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- August 2007 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 251 August 2007
I am not going to mention: parking, roads, water, vehicles, politics, charities, jetties, tinnies, dogs, asparagus or sewerage. I AM going to say how much I simply love living offshore. Don't you?
It wasn’t until the last day of September, 1892, that the idea of creating a national park of impressive size and beauty was officially formed when the governor of the day, the Earl of Jersey, and Lord Villiers visited the head of Cowan Creek, a picturesque arm of Broken Bay. It was to begin at the northern railway line and embrace practically all the parish of Broken Bay and ending at Pittwater, an area of 45 square miles or, in today’s figures, 14, 712 hectares, making it one of the finest in Australia.
It was decided that it would be named Kuring-gai Chase (which somehow became a corruption of Curingai) in dedication to the native people who lived on the Hornsby Plateau. “Chase”was deemed appropriate since one of its many meanings is “a flora and fauna reserve”.
It is believed that the idea for this great national park originated with Eccleston Du Faur, a remarkable man with a remarkable name. Despite a suggested French background, Du Faur was actually born in London and educated at prestigious Harrow School. He first emigrated to Victoria when he was only 21, returned to England then came to Sydney as a draughtsman for the Department of Lands l0 years later in 1863. He had a wide variety of interests and helped the establishment of the New South Wales Geographical Society and the Sydney Academy of Art which later became the National Art Gallery of NSW.
Du Faur was fascinated by the flora and fauna of his adopted land. As settlement in Sydney spread with consequent destruction of native plants and beautiful bushland, he saw a pressing need for a national park on the city’s northern boundary before that spectacular land was also developed for settlement. Despite a prior ruling by the Department of Lands in 189l that no further land was available for national parks, Du Faur invited the governor to visit Cowan Creek and surroundings. A year later, in December 1894, it was dedicated as a national reserve for public recreation.
NEXT MONTH: The Chase continues …
Many Thanks to the
Yoga: Ki (Otherwise known as
Zen or Oki)
Pittwater Council will be locking off the cage
houses the meter with the brass tap that comes from the mainland. This tap
had leakage problems and, according to their plumber, this is because the
not designed to be turned on and off all the time. It took a bit of
to be given time to replace this with another system, as it was the only
water could be shut off.
Mission to Seafarers is a not for profit organisation, this year
years of service, caring for seafarers in the Shipping Industry.
2 Men and 2 Grands - the
to include in your newsletter information about the Pittwater Pens Writing
Competition we are holding at Mona Vale Library in celebration of our 35th
Number of servings: 6
Draft Scotland Island Plan of Bush Fire
Management – Public Exhibition
'About 20 years ago, we had a house on the
about a year. Now we would love to move there again and wonder how best to
somewhere to rent. We also wondered how we might best contact people who
want to house swap (we are in Sydney's inner West, a 3-bedroom
'Just thought I'd mention that my son Lachlan Hamilton put Rob Stokes on the spot today during a school visit to NSW Parliament House', says island resident Karin Kruger
Rob asked the Mona Vale Public year 6 students what sort of questions would they like him to present to the house. Lachlan replied, "What about better roads for Scotland Island?" Rob said yes, he knew that was an issue. He then asked Lachlan what about a bridge. Lachlan's reply: "No one wants a bridge."
A new generation of islanders gets political!
What an amazing night! Some of the very best talent ever heard on the island were the stars at a musical soiree organised by Colin Kinnison on Friday 27th July. Starring:
The Sydney Guitar Quartet, The Northern Beaches Clarinet Quartet and Soloists, The 464 Violin and Guitar Duo and The Balmain Flute and Guitar Duo.
It was just great to recognise the quality of these young musicians who performed so professionally and beautifully. Well done Colin! (all funds went to Oxfam)
WOW (Women on Water) is a discussion group that meets for lunch and discussion on a relevant chosen topic on the second Wednesday of every month, alternating between the homes of members. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 8 August at the home of Joy Purvis in Elvina Bay commencing at 12.00 noon. The topic is “Advance Australia Where” (thanks to the writings of Hugh McKay). If you would like to find out more about WOW or be placed on the email list contact Kerry Borthwick at firstname.lastname@example.org (please note the underscore between qwl and k) or ring Kerry on 9999 4092. All off-shore women are most welcome to attend.
Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since 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), or any of the associated Pittwater Offshore Resident's Committees
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