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- October 2006 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 166; October 2006
Good to be back on Pittwater. My trip to Eastern Europe just went to prove once again, that we live in the very best spot in the world! A reminder, as if you didn't know, of the Scotland Island Festival, that is approaching this month. All details at www.scotlandislandfestival.org. Your attendance (and that of your friends and families) and your help during the month long festival, will be very much appreciated.
Some of the bays of Pittwater once had more lyrical names than their present prosaic ones.
The Pittwater area was first surveyed by Captain F.W. Sidney between 1868 and 1872. An early chart by him shows McCarrs Creek as Pitt Inlet, Scotland Island as Pitt Island, Lovett Bay as Night Bay, Towlers Bay as Morning Bay and Careel Bay as Evening Bay. The southern entrance to Careel Bay was marked as Stripe Bay.
In 1862 William Oliver selected 40 acres of land in Lovett Bay and commissioned a survey in the course of which the bay was named Lovett's Bay (now Lovett) in memory of John Lovett who lived in Pittwater in 1836. Oliver's land was on the neck of the peninsula between Lovett Bay and Elvina Bay where he built a house for his family. The house was surrounded by a garden and orchard where he grew figs, lemons, oranges and olives. Sadly, five years later, he buried his son, Frederick, in a grave nearby after the lad's fatal fall from his horse. Long after the Oliver family had gone a huge hole where he had watered his team of bullocks could be seen. These were used to pull a dray of his farm products over rugged trails to Sydney via Lane Cove. A giant fig tree which Oliver planted finally collapsed there in 1934.
In a letter to the Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society in 1938 stated that " A Mr. Redman bought the cottage from William Oliver and replaced it with a brick house with bricks made on the property from clay about 200 yards behind the house and closer to the waterfall. Redman died in 1888 and his home was bought by a Mr. Williams who had the land surveyed again. This time it was subdivided into 30 allotments to form the Ventnor Estate in 1890 after a water service had been laid down in preparation the previous year. From a pool at the top of the falls a water supply was obtained by a two-inch pipe running down from the top of the cliff and along the whole length of the peninsula to a huge concrete reservoir. With the constant flow of water ( in those days! LW) this was always full. In times of drought the supply was reticulated to the three homes on the peninsula -- "Trincomalee", "Fairhaven" and "Ventnor" from this reservoir."
The Oliver family continued to be represented in Lovett Bay when William's son-in-law, Joseph Cario, bought 40 acres across the bay and adjacent to a track leading to Kuringai Chase. He, too, planted an orchard. He also owned a ketch named "The Maid of Australia" in which he made frequent trips to Sydney, carrying produce and firewood with a cargo of staghorns and tree-ferns as a sideline. On the return voyages he carried supplies for settlers on that side of the bay.
Next Month: "Bleak House" comes to Pittwater.
Only 15 sleeps to go to The Scotland Island Festival!
The early start of the bushfire season last week is a timely reminder to all of us that we live in a bushfire prone area and need to be prepared. Now is the time to prepare your property:
If you need more information, talk to your local Rural Fire Brigade. The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade will be having it's annual Open Day in conjunction with the Scotland Island Fair on Saturday, 28 October 2006 and invites everyone along to have a look at the Station and talk to members about how to best prepare for the threat of bushfire. We'll also be offering steak and sausage sandwiches, bacon & egg rolls, cold drinks and free farrier demonstrations.
More recipes from the island and the bays
Bob Waterer, grandson
of the "Queen" of Scotland Island, will trace his
family links with the Island in a talk on Saturday,
October 7, at the Pittwater Library , Mona Vale at 2
Once again, The Wine Syndicate is making available some wines for tasting prior to order and we'd like you to join us at Deryn and George's place on Sunday, 29 October between 4.00 - 6.00 pm (the day after the Island Festival).
The venue is the fourth house (and second boatshed) east of Bell's Wharf where we’ll have a selection of great wines. Please bring a plate of nibbles and wine glass. Spread the word as we would like other interested people to come. Closer to the date, we’ll circulate the order form and there will be spares at the tasting.
If there is anyone
interested in face-painting at the Scotland Island
Fair, please contact me on 0431 457 431 or email me
Nominations for Pittwater Outstanding Community
Strategic Vision for a Sustainable Pittwater 2030 Final Stage
Our Scotland Island based painting and decorating business requires a young person to start painting apprenticeship.
Tickets for Writers Day - Saturday 14 October - which kicks off our exciting Scotland Island Festival - can be bought online - just go to the website. www.scotlandislandfestival.org and head for Writers Day and How to Book/Pay.
FEATURING LOCAL AND
NATIONALLY RENOWNED AUTHORS
A HUGE thank you to all
those enthusiastic volunteers who signed up to help
out in the biennial 2006 Scotland Island Festival!
We will be getting in touch with you soon. If there
are any other potential volunteers we didn't reach
please go to the website
www.scotlandislandfestival.org and sign up.
Request for help from Scotland Island residents..
Zonta Club of Northern Beaches invites you to a Presentation Dinner with guest speaker Susan Jones
Aid Program, Project Five O
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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