... and how we almost had
two more like it
the 1906 subdivision plan, with Lots 48-51
encircled in yellow, Lot 7 in red and Lots
74-75 in blue.
the 1924 subdivision plan with the same lots
Scotland Island isn’t really the place for those who don’t
like hills. But walk around the island via Florence
Terrace, Richard Rd and Robertson Rd, and most of the
route is relatively flat. Most, that is, except for one
infamous island ordeal: Heartbreak Hill.
For the uninitiated, Heartbreak Hill is the nickname for
that stretch of road running directly up from Carols
Wharf. It’s a steep, unrelenting incline with three false
summits. I run up it regularly and, believe me, it’s
cruel. But most infuriating is that when you reach the top
you immediately start to go down again. Why be sent uphill
only to immediately descend? Richard Rd and Florence
Terrace are on about the same level. Wouldn’t it be easier
if the two simply met?
They don’t because Bangalla sits in the way. To understand
this and other island oddities, you need to appreciate
that there were two major attempts at subdivision, one in
1906 and the other in 1924. The 1906 plan, shown above,
would have divided the island into 121 residential blocks.
But buyers didn’t come flocking and only about eight sold.
Eighteen years later another attempt was made to sell off
the island. The 1924 subdivision took the 113 or so unsold
blocks and cut them into much smaller lots, thus
permitting for 364 houses on the island. This is more or
less what we have today.
from the 1924 plan showing Heartbreak Hill
(Harold Ave) and how old Lots 48-51 prevent
Richard Rd (left) from connecting with
Look at the 1906 plan and you’ll see a single road running
around the island. This was to be known as Hughenden
Terrace in the north and Athole Crescent in the south. Now
look at the 1924 plan and you’ll see exactly the same
circular route, although its name has changed to Elvina
Crescent. This is what we know today as Thompson St. Most
of it is walkable, but only its eastern and southern
sections can be driven along.
Downhill from Elvina Crescent we see a second circular
route made up of Robertson Rd, Florence Terrace and
Richard Rd. These cut through almost all of the large
waterfront blocks envisaged in the 1906 plan. But there
are a few exceptions, which I’ve marked with coloured
circles. Note, in particular, Lots 48 to 51, in the
south-eastern corner of the island (encircled in yellow).
This is where we find Bangalla and Heartbreak Hill (Harold
It’s now obvious why we have to climb uphill only to then
go down again. Richard Rd (left) and Florence Terrace
(right) can’t connect because Lots 48 to 51 are in the
way. These were among the few blocks to sell after the
1906 subdivision. Presumably their owners weren’t going
along with the 1924 subdivision.
That explains Heartbreak Hill. And if you aren’t a fan of
steep climbs then consider yourself lucky, because we
almost had two more Heartbreak Hills, this time on the
western side of the island. That’s because the Bangalla
blocks weren’t the only ones to create difficulties for
the 1924 subdivision.
from the 1924 plan showing Lot 7 (Yamba) and
how Aoma St links Robertson Rd with Elvina
Cresc (now Thompson St)
Look again at the 1924 plan. To the northwest we have Lot
7, ringed in red. This is Yamba. And close to Bells we
have Lots 74 and 75, encircled in blue. Lot 75 contains a
house called ‘Edinburgh’. Imagine if the owners of these
blocks had not cooperated with the 1924 subdivision. Yamba
would have blocked Robertson Rd and Edinburgh would have
done the same to Richard Rd.
In 1923 Herbert Fitzpatrick, the developer behind the 1924
subdivision, surveyed the island with a view to its
subdivision. At the time he must have been fairly
confident that he could avoid these road blocks by
securing the cooperation of the owners of Yamba and
Edinburgh. We know that because the deposited plan of
subdivision shows his proposed Robertson Road cutting
across Yamba. And he envisaged Richard Rd as cutting
through Edinburgh’s grounds.
But there must have been some doubt in the matter because
later the subdivisions of these blocks was deleted. Note
too how Fitzpatrick allowed space for Aoma St, running
alongside Lot 7. This linked Robertson Rd to Elvina
Crescent (Thompson St), thus allowing Yamba to be
circumvented, just as Harold Ave was built to skirt around
of the 1924 plan showing an unnamed road
running alongside Lot 75 (Edinburgh) and
linking Richard Rd with what is now Thompson
We find exactly the same arrangement above ‘Edinburgh’.
See how an unnamed road runs up alongside Lot 75,
connecting Richard Road with Elvina Crescent? That would
have allowed traffic on Richard Rd to drive up to Elvina
Crescent, before descending again via Hilda Ave.
Aoma St still exists, at least on paper. And there remains
a curious road reserve just north of Hilda Ave. But you’ll
have a hard time walking up either of them, let alone
driving. Fortunately we need do neither, because in the
end Yamba was cut into two by Robertson Road, and Lots 74
to 75 were dissected by Richard Rd, thus permitting a
relatively level perambulation of the island.
So, if you’ve ever wondered about the oddities of the
island’s road layout, perhaps there is a logic behind some
of them. And maybe we should be grateful that the island’s
piecemeal development didn’t lead to more Heartbreak
Thanks to Bruce Kesby for providing me with the 1924
If you’ve been anywhere
near Scotland Island community hall recently you will
have noticed that Nettie Lodge's gorgeously painted
mural now extends around the three walls of the
The original hall mural,
entitled 'The Art of the Island', was funded by a
government grant obtained by Emmie Collins. But Nettie
went way beyond expectations, donating her talent as
well as many hours of her time to incorporate the
basketball court. The entire mural beautifully
complements the one Nettie painted on the Recreation
Centre (the old Kindy).
