Archive for April, 2009


This is Daisy the cow the papier mache Daisy the Cow in Kiama was based on 19 years ago.ernesto-and-daisy-the-real-cow

This is the sculptor “Ernesto Murgo” meeting Daisy who would become his model


And here Daisy meets Daisy and Ernesto the proud creator celebrates with his beautiful ladies. The sign for his studio can still be seen at the Little Blowhole shops.

Now Daisy has become an icon of Kiama and been painted and re-painted many times since.

Yes, the paint is the only thing holding her together!


It is a community thing that anyone can paint the cow, which has led to some controversies360242

and even censorship!


Should Daisy be retired up to the brand new Kiama Pavilion and one of the fibre glass Picowasso Cows take her place?

Renowned throughout town and dale, the folk singer Phyll Lobl has written a song about Daisy the Cow’s adventures and may well have it performed by a local choir as part of Kiama’s 150th council anniversary celebrations!

Here are Phyl’s lyrics for Daisy at her site!


Here is a story the Kiama Independent did on the quest to get all the Daisy the Kiama Cow photos together! It also has been mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Column 8, local Win TV news and the local ABC illawarra radio!
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And has Daisy inspired some imitation, check Daisy the fibreglass cow from Devon! Daisy the ‘Love Devon’ Cow has been going on road trips to all sorts of exotic places, and even going surfing! I tell you, the Devon guys with their Daisy the cow beat the Kiama guys promoting their Daisy the cow in the world of promotion
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November 2009 update, the PiCOWsso cow competition was held recently with three local schools coming first (Dapto)

second (Berkeley) and third (Jamberoo). Also Cringila primary school did well

Since Jamberoo falls within ‘Kiama’ here is their cow Supermoo.

Here are the happy Jamberoo Public School painters with their cow, very impressive! I can’t imagine that the second and winning cow is actually better!

All it needs is its own surfboard and Youtube video!

Also check out the Sheppartion Art Cows with a photo library here, though detail is scant on how long the project has been going for
and check out this youtube clip here

Also upcoming is
SINGING THE SOUTH’‘Singing The South’ is a musical presentation that explores the growth of the Illawarra.The story is told through songs, wry comment and images. The seventeen songsrange widely in style, feel, and topic and were written by Phyl Lobl a songwriter of wide experience in Folklore and music whogathered information from local sources .Experienced singers capable of singingthe inside of a song bring the times alive. Talented accompanying musicians add texture and musical depth to the melodies.Images, many obtained from the Pilot’s Cottage files offer glimpses of the past which deepen understanding and appreciation of place.The topics include a round ‘Khantarinteree’ which is the Wodi Wodi name for the Blowhole,a ballad poem ‘Coast Ghost ’which might shiver your spine, a lyrical honouring of the Illawarra in ‘Between The High Place And The Sea’, the story of ‘The Butter Track’and an off shoot of that industry the story of ‘Daisy’, Kiama’s decorated cow.
PERFORMERS:- Phyl Lobl ,Shayna Stewart,John Broomhall, Alan Morrison, Bob McInnes, John Spillane, and Stuart Leslie
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21st from 2-4 pm
Here are the photos from that great concert
Here is a great slideshow on the history of dairying in Kiama;

Update; In July 2010 Sue Blanchfield who did the original artwork for Daisy returned and did another paint job

and here is the complete artwork!


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Thanks to Lesley  Lisle and her mother for the following information

Duties of Pilot Services Officer.

I enjoyed our lengthy chat at the Pilot’s Cottage recently and as requested by you, I spoke to my elderly mother about the work that my father did when he was with the Maritime Services Board’s, only to discover that I misled you. Apparently he was not their Pilot Officer for
Sydney Harbour – he worked as a crew member on the Pilot boat and was their District Officer for the Sydney Region.  


Pilot officers require a much higher qualification.

Mum said that her recollections are from a fading memory (realising that all the women from her era are either over or approaching 90 years of age) but she said that perhaps The Maritime Services Board – now Sydney Water –(www.sydneywater.com.au, General Enquiries 13 2092) would have more explicit details if you require them in regard to the duties of the Pilot Officer.


