HISTORY CORNER with
ANDREW THOMPSON'S LINK WITH THE ISLAND
When Andrew Thompson died on October 22, 1810, at the age of 37,
Governor Macquarie attended his funeral as Chief Mourner. The rigidly
conservative and influential preacher, the Reverend Samuel Marsden
stayed on his plebe, the land attached to his parish church at
Parramatta. Not even death could persuade him to give public recognition
to "an evil-liver" for Marsden believed that his superiors in England
would never approve of him associating with an ex-convict. He felt that
this disapproval might not only besmirch his sacred character but also
cause him to lose the respect of the people under his care. Such were
the religious intolerances of the time.
A few days later, the Sydney Gazette, which was edited by an emancipist
like Thompson, wrote of Thompson's success in accumulating considerable
property after his early lapse of rectitude. Only just under 10 months
earlier, on January 1 of the same year, Macquarie had rewarded Thompson
for his many community services with the grant to him of Scotland Island
for an annual rent of three shillings. (See attached historic draft of
the official agreement. Note the Government's right to "make a public
At Thompson's funeral Macquarie paid generous tribute to Thompson saying
"This most useful and valuable man closed his earthly career on the 22°
day of October at Windsor of which he was the principal founder in the
thirty-seventh year of his age with the hope of eternal life". In this
way Thompson's death became the occasion for the first statement that
the country belonged to deserving emancipists. At the same time Governor
Macquarie identified himself more closely with their aspirations by
earlier writing a tribute to Thompson in which he pointed out that "by
persevering industry and a diligent attention to the command of his
superiors he had raised himself to that state of respectability and
affluence . His appointment as a JP also helped to restore him to that
rank in society he had forfeited".
These words made a profound impression on the grateful Thompson that he
bequeathed a quarter of his fortune of 36,000 pounds (the equivalent of
millions today) to the governor. His estate had included 1585 acres of
prime land. A distillation of Macquarie's words appeared on Thompson's
As for the Reverend Marsden, 20 years later, in the district where
he had taken his unforgiving stand against Thompson's lapse from
rectitude, he suffered a fatal heart attack.
applauds ADSL Initiative on Scotland Island
BROADBAND SUCCESS FOR SCOTLAND ISLAND
Pittwater Council recently initiated a “Smart Community” pilot project
in conjunction with the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA).
The “Smart Community” concept has been developed in Canada and Northern
Europe, and is based on a community-wide internet connection allowing
people to use the internet to conduct business and social activities as
it best suits them. It is a concept which is particularly applicable in
remote areas and/or areas such as Pittwater where public transport
services are poor.
As part of the ”Smart Community” initiative (SIRA) and Council have been
working with Telstra to investigate providing high-speed internet access
to Scotland Island and the western foreshore communities.
SIRA and Pittwater Council were concerned at the lack of ADSL in areas
within Pittwater, and the difficulties this was causing people wanting
to work and study from home. After discussions between SIRA, Council
representatives and Telstra to try to achieve broadband access to the
island and parts of the western foreshores, Telstra has agreed to work
on solutions to provide this access.
As part of this process residents of Scotland Island and the western
foreshores have been requested to complete a “Demand Register”, to give
Telstra an indication of potential take-up of broadband access in these
Telstra North Region General Manager, Tamara Fisher, has announced that
Telstra is working on solutions to provide access to ADSL for 60 per
cent of Scotland Island, as well as for Lovett Bay and Elvina Bay, by
the end of July. The remaining 40 per cent of the island is undergoing a
technical evaluation to see what is required to bring ADSL to this area.
Pittwater Council’s Mayor Lynne Czinner said: “This is wonderful news
for the communities of Scotland Island and Lovett and Elvina Bays. One
of the major benefits of this access is the opportunity it affords
residents to work from home. We fully encourage this – it is, in fact,
part of our own Transport Policy and the SHOROC Regional Transport
Policy, as it reduces traffic congestion on our roads.
