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Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 7, Issue 105; December 2005
a month! The Pittwater By Election Forum, The Artist's Exhibition at
Tarrangaua, Lovett Bay, The 50th birthday of SIRA and so much more. It's
no wonder that someone has come up with an online calendar to help us
all keep track of where we should be and when! Check it out by viewing
the item titled Online Diary - Add Your Function. By the time you read
the next edition of PON we will be staring 2006 in the face. Have a
great holiday season!
For some years, after the death of farmer Foley, his property remained empty and its fertile fields became a grazing place for the cattle of the district. Finally, in 1863, the farm was again leased to James Therry whose uncle, the Rev. J.J. Therry had recommended the Pittwater area to him. Therry was a new chum, recently arrived from Ireland with his wife and daughters to settle in the new land and, hopefully, increase his fortune. Therry repaired the old farmhouse and fences, brought in furniture to make the homestead comfortable for his family and prepared a great stack of firewood. Then, when all was ready, he went to Sydney to bring them to their new home.
When they arrived, the home was a ruin. During the night the house, with all its new contents and helped by the stack of firewood, had been burnt to the ground. But all was not lost. Supportive and sympathetic neighbours rallied to help led by John Jenkins whose father had pioneered that area. Jenkins came from his nearby farm with a team of men and, in a short time, the home was rebuilt. Therry was not a poor man and he was determined, in spite of a bad beginning, to farm as he had intended and to hope for the best, He bought about one hundred head of stock and began what promised to be a prosperous career
But, after a year of unbroken peace, ten of his cows and thirteen calves suddenly disappeared. They were eventually found shot dead on nearby Taylor's Hill. Other outrages continued and, a few months later, his horses disappeared. They , too, were discovered where they had been killed. Now, nearby residents and neighbours were well aware that a great wrong was being done to an innocent man whose only fault and misfortune was that he was occupying a piece of fertile land coveted by a ruthless member of the small community. So two of Therry's neighbours -- Jenkins was one -- determined to put the matter in the hands of the police.
Although the long trip to Sydney was tiring and tortuous, the pair saw the Chief of Police, Inspector McLerie, and asked for a senior man to be send to Pittwater to investigate. McLerie appointed an experienced sergeant named McGlone who had recently been applauded for his arrest of the notorious bushranger, Frank Gardiner.. McGlone travelled back with the pair, soon found a helpful informer and the culprits were arrested and, subsequently, sentenced to several years imprisonment. Therry, however, had had enough and left the district after the sentencing.
(Next month): More crime and competition in Pittwater
An online diary has been created for readers of this newsletter. This facility will allow you to enter details of any upcoming function that might be of interest to the offshore community. For example you might be having a BBQ to raise funds for the kindie. To let everyone know that you have "reserved" a particular day(s) simply find the date on the calendar and enter the detail. Then click submit at the bottom of the page. You can colour your entry, make an entry span over a number of days and much more.
The calendar is in development and should you have any problems, please let the editor know. You will need a username and password. The username is 'island' (without the quotes) and the password is 'island' (without the quotes.) Clearly you should only add items that are of interest to all of our community. Please remember these details for the future!
To add information about your function and to check what is happening in the offshore community, visit http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/calendar.htm or just click the link from the Scotland Island home page at www.scotlandisland.org.au
These are images of the source of that strange screeching bird that you may have heard over the last month or so. It is a "Channel Billed Cuckoo", which frequents the Australian East Coast and Norfolk Island at this time of the year. The rest of the time it is living very happily in New Guinea. These photos were taken at the bus stop at Church Point. I have seen four of these birds in the Moreton Bay Fig Tree there, and also in the trees along Florence Terrace, on Scotland Island. Happy bird watching,
You are reminded that the maximum speed of a vehicle on Scotland Island is 15km/h. If there are hazards on the road (children, rough conditions, wet weather etc) then the speed of your vehicle will need to be lower than 15km/h. Vehicles exceeding this speed risk detection by the NSW Police
The weather held fine for the birthday party of the year. A large crowd attended the Catherine Park bash, and enjoyed a free sausage sizzle, drinks for the kids, rolls and salads, all courtesy of their own association! Not bad for only $20 per year membership. Thanks to Lisa, Guyren, Gordon, John, David, Greg, Kerry and all those who helped make Sunday a such a wonderful day
The entertainment was spectacular with one of the best programs this writer has seen at the park. The North v South tug o' war was won by the North (see pictures below). Well done SIRA! and can we do this again soon?
will not be running the Kindie next year.
Nominations are called for Pittwater’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year Awards.
Nominees must be Pittwater residents who have contributed significantly to Pittwater in any field over a number of years. Such contribution must demonstrate active concern for the rights, welfare and well-being and/or advancement of others, and could have been given to individuals, community groups or the community at large. Please send nominations by Tuesday 13 December to Gay McCorby at Council Offices – email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 9970 7296 or post to PO Box 882, Mona Vale 1660.
Rajiv, at the Bollywood Indian Restaurant in Newport (opposite the Newport Arms) is offering beautiful Indian meals delivered to the Newport public wharf.
Minimum order is $35. Tuesday to Sunday between 5.30pm and 9.30pm. Phone Rajiv on 02-9997-4116. The food is terrific - give it a try one night.
Iskybibble - Grab your seats
The music is presented live by Tim Byrne, John
Marshall and Graeme Richmond.
Just one booth in the recent by-election produced a zero informal vote total - Scotland Island! Well done to the locals who knew the importance of making their vote count. It might be worth remembering that offshore residents can vote at the kindie on Scotland Island. Our next election (unless something happens earlier) is in sixteen months. So that we can keep our booth on the island it would be good to make the effort to use it rather than using a booth on the mainland.
for Religious Art
Bush Care Corner
One of the first steps
to changing our negative thought patterns, and
therefore actions, is to become aware of our types
of thoughts. Here is an interesting 30-second stress
buster to try: -
at the Scotland Island
Community Hall – 8:00 pm. 3 December 2005. $10
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