15th May 2020   Edition One.
In this edition:

President's Message,
Newsletter from Julian Leeser MP.,
Letter from Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde
Suburban Anzac Day Services,
The Great North Epping Art Trail,
Proposed Child Care Centre in Cheltenham,
The Spanish Flu Epidemic 100 years ago,

Recent Development Applications.
Latest Police Reports.
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Message from the President
I hope everyone is coping with the current situation. While restrictions are finally being relaxed, I still can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.  While due to the lockdown, my Trust workload has over the past 3 months to some extent diminished, it has created other problems centring on communication. We have the technology to assist but it isn’t the same as a good face to face meeting.
As promised previously I have published below the feedback I received on the Spanish Flu epidemic that reached NSW after WW1. Also below, I have reminded you about the proposed development for a child care centre at the corner of Beecroft and Cheltenham Roads. Normally I don’t repeat notices about commercial developments but I believe this proposal warrants further publicity. This proposed development is inconsistent with our heritage precinct. The house is an excellent example of inter war housing and the current heritage listing of the front garden provides insufficient protection for the rest of the property. I encourage you to look at the property, visualise what the proposed development will look like, and, if you agree with me, send an objection to Hornsby Council.
Pictures of the interior of this property can be viewed on the "" website.  CLICK HERE. 

Finally, please keep up the required physical distancing and regularly wash your hands. 

Ross Walker OAM
Julian Leeser MP.  Newsletter dated May 12th 2020
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Councillor Emma Heyde's Report dated May 13th 2020
The Trust's policy is that we will publish submitted newsletters from any of our elected representatives
Library Service
Hornsby Shire Council has announced a Pick and Drop library service. CLICK HERE for more details.
Anzac Day Celebrations
Many Beecroft and Cheltenham residents celebrated Anzac Day from the bottom of their driveways at 6AM on Saturday the 25th April.  The occasion was deemed to be so successful that driveway services look set to be repeated for future Anzac Days.
                                            Chapman Ave Beecroft
The Great North Epping Art Trail – Saturday 23rd May 2020

Proposed Child Care Centre in Cheltenham - update
Hornsby Council has so far received sufficient objections for this DA to be determined by the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP), as opposed to being determined under delegated authority by staff. Even though the exhibition period has ended, Hornsby Council is still obliged to accept objections.
This Development Application (DA259/2020), lodged with Hornsby Council, proposes to convert the property known as 181-183 Beecroft Road, at the corner of Cheltenham Road, into a child care centre. To view the various documents CLICK HERE.
This property is of exceptional quality that contributes to the Beecroft Cheltenham Conservation Area. The DA proposes altering the existing house and constructing an additional structure between the rear of the house and the adjoining heritage listed former church at 179 Beecroft Road, which is currently being converted into another child care centre. The Trust has objected to the DA on heritage grounds and has also requested an Interim Heritage Order to be placed on the property. CLICK HERE and then CLICK HERE to access the Trust’s correspondence to Council.
If you wish to make a submission to Council, CLICK HERE
The Spanish Flu Epidemic 100 years ago
From former Hornsby Councillor Steve Evans, G’day Ross,
an interesting story on the Spanish Flu in Newcastle and an amazing mother, Mary Ann Dalby.
Everyone had to wear masks when outside.
The Beecroft and Cheltenham History Group has an article also. Click here.
The BCHG is also seeking stories or pictures of how Beecroft and Cheltenham are dealing with Covid 19 in 2020.  Yes, we are all a part of history.
Dear Mr Walker,
I write at the urging of my friend Lee Owens, who has suggested that I (as a historian of world epidemics) might add something to your thoughts on the 1918-19 influenza epidemic. What I have understood has centered on Sydney and its traffic with New Zealand. The second wave of the flu (the most devastating for much of the world) touched on Sydney through the troopship "Medic" [wonderful name!] that reached Sydney after picking up troops in NZ. New Zealand had by then experienced the flu pandemic (as Australia had not) and some 200 troops picked up in Wellington carried flu with them back to Sydney. The resultant infection at the North Head quarantine was apparently contained in December, but by January the quarantine station was overwhelmed by the numbers of returning troops from Europe, and somehow--I assume--the quarantine that had kept the "second wave" out of Australia then broke down In January, when what's conventionally called the third wave of the pandemic then reached Australia. 
  This may make some place for your memory of the renegade AWOL from barracks in Victoria; maybe as good a story as any other. Or did some of those quarantined at North Head just escape? Who can say?  Will we ever know? I don't. 
I hope this helps.
Jo Hays [from Chicago] 
Dear Ross,
I liked your account of the homesick WW1 soldier who left the Victorian Barracks for Sydney, inadvertently spreading Spanish Flu, so I did a quick search. It seems that a soldier travelling by ship from Melbourne to Sydney might have been infected by a fellow passenger. Seven other soldiers were also admitted with symptoms around the same time. One of these might have been the AWOL soldier you described, but it seems unlikely that he would not have been the only source of Spanish Flue infection in Sydney.
Here is the relevant excerpt.
The New South Wales Government claimed that it was thanks in part to the precautionary measures and planning it had developed (including state-wide free inoculation),7 that the State remained free of pneumonic influenza cases up to the end of 1918.By late January 1919, however, at least 326 cases and 49 deaths, had been reported at the quarantine station.9
Then, on 24 January 1919, a “suspicious case of illness” of a soldier at No. 4 Military General Hospital at Randwick, was reported to the NSW Department of Health. The soldier, identified only as ‘S.L.’, had travelled from Melbourne by ship four days before, sharing a compartment with a civilian who was “very ill with aches and pains and a high temperature”.10 S.L. became ill himself on 22 January and was admitted to hospital. Within forty-eight hours three nurses treating him at the hospital also became ill, and during this time, seven other soldiers who had travelled to Sydney from Melbourne were admitted with the same symptoms. The Director-General of Public Health, Dr Robert Thomas Paton, along with other medical experts, visited the patients on 27 January and formally diagnosed the cases as pneumonic influenza.
Trevor Case
Recent Development Applications
The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust's Web Site now has links to recently submitted Development Applications in the 2119 postcode area.  This page will be updated with every eNews publication.
CLICK HERE To access them.
Latest Police Reports

CLICK HERE  for the latest reports.  Just a reminder that these reports are regularly provided by the Ryde Police Area Command which includes the entire suburbs of Beecroft & Cheltenham.
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Kind regards,
Ross Walker OAM

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