What is now known as Mona Vale Road
was the path of an original road leading all the way from
Pennant Hills. It joined the coast road at what was the farm of
a Mr. Foley, a tenant of Mr. Wentworth. This became the site of
the village of Mona Vale. Main southern starting point on the
North Coast Road along the beaches once began on the shores of
Balgowlah which is almost certainly now Clontarf. But the
accessibility and attraction as a landing place of Manly Beach,
so named by Governor Phillip because of the manly appearance or
behaviour of the aborigines he saw there was usurped as the
jumping off point for the road. As a result, Manly prospered as
a settlement eventually growing into the world famous tourist
resort it is today.
From Manly the North Coast Road
wandered through the property of Mr. John Jenkins who, with his
wife, had been granted 600 acres in what is now known as
Collaroy. Eventually, the inheriting Jenkins daughters
bequeathed the land to the Salvation Army which became a gift of
enormous value. The Foley farm mentioned earlier, was of 700
acres and was originally granted to a Mr. Robert Campbell. A
portion of the road to Newport is shown in old maps as
Campbell's Lane and was one of the boundaries of the farm that
gave Mona Vale its name. When the Foley family took over, the
area was farmed most successfully and "Mrs. Foley's Butter"
became a firm favourite with early Sydney families. Even today,
old residents can remember the brand which persisted well into
the last century.
But commercial success then, as even
today, provoked envy and jealousy of unscrupulous neighbours and
competitors and, sadly, Foley became a victim. His death was the
first of a series of crimes described at the time as "The Mona
Vale Outrages" which for some time gave the beautiful district
an evil reputation. For many years Foley had suffered quietly
from the covetousness of a threatening neighbour. Finally, in
1850, challenged by many petty thefts and annoyances, he called
for help from the police and an arrest way made. On the evening
before the matter was to come before the Court, Foley was
returning from North Harbour to his home when he was
mysteriously shot dead near an area known as the Black Swamp and
the prosecution had to be abandoned.
(Next Month): Another dastardly deed
at Mona Vale
Citizen of the Year Awards
Pittwater Council is calling for
nominations for its 2006 Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Young
Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year Awards.
Nominees must be Pittwater residents who have contributed
significantly to Pittwater in any field over a number of years. Such
contribution must demonstrate active concern for the rights, welfare
and well-being and/or advancement of others, and could have been
given to individuals, community groups or the community at large.
The awards will be presented by Pittwater’s Australia Day Ambassador
at the official ceremony on Australia Day 2006 at the Breakfast at
the Beach celebrations at Newport Beach.
Nominations must be received by 6pm Tuesday 13 December 2005 -
addressed to Gay McCorby at Council offices – email
firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 9970 7296 or post to PO
Box 882, Mona Vale 1660.
Scotland Island Residents Association is 50!
The Scotland Island Progress Society, which later became the
Scotland Island Residents Association, was established in 1955. We are
fifty this year and will be celebrating at Catherine Park on Sunday
20 November from 12:00 midday.
There will be a free sausage sizzle,
children’s games, and entertainment by and for the island and
offshore community residents. SIRA is calling for island and
offshore performers of all kind to perform their music, dance, songs
poetry, comedy etc in the park for the delight and benefit of their
neighbours. Try out your new stuff on home ground. Call Lisa on 9979
2627 to discuss and book a spot for your performance. Everyone is
welcome – amateurs, dilettantes and professionals alike.
Sick of placing soggy signs on wind swept notice boards?
November you can promote, advertise, buy and sell with
photos on-line at
www.pittwateronlinetrading.com.au All offshore
residents receive 60 days of FREE on-line classified
advertising for Christmas. Look for details at your
wharf mid November
Sell household items, kids stuff, building materials,
your tinny or car, anything, all locally.
Publicly celebrate births, announce parties, lost and
found, freebies, Community Service Notices
Business, promote your Christmas specials
Artists, writers, musicians, film makers, photographers,
display your work on-line for sale this Christmas.
Inquiries, contact local mum, Juliette Robertson,
Scotland Island on 9979 2411 or 0418349448
1. Water Supply
The roll out of the new water line is continuing on
schedule. Unfortunately approximately 100m of the old
water line behind the community hall was damaged during
bush fire prevention measures . This section has
priority for replacement.
2. Community Vehicle
The community vehicle costs are exceeding the grant
funding at the rate of $200-$300 per quarter due to
rising fuel costs and increased usage (additional 931
passengers and 530 trips in the last 12 months). A grant
application for increased funding has been lodged with
the Department of Transport however it is not expected
that a decision will be made until January 2006.