“These offshore communities of over 1,000 people regularly use the
internet for local communications and also for working and studying from
home. The Smart Community concept is a way of getting like-minded
members of communities in touch with each other via the internet, for
mutual benefit. We want to encourage our Smart Communities to discover
the opportunities to share knowledge and information with each other.
The possible benefits to communities like Scotland Island and the
western foreshores are enormous”, said Mayor Czinner.
Telstra is holding an Information Day on Scotland Island on Saturday 3
July, to inform residents of progress and to answer general questions
Not too late to get ADSL
Scores of offshore residents have applied
to Telstra for ADSL availability via the special newsletter you received
recently. Without commitment to anyone, these residents will get
very quickly. They will be able to select their own Internet Service
Provider and enjoy the benefits of 'always-on 'high-speed' internet
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SIRA Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Scotland Island Residents
association was held on Sunday 6th June and we all welcome the new team,
- President Shar Jones
- Vice Presidents Greg Roberts, Paul Purvis
- Hon. Treasurer Deryn Vokins
- Hon. Secretary Kerry Borthwick
- Clare Atkins
- Pam Bradbury
- Trudi Engler
- Rosemary Haskell
- Adrienne Hunt
- Jennifer Knox
- Annette Ritchie
- Guyren Smith
- Gillian Unwin
- Landcare/Stormwater Work Group: Sharon Kinnison
- Church Point Precinct: Ian Souter
- SIRFS: David Wardman
- Public Officer: Kevin Stapley
- Auditor: George Gaal
Greg Roberts, the outgoing president of the association after 5 years
in office, welcomed the appointment of well known local identity Shar
Jones to the office of President. Greg said: " The association is in good
shape and will progress strongly in Shar Jones care.
We have a great
team who are totally focused on making our corner of the world one of
the best places to live in."
Secrets of the Jury Room
Would you be interested in my SBS TV
documentary 'Secrets of the Jury Room' to air at 8.30 Thursday July
Jurors trying a constructed euthanasia murder trial were
filmed day and night. Real pathologists, police, doctors,
with legal silks & juniors performed their duties as in
life. Justice George Hampel presided. NSW Chief Justice
James Spigelman provided Darlinghurst Supreme Court with
staff. Jurors were drawn from the electoral catchment as is
Originated by Lovett Bay's John Bryson, who also wrote the
trial scenario, the film was invited to debut at the Sydney
Film Festival where it drew a near sellout audience to the
vast State Theatre.
My roles were Originator, Writer and
John Bryson, Lovett Bay.
Ways to prevent smoke and
prevent smoke and odour nuisances from the operation of wood fire heaters
· Only using dry seasoned hardwood
· Always storing wood in a dry well
· Using an approved Australian Standard wood
· Ensuring a hot well oxygenated fire
· Ensuring that the chimney flue is clean
· Checking the chimney at different stages of
the fire to see if there is any smoke.
Council's website has more info and links to EPA
brochures regarding this subject by
Pittwater Civic Design Awards
Pittwater residents, architects, designers and builders are invited to enter the
2004 Pittwater Civic Design Awards, which are presented every three years.
Pittwater Council introduced the awards in support of its Statement of Urban
Environmental Values, in order to recognise:
• Quality design
• Design sympathetic with Pittwater
• Ecological Sustainability
• Restoration of Heritage buildings and the preservation of conservation areas
• The enhancement of streetscapes, foreshore and beach areas
• Quality landscaping
• Bushland regeneration
Eligible buildings must be within the Pittwater local government area.
• Residential buildings – New
• Residential buildings – Extended, Renovated or Refurbished (including Heritage
• Residential buildings – Dual Occupancy
• Multi-Unit Occupancy – Shoptop Housing
• Medium Density Housing (including SEPP5 dwellings)
• Commercial Premises
Entries close on Friday 6 August, with judging taking place Monday/Tuesday 9/10
Editor goes on holidays
The editor of this newsletter
is going to be absent from his keyboard for 2 months. After 4.5
of pumping out this newsletter, he felt that he should accompany the sub-editor
on a fact finding tour of Ireland and France.
