Front Page Issue 434: Pittwater Swim Series 2020
Aquatics Bush to Beach 2020
Pictures: Our Firies: Their Words, Pictures, Videos - 2019/2020 Fire Storms
It is often said of our fire fighters that when everyone else is running away from danger, they run into it. By Christmas 2019 NSW RFS Strike Teams in the East Region had 'run towards danger' 792 times.
There are four NSW RFS Regions, and a large area in New South Wales that is not a NSW RFS Region - they went in there too, supporting their fellow brigades.
A single NSW RFS Strike Team comprises five fire trucks and a Strike Team Leader's vehicle, all filled with firefighters - sometimes five Strike Teams have been sent into one Fireground, up to 100 people of the 1200 local volunteers. Most of our NSW RFS Brigades have been on rolling deployments (24/7), day after day, for five months now.
To convey the enormity of what the 17 brigades have been doing and have done their social media posts, if they have a platform for those, was enlisted. Even those who do not have social media are there among the mix, as part of teams that have worked together as one. These platforms are used by the Brigades to assure loved ones at home they are safe, to communicate urgent fire warnings to communities, to share vision of 70 metre flame walls or explain back-burning operations, to thank those who have made donations of equipment or provisions, to educate, to share the cards and messages from children, but mostly to exhort residents to ensure their Fire Plan is up to date.
In 2013 a series of 'on water organisations' History pages ran, and included a timeline of Marine Rescue NSW, Broken Bay - also staffed by volunteers and also active in fighting these recent fires, as well as our Water Police and Pittwater's Fire-boats. As we prepare to commence our 10th year of this news service Readers who have recently joined in looking forward to each weekly edition may be interested in how we began fighting fires not just on the land, but from the water too.
The history of fire brigades in NSW, at first following the UK system during the 1830's-40's where insurance companies provided fire fighters and people had to pay to have them attend, did not become a Government overseen and regulated practice until 1884. Although discussed in parliament as early as June 15, 1854 after the Tooth and Co brewery on Broadway burnt for five days, prior to 1884 most fires were fought by convicts and soldiers. Insurance company brigades would only attend fires with their badges affixed to the premises.
News of another fire in the Summer of 1850, which was racing towards Pittwater, tells how ill-equipped people were to defend life and property from bushfires:
CONFLAGRATION ON THE NORTH SHORE.— Since Wednesday last, raging and wide-spreading fires, caused by the prevailing hot winds, and the unusual heat and dryness of the weather, have destroyed property of considerable value on the North Shore; and it is feared that the lives of two persons (known as John the Frenchman and Joseph Curran) have also been sacrificed. At the time of our going to press, the casualties, as far as could be ascertained, were as follows:- Mr. Cook's premises, Lane Cove, have been burned, and two of his horses destroyed. Mr. Archbold's premises, furniture, ... feet of sawn timber, and twelve tons of hay, burned. Mr. Simpson's orchard and fencing: Mr. Clarke's hut and furniture: John Macmillan's orchard and fencing; Mr. Lyon's hut and furniture : Mr. Murphy's two houses and furniture ; Mr. Ross Donnelly's outhouses ; F. M'Cudden's house and furniture; all entirely destroyed. The premises of Colonel Harney, Mr. Derry, Mr. Stirling, and Mr. Bloxsome, have been partially damaged, and almost all the fencing burned. It is to be feared, that no chance of arresting the progress of the main current of the fire presents itself until it reaches the basin of Pittwater. We regret to state that among the sufferers are several who, with their families, are plunged into utter destitution by this visitation; but we sincerely hope that the sympathy of the public, if appealed to, will assist in relieving their calamities to some extent. It is perhaps useless now to express surprise at the absence of all precautions against the attack of a foe whose progress it is so difficult to arrest when once he commences his march of devastation. Here we find valuable plantations entirely unprotected, when by a little labor and outlay in clearing the grass and brushwood, the ruinous consequences we are recording might have been considerably modified if not entirely prevented. Intelligence has also been received that the bush between Wollongong and Kiama was one entire mass of flame. Communication between the two localities was wholly impossible. LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. (1850, January 12). Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (NSW : 1845 - 1860), , p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59770026
Books January 2020 - Inner Child Journeys: How Our Children Grow Us Up by Robin Grille, 2020 Australasian Sky Guide by Nick Lomb, Australia's Funniest Yarns: Traditional humour from the bush and the outback by Graham Seal, The Squatters: The story of Australia's pastoral pioneers by Barry Stone, Pursuit: The Balvenie (Whiskey) Stories Collection Edited by Alex Preston, Hungover: A History Of The Morning After and One Man's Quest For A Cure by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
Old Books: read in full here: online! Summer 2019: Flora Australiensis: A Description Of The Plants Of The Australian Territory by Bentham, George, 1800-1884; Mueller, Ferdinand von, 1825-1896, Publication date 1863 - Iconography Of Australian Salsolaceous Plants by Mueller, Ferdinand von, (1825-1896), Published 1896 - Australian Plants Suitable For Gardens, Parks, Timber Reserves, Etc by Guilfoyle, W. R. (William Robert), 1843-1912, Publication date 1911
Collector's Corner Figureheads – Salty Wooden Personifications Of Vessels - In Australia the figurehead artisan was not lacking during the times when colonial shipbuilders were coming to the fore, constantly encouraged by government and press alike, and these too, prior to these adages to ships that became passé with the larger steel constructed naval ships, also had figureheads and these too indicated the name of the ship. Gordon de L. Marshal's excellent book, Ships' Figure Heads in Australia(2003), states that at least 253 figureheads were recorded as being made for vessels in New South Wales from at least 1834 when records on ships began also recording their figureheads. Two thirds of these were of women - the oldest record of one being a "woman's Bust' fitted to the schooner 'Anne' which was built at the Illarwarra in 1832. A 'Fish Figure' was placed on the sloop 'Thomas' (30ft.), built in Neutral Bay in 1933.
