Wyong Pioneers Monthly Meetings

Wyong District Pioneers Association monthly meetings are held 10 times each year (on the third Saturday of each month) at Wyong Homestead Museum, 1 Cape Road Wyong. Meetings start at 10:00 am, are run on a semi-formal manner over morning tea and everyone present is welcome to share items of interest to the group.

Pioneer Monthly Meeting Dates for 2016 (3rd Saturday of each month):

  • Saturday 20 February + Centenary Photo Launch
  • Saturday 19 March
  • Saturday 16 April
  • Saturday 21 May
  • Saturday 18 June
  • Saturday 16 July
  • Saturday 20 August
  • Saturday 17 September
  • Saturday 15 October
  • Saturday 19 November + Christmas Party

Membership to the Pioneers Association is free, but all are paid members of the Wyong District Museum and Historical Society. The WDPA welcomes all those who are interested in the history of our great district.

The group is focusing on several new projects in 2016 and beyond, including rebuilding our archives and assisting the Wyong District Museum and Historical Society with volunteer work and fundraising. Whether you are a descendant of a pioneer or a new settler to the district, we invite you to join us in celebrating our rich local heritage.

Unearth Wyong Newsletter – September 2015

Published by Wyong District Museum & Historical Society
1 Cape Road, Wyong • PO Box 241, Wyong, 2259
Email: Info@alisonhomestead.com.au • Tel: 02 43521886

President: Greg Denning
Vice President: Liz Hogston
Secretary:Anita McCarthy
Treasurer: Michelle O’Sheades
Committee Members: Alma Thompson, Pauline House, Chris Hodges, Susan Buck

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new members and volunteers both at the Museum and the Men’s Shed.

Homestead Rebuild Complete

All major construction on Alison Homestead has now been completed. Wyong Council has handed back access at a ceremony on 1st September. The occasion was well attended by Federal and State members of parliament, Mayor Doug Eaton and local councillors, the media and members of the Wyong District Museum & Historical Society. A Welcome to Country ceremony was performed and the local Baptist School Choir also sang a couple of songs.

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Alison Homestead building complete – 1 September 2015

Phil Morley gave an informative running commentary on the history of the area which included the names of all the previous owners of the homestead, some of which were not known to us. Greg thanked everyone and was pleased to have the homestead officially handed back to the Wyong District Museum & Historical Society. He also wondered why the DA had not been sorted out for the new office and Men’s Shed extension, although Council has agreed not to remove the “Lone Pine” memorial.  Consideration is being given to move part of the plant nursery to a new location near the vegetable beds.

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The hand-over ceremony was well attended – 1 September 2015

Family Fun Day & Museum Opening

Representatives of the Alison family will be attending the official Grand Re-opening of the Museum on Sunday the 4th October from 10.00am, in conjunction with the Wyong District Pioneers Centenary Celebrations. There will be displays in woodworking, sheep shearing, historic & vintage cars, memorabilia and activities to enjoy relating to local history, art, craft with lots of fun activities for the kids, both big and small, as well as raffles, Devonshire teas and sausage sizzle.  There will be a regular free bus shuttle pick up and drop off at Wyong Station, Wyong Christian Community School, Alison Homestead Museum and Wyong Milk Factory as there will be no parking available in the Museum grounds.  So lock in the date and bring the family and tell your friends.

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Upcoming Exhibition

Award-winning local botanical artist Marion Farley has accepted our invitation to exhibit her work at the first art exhibition at Alison Homestead Museum in 2016. We will confirm the date in the near future.

Botanical Artist Marion Farley

Botanical Artist Marion Farley

Fundraising

As previously advised, we will be holding another fundraising BBQ at Bunnings Tuggerah on Saturday the 31st October 2015. Again it will be all hands on deck and if our last effort is anything to go by, it will be a very enjoyable and successful day.

Don’t forget that we also have plants available for sale, including Agapanthus, Hippeastrums, Bromeliads, Succulents, Canna Lillies, Frangipani (from original homestead stock) plus many other plant varieties as part of our ongoing fundraising efforts. Prices start at $2.50 and for multiple purchases prices are negotiable. If you are interested in purchasing any plants, do not hesitate to either visit us here at the Museum, or ring us for information.

Hippeastrum bulbs in full bloom. Commonly known as Amarylis.

Hippeastrum bulbs in full bloom. Commonly known as Amarylis.

Tours

We will be celebrating our grand re-opening on the Sunday of the October long weekend in conjunction with the Pioneers who are celebrating their centenary.  We anticipate being will be able to take bookings and conduct tours after the 6th October 2015.

Donations

At the handover ceremony on 1st September,we received a donation from Mr Scot MacDonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast. The donation will go toward the cost of printing Max Farley’s book on Wyong history.

We have also received a number of generous donations from J & D Pearce, Judith Faulks, Bev Baldwin, D & P Hooper and Dawn Hooper. These were all received with appreciation and thanks.

Cheers for now, Chris

Pioneers Centenary Celebrations 2015

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To mark the 100 years of its existence the Wyong District Pioneers Association is hosting four events over the long weekend in October 2015.

We hope to see you there!

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FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Welcome Drinks at The Grand

A friendly meet and greet in The Grand Hotel, Wyong at 6:00 pm. This was the first meeting venue of the “Pioneers” and where the original dinner was held in May 1915.

Tickets $10 each 
(price includes savouries & finger food)

Folks are welcome to book for dinner The Grand Hotel after the event at their own expense.

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SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER
Pioneer Centenary Dinner

An historical event not to be missed.

Our 100th Year Pioneer Dinner will be held at Wyong Race Club, starting at 11:00 am. Dinner served at 12:30 pm, stay after dinner to mingle and view our pioneer history displays.