In his absence, you may get a
small newsletter, but, fear not, it will return in September.
Samantha Hazelgrove: SI Travel
I am a mobile travel agent and operate from a home
base. I offer the same products and services of a storefront agency, the
difference being, the personalised service I can provide. I am available outside
office hours even Sunday's and Public Holidays. Being mobile I can visit clients
to talk about their travel arrangements in the comfort of their own home or
office. I can be contacted on 02 9979 4029 (from 30 June), Mobile 0412 620 641
Scotland Island Players
In case it has escaped your notice, The Players are up and running again.
We have formed a new committee with the following members:
President: Bob Blackwood
Vice-President: Bob Bolton
Hon. Secretary :
Treasurer: Bob Bolton (a glutton for punishment!)
Costume Coordinator: Liz Brand (assisted by Terese Valenti)
Publicity Coordinator Nettie Lodge (assisted by Rosemary Haskell)
Technical Coordinator John Marshall (assisted by Steve Valenti)
Hall Coordinator Annette Ritchie
Set Coordinator Gill Unwin
Props Coordinator Rebecca Erdman
Auditions have been held, and rehearsals are underway for our first play
“Caravan” by Donald McDonald, an hilarious farce set in a caravan park
“somewhere on the South 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 out.
“Caravan is directed by Bob Bolton and the cast members are:
The long-suffering Penny Robinson is played by Nettie Lodge
Parkes Robinson, her chauvinist husband, is Mark Morgan
Monica, a bitchy friend, is played by Tracey Smith
Her accountant husband is Paul Burchall
The bachelor mate is John Travers, and
His oh so young girlfriend is played by Jessica Thompson
“Caravan” will be playing at the SI Community Centre in September (between the
Olympics and the school holidays) so keep your eyes open for notices. It’s not
to be missed!
Clearing Your Block and Pile Burns
This is a great time of year to clear away excess vegetation around your house
and garden. When clearing, you may find you have a pile of vegetation suitable
for a pile burn, which is used to reduce the threat of a bushfire impacting on
your property. To conduct a pile burn, a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate
is required. Valid for 12 months, application forms are available from your
local Rural Fire Brigade.
A good size for a pile burn is 0.5m high and 2.0m wide. Piles that are too big
produce too much heat. Piles should be located away from structures, overhanging
power lines, telephone cables and branches. 24 hours prior to the burn, the
local RFS and your neighbours must be informed of the
intention to burn.
For further information contact your local RFS or go to
Christmas in July – 31st July
The annual Christmas in July fundraising dinner presented by Scotland Island
Rural Fire Brigade is on again. Strap on your dancing shoes, buy a small gift to
put under the tree and
prepare for a feast. The fun starts at 7pm with a drink at the bar followed by a
full sit-down Christmas Dinner.
Santa is due to pay us a visit and we’ll cap off
the night dancing away to Joe’s Garage. At just $45 a head, tickets will sell
fast so book soon. For tickets, call Melanie or Fiona at PMC Hill on 9999 4902,
Jenny on 9979 3777, Graeme on 0419 460331 or Bruce at the Station on 9999 4404.
Scotland Island Fire Brigade presents
‘ THE LADY & THE TRAMP ’
Saturday 3rd July @ The Scotland Island Fireshed at 4 pm
C h i l d r e n $5 A d u l t s $5
Includes P O P C O R N + F I L M + S A U S A G E S I Z Z L E
~ A l l W e l c o m e ~
In a winter series of film afternoons - 1st Saturday of every month
Piers Akerman article in
the Daily Telegraph
known local identity Piers Akerman has written an excellent piece in an edition
of this week's Daily Telegraph relating to the new State government slug of
waterfront owners in Pittwater. To view that article,
The local guide
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Emergency Contact Numbers
- NSW Police: 000, general information 9281 0000
- 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
Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts:
click here for information (while online)
Airlines, Buses and Railways
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