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Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 113; January 2006
Welcome to 2006. Our beautiful corner of Pittwater is alive with visitors enjoying the wonderful scenery and our equally pleasant weather. A great New Year's Resolution: send the editor a little contribution occasionally. A funny line overheard, a great photo you took, some scandal, news about something you are passionate about or anything else of interest to our diverse community. Have a wonderful New Year and best wished from the Editor and his entire staff :)
ps: Sorry - a bit late this month - been sailing :)
A writer in the Sydney Morning Herald of March 1867, after describing the beauty and fertility of the district near Pittwater, says:" It is evident that a large portion of the land was under cultivation at one time. No doubt the chief cause of the present inertia is to be found in the bad reputation of the district for agrarian outrages. The history of the Mona Vale case (the appalling persecution of new farmer James Therry) reveals a condition of society within a few miles of Sydney that might well deter persons from settling there. Although the arm of the law fell on some of the evildoers, there is now too much reason to fear that similar outrages will again disturb the district"
It is true that for a few years crime did continue to stain the fair name of beautiful Pittwater. For many months detectives were continually sent there. At one time six were reportedly camped on nearby Sheep Station Hill to watch for trouble. But, finally, active crime ceased and the district settled down to the quiet it still enjoys.
Although fear of further outrage did possibly discourage further farming in the area, there were other more potent reasons. The first sod of the building of the railway to the west had been turned in 1850 and this was beginning to offer farmers land that was more accessible and more easily cultivated. Ships were sailing to harbours on the rich South Coast and up north the Hunter Valley, with its rich pastures, was being divided among less wealthy settlers. It was inevitable that Pittwater, more suited to tourism because of its spectacular scenery than to long term farming was being abandoned for that pursuit.
For a few more years after the departure of the disillusioned James Therry and his family (rumour has it that he returned to Ireland) some farming was carried out. Therry's property was taken over by a man named Wilson who grew an excellent crop of oats on the flat land near Warriewood which was later called Brock's Flat after Henry Brock who was one of the last of the farmers. Sadly, some trouble still clung to Mona Vale. There were many waterholes on the flat and, during the harvesting of a large oat crop, one of Wilson's sons fell in the waterhole and drowned. The last owner of the farm was a Mr. Boulton and his wife who lived to the early 1900s loved to tell of her adventures when she used to take butter and eggs in the farm dray all the way to market in Manly.
(NEXT MONTH: How useful is humility?)
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To add information about your function and to check what is happening in the offshore community, visit http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/calendar.htm or just click the link from the Scotland Island home page at www.scotlandisland.org.au
Recycle your Plastic Shopping Bags!
For a limited time Pittwater Council is swapping unwanted clean plastic shopping bags for reusable calico bags. Until February 2006 you can receive a free calico bag for every 10 clean plastic shopping bags you bring to our Avalon or Mona Vale Customer Service Centres for recycling.
Enquiries: Rennae Projceski on 9970 1216
computer, through your door on Scotland
Island Starting mid January
Offshore anthology, last call
Scotland Island Wall Calendar 2006
Do you know a Jane Elliott, winner of a prize in the kindy raffle? If so, please contact me by clicking here!
The recently held Carols @ Carols was, as usual, a wonderful success. The musicians played with great skill, Santa arrived courtesy of the RFS, much to the delight of the many kids and a great time was had by all. Below are a few low resolution photos of the occasion
Scotland Island Infrastructure
We are continuing to seek commitments from Sydney Water to provide mains water and sewerage for Scotland Island. In addition we will be carrying out roadworks in 2006 to improve the worst of the Island's roads. The Environmental Infrastructure funding will assist with these works.
Join the fun at Newport Beach Reserve, 7-10am for great family fun - Citizenship Ceremony, $2 breakfast, Thong Throwing competition, Bush Band, Face Painting, Flag Raising, Australia Day Ambassador, Kids’ Novelty Races and lots more!
Close the recycling loop and turn your Christmas cards into packaging or 'SAFE' toilet tissue with 'Cards 4 Planet Ark'. Drop your cards into a 'Cards 4 Planet Ark' box at any Coles supermarket or place them in a free greeting card recycling envelope, available from participating Australia Post outlets. Your old cards can also be recycled using Council’s kerbside paper recycling.
Pittwater Council Newsletter - December 2005
We wish a healthy and prosperous
New Year to all our readers.
Special congratulations to island residents Kym Bermingham and Greg Roberts, for taking out the Australian Jubilee Championships (NSW division) held this last week in Sorrento, Victoria. Their beautiful little boat was handled with great skill by these not-as-young-as-they-once-were sailors!
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
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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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