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Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 7, Issue 91; September 2005
read with interest of the Water Police activity in RBT in our area. As
the Spring approaches it might be worth thinking about our attitudes to
drink boating. (see item below). May I also commend to you the item
about the Scotland Island preschool (found near the bottom of this
newsletter) They are in SERIOUS TROUBLE and need you support. AND: A
special reminder about the Movie night
On a portion of land near the Palm Beach jetty, a Chinese firm carried out a prosperous fish-drying business in the early 1880s. This gave employment to a number of men who found fishing in Pittwater more remunerative than orchard work or farming. Mostly, the drying and salting were done by Chinamen and the manager, with the somewhat sneezy and discouraging name of Ah Chuey, was a general favourite of residents.
Ah Chuey was known as a extremely fair man and had fixed prices for the fish he bought. He preferred schnapper, for which he paid five shillings a dozen, but he would take other fish and sometimes two or three boatloads would be piled up on the sand. When supplies were this great, the Chinamen worked all night putting the fish in brine. They then carried the offal to a garden near the cliffs which they cultivated and from which they sold excellent vegetables to residents. The fish were either sent to Sydney for shipping on to China or to Melbourne which was home to a large Chinese population.
Local fishermen caught the bait for their lines from Mackerel Beach which gave it its name. For many years there was a lookout near the beach from which shoals of fish, entering the head of Broken Bay, could be detected with boatloads of flapping prizes to those who were ready to take advantage of the catch. The Chinese, too, were very partial to mutton fish or abalone as they are sometimes known and , in their spare time were often seen searching diligently for the oval shellfish clinging to the rocks. Old residents recalled great piles of mutton shells heaped near the Chinese garden and children sometimes carried them off to use as edges or borders to family gardens.
The rather dark, tough meat in the beautiful shells was a delicacy to the Chinese but offers to visitors usually met with a polite refusal. Even so, the collecting diligence of the Chinese seems to have exhausted the supply, at least temporarily, and Mutton Fish , sometimes called Venus' Ear by English piscine authorities, is today largely exported to China and Japan from both sides of the Pacific for use for buttons and pearl inlaying from the shells.
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100 Years at
Mona Vale Cemetery
Leicester Warburton has been
awarded life Membership for over forty years of
outstanding service to SIRA and the island community,
including the single handed compilation, production and
delivery of SINews during this period.
The Scotland Island Landcare
Group won the second prize in the NSW Landcare Awards
This will be presented to Pittwater Council at its meeting on 26 September.
A recent sighting of a dolphin near the Royal Motor Yacht club by your rowing reporter prompts me to ask - have you seen any dolphins in Pittwater? It is great to see them back in the now relatively pristine waters adjacent to our homes. Is this a sign that we may see more of them? Let us know and we will post your comments in the next edition of PON. You can do so by clicking here
Water police are continuing to conduct Marine Random Breath Testing operations in and around Pittwater, Brooklyn and Brisbane Water, with three arrests so far. Please remember that the limits for alcohol are the same as the road limits - so if you would not be prepared to drive your car past a RBT site - you should not be driving your boat. These operations are continuing and increasing into the boating season.
There has also been a 4 knot limit introduced at McCarrs Creek and EAST to include the Scotland Island commuter wharf - it is still an 8 knot limit around the Church Point public wharf.
Wings, will Travel!
Church Point Car Park
Day by the Bay
I now have many fantastic off island/shore stories, anecdotes and poems written by local offshore residents which are most entertaining and truly capture the essence of offshore life....and I'd love more!!. If you have a funny, reflective, touching or adventurous offshore story to tell about your offshore life, please write it down for inclusion in this self published work which will be launched next year. We'd all love to hear from you.
Artists, if you'd like the opportunity to illustrate the story of your choice and be included in this Anthology, please make contact !
All contributions are voluntary and inclusions will be at the discretion of the editor.
For information or submitting stories, contact Juliette Robertson 02 9979 2411, 0418 349 448 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
THE future of the Island Preschool is in jeopardy
Stress Buster Exercises For Tech Rage
Local Real Estate Agents:
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