3. Church Point Precinct Master Plan (including car
SIRA has had significant input into the Council’s Brief
for a consultant to prepare a Plan of Management, the
next step in the Church Point Masterplan. The brief
ensures that offshore stakeholders will be consulted and
that the issue of continuing unrestricted parking on the
surface of the reserve will be considered in an
equitable way. While preliminary estimates for
underground car parking at Church Point were obtained by
Council two years ago, a more detailed study is now
needed to see whether the concept is feasible This will
include information about the annual operating costs and
potential life of an underground car park.
Car Park campaign
SIRA (in association with WPCA) continues to advocate
strongly for the Car Parking Plan we proposed in recent
public meetings. If adopted, it will yield a combined
number of 500 parking spaces in the Church Point
Reserve, 260 above ground (as per current conditions)
and 240 underground (for those who can purchase them and
pay operating costs). This means 200 spaces IN ADDITION
to what we have now.
5. Pasadena redevelopment
SIRA lodged an objection to the latest Pasadena
development application citing a number of deviations
from Council’s building code. It was one of 43
objections lodged, including several from SIRA committee
6. Roads and Drainage
The fire trail to the top of the island has degraded
badly. The Rural Fire Service District Office at Terrey
Hills has lodged a grant application for $20K to make
improvements. A decision is yet to be made on whether
the application is successful.
Envirofund monies being used for bush regeneration
equipment and assistance re Pathilde, Elizabeth and
Catherine Parks, with particular focus on asparagus
weed, eharte grass and boneseed weed.
SIRA‘s official email address is:
SIRA’s mailing address is PO Box 70, Church Point, 2105.
SIRA notices and information are disseminated via the
Pittwater Offshore Newsletter and/or posted on wharves
as appropriate. For additional information please email
9. POD 2005
The new POD has been delayed due to slow advertising
response however it is now nearly complete and will be
available shortly to all members.
All the Island POD's
will have been delivered by Tuesday 1st Nov. If
you missed out and would like a copy I have a
small number number still available. Please
contact me 9979 9141 and I will happy to put one
in your mail box.
Come for tea to discuss the 2006 Scotland Island
Come for a cuppa at the community hall on 12th November
at 4pm – bring some biscuits and tons of creative and
imaginative ideas for next year’s Scotland Island
Community Festival. Denise McConnell the events
co-ordinator from Manly Council will be running the
meeting along with Camille Blythe project manager.
We are throwing the whole floor open for your ideas on
how to run next year’s festival. We had an extremely
successful festival in 2004 but we are looking for new
blood, new wild, exciting concepts and new committed
volunteers to run the whole show. Nothing is written in
We hope to divide into areas of interest and come up
with tentative committees like a Writers Group, a Music
Events Group, a Kids Events group, a Stall-holders group
a Film Makers Group or whatever other group we need and
BRAINSTORM to make the 2006 festival the best ever. The
smallest contribution you can make in any way is
Please come and join us …. Show your community spirit
Cup @ the Fire Station
Island Rural Fire Brigade invites everyone to the
Station on the day the nation stops. From 2pm our
TWO big screens will be showing the action, the bar
will be open and sweeps will be available. There
will also be prizes for the best hats so get
creative and wear your favourite hat. Entry is $5
per adult, children free, including snacks. See you
at the Station on Tuesday, 1 November from 2pm.
Local Artist has Children's Book Published
Another example of the talent that abounds in our
local community was evident at the launch of a
children’s book, illustrated by one very talented
Scotland Island resident, GWYN PERKINS.
A special launch a few weeks ago at the Bayview
Scout Hall was attended by a gathering of invited
friends, both locals and “mainlanders”, who
enthusiastically embraced this funny and
delightfully illustrated book and kept Gwyn very
busy personalising their multiple purchases. (A sell
out on the day). I watched the rapt look on
children’s faces as parents sat reading the book to
them – a sure sign of a great book.
Many of us have seen Gwyn’s wonderful drawings,
either at the Scotland Island Art Exhibition,
illustrating this newsletter or in a limited edition
of local greeting cards, and perhaps some would know
Gwyn’s work from his advertising days.
Now at last a publisher has recognised his talents
and put him together with a writer Chris Hornsey
from Melbourne and the result is this marvellous
book, that is both humorous and educational,
reinforcing good behaviour and social graces and
entertaining children and adults alike.
The book is now available in Bookstores and would
make an ideal gift for a child or adult (especially
a dog lover) and I am sure you could ask Gwyn to
personalise it. So if you have not yet secured a
copy, get in quickly as the first print run is
almost sold out.
“WHY DO I HAVE TO EAT OFF THE FLOOR?”
by Chris Hornsey Illustrated by Gwyn Perkins
Published by: Little Hare Books RRP $24.95
Reviewer June Lahm
TV versus live
Iskybibble is returning to Pittwater for a very
limited season. Previously seen on the Northern
Beaches in 1996, this live stage show is real
children’s theatre with a story more than a panto.
