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- September 2006 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 162; September 2006
Greetings from Russia :) Another community grant to check up on newsletters in Russia was gladly accepted by the editor and his young assistant. Hopefully you will feel an Eastern European slant to newsletters in the future. And a special thanks to assistant editor Julian for being at the helm in September. On a more serious note, offshore communities have 'enjoyed' great quantities of rain in recent weeks that has played havoc with the roads. SIRA (Scotland Island Residents Association) are determined to get improvements made to our road infrastructure. Please support them as they move to obtain financial support from government.
Without geography, you're nowhere. ~Author Unknown
The first school in Pittwater was held in the little Methodist Church at Church Point. On May l, 1884, Samuel Morrison was appointed the first teacher. Unaware of the location of Pittwater, Morrison, who had received his early training in Dublin, inquired at the Education Office and was directed to go to Manly by boat and then by coach to Newport. The next day, a Saturday, he travelled to Manly and was told that the coach for Newport would not leave Bagnall's Hotel on the Corso until 4 p.m. the next day when it would be taking workmen from a powderworks company at Newport back to work. Harry Boulton, the coach driver, assured Morrison on Sunday morning that he would pick him up at the hotel at 4 p.m.
The coach loaded up at the livery stables behind the Steyne Hotel and, when the driver had a load, went off leaving the frustrated young teacher behind. His hotelier, Mr. Bagnall, told Morrison it was only 12 miles and, since the next coach would not leave until Tuesday, the teacher had no alternative but to walk to Pittwater. After crossing Manly Lagoon bridge he met no one and passed only two houses that were occupied, Mrs. Malcolm's at Brookvale and Miss Jenkins' at Collaroy. From there the road was rough and heavy going and a sandy track. Walking was difficult and tiring and it was getting dark. After passing a bag and bark humpy where the old Narrabeen Inn later stood, he was overtaken by a man with a horse and cart. When stopped and asked the whereabouts of Pittwater by Morrison, the man replied that he was going that way and offered him a lift. The driver introduced himself as Johnny Collins , an old identity in the district who kept a boarding house at Newport known as Bayview House. He invited Morrison to stay the night.
The following morning, after breakfast, Collins insisted on rowing him across the bay to Bayview. From that point he began his final walk of a mile and a half to Church Point to the school. He reported later that he was charmed with the beautiful scenery and " had never seen anything so fine!
Alongside the school in the church building was a comfortable residence and it became Morrison's home for 20 years. Later , when the school was moved to Bayview , Morrison met and married Emma Chave, a local girl, in 1887 and the following year the brick Pittwater School was built. In 1895, Morrison wrote an official Education Department Arithmetic Text Book for Third Class.
On Arbor Day, 1945, a Samuel Morrison Memorial Tree was planted in the grounds of Mona Vale Public School.
Next Month: The history of the Bays
my space fills with the songs of
Geoff Bullock, Scotland Island
Further to our request for a list of JP's residing in the offshore community, we have these volunteers!
As part of The Shape of Water
art exhibition for the Scotland Island Festival this year,
we are planning a collaborative installation in Catherine
Park.We plan to use old and weathered jetty planks but the
ones we thought we had have been cut up into firewood!.
Red Planet is about to be spectacular!
I will now be hosting my own show on Radio Northern Beaches every Thursday morning from 8.45a.m. until 12noon. The name of the show will be "Fruit Salad" and the wave bands are 88.7 and 90.3 FM.
If anybody has any community announcements, or items of interest etc., that they would like broadcast, please let me know by Wednesday evenings 8.30p.m. Hope to hear from you soon....Phillippa Thomas. Contact me by clicking here
Feeding Body and Soul
You are all aware that the Scotland Island Festival is approaching. Remember the festival is spread out over a month and you might like to know what is happening and when.
Simple - just check the online calendar at www.scotlandisland.org.au/calendar
Whilst we were celebrating the 21st Birthday of the Kindergarten on Scotland Island, many parents purchased raffle tickets in support of my daughter Felicity for her Son Rise Program that we are running. I wanted to sincerely thank the kind people who bought tickets as well as the kindergarten that kindly donated the prizes. Thank you to Taurs and Andy for organising the prizes and making them available.
First prize was a nights accommodation at the YHA with kayaking and a case of champagne and the lucky person who wins this prize is Rekha Narayan. Second prize was a case of red wine that goes to A. Sriharan.
Again, I thank you for your support. It means a lot to our family as we go on this incredible journey with our daughter to work through her autism and teach her how to communicate, talk and play. I am thankful every day for where I live and the people who surround me as well as the generosity of heart and spirit found on this lovely island and the nearby offshore communities.
If you would like more information on the Son Rise program we are running for our daughter and have a spare two lots of 2 hour timeslot a week, then you could become a volunteer and become a part of our team. All training, guidance and feedback is provided and I'm sure it will be a rewarding choice that will offer personal growth and life experience. If you are interested, please give me a call at home on 9997 6620 or on the mobile on 0418 209 956. I am so looking forward to the next phase of the program and need the support of volunteers to help Felicity achieve all that she can be.
Please see the website link below for more details. If you are interested in assisting me to fundraise or have any great ideas, please drop me a line.
What does Scotland Island & the Indian village of Khunti
have in common?
A very well attended training day for the new Scotland Island web site was held on Sunday 20th August. Representatives from many community groups, together with other interest individuals, learned of the amazing ability of the upcoming website to be maintained by the many and not by the few! Some photographs are shown of the day. The whole exercise, from the development of the site, to the training of the participants was fully funded by Pittwater Council. We are very grateful for their support.
If you would like to be involved in this great new project or feel you would like some tips on how you can use the opportunity to develop your own island community group page, please give me a ring. I am away in, ahem, Russia, until the end of September, but a call after that will get a response! 02-9979-9667 (editor Paul)
Toddler & Baby Toys
Scotland Island Community Transport Vehicle
Thank you Pittwater!
Business Limited Breakfast
Cost (including breakfast): Members $25 Non-members $50. Places are limited, please register today at www.pittwaterbusiness.com.au/members/events.asp
Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/newsletters/archive.html or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Scotland Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au
If you would like to contribute to this newsletter it's easy!. Send an e-mail to the editor by clicking here. Type your short contribution (100 words would be fine) and assuming it is of general interest to the community, does not include matter of a political nature and is not offensive to your neighbours, it will appear next month.
The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), or any of the associated Pittwater Offshore Resident's Committees
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