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Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 7, Issue 70; January 2005
2004 is all over in a few hours and we continue to enjoy our Pittwater haven, away from the stress of mainland life. We have enjoyed one of the most spectacular public events ever staged in Pittwater this year - The Scotland Island Festival - 28 days of fun. Attended by thousands of people who enjoyed cultural and social activities, we all hope that this is just the beginning of a well respected Northern beaches tradition.
We have been privileged to have the contributions of Leicester Warburton this year, who gives us 'History Corner' each month. Leicester was editor of the original SINEWS for many many years and his return to the public literary stage is very welcome!
In this Issue:
Having recorded the strenuous and desperate swim by his men to reach their ship across an arm of Port Jackson, Captain Hunter (later to become Governor Hunter) waited until he ended his gruelling tale to relate "a providential story". For during their several attempts to reach their ship and avoid a long trek around the North West Harbour to do so, they occasionally heard a shot. Eventually, and quite accidentally, they encountered their ship's carpenter, Peter White, who, having left the Sirius for a walk and to shoot birds, had been "lost in the woods" for four days. He had eaten all the food he had taken with him and worn the flint in his musket "down to a stump". As a result he could not risk using it to shoot birds for food fearing that nothing would be left to draw attention to his "starving and helpless condition".
These mishaps did not , however, deter them, or others, from further exploration. ln August of the same year, while the Sirius was laid up in Port Jackson and her officers were at liberty, Governor Phillip decided that a careful survey of Broken Bay should be made. So Captain Hunter set out again with "several gentlemen of the settlement" determined to be "two days on the journey and to lie all night in the woods". The boats, under Lieutenants Ball and Bradley, had sailed around, and the walking party "joined the boats on the afternoon of the second day" at Pittwater. A careful survey was made and this time without any mishap, the party walked back along the shore to Port Jackson.
In l792, William Dawes, Lieutenant of Engineers, walked from Manly Beach to Pittwater to make another survey and soon after published the first map of all that portion of the coast. This map, inscribed to "Captain Twiss of the Royal Engineers", shows the path over which Dawes and his companions travelled until they mounted "the rocky sides of Barrenjuee". The high land above Careel Bay over which the path is shown is marked "good pasture for sheep". The same exploring party later walked to what is now Church Point and a line on the map shows the path they took.
These journeys and surveys are interesting because they show Phillip's continual anxiety to find land suitable for cultivation .They also explain what would not otherwise be clear -- the important place which Pittwater held in the early days of Australian settlement, a place which was lost when , with horses at their disposal, the men in authority discovered thousands of acres of better soil inland and decided that the rock and sand of the sea coast were comparatively worthless.
But that time was as yet a long way off.
I am a child carer and mum with a four year old daughter. We are looking to move to the island and seek rental accommodation, 1-2 months initially, within reasonable distance of the wharf. Must be partly furnished with at least one bedroom - max $400 p.w. We would also consider an arrangement of renting mid week and moving out on weekends. I have excellent rental references and professional references from the local families whose children I care for. I also house sit/pet sit for a local couple on a regular basis looking after their horses/dogs/chickens etc. Please contact Sonja firstname.lastname@example.org or 040 939 5522.
(editor note: We do not normally place such requests, but it has been approved by our local estate agent!)
I have had my piano tuned today by Theme & Variations, who are the agents in New South Wales for Steinway & Sons, (world leader in piano manufacture, for the uninitiated) and they have offered to send a Steinway to Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club for our concert on 28th January. Incidentally, time will be 7.30 for finger food and wine, concert at 8.30 and coffee, tea and biscuits will be served afterwards, plus any of the wine that isn’t drunk at the beginning. Bar will be open for other liquid refreshments. Price will be $50 per ticket. No complementaries. Four hands on two pianos is much more exciting that four hands on one piano, and Steinway is TOPS. I have two watches (one male, one female) to be raffled, but otherwise there is no fund-raising. I guarantee $50 worth of entertainment.
From SINEWS, the original Island paper
(Easter Issue, 1970) :
That glorious structure with picture windows with floor-to-ceiling glass, aluminium frame and pneumatic sliding door is now sited on its north westerly aspect for all to see and admire! While there's been no official house-warming, we were thrilled to pay our five cents and get the use of the phone. When we ventured that it was probably the most picturesquely positioned phone box in the Southern Hemisphere, our grumpy companion suggested he'd rather have the money than the box At this outrageous comment we sent him reeling against the phonetorium giving him the unusual but appropriate punishment of "an ear on the box".
A Big Thank You
For Your Convenience - Pittwater
Council Is Relocating To Offices In Central Mona Vale
Change in Post Office opening times
is Annette Freeland I have been living on the Island with Tony my
husband and Grant my son, coming up to 28 years, I live near Tennis
wharf, would you mind publishing a small paragraph in the SI News,
to let all my friends know that I have been accepted and put on the
Clean Up Australia
MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARY NOW
SUNDAY MARCH 6th 2005
CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY
SIRA has registered with Clean Up Australia to be included in next years event.
Support from the whole community would be fantastic as we plan a massive clean up around the island which will start at 9.00am until 2.00pm. which will then be followed by a picnic in the park to celebrate.
More information will be included in the next newsletter and will also be on posters around the island and at the wharves.
Volunteer registration will start in January.
Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year
Family Fortunes, ITV
Goshin Ryu Karate on
The Scotland Island Bush fire brigade
would like to wish all off shore residents a very happy new year, and we would like to thank you for your support during the year. The peak months for bushfires are December and January, so you should have started preparing already, getting rid of potential fire fuels from around the house, leaves, branches and think undergrowth , also other potentially flammable material ( old newspapers, boxes , crates, etc.) Make sure gutters are in good condition and are not blocked so they are still capable of holding water. If bushfire threatens it is best to check final precautions ; water, taps and hoses. Keep a battery operated radio and torches on hand in case of electricity failure, For more information go to www.rfs.gov.au
The General Purpose Standing Committee
No. 2 of the Legislative Council has established an Inquiry into the
operation of Mona Vale Hospital, and in particular:
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