Describing Barrenjoey, the
Government surveyor William Govett, sent in 1829 to record the
Port Jackson-Broken Bay stretch of coastline, reported "a
sand-bar connects the extraordinary headland with the main
range." He makes no mention of its ideal positioning of a
warning light to guide vessels entering Broken Bay and the
establishment of such a warning does not appear to be found in
records until 1855. About that time a wooden building stood at
the peak of the headland and it is assumed that fires were lit
in a fire basket there, at least in bad weather.
By 1868 the building had become
dilapidated and ,that year, two wooden towers were erected to
serve as beacons during the day and from which to show lights at
night. They are described in 1879 as "two white
towers, 390 yards apart, from each of which is exhibited a
temporary fixed white light." Directions were issued to mariners
about getting them in line in order to avoid shoals on entering
the bay. These towers were called Stewart Towers after Robert
Stewart, Parliamentary Member for East Sydney who had supported
the idea. They cost the then considerable sum of three hundred
pounds plus eighty five pounds for two lanterns. .
But even before they were superseded
by the existing lighthouse they were insufficient for their
purpose. The Hawkesbury was then navigable all the way to
Windsor. Steamers traded there, carrying both passengers and
produce and by 1876 river trade was extremely buoyant. The
disease of rust in wheat had not come to Australia and the grain
was grown and ground on the flatlands beside the river..
Pittwater, too, sent produce to Sydney and a reliable light on
Barrenjoey was vital. This was complicated by the fact that the
northernmost portion of the long isthmus, including the
headland, had been granted to a James Napper at a time when land
was granted without any thought to future needs. Then it was
found that Napper had sold the extreme end., the ideal site for
a lighthouse. But finally the difficulty was surmounted. The
land was acquired and plans for the present lighthouse were
prepared in by James Barnet , the Government Architect
responsible for many of Sydney's finest Victorian buildings
including the G.P.O. Estimated building cost was nearly
seventeen thousand pounds and the foundation stone was laid by
the architects's daughter , Rosa, on April 15, 1880.
Next Month: The first lighthouse
keeper. How did he die?
And this comment received from a reader regarding last month's
"intriguingly numerical name" of the Hundred of Packenham
was just another importation from England where, from
ancient times, a hundred was a district forming part of a
county. It was originally so called because each consisted
of a hundred freeholders (or ten tithings). Each hundred
once had its own court and was governed by a high constable
So, in the
colony, when the land came to be described, hundreds formed
counties which formed parishes.
SIRA Annual General
9.30 am in the Community Hall
9.30 Tea/Coffee + Registration + New Members
10.0 Welcome, Previous Minutes, Treasurer’s Report, Other
Changes to Constitution
To view the detail of the constitutional changes:
Emergency Water. Progress on upgrade of lines.
Water and Sewerage progress.
Roads and Drainage
Public Wharves SI – Changes to tinnie tie-ups at wharves by
Community Vehicle – Phone in changes changes
Church Point Precinct –
Car park, Ferry, Commuter Wharf and other issues
Election of Office Bearers for 2005/2006
President Vice Presidents (2)
Committee Members RFS Representative
Land Care Representative Community Vehicle Rep.
1.00 Everyone is welcome to join us in a sausage sizzle to
celebrate SIRA’s 50th Birthday Please bring your own liquid
Note: Nominations for office bearers and committee members
Hooked on Books?
Are you hooked on books? Would
you like to join a Book Club on the island? A new book club has been
formed this year and we have held two meetings to date. We have about
seven members but would like about eight more so that we have a
"critical mass" every month.
Who can join? Both girls AND guys. We already have two guys!
What do we do there?
First of all we bring something to drink and some nibbles to share.
Secondly we bring a book each, ie. one we have read and would like to
talk about. We then talk about our books. Sometimes the discussion goes
beyond the individual book itself into social issues. For example last
month someone had read a John Grisham book revolving around capital
punishment, so we talked about that as well.
Thirdly we share our books with each other. This is not essential as
someone may not wish to lend a particular book (it may be special, a
library book or belong to someone else). We don't have a problem with
this. We keep a register of who talked about which book (its title,
author, fiction/non-fiction status) and who has borrowed it (most
important to ensure people get their books back).
Fourthly, you can talk about any genre, we are an eclectic group reading
biographies, pot boilers, crime, trash, prize winning books, sagas, hard
science fiction, self help and anything else you can think of.
That's about it really. We have been meeting at Jan (Melville) and David
(Wardman's) place but if our numbers grow we thought it might be a good
idea to rotate between different members' homes. This means that people
don't always have to trek up to near the top of the island!
For further information, please phone Jan on 9999 5944 or Kerry on 9999
Keeping Pittwater Safe- Pittwater Crime Prevention Survey
The next step in Pittwater
Council’s Crime Prevention Project is to conduct a survey of residents
living in Pittwater. The survey is aiming to gauge the community’s
perception of crime and will also act as an evaluation tool for the
clicking on this link to the survey, which is being
distributed throughout the community, and posting back the completed
form, you can help us to keep Pittwater safe.
