HISTORY CORNER with Leicester Warburton
When Captain Cook sailed out of Stingray Bay (later to be renamed Botany
Bay) after his epic arrival in 1770, claiming the Continent for King
George and England, he was already collecting his notes for the story of
his momentous voyage. On his return, he set out the story, in which a
pertinent reference was made to this area. First he reports that "On
Sunday, May 6, 1770, we were abreast of a bay wherein there appeared to
be safe anchorage, which I called Port
Jackson." Further on, he writes "On Monday, May 7, we saw broken land
which appeared to form a bay. This bay I named Broken Bay."
It was nearly 18 years later, when Captain Arthur Phillip decided , six
weeks after he had sailed into Port Jackson for the first time on March
2, 1788, to look for the "broken land" Cook had observed. Phillip took a
long-boat and a cutter with a small party. He reported that he saw no
broken land but sailed on and entered a "great inlet" which he accepted
as Broken Bay. As the historian Maybanke Anderson has pointed out " a
bay in the ordinary acceptance of the term, it certainly was not, but no
inlet in the world can better deserve to be called 'broken'".
After Phillip's party entered the heads of the bay, the explorers turned
to the right and spent the first night in the long-boat anchored in the
shelter of the headland. The next morning, the party in the two boats
crossed the heads and discovered , in Phillip's words, "The finest piece
of water which I ever saw, and which I honoured with the name of Pitt
Water . It would contain the navy of Great Britain." (William Pitt the
Younger was then Prime Minister of England ). It is believed that the
name of Pitt Point was also bestowed on the Northernmost tip of Scotland
Island on the same day.
Pittwater was thus the first place in Australia to be formerly named by
our First Governor. Sydney, indeed, was never formerly named and the
city on Port Jackson had some uncertainty about its name. Even as late
as 1848, in the authoritative Geographical Dictionary it is listed as
Sydey (or Albion ).
Sale By Tender –Dinghies
Pittwater Council have removed dinghies within Pittwater, which are
currently unclaimed and held at Council’s holding yard at Boondah Depot,
1 Boondah Road, Warriewood. Under the provisions of the Impounding Act,
these dinghies will be offered for sale by tender at 8am on Saturday 25
September 2004 at this depot.
All items will be available for viewing between the hours of 8am and
11am on that day (25 September). All items sold as is. Sale will be
sealed tender, to be in even dollar amounts.
Tenders will be opened at 11.15am, and the highest
tender will be accepted. In the event of there being equal highest
tenders, the matter will be settled by a draw out of the hat. Payment is
required on the day by cash, cheque or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or
Bankcard). Enquiries: Ray Bennett on 9970 1358/Tanya Carmont on 9970
Community Services Grants
Pittwater Council invite non-profit community organisations to apply for
funding under Council’s Community Services Grants Program 2004/2005.
Funding is available for projects that
meet the social and/or cultural needs of residents of Pittwater. In
2004/05 funding is available under the Annual Donations Program - One
off grants of up to $1,000 (minimum grant $500) per year.
Applications close 27 September 2004. For a copy of the guidelines and
application form visit
www.pittwaterlga.com.au (your neighbourhood, community services,
grants); phone Jennifer Walker on 9970 1199 or email
Recipe of the month
Spring Flower Cake
1 cup flaked coconut
2 drops food
colouring, any colour
1 pkg. (10 oz.) store-bought prepared round angel food cake
1 cup thawed Whipped Topping
3 cups halved strawberries
TOSS coconut with food colouring until evenly tinted; set aside.
PLACE cake on large serving plate. Frost top and side with whipped
topping; sprinkle with coconut. Cut cake into 8 slices, leaving all
slices in place. Carefully pull out cake slices and separate slightly to
resemble the petals of an open flower.
SPOON 3 cups halved strawberries into centre of "flower." Store leftover
cake in refrigerator.
World Habitat Day Walk
From Careel Bay to Catalpa Reserve
Join in the celebration of World Habitat
Day in a walk through some of Pittwater's successfully restored wildlife
Meet along the way or join us for a good walk through the whole route.
Refreshments will be provided at Toongari Reserve. This walk is pram
Date: Sun 3rd October
Time: 9.30 am - 1.30 pm
Cost: No Charge
Book: Phone CEC 9970 6905
Pre-Schoolers are winners!
The children from our Scotland Island
Pre-school were one of three winners in the recent Pittwater ARTFEST .
The category of 'group entry' had around thirty submissions. The
children's beautiful picture is of Scotland Island and its' water
It is a colourful aerial mapwhich has
many interesting shapes, especially in the water surrounding the island
that the children identify variously,( and depending on whom one asks),
as whales, pirate ships or even rockets. This wonderfulpicture will be
displayed during the '28 days on the Island Festival' art show, and will
thereafter hang in pride of place at the Pre-school.
Scotland Island Players
AN ISLAND FESTIVAL ACTIVITY
15, 16, 22 & 23 October at 7:30pm “island time”
Have you got your tickets yet? If not, hurry up as tickets are selling
Tickets can be purchased from:
Rosemary and Colin Haskell at Scotland Island Lodge (opposite the fire
phone: 9979 3301, or
Annette Ritchie at “the Point” in the early evening.
For those of you who haven’t seen any of the earlier publicity,
“Caravan” was written by Donald McDonald, and is an hilarious farce set
in a caravan park “somewhere on the North Coast of NSW”. Five old
friends have gone away on their first holiday together with the very
young girlfriend of the perennial bachelor in their midst. A combination
of extramarital mischief, rain, generation differences, domestic
conflict, confined spaces and more rain makes “Caravan” a great night
“Caravan is directed by “Big” Bob Bolton and stars “Naughty” Nettie
Lodge, “Macho” Mark Morgan, “Termagant” Tracey Smith, “Pompous” Paul
Burchall, “Joy-licious” Jessica Thompson, and “Gentleman” John Travers.
DO YOU WANT TO UPDATE THE PITTWATER
We put this note in the Newsletter a couple of months ago and received a
very positive response from a few people. But not enough to get excited
about, especially bearing in mind that the publishing of the POD is a
big task and needs a small dedicated team to put it together and print
and distribute it to 700 homes
The situation is that there are a lot of the telephone numbers out of
date, and we’ve pretty well run out of copies. Plus there are many
businesses that have expressed a desire to advertise to this unique and
very exclusive market of 700 households.
We are contemplating putting a new POD on
to the SI Website – more convenient for some, and a better advertising
deal for our advertisers
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- Broken Bay
Water Police 9979 4944 or 0412 162 093
- NSW Fire
Service: 000, general information 9265
- NSW Ambulance
Service: 000, general information 9320
- Rural Fire
Service: 000, general information 9450
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater
SES: 9486 3399
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000,
general information 9457 9322
- Dept of
Community Services: general information
- Sydney Water:
Australia: 131 388, (ah) 131 909
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