Producer and co-writer Martin Erdman says that there
is a sad lack of live theatre for children and too
much television. TV is often violent, and studies
have shown that too much viewing can stunt brain
growth. Erdman believes that television seldom
allows children to use their imagination, whereas a
stage play with its painted sets, colourful
costumes, fantasy characters and room for plenty of
audience participation can provoke imagination and
be an important part of a child’s development as
well as fostering a love for live theatre in later
The Adventures of Iskybibble had its premiere
performances at the Sydney Opera House in 1976 to
wide audience and critical acclaim. The play with
it’s original story, music and songs, has been seen
by thousands of people since its introduction, and
has received rave press reviews. Now, the Scotland
Island Players will present just four unique
performances in December 2005 with a dedicated local
cast directed by Martin’s daughter, Rebecca Erdman.
Whilst the play has its hero (Iskybibble) there is
the Wizard who performs magic, two crazy, zany
witches who the children laugh at, a villain to
‘boo’, the beautiful princess who the little girls
admire and dream of becoming one day, plus a live
band on stage to provide the music. Also
participating in these performances will be children
from Trudy Engler’s Dance Studio who take the roles
of the King’s courtiers and the chorus in the Magic
Church Point Ferries will run a return ferry trip
from Newport Wharf to Scotland Island at normal
local fares for the two afternoon (3pm) shows,
leaving Newport at 2pm and returning approx 6pm -
making this a great family outing.
Performances will be held on Saturday 10th December
at 3pm & 6pm and Sunday 11th at 11am & 3pm. Tickets
cost $10 for children and $15 for adults plus $2
booking fee per ticket if paid for by credit card
over the phone.
Cast members include
Paul Burchall as The Wizard, Bob Blackwood as The
King, Kaitlyn Burkett as Iskybibble, Julia Franki as
The Queen, Sarah Bookey as the Little Star, Gordon
Floyd as Mr Dark, Marie Minslow as Izzy the witch,
Colin Monger as Dizzy the other witch, plus The
Courtiers - Matthew Bell, Sarah Bookey, Lauren
Byrne, Chloe Guthrie, Jasmine Hall, Christopher
Monger, Michael Monger, Harry Wallimba and Isabella
The music is presented live by Tim Byrne, John
Marshall and Graeme Richmond.
Tickets can be purchased from Rosemary at 'The
Lodge' and Annette at 'The Point' or by calling
Martin Erdman on 9997 1403.
With only four performances this show will sell out
quickly so book now!!
The ferry journey is limited to fifty passengers
only per trip, so early booking is recommended.
For more info, photos etc. please call Martin Erdman
on 9997 1403
Characters & artwork copyright Erdman/Smith 1970
Matched and Dispatched
To Harriet and Jeremy -
a girl, Imogen Nyanza Stacy on Wednesday October
12th at 6lb 1/2 oz - loads of black hair.
berths available in Pittwater
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
is pleased to be able to provide a small number of permanent
berths for 'commuter' type boats at their clubhouse in Pittwater.
Membership of the club is required
and fees are comparable with other commercially available berths
in the area. The RPA Open Day is on the 6th NOV (SUN), and
the Club is actively seeking members.
For more information, contact
Living With Less Chemicals
As part of the
"Sustainable Living on the Northern Beaches"
program come along to our free workshop
learn about the toxicity of everyday
cleaning products, and how to make safe
cleaning alternatives that are gentle on
your family, and the environment and are so
much cheaper! Come along and make a
non-toxic cleaning product to take home.
When Sun Nov 20,
10.00am - 12.30pm
Island Community Hall
limited and bookings essential. Please call
the Coastal Environment Centre on 9970 6905
is a follow on from the Pittwater Council
waste survey. Teresa Rutherford is a great
presenter and lots of fun. On the day
participants will not only make alternative
cleaning products, but will walk away
with things like a laundry soap powder made
from hand soap, bicarb, wash soap granules
and borax and also a moth ball sashay made
with lavender oil.
Island Treasury of Short Stories, Poems and Anecdotes
Our Island Treasury of Short
Stories, Poems, Anecdotes is filling up but time is running out.
We need your material for the final Island Thinking Night which
will explode with more laughter as locals read their material.
Don't miss your final opportunity to be published!!
Our Island Treasury of short Stories, Poems, Anecdotes is
filling up but time is running out.
Don't miss your opportunity to be published!!
Send your short story, poem or anecdote, capturing the essence
of offshore living to:
email@example.com by the end of 2005.
We will have one more hilarious but final Island Thinking
"Stories Night" in January where authors can read their work.
Date to be announced.