The survey can be completed by either answering the questions on the
survey form or visiting the Pittwater website at
Business, trades and industry representatives are invited to attend
Pittwater Council's eighth Pittwater Business/Industry Forum, to be held
at Royal Motor Yacht Club, 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport as a
breakfast session from 7.15-9.15am on Wednesday 18 May 2004.
This year's Forum has a central theme of “Growing Your Northern Beaches
Business”, with a presentation by Tim Shaw, Sales and Marketing Expert
and local businessman. This is supplemented by a brief presentation by
Steve Harvey, Business Researcher, on “Pittwater Trends and
The breakfast session will be provided for $25 per person, and
exhibition space at the Forum is available for participants.
The Forum offers an invaluable opportunity to network with local
business people, Councillors and Council business managers. Pittwater
Mayor Lynne Czinner invites all local business, trades and industry
people to attend and participate in the themed discussion, as well as
give their views on any issues of importance. Through this Forum
Pittwater Council hopes to develop a better working relationship with
its business and industry community, but this can only be achieved if
local representatives attend.
Booking slips can be downloaded from the Pittwater website –
www.pittwaterlga.com.au - under “What’s Happening, Events, May 2005”, at
Council offices at level 2, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale and 59a Old
Barrenjoey Road, Avalon and at Mona Vale and Avalon Libraries, or can be
posted to interested people. Bookings are essential – contact Gay
McCorby, Tel: 9970 1119.
For more information: Gay McCorby, Corporate Communications Officer,
Tel: 9970 1119
More about amphibious cars
Hi from Macleay Island . I am the chap
that builds the amphibious 4x4 . As you stated in your last
newsletter, it is based on a Suzuki Jimny , but totally rebuilt ,
all the original body is gone and replaced with a composite hull
deck and firewall . I designed it to be a very seaworthy and capable
vessel for its size and can handle weather that would keep a
tinnie on its trailer . it is driven by a jet from a PTO on the
transfer case and does a good 7 knots on water and we hope to inch
that up to 9 knots in time . I live on an island in Moreton bay and
we fully appreciate the problems you have down there , ours are the
same . My car is the dream vehicle here and everyone would have one
if they could afford it .
I am still finalising the production prototype and it should be
ready for full production in a month or two . Australia is not
familiar with amphibious
vehicles and I am sure it will grow into a sizeable venture over the
years . We Islanders can instantly see the benefits because of our
geographical Isolation and I am sure that in the years to come it
will change the property values there as its remoteness becomes less
of an issue . It also happens to be a heap of fun and a useful thing
around water , I go fishing in mine and exploring our bay and
islands . The story on
www.gizmag.com.au is a good one with lots of pictures and info
. Go to the web site and select the "on the water " section in the
drop down then scroll down the articles , its about tenth I think .
Please feel free to contact me on 07 34094065 , I am sure that I can
solve a great big headache for your readers . I hope to get to
Sydney soon to do some demos and get it seen . The photos were taken
some time ago and it now has steps in the side and a soft top for
sun rain and unfriendly seas.... Keep well ...Boyd Wyatt
of the Scotland Island Players - the 1980's
Have you ever watched an Island Players show and wondered what they
do with the video tape? Annette Freeland has been compiling the most
amazing archive of Scotland Island history for over 20 years! We’ve
taken all the best bits from 1983 to 1989 and put it on one DVD. It
covers over a dozen productions; dramas, comedies, revues, musicals,
children’s shows, dancing and even two short films shot at Church
Point and on Scotland Island 20 years ago.
The DVD has commentary throughout by Philip and Trilby Bond, Dave
Walsh, Annette Freeland, Bob Blackwood and Dulcie Erdman.
Shows include Sinbad the Sailor, Out of this World 1 and 2, The
Wizard of Oz, Club Gothic, Flight of Fancy, Halley’s Revue
(forerunner to the Cadwell Capers), Theatre Restaurant, The
Magician’s Curse, Café Vereaux, Camelot the Musical, Magic Pudding,
and Murder Mystery.
Where do you get it? Come along to the next production of the
Scotland Island Players, ANYONE FOR TENNIS (THE SECESSION REVUE)
3rd, 4th, 10th 11th and 12th of June – you’ll all be there won’t
you!!!!! There’ll be copies at the door, $20 for the DVD, $30 for
You can also get copies by contacting Boyd at
0417 991 499.
Click on this link to check out the amazing stills taken from the
Charity Book Sale on
Another charity book sale is to be held
at GEEPS (waterfront o few south of Tennis) Bring along all
unwanted books anytime before July 21st. The sale will only be held
on Sat 21st. Last year we charged 50cents per book and raised over
$300 for the Garvin Institute which conducts research into cancer.