My father, after his time on the Pilot boat, became a District Officer for the Maritme Services Board, which title changed to Boating Services Officer while he was in the job, initially on the Hawkesbury River then, Tweed Heads and finally at Merimbula.

Here’s what my mother advised me:-

My father – George William Thomas Wurlod (14.3.1924 – 6.4.1984)

After spending some considerable time with the merchant navy as an ‘able seaman’ – including the war years, (having three of those ships on which he served, torpedoed from under him), in 1962 he left the sea to start working for the Maritime Services Board as and able seaman on Goat Island in Sydney Harbour – doing their maintenance work.


Then about 8 months after that he moved on to the Pilot Boat at Watsons Bay as a crew member. In those days, the Pilot Vessel operated from Watsons Bay in Sydney Harbour (which only recently closed down). It was the job of the pilot boat to escort crafts into Sydney Harbour and in the case of the large ships, the Pilot Officer would climb up a ladder suspended from the ship down to the smaller pilot boat to allow the pilot to climb up onto the ship to meet with their captains to discuss and guide the ship’s safe passageway through the Sydney Heads and up the harbour.


As well as having a Harbour and River Masters Ticket, (which enabled him to represent the Maritime Services Board) he also tutored people more senior to himself for their Harbour and River Masters Tickets – there was a lot of technical material to be assimilated to gain this certificate.


Following his time on the pilot boat (roughly 12 months) he moved on to the head office of the Maritime Services Board at Circular Quay in Sydney to the position of District Office. As the MSB Sydney District Officer, his territory covered the inland waterways of part of the Hawkesbury River.

In his position as District Officer his other duties included, manning the head office (paperwork), public relations, testing and issuing licences for water craft and examining these craft for water safety requirements as per M.S.B. rules. He supervised the local waterways – in an identified MSB speed boat whilst wearing an MSB uniform and cap which was navy in colour with their insignia and gold buttons) and he was required to ensure that the channel markers we erected where required on the inland rivers and coast line, as well as reprimanding or charging any one deliberately violating the regulations of the waterways. In addition to these duties, he had to check boat moorings, attend in rescues and give evidence in court matters where required.

Following his time in the Sydney Office of the MSB, in 1970 he moved to the far north coast to the Pilot Station on Flagstaff Hill at Tweed Heads which was a residential home with a front office for the Board in the home. The roof of the house was cyclone bolted against the severe winds and it was set on 5 acres of headland, so that the view of the ocean was not obstructed. This position also came with a ‘boatman’ (offsider to drive and stay with the MSB boat when required and maintain the premises).

In addition to the work he performed at the Sydney Office, when at Tweed Heads he was also required to send in weekly weather reports to the Sydney Office and raise flags so the boats coming over the bar –  into the entry channel at Tweed Heads Harbour from the sea (particularly fishing trawlers) would know if the bar was safe to navigate their crafts into Tweed Heads Harbour.  He
was also required to check out any mishaps on the bar. 

His territory at Tweed Heads ranged from Byron Bay to the Queensland border where complications arose when clients from north of the border confused appointment times with day light savings time, which was not operative in Queensland.


During his soujourn at Tweed Heads a lazer light house  was erected on Point Danger (Qld),- just over the boarder – which was little more than a tourist gimmick.  (Lighthouses as such were controlled by the Commonwealth Government outside the jurisdiction of the NSW Government).

In 1978 he was transferred to the Merimbula Office of the MSB on the South Coast. This office was situated in the township and by this stage the title for his position was changed from Pilot Officer to Boating Services Officer, with only slight amendments to his duties – no large shipping entered that port.

Regarding ships sunk off the east coast of Australia during World War 2.


As we discussed, Mum was able to assist me in this regard as well, by showing me a copy of the plaque which details the names of those ships 

In addition to this, my Mother was involved with the Seamen’s Union Women’s Committee and the plaque that I spoke to you about in regard to the ships sunk off the east coast of Australia during the 2nd world war years, my mother tells me was organised by the Seamen’s Unions Women’s Committee (Brisbane)  in memory of the Merchant Navy Seafarers from the funds still held in their coffers when the Committee disbanded in 1993. She also told me that The Brisbane Seamen’s Union Women’s Committee (1953 – 1993) was the last state to disband this movement. The plaque itself was presented to the
Australian National Maritime Museum in 1994.

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