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- December 2006 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 201 December 2006
I have much pleasure in welcoming Gwyn Perkins to the newsletter team, joining Leicester Warburton as a regular contributor to the newsletter. Gwyn is going to give us one of his wonderful cartoons each month for your viewing enjoyment. If you would like copies or wish to buy any of Gwyn's cards, see the information that will be near each cartoon.
And a Happy Christmas to all of you, the loyal readers, from the editorial staff at PON.
In 1830, New South Wales was in the throes of a depression following an excess of imports, an orgy of land speculation and a severe drought. The bailiff was probably the busiest man in the Colony. It was at this time that William Oliver, a descendant of Henry Oliver, one of the first settlers of Lane Cove, married and looked for more profitable employment than as a mounted constable, in effect, a bailiff on horseback.
In 1836, Oliver became the landlord of the Sawyers' Arms at Lane Cove and, seven years later, conducted a bakery there. It was on a business call to Pittwater that he must have discovered the forest of red oak on 30 acres at Elvina Bay which he decided to buy. Red or forest oak was the ideal fuel for bakers because it created intense heat, burnt to an ash, and did not damage the firebars of the baking ovens to the same extent as ironbark.
Years before, the forest oak trees in Elvina Bay had been exploited by shingle splitters and this was reported by the Crown Surveyor, William Govett. In 1829 he stated that "In the deep recesses of the neighbouring mountain, where the finest timber may be found, parties of shingle splitters frequently resort. As soon as they have cut and collected a sufficient quantity, they take them to Sydney and seel them at high prices. The cash soon vanishes when they manage to secure another three months ration of pork, tea and sugar. Then they return to their usual solitary quarters and life and work hard for another supply of shingles which are always saleable."
William Oliver's subsequent discovery was to play an important part in the economic development of the Pittwater Basin. It provided constant employment for a settler and his family and assured them of a reasonable standard of comfort.
Next Month Children's stories with musket accompaniment.
A selection of photos taken at a number of Scotland Island Festival functions is available for your viewing pleasure at http://picasaweb.google.com/scotlandislandfestival
- SHORT FILMS COMING SOON TO DVD!!
The Pittwater Cookery Book
Whilst in no way attempting to break Cabby Vial's 2002 record of 11 collaborators, we were wondering if there is any interest in a joint exercise to freshen up your septic systems before Christmas ??
We would seek to complete the exercise at a minimum cost to all concerned, but as a very rough guide the charge in 2002 was $600.00 per household.
Give us a ring on 9997 8820 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to "join up"
Brian & Audrey Cross - Sentosa, 59 Florence Terrace ( near Pathilda Reserve)
And this from another resident... 'We had a visit from Pittwater Poo man ( alias the council's septic inspector). He informed us that our septic needed a pump out. I was wondering if anyone else would like to get their septics pumped out. Bulk prices are usually available.' Contact Paul Smith 9997 4875
Indian Food Stall at H2O 360 raises enough for a cow and a half!
I grew up on the place - from 4 yrs to 19yrs
old. Three wharves up from Bell Wharf. And the place was the making of me.
I've recently moved to Hardy's Bay (Brisbane waters) after years away from
the area... and this area is close to the community life that meant so much
to me growing up.
We have to evaluate the H2O 360 film project and
event for the government.
You may have noticed that with your rate notice from Pittwater Council recently, there was a flyer from an organisation called 'Fridge Buyback' - supported and funded by the NSW Government. They are offering to buy your working, 10+ year old refrigerator so as to reduce energy consumption. They offer to come and pick it up and pay you for it.
Very commendable. Clearly supported by Pittwater Council.
BUT: There is a catch. They don't offer this to offshore communities. We must not be serious energy users. You do have to wonder why council bothered to include the flyer with our rates.
Save Sydney Harbour “Pictition”
David Lewis, of Dee Why, has started a
website to encourage carpooling for commuters frustrated by packed buses and
clogged roads. It requires motorists to register on a forum where they
exchange details of their commutes and allows potential passengers to make
arrangements for travel. Mr Lewis said he hoped the website would help allay
any apprehension people held in sharing their car with strangers.
A six minute version of highlights from the
Scotland Island Players shows and short films since 1983 is now viewable
at this link
A unique opportunity for an independent
self-starter, interested in the principles of community childcare without
corporate profit…. and a great opportunity to implement your own ideas with
the backing of a
supportive Scotland Island community.
Wanted - More
staff for the Scotland Island Kindy
Public Access to Pittwater Council
Residents can book a presentation with Regina Miller on 9970 1112.
My name is Tristan Lavery......an x
Tristan Lavery Belongil Beach Byron Bay
Radio Northern Beaches presents a live broadcast from the BBC
DesertDance Acoustic Soul Band
Sunday 3rd December from 5:00pm
Woody Point Yacht Club
Christmas Party 2006
Yes, it's that time again! Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th is the date and time for one of the most well known island events. Famous throughout the known world, the island to the point dog race attracts interest because of the uniqueness of the occasion.
Register your dog and yourself at Church Point BEFORE 5.30pm. The race begins from the island at 6pm sharp. Entry fee is a can of dog food and a longneck!
INTRODUCING: The 'Diesel King' Memorial trophy for the best local dog. In memory of one of the finest island dogs in living memory.
SPECIAL HOT NEWS
This years Dog race is being shown in the United States and is being televised on the day. So as to fit in with US TV programming, the race is being held back until 6pm :)
Exciting prizes are awarded at the end of the race and the entry 'fees' are distributed to the winners.
Visitors: By all means gather at the point for a refreshment before the race. Come to the point dogless and return home legless. :)
More information? Ring Russ from Pittwater Offshore Services on 0415-464-733
Are you at a
loss as to what to do on Christmas day?
Bring a picnic and drinks and a few decorations for the tree. Cruise through the afternoon with community friends. The hall will be open for toilets and wet weather contingency.
For more details contact Tracy 9997 4875.
"Kanyini" is available on DVD
"Kanyini" is available on DVD
Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The 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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