It’s a fun day where you can read and talk about books with whoever
Bring a plate a food and something to drink and take the
afternoon to drift through the literary off casts of your friends.
This year we will be raising funds to buy a wheelchair for a needy
teenager. More about that later.
Survey - Changes to
To all residents of Scotland Island and the Western Foreshores,
The ferry service appears to be about to be subjected to the biggest
threat to its existence that it has ever faced.
We are not talking about boats sinking or financial failure brought
on by our dabbling in polar bear oil futures.
We are talking about our financial viability being utterly gutted by
stupid, totally flawed and incompetent changes to our crewing
requirements dictated by NSW Maritime.
Fortunately or unfortunately we are not alone – the new regulations
will drastically affect every commercial vessel operator in NSW,
small operators such as us being disproportionately impacted.
We are frantically trying to work out how we can survive this
bureaucratic nightmare which we are told is likely to be imposed in
July this year.
It would appear that the only serious options that we have that are
of sufficient magnitude involve ceasing to operate 2 ferries during
morning and afternoon peak periods and reverting to a single boat
operation. The future of non-viable services such as weekday early
morning and midday runs is also in doubt as are early/late weekend
runs and the Newport school run.
You can greatly assist us to work out how we can rearrange the
timetable by taking the time to complete the attached survey.
Each family member, including children, should fill out a separate
form because their needs will be different. Additional forms can be
obtained from any employee of the ferry service.
The only potentially contentious information we have asked for is
your name, address and telephone number. We require this for a
couple of reasons. Firstly we want to ensure that there is one
response per person, secondly we may want to contact you if we have
any questions and thirdly, if time allows, we want to obtain your
comments on any proposed new timetable before putting it in to
If you have difficulty in understanding how to answer any part of
the survey don't hesitate to ask any of the employees of the ferry
service for assistance. To complete the survey, please print out the
When you have completed the survey please give it to any of the
employees of the ferry service.
We would much prefer to be able to continue to offer you the current
level of services however this is impossible in the context of the
Jack Kirkpatrick (0409 223 879) Alan McGrath
(0419 946 566)
Offshore Directory (POD) - new edition
SIRA are putting together the new
edition of the directory we have all come to use and love! This
invaluable document is read by most offshore residents,
when looking for a local phone number or a repair person. It is also
a major fund raiser for SIRA and we seek your help in searching out
new and old advertisers. If you know an individual or a business
that would like to be exposed to such a targeted audience, please
ring Deryn, Rosemary or Shar on the numbers below. Below is the
letter being sent to businesses and the costs of advertising
and an application form can be
found by clicking here. Please feel free to print this form,
then talk to your local business or service provider!
Dear Local Business,
A new bumper edition of the Pittwater Offshore Directory is to be
published shortly and we invite you to advertise again with us. For
the first time this edition will be placed on the Internet and over
700 copies will be distributed to homes on Scotland Island, Western
Foreshores, Mackeral Beach and Coasters Retreat. The Directories
have proven to be an essential source of information to every
offshore household and business.
The deadline for booking your advertisement is 10th June 2005.
We would appreciate your support and hope that we can be of service
to you. If you would like any further details please contact one of
Deryn 9979-9141, Rosemary 9979-3301or Shar 9999-1346
Art Project – Island Places
Many thanks for all
the lovely responses I have received since my call for interest in
Places art project, published in last month’s news letter. I am
quite delighted and very much looking forward to meeting you all.
I will be on Scotland Island from
Friday 8 July to Sunday 24 July. For anyone else who would like to
be a subject of this project, you can contact me on 07 3844 3111 or
you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIRFB turns 50!
2005 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Scotland Rural Fire Brigade.
Established in 1955 by the fledgling SIRA, the Brigade has grown
along with the Island population. Now housed in a modern Station
with two fire-fighting vehicles, a troop carrier and fire boat, the
Brigade has considerably more resources than it did back in 1955!
To celebrate this occasion, the Brigade invited old and new members,
local politicians, RFS dignitaries and other local Brigades to an
afternoon of festivities on 7th May. The Commissioner of the Rural
Fire Service, Phil Koperberg, presented the Brigade with a plaque
commemorating 50 years of community service and speeches were also
made by The Hon Bronwyn Bishop and Pittwater Mayor Lynne Czinner,
along with our trusty President Ian White, Captain Graeme Richmond
and Life Member Bob Blackwood.
The Brigade would like to thank all residents and friends of the
Brigade for their support over the past 50 years and remind everyone
that new members are always welcome, either active (fire-fighting)
or associate. Drop into the Station or call on 9999 4404.
Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls/index.html
- NSW Police:
000, general information 9281 0000
- 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
Island Water Contacts:
click here for information (while online)
Airlines, Buses and
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Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page you see and
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