30-Second Stress Buster Exercise For 'Racing Around'
Do you find yourself racing around all day at work?
Are you chasing deadlines and always 'running off' to meetings?
Do you feel as though you are 'running round in circles'?
The Melbourne Cup entries will have undergone specialised
training to run in that race. Their schedules will have
included plenty of time to rest and recover. If you are
constantly pushing yourself you will be putting your system
under huge strain: raising blood pressure, weakening your heart,
and prematurely aging your cells. Take time out periodically,
even if it is only for 30 seconds to slow yourself, and your
nervous system down.
Here is a short breathing exercise that is appropriately called
Victorious Breath: -
For those of us who remember Star Wars, this is also fondly
known as The Darth Vader breath too.
The aim is to breathe in and out of the nose, while slightly
constricting the throat, for 30 seconds.
Narrow the passageway by half-closing the epiglottis (the piece
of cartilage at the top of your voice box). If you have
difficulty locating this, have a go at sighing and noticing
which area of your throat constricts.
The breath makes a slightly rasping audible sound. Try to
regulate the noise so that it is just loud enough for you to
hear, but so it won't disturb your neighbours.
As you breathe listen to the inhalation and exhalation, and make
the tone as smooth as you can.
If you can look down cast or close your eyes during this
process, you will enhance the relaxation effects. At the end of
the process notice how much calmer you feel, how your blood
pressure has lowered, and your heart has relaxed. ..with
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Cyndi Boste in concert
at the Scotland Island
Community Hall – 8:00 pm. 3 December 2005.
Cyndi Boste is a contemporary, alternative, country
singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia appearing for one
night only on Scotland Island.
You can’t pigeon-hole her music, or the artist herself, in a
specific genre. Boste's work can't be tagged conveniently.
Whilst it is true to say there is a country flavour, there's
also a strong blues/roots component, which, combined with her
singer/songwriter style, delivers a unique musical experience
that skirts many boundaries. (Think Lucinda Williams.)
Her rich, soulful voice can penetrate the hardest of hearts.
It's raw sugar and milk... blue cotton and silk. This is country
with a twist, blues with a twang, and everything in between.
To those who know her work, Cyndi Boste is more than their
favourite Alt Country singer/songwriter: she’s a passionate
cause. Type her name (rhymes with 'toast') into Google, and of
the 600 or so results – from Australia and overseas – most will
be rave reviews of Cyndi’s first three critically acclaimed CDs
and her riveting live performances to spellbound audiences from
Copenhagen to Coffs Harbour via Berlin, Battersea and Bellingen.
Check out her website and listen for a taste of her music.
To book tickets, email Gordon Floyd at
or ring 9997 2035. OR tickets at the door (cash only).
Bush Care Corner
Asparagus Day Out was a big success.
We counted over a dozen bags full at Tennis Wharf, and many at
Halls Wharf as well.
Bush Regeneration Groups
Join in beautifying and restoring our island and the foreshores!
The following bush regeneration groups are meeting in November.
Top of the Island, Elizabeth Park, Saturday, November 5, 9-12.
Come for all or part of the morning! Morning tea, all equipment
and convivial company provided free.
Catherine Park: Sunday, November 13, 10 pm to 12 pm. Bring
something to eat/share.
Weed of the Month: Ochna (ochnaceae)
You may not be aware that the pretty, glossy-leaved shrub now
sporting red flower-like sepals is a noxious weed. Because they
are at their most showy in the spring and summer, it is easy to
spot them, so now is the time to get rid of them before birds
eat and then disperse the seeds.
To effectively remove them, use sharp sequiturs to vertically
scrape the stem cut the stem near the ground. Within 30 seconds
paint the scrape with Roundup. Repeat on the other side of the
stem. Scape this stem and paint it with Roundup. You may need to
do this again in a few months time. Don't try to pull up the
plants as their roots can easily break and then regrow.
Put all the seed branches into a bag and put them in the
rubbish. In fact, if you're too busy to cut the plant down and
paint it with Round-up, bagging the seeds will at least stop the
weed from spreading.
The local guide
Local Real Estate Agents:
Emergency Contact Numbers
- NSW Police: 000, general
information 9281 0000
- Broken Bay Water Police 9979
4944 or 0412 162 093
- NSW Fire Service: 000,
general information 9265 2999
- NSW Ambulance Service: 000,
general information 9320 7777
- Rural Fire Service: 000,
general information 9450 3000
- State Emergency Service,
Warringah/Pittwater SES: 9486 3399
- National Parks & Wildlife
Service: 000, general information 9457 9322
- Dept of Community Services:
general information 9977 6011
- Sydney Water: 132 090
- Energy Australia: 131 388,
(ah) 131 909
Island Water Contacts:
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