February 10 - 16, 2013: Issue 97
Where current day Bayview Anchorage is was once a very long wharf jutting out into the estuary of Pittwater. Alongside it was and is the Bayview Baths, a wire fenced enclosure, where people may swim without fear of being bitten by the sharks that were once prevalent in Pittwater. Constructed at the turn of the century in order for food producers and fisher families to load up their goods onto steamers, it was built after the Church Point wharf and the Victoria Wharf below current day Newport Hotel. As with so many rural enterprises, as Pittwater was considered 'country' then, residents had to step up and speak for themselves through their local MP;
DEPUTATIONS TO THE MINISTER FOR WORKS.— A number of deputations will wait upon the Minister for Works this morning. At 11.30 Mr. D. Thomson, M.L.A. will introduce a number of residents of Bayview with reference to a wharf at Bayview. At noon the residents of Narrabeen and Pittwater will press upon the Minister the necessity of tramway traffic being provided between Manly and Narrabeen. The Sydney Morning Herald. (1898, October 13). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14152336
WHARF ACCOMMODATION AT BAYVIEW. A deputation was introduced by Mr Dugald Thomson to the Minister for Works yesterday. It comprised representatives of Bayview, who urged the Minister to provide adequate wharfage accommodation for local requirements. There was at present a wharf at Church Point, but that was too far removed from the centre of population and trade. If there had been deep water light up to the shore that deputation would not have troubled the Government, but owing to the existence of long mudflats the cost of erecting a suitable wharf would be so great that it would not pay private enterprise to undertake the work. Fishermen and settlers generally were seriously handicapped now because of the cost and the difficulty of shipment of their fish and produce.
The Minister said he recognised that the construction of a wharf would be convenient to many persons, and he thought a case had been made out for further inquiry. He would not make any promise however, because he saw from the papers before him that the undertaking would be an expensive one, and he would not be justified in sanctioning it unless it appeared on further inquiry that the results which would follow would justify the expenditure. WHARF ACCOMMODATION AT BAYVIEW. (1898, October 14).The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14154847
Construction of wharf, &c , at Bayview. Pittwater, 5 tenders received, M J. Woodbury, £686 6s 5d, lowest PUBLIC TENDERS. (1900, April 25). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14307801
M J Woodbury was Matthew James Woodbury of Wyong, a pioneer settler of that region who resided on Mangrove Creek. He was also responsible for the Tuggerah Wharf (sometimes called Woodbury's wharf) which was built for fisherman circa 1900 too. He was partners with a man named 'Smith' in Smith & Woodbury - Timber Merchants. As with so many Pittwater histories, the Central Coast and Hawkesbury people are intertwined. Many of the steamers that carried produce away took it to be offloaded onto trains at Brooklyn. Much of the timber and tin that was needed for local structures was milled on this great river and transported down it to Pittwater.
MATTHEW JAMES WOODBURY. THE GRAND OLD MAN OF WYONG. (1838-1921) There passed away at 11 o'clock on Sunday night, 20th March, 1921, a man who will never be forgotten as long as Wyong endures, for he was the father of Wyong, and every inhabitant loved him as a child loves a parent. He truly possessed every virtue in high degree; he was gentleness personified; a man of truth, and his word was his bond. Born on the Mangrove over 83 years ago, his father being an Australian, he came of long-lived people, for his mother died at about 89 and his grandmother at 100. Remaining on the Mangrove till he was 18 years of age, he then proceeded to the Snowy River gold fields at the very time when the white diggers had made a raid upon the Chinese, gold miners, and cut their long pig tails off. Some time later he found his way to the Wollombi, and thence to the Cedars, Wyong, where and at his late residence he resided 55 years. Hence he was one of the first pioneers that settled in the Wyong district. For half a century the dear old 'Cedars' was his home. In the far away days only two kinds of wood were extensively used, oak and cedar, the former for shingles and the latter for fine cabinet work . The timber and the shingles were carted to Maitland, and even slides were much in use when roads were impassable for drays. Away via Yarramalong and the Wollombi to Maitland was the route. In the bush 50 years ago there were practically no timber- getters, except shingle splitters and cedar cutters. When about 27 years of age he married Miss Eliza O'Neill, of The Cedars. She was a lady beloved by to her husband. Great was his grief when some seven years ago she passed away. He never ceased to mourn his loss, even though his children continually ministered unto his comfort in the most loving manner. His sorrowing daughters are Miss Woodbury, Mrs. W. A. Chapman, Mrs. W. Baldwin, and Miss O. Woodbury, and his sons, Councillor W. B. Woodbury, and Mr. Edwin Woodbury, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. Our late friend was the Chairman of the Directors of the Wyong Butter Factory, and had been Chairman from the inception of the company. Hisvery last conversations were about the re-building of the factory on the ideal old site. He possessed a wonderful memory, and up to within a few hours of his end, his mental faculties were unimpaired. He knew he was nearing The Bar, and was much comforted to see a number of his devoted children round his bedside. The remains were brought to his beloved church, where service was conducted by Rev. Father Herlihy, and thence removed, by procession to the Jilliby cemetery, where a very solemn service was followed by a most eloquent ad-dress by the priest, which will be treasured in the memory of Protestants and Catholics alike. for years to come as a grand tribute to a good man. The immense concourse, testified to the worth and to the nobility of character of Matthew James Woodbury. Numerous wreaths and floral , tributes were offered by loving friends. — 'Gosford Times.' MATTHEW JAMES WOODBURY. (1921, April 1). Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85877526
Eight months after he officially won the contract to oversee these works the Bayview Wharf was opened:
BAYVIEW AND PITTWATER. Mr. P. W. Gledhill, secretary of the Manly Warringah and Pittwater Historical Society, in a lecture to the society last night on the early history of the Bayview-Pittwater district, said that settlement began with the survey of Robert Campbell's grant of 709 acres in May, 1814. Fields of wheat and other crops flourished near Pittwater in those early days. A map in the journal of Captain Hunter, who in 1789 surveyed McCarr’s Creek, at the south-west corner of Pittwater, showed an 18ft channel in the creek, where now there was not more than 6ft at high tide. The name Bayview went back to 1882, when a post-office was opened in the residence of Mrs. Collins. BAYVIEW AND PITTWATER. (1936, June 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved February 4, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17243899
TUESDAY AFTER EASTER MONDAY: MANLY BEACH. The saloon steamers running from Sydney to Manly with excursionists were well filled yesterday. Many family parties mode the trip by early boats and went southwards to favourite picnic resorts at Curl Curl, Deewhy, and Narrabeen lagoons, where fishing and other sports were engaged in. Others went to the ocean beaches and rocks, and the coaches running to Bayview and Newport were crowded. MANLY BEACH. (1901, April 9). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14362040
The steamers which early settlers recall using the wharf for transporting goods are all Hawkesbury plying steamers:
SS. ERRINGHI, for BAYVIEW, NEWPORT, CHURCH POINT, PALM BEACH, MACKEREL BEACH, HAWKESBURY RIVER, PATONGA, MANGROVE, M'DONALD and COLO RIVERS. EVERY TUESDAY and FRIDAY, at 5 p.m. Cargo received daily at Albion Wharf, foot Market-street. Advertising. (1921, March 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15948906
24th January 1908 (handwritten 37th Meeting, Minutes) Steps at Bayview Wharf; Cr. Quirk asked if the engineer had reported on the condition of the steps at Bayview Wharf. The engineer said ‘No!’ . It was agreed that a letter be forwarded to the Department asking if any objection would be made to the building of additions to wharves by Council.
3/12/1923: Pittwater Progress Association requesting Contribution of £12/10'towards cost of printing programmes and use of dressing sheds attached to Bayview Wharf on Regatta Day. From Warringah Shire Council Minutes.
SCULLING. Pittwater Aquatic Club. J. ERICKSON~HEAVY-BOAT CHAMPION. The Pittwater Aquatic Club held the first series of races in connection with its annual two day regatta on Broken Bay yesterday The races were rowed over courses of various distances finishing opposite Bayview wharf. Scullers from all parts of the State competed ! The main event yesterday the heavy boat championship of New South Wales was won by Erickson, the holder of the title after a splendid race with W Hibbs whom he defeated by half a length. The racing will be continued today commencing at 9. 15 a m when the finals of events started yesterday will be decided as well as many other Interesting races Including two handicaps in outriggers. SCULLING. (1934, February 24). The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17074234
16/1/1933: Cr. Austin reported that there not being enough Wire for the work at Bayview baths; he purchased on behalf of the Council about 42 yards of wire from a resident at Bayview, at the price Paid to Lysaght's Ltd. exclusive of freight, and it was resolved that his action be confirmed.
By Cr. Austin - That a notice be put up at Bayview Wharf warning against riding of motor cycles on the wharf, and a Baths notice at the baths prohibiting the swimming of dogs. By Cr. Austin - That Mr. Jones, Caretaker of Bayview baths, be appointed an Inspector, and be, given a copy of the Ordinance to assist him. 27/2/1933
1905 Land Titles Map - showing Government Wharf at Bayview out from Benjamin Crew acreage and other landholders. Courtesy Land Titles Office Historic records of NSW.
Bayview Wharf, circa 1909. Broadhurst Image 11061661h, courtesy State Library of NSW.
Roche's Estate, Bayview, Pittwater [cartographic material] : choice building sites, sheltered from all winds, water frontages : for private sale. 1910 - 1919. MAP Folder 135, LFSP 2174, courtesy National Library of Australia. Showing Professor Anderson's property.
Bayview Baths and Wharf - Warringah Council Minutes - 1906 to 1986
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Current site of Bayview Baths and Top: with Lion Island to front and RMYC seen at right of shot on Newport side. Below: shown from Bayview Heights. Pictures by A J Guesdon, 2012.
Bayview Wharf threads collected and collated by A J Guesdon, 2013.