Community News Bad News Can Wait Until Next Week: One Billion Innocent Wildlife Lives Lost in Bushfires + Station Beach Turned into Conflict Beach, Bush Fire Fund Raising For Bilpin, Newport Breakers BlazeAid Task Force To Braidwood: Opportunity To Help, Peninsula Bridge Club Bush Fire Fundraising For Red Cross, Avalon Bowlo Bushfire Benefit, Avalon Beach SLSC Bushfire Appeal, Wildlife Care This Summer, Ella Apology, While On Local History: ABHS Summer Hours, Mums For Mums 2020, Cakes For Koalas Raises Over $400, Avalon Beach SLSC Sends Waves Of Care To South Coast, Modus Operandi Brewing Co. Busfire Fundraiser: 15k Realised, The Green Team Bushfire Fundraiser Nets 20k, Rotary Club Of Upper Northern Beaches Bucket Filled With Funds For Firies, Neighbourhood Safer Places: Pittwater in Bushfire Season, Pets of the Week: darling Pierre + lovely Eleven, 2020 ASRL Open: Mollymook Confirmed As Host Venue, Qualifiers Locked And Loaded For Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series Final: Wildcard Nominations Open!, Please Register Wildlife Road Strikes, The Pittwater Offshore Newsletter, Local Organisations, Sports, Clubs and Groups Information
Environment Green Turtle Eggs Found Here To Head North, Koala Spotted In Belrose Area, Narrabeen Beach & Lagoon Clean Up: Jan. 26, Save The Northern Beaches From Blasting And Drilling For Gas Event In Manly: Zali Steggal MP & Abigail Boyd MP Speakers, Bushcare In Pittwater, Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater, Pittwater Reserves, Grants Available To Reduce Climate Change Impacts, Foundation For National Parks & Wildlife Community Conservation Grants Are Now Open For Applications, Aerial Food Drops For Endangered Wildlife, Taronga's Emergency Response To The Bushfire Crisis, New State Policy To Protect Koalas, Koalas Can’t Bear Unrehabilitated Ipswich Mine Sites, KEPCO Launches “Insulting” Coal And Climate Appeal For Rejection Of Its Bylong Thermal Coal Mine, Territorians Tell Environment Minister They’ve Had A Gutfull: Approval To Frack Beetaloo Basin Snuck Through 2 Days Before Christmas, Calls For NSW Government To Show Backbone And Cancel Shenhua, Environment Groups Call For Logging Of Native Forests To Stop Until Bushfire Damage Is Assessed, Just Add Water – Wonderful White-Naped Honeyeaters At Glen Alice, Aussie Bread Tags Local Collection Points
Aquatics Bush to Beach 2020
Reflections by George Repin
THE DUOMO OF ORVIETO
Pictures Our Firies: Their Words, Pictures, Videos - 2019/2020 Fire Storms
Children Back To School Soon: Get outside and have some FUN!, Australian Meteorite Contains The Oldest Material On Earth: 7-Billion-Year-Old Stardust, Novel Avian Species: 10 New Bird Taxa In Islands Of Wallacea, Lego at the Library + Stories at MV and Avalon, Local Sports and Fun Clubs for you!
Youth Back To School Soon: Get outside and have some FUN!, Reminder: Triple J's Hottest 100 Voting Closes This Monday, January 20th, Australian Meteorite Contains The Oldest Material On Earth: 7-Billion-Year-Old Stardust, Novel Avian Species: 10 New Bird Taxa In Islands Of Wallacea, Tarp-O-Rama 2020, Seniors’ Stories Volume 5, Services for you
Seniors Download Your 2020 Senior Card Directory Today!, Refresh/Learn Bridge in January 2020 at Peninsula Bridge Club, AvPals: Term 1 2020, Statement On ACAT/RAS Integration, Seniors Festival Event: Stop, Look, Listen - Safety First Online, Palm Beach Probus, Local support services, sports and social groups and fun for you
DIY Ideas NSW RFS Bushfire Survival Plan 2020 + Reduce Bushfire Risk To Homes + Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Great Water Saving Ideas during Level 2 water restrictions + some 'Don't Sweat Summer' Specials
Artists of the Month January 2020: Louise Whelan and John Ogden Have you always wanted a great print of the Wedge, or to get a copy of the Saltwater People books?
My talented wife Louise Whelan has been awarded a 3-week art residency on the Coast of Kerry, Ireland … and I get to go with her. In preparation for 10 weeks abroad, we have been clearing the house and are having a 2 day exhibition/art sale on Fri 24th and Sat 25 th Jan with scheduled portfolio reviews and a range of creative workshops, including: CINEMATOGRAPHY - working with film workshop; PUBLISHING - how to get your work published; PHOTOGRAPHY - Taking your camera off auto; and an EMBROIDERY BEADING WORKSHOP. Drop in and say hello and have a drink with us on Friday night around 6pm.
Location : The Avalon Recreation Centre, 59 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach.
Food Perfect Summer Picnics
Photo: Picnic at Freshwater photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Australia, 1895. Image Courtesy Powerhouse Museum
Events Shows, Exhibitions, Music, Markets, Theatre, Film, Art Classes, Talks, Walks, Annual Events, Barefoot Bowling, Pittwater Camera Club, Paddles, Enviro Events + heaps more!