Thank you Nettie for once
again transforming our communal spaces with your amazing
artworks and for going the extra mile.
This Anzac Day the offshore
and onshore communities gathered as usual at Church
Point to pay their respects to the fallen.
This year's address was
delivered by Andrew Cutler, captain of West Pittwater
Rural Fire Brigade. A resident of Elvina Bay, Andrew is
also nephew to Sir Arthur Roden Cutler, longest-serving
Governor of New South Wales.
Andrew described how his
uncle was awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in the
Battle of Merdjayoun, fought in June 1941 against Vichy
France as part of the Syria-Lebanon Campaign. During the
fighting Sir Roden lost his leg.
Following the war he
entered into a long career in the diplomatic service
before being appointed state governor in 1966. Besides
his many accomplishments, Andrew spoke of his uncle as a
kindly man who would bounce his nephew on his one good
knee. Sir Roden died in 2002.
As always, thanks go to Ian
White for organising the ceremony.
Once again we had a very
successful Newcomers' Welcome to Scotland Island on 10
April. Juliet Wills showed Gail Hambly's most
informative PowerPoint presentation
by speakers Colin Haskell on the Scotland Island
Residents Association, CB Floyd on island
communications, Emmie Collins on bush care, Peter Lalor
on the Rural Fire Brigade and Nikki Gibson on the
island's emergency water system.
There was a lot to take in
and if you have any further questions do not hesitate to
contact me. If as a newcomer you weren't able to make
the meeting then we look forward to hearing from you so
that we can contact you for the next welcome later this
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Hi - I’m Marty Campbell.
I’ve been selected to represent NSW again at the Special
Olympics National Games. The games will be held in
Launceston, TAS, from 17-21 October 2022. I’ve been to
two National Games in tennis before - in Melbourne and
Adelaide - and I won a gold medal in doubles in 2014.
I have been training hard with my coach and my support
worker, Sarah, and every Saturday morning I play social
tennis with my buddies at Bayview Tennis Club.
I will be competing against athletes from other states
in singles and doubles, and if I win a gold medal in
singles I will be selected to go to the World Games
I need to raise $2,500 to be able to compete once more,
and I would love your support. Your generous donations
will help cover the cost of my flights, travel and
accommodation to help get me to the Games.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal to achieve my
dream of a third Special Olympics in tennis.
To donate, please click here
Thank you, Marty.
recently rediscovered the joys of chess after a hiatus of
more than 40 years, I'm wondering whether there is
sufficient interest within the offshore community for a
Everyone would be welcome to participate, regardless or
age and ability. Players would be asked to self-identify
at the outset as beginner, intermediary or advanced, and
could be appropriately seeded. Preliminary games could be
played at participants' convenience, online or
face-to-face, with the finals perhaps played at the island
If interested in taking part, please email me at email@example.com.
Scotland Island Recreation
Most Saturdays throughout
2 - 3 pm: Introduction to
3 - 5 pm: Table Tennis
Groups meet most Saturdays
and anyone over 12 is welcome. Sessions are supported by
the Scotland Island Recreation Club.
Play from 2 - 3 pm is
intended primarily for those new to table tennis. The
session from 3 - 5 pm is open to everyone, regardless of
your standard of play.
Sessions do not run every Saturday. If you are interested
in taking part then it's best to join the table tennis
WhatsApp group to receive up-to-date information on who is
playing. If you would like to join the group, please email
Alternatively, you can just turn up and take your chances.
Scotland Island Fire
Friday 6 May, 6 - 8 pm
Scotland Island Community
Saturday 7 May, 5.30 pm
Catherine Park, Scotland
Sunday 8 May, 10 - 12 noon
Upper Level, 164
Longueville Road, Lane Cove
18 May - 11 June
For tickets for the
opening night,click here
Catherine Park, Scotland
Sunday 22 May, 10 - 12
Scotland Island Community
Saturday 28 May, 7 - 9 pm
Scotland Island Recreation
Tuesday 31 May, 11 am -
The Recreation Club has a new discussion group, meeting
on the last Tuesday of each month, from 11 am to 12.30
pm in the Recreation Centre. Everyone is welcome.
Members take it in turn to design a session, choosing
material for discussion. This can consist of essays,
articles or podcasts, or a combination of all three. The
idea is that group members shouldn't be committed to
more than a few hours' preparation in terms of listening
or reading. The idea is to be open to a wide range of
topics and material.
In April Roy Baker led a discussion on social class,
based on an edition of ABC Radio National's The Minefield. The island
group consisted of around 12 people and the conversation
considered contemporary attitudes to social class and
whether class divisions remain relevant in today's
In the May meeting, Bill Gye will lead a discussion on
the evolution of morality. Drawing on the works of
moral philosopher Tim Dean, Bill will consider the nature
of morality, how it relates to our hard-wired instincts,
and the extent to which it serves us in today's
technological and pluralistic world.
Tim Dean, Sydney University
● Listen to 'Reconsidering Morality', Conversations,
ABC Radio National, available here;
● Listen to Tim Dean on Dumbo Feather, available here;
● Read Tim Dean in The Conversation,
● And if you are really keen, read Tim's book: How
we Became Human and Why we Need to Change: details
Contact Jane Rich (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more
information or to express your interest in participating.
We are renting out our house for 10 weeks between mid-June
and the end of August.
3 bedrooms + office, 2 bath, south-facing, big flat
backyard with heaps of kids' toys, and 5 mins from Carols
Wharf. One of the rooms is a self-contained studio with
private entrance and deck.
Rent is negotiable - ring Tina (0413 547376) or Greg (0423
476056) to chat.
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