresses the importance
of connection to place for global communities and their culture.
I do this in response to our times, when homogenisation,
globalisation and capitalisation threaten many communities and
their identity. In celebrating the diversity of culture, yet the
common thread of connection to our place, I hope to inspire the
exhibition audience to think about these issues.
I am hoping to include Scotland Island as a community in the
project. The initial kind invitation of Emmie Collins allowed me
to visit the island for the first time in March, and I have also
been working in collaboration with Claire Atkins and Penelope
Star to set up the project. I will travel to Scotland Island
again in mid July to meet people and talk with people from the
would like to photograph people from the community and also
record people’s views on what their place and community means to
them. The photographs and sound will also be used by Claire
Atkins on the island as part of a future community performance
If you are interested and willing to be a part of this project,
I would like you to contact me on 07 3844 3111 or you can email
me at email@example.com I
will also be looking for accommodation on the island for about 2
weeks. If anyone is able to offer some budget style
accommodation, I would also be interested to hear from you. Any
period, even if for a few days, would be most helpful.
Many thanks and best wishes, Judy.
Mark these dates in
Friday 3, Saturday 4, Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June
at 8:00pm, when the
Scotland Island Players will be presenting their latest revue
Anyone for Tennis? (The Secession Revue).
We have a cast of “thousands” – well not quite but there are
over twenty of your island mates in it. Some have never been on
stage before, so come and give them your support. Oldies are Bob
Blackwood, Tracey Smith, Paul Burchall, Lizzie Brand, John
Travers, Toby Jay, Nettie Lodge and Lisa Atkins and Newbies
include Giles Westley, Phil Meeks, Alison Trapnell, Shayne
Chamen-Kraal, Annette Ritchie, Gordon Floyd, Matt Bowden, Graham
Catt, Bill Lee, Kim Fitzgerald, Isabelle Moodie, Shar Jones,
Claire Atkins, Sandy Bartlett, Greg Muno, and Kerry
Borthwick-Bolton. And we mustn’t forget Trudy’s girls who are
making a cameo appearance.
Music, lyrics and sketches by Bob Bolton (who is also the
Musical Director); sketches by Kerry Borthwick-Bolton, Nettie
Lodge, John Travers, Camille Blythe and Claire Atkins.
Choreography by Denise McConnell. Direction by Kerry.
PS: Another reason you don’t dare to miss this happening is that
you might get a mention!!!
Bookings and tickets are available from Rosemary and Colin at
Scotland Island Lodge, opposite the Fire Station on 9979 3301.
Ticket prices are $15 adults and $10 children.
See you there.
From the SIRA
SIRA’s April work
Most of SIRA’s time last month was spent on issues relating to
Church Point, the Master Plan, the car park and the Pasadena
Development application (see separate article in this issue of
PON ). Most of the Committee spent the evening of the planned
committee meeting at a Pittwater Council meeting. Bill Gye and I
spoke for SIRA, Larry Eastwood for WPCA and Fraser Cooper
Southern as a concerned island resident. We had a quick
Committee meeting before the Public Meeting on April 17 to deal
with urgent business and the rest has been undertaken by
appropriate sub-committees. We are developing our advocacy
campaign to save the car park. You will note that the Church
Point Master Plan which we support, on the condition that there
is no loss of free and unrestricted parking in the reserve, also
flags the development of a larger commuter wharf at Church
Point. More information about the objections SIRA has to the
development of the Pasadena at Church Point can be found by
Can SI become a model sustainable Community?
Don’t miss the Water and Waste Water Workshop on Sunday 5 June
in the Community Hall
Horst Kanngieser 1940- 2005
Island residents were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden
death of long time resident and ferry driver Horst Kanngieser.
We send our heartfelt sympathy to Tilly, Anya and Paul. A formal
obituary is being prepared for the next newsletter.
SIRA Committee Report
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follow this link.
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