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 the first 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;
MESSRS, BURNS AND CULLEN, members for St Leonards, brought under the notice of the Minister for Works yesterday the movement at Pittwater for the erection of a publio wharf at Newport .They presented an influentially-signed petition in favour of the erection of a wharf at Sunnyside, and stated that another petition, praying that the wharf be erected at the foot of Queen's-parade, in the same quarter, had been sent to the Minister for Lands. Mr. Bruce Smith promised to make the necessary inquiries as to the necessity for the wharf, and to let the deputation know the result. The Sydney Morning Herald. (1889, May 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13725373
THE WHARF AT PITTWATER.
Messrs. Burns and Cullen, M.L.A., introduced to the Minister for Public Works yesterday a number of the residents of Pittwater, who wished to bring under his notice certain matters concerning the erection of a wharf at Sunnyside, Pittwater. Mr. Bauer Smith told the deputation that there were already two reports in the Department, and these were in opposition to the erection of the wharf. However, he was not quite satisfied as to what was the best course to adopt, and he would therefore direct an officer of the department to specially report on the project. THE WHARF AT PITTWATER. (1889, July 26). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13726589
There were already two wharves on the Newport side of the estuary, one towards where Waterview Street Mona Vale is now, and the Victoria Wharf built by Piles and Jeannerett in 1880 and named for Queen Victoria. This was the place her sons boarded a steamer for their visit and a day trip up the Hawkesbury River in 1881. It would take more lobbying of their representatives to get a public wharf built for the people on the western shores, and years of it before Tenders were called and a contractor selected - the reasoning was there weren't enough people or produce on the Bayview side and the Church Point wharf could service those needing to land here - it had been built in 1885:
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 right 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:
A VISIT TO BAY VIEW.
THE WHARF OPENED.
Bayview is steadily rising in Importance. Thousands who visit the locality gush over its lovely scenery, and its residents regard it as one of the most favored spots oil earth; and If any suggestion be made to the contrary, they are ready with numerous arguments to support that opinion. The present Government, acting upon the sagacious suggestion of the member for the district, Mr. Dugald Thomson, has caused to be constructed there a new pier, which will be appreciated not only by the frequent callers who make the journey thither by water, and whose yachts, during the season lend an additional charm to the seascape, but by the settlers in the place, who receive and send away many tons of produce in the year. The official opening of the pier took place on Saturday, and a small party left Sydney in the early morning to take part in the proceedings. Among the visitors were: Messrs. Dugald Thomson, Millard, arid Cohen, Ms.L.A., Dr. Cullen. M.L.C., the Mayor of Manly (Alderman Fletcher), the Mayor of North Sydney (Alderman Purves),and Alderman T. J. West (Mayor of Paddington).
Although somewhat threatening in the early part of the day, there was no rain, for which the party appeared thankful. The journey over the road from Manly acted like a good tonic, and all were in good spirits when they arrived at Bayview, where they received a cordial welcome from Mr. P. T. Taylor, president of the local progress association, Mr. J. J. Roche, and other residents.
After a pleasant chat about the weather, the fruit-producing powers of the district, the poultry, and suchlike matters of importance, the visitors were conducted under a gaily-decorated arch down the approach to the wharf. The latter is strongly built, is 140ft long, and there is a good depth of water alongside.
Mr. Thomson mounted a portion of a recently-discharged cargo, and was requested by Mr. Taylor to perform the interesting ceremony. In giving expression to that desire, Mr. Taylor intimated that the residents were very much indebted to the Minister for Works (Mr. O'Sullivan), and to Mr. Thomson, for the erection of the wharf. Successive Ministers had promised that it should be done before, but their promises had been of pie-crust frailty. However, when the Minister visited the place with the member for the district a little while ago, he was impressed with its necessity, and tenders were called a few weeks later. That, of course, spoke volumes for the energy of the present Government, and particularly for Mr. O'Sullivan. Mr. Thomson, in that spirit of modesty which becomes a member of Parliament so well, declined to take all the credit for the work.
'There were, he said, the strongest grounds for carrying it out. Those of you who have been living here for so many years will remember the difficulties that have been experienced in landing goods. Men were obliged to wade through mud, and women and children to be carried. The work was certainly warranted. You will also remember that Mr. Roche, with commendable energy and enterprise, constructed a wharf himself, which the waves, with equal energy and enterprise, quickly destroyed, and it became necessary to have some better and more substantial means of approach. The Minister saw that necessity, and could not resist fulfilling his promise. I am glad you have the wharf, which will be of immense use to the district, and I hope that this ceremony will be a happy omen for the future.
The ceremony over, the party boarded the steam launch Surprise, and were conveyed round Pittwater, and a delightful hour was spent viewing the glorious scenery which meets the eye on all sides. They were landed opposite the establishment of Mr. Buist, at which they enjoyed an excellent luncheon. The toast of 'The Queen' having been honored, Mr. L. Hopkins proposed the 'Ministry and Parliament.' In responding, Dr. Cullen referred to the importance of the Bayview district. Its claims would, he said, be recognised in the future, and although they might have to wait for it, the tramway would come at last. With reference to the second Chamber of Parliament, the members of that body were abused and ridiculed a great deal; but they had to ask themselves if they had any business there unless they had to exercise their judgement upon the measures submitted to them — to act fairly and squarely to the whole of the people of the colony. He claimed that, with all its faults, the Legislative Council had tried to do so. He claimed that the second Chamber had rendered many services to the country during the present session. Over and over again the representatives of the other branch of the Legislature, who were elected by the people, were tempted by the least thoughtful to forget the duties, which thy owed to the sober-minded, hard-working members of the community, who were not so well represented in the other Chamber; and measures that were passed by representatives who sat night and day needed the close attention of a revising Chamber. He appealed to the people of New South Wales to remember that while they had a second Chamber it was entitled to respect. If they did not respect it, let them sweep it out of existence at once. Although he was not in favor of a nominee Chamber, with life tenure, still that was better than having only one Chamber, but if it was not worthy of respect it should not be there. If the people wished for faithful service, and a court of appeal that would try fairly and squarely to serve the interests, not of any one class, but of the whole population, let them show the press of the country that they respected the Legislative Council and appreciated the work of its members. Mr. Millard, M.L.A, also responded. Mr. Cohen, M.L.A., proposed 'Success to the District,' and during his remarks made reference to the fact that its member would be a candidate for a seat in the Federal Parliament, expressing a hope that he would be found among its members. Mr. Mr. Purves supported the toast, and in doing so said he believed it was the Minister's intention to construct a tram lino from Manly to Bayview. The toast was also responded to by Messrs, Taylor, J. Symonds (hon. sec), and Joseph Waterhouse. Mr. W. H. Vivian proposed 'The Member for the District,' which was cordially honored. Mr. Thomson spoke at some length in reply. Mr. C. Bennett proposed 'The Visitors,' which was responded to by Alderman Fleischer and Alderman West. A VISIT TO BAYVIEW. (1900, December 3). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article114014867
TUESDAY AFTER EASTER MONDAY: MANLY BEACH. The saloon steamers running from Sydney to Manly with excursionists were well filled yesterday.
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, where Maybanke Anderson lived.
Also available - Bayview Baths Centenary Celebration - November 2016
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.