Tickets $45 each – ALMOST SOLD OUT!
(price includes 2 course dinner, tea & coffee, and Pioneer Centenary History Book and local history displays)

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High Tea & History

If you are unable to attend the Centenary Dinner, afternoon tea will be held at Wyong Race Club, starting at 2:00 pm. Catch-up and mingle with family and friends in an informal gathering and view our wonderful pioneer history displays.

Tickets $10 each
(price includes tea, coffee, cakes & savouries, and local history displays)

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EVENTS WILL SELL OUT FAST

Please reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Download a PDF file of the invitation and ticket booking form here.

RSVP: confirm and pay by Friday, 11th Sept 2015.

EFT Banking, make payment to our account:
Wyong Pioneers Centenary Committee, BSB: 062 318,
Account No: 10437712 (please include your name in the payment description/reference field).
Email confirmation of payment as well as names of people attending each event to: wyong.pioneers@gmail.com

Please phone Committee Secretary, Susan Buck on 0416 079 423, if you have any queries.

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SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Family Fun Day & Museum Opening

Alison Homestead Museum
1 Cape Road, Wyong from 10:00 am

The Wyong District Pioneers are hosting a FREE Family Fun Day at the newly rebuilt Alison Homestead Museum. The homestead is the home of the Wyong District Museum & Historical Society.

The museum grounds will come alive with music and lots of fun activities for the whole family:
• artisan and craft stalls
• local history displays and photo memorabilia
• pottery and artwork • quilting • linen and lace
• spinners & weavers demonstration
• vintage and retro wares • plants for sale
• local honey and jams • sausage sizzle
CWA Devonshire teas • cakes and slices
• vintage cars • sheep shearing
• wood chopping demonstration
• blacksmith • leatherwork
• gemstone displays
• dress-up in fashion of your favourite decade
• kids activities • town crier
• official opening of the museum

Bring a picnic and be a part of the festivities. Hop on the shuttle bus to the Wyong Milk Factory across the road. Sample the local award-winning produce at Little Creek Cheese and Luka Chocolates. Order a coffee and a bite to eat at the Milk Factory Café and visit the Central Coast Woodturners workshop.

• NO PARKING ON MUSEUM GROUNDS •

Parking available at Wyong Christian Community School car park Regular FREE shuttle buses will pick up and drop-off at Wyong Station, Wyong Christian Community School, Alison Homestead Museum and Wyong Milk Factory throughout the day.

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Unearth Wyong Newsletter – July 2015

Published by Wyong District Museum & Historical Society
1 Cape Road, Wyong • PO Box 241, Wyong, 2259
Email: Info@alisonhomestead.com.au • Tel: 02 43521886

President: Greg Denning
Vice President: Liz Hogston
Secretary: Anita McCarthy
Committee Members: Alma Thompson, Pauline House, Chris Hodges

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new members and volunteers both at the Museum and the Men’s Shed.

Construction

Construction has moved along quite quickly recently and the builders, Collaborative Construction Solutions, are pretty much on schedule, even with all the recent rain. This still gives us a bit of time to set up our displays and exhibits for our grand re-opening, scheduled for the long weekend in October.

A blend of the old and the new on the Alison Homestead rebuild

A blend of the old and the new on the Alison Homestead rebuild.

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The breezeway and kitchen will be a terrific space to hold our meetings and events.

Fundraising

We will be holding another fundraising BBQ at Bunnings Tuggerah on Saturday 31 October 2015. Again it will be ‘all hands on deck’, and if our last effort is anything to go by, it will be a very enjoyable and successful day.

Don’t forget we have plants available for sale, including Agapanthus, Hippiastrums, Bromeliads, Succulents, Canna Lillies, Frangipani (from original homestead stock) plus many other plant varieties as part of our ongoing fundraising efforts. Prices start at $2.50 and multiple purchases prices are negotiable. If you are interested in purchasing any plants, do not hesitate to either visit us here at the Museum, or ring us for information.

Plants for sale for as little at $2.50 each. Multiple purchases are negotiable.

Plants for sale for as little at $2.50 each. Multiple purchases are negotiable.

Tours

We will be celebrating our Museum grand re-opening on the October long weekend in conjunction with the Wyong District Pioneers Association which is celebrating their centenary. We anticipate that we will be able to conduct tours, bookings etc after 6 October 2015.

Donations

Edward Stinson’s piano has been kindly donated to the Museum and, very fittingly, was delivered by bullock dray. We have also received a beautiful “Duchess” Empire Ware tea set circa 1930 from Elizabeth McDonald who also donated a piano circa 1911, with piano seat and sheet music.

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Requests

We would appreciate a donation of any old materials or sheets to be used as drop covers over the artefacts being prepared for display. Our gardeners would also appreciate donations of black plastic for the plant nursery.

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Wally at the  Men’s Shed, a cabinetmaker by trade, is hoping to get permission from Council to build our cabinets for the Alison and Stinson Rooms at the homestead. The men have also restored a beautiful tallboy cabinet, which had been donated by Jenny and Peter Cooper. Jenny and Peter came along to look at the restored cabinet and were very pleased with the results.

Don’t forget, if you have, or know anyone who has, an old bicycle they would like to donate, it can be left at the gate to the Homestead for Kerry to restore and donate to various charities.

Re-cycle Bikes

Historical Note

Ezekiel John (Yorkie) Waters

Jack (Yorkie) Waters, was from one of the local Yarramalong pioneer families. He was a timber-getter and an expert in various woods, having vast experience in cutting wood. “Yorkie,” as he was known, won the championship at the Sydney Exhibition in 1908 by cutting a railway sleeper in 4.5 minutes.

Ezekiel John Waters enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in 1916. He served in the 30th Battalion during WW1 and saw action in France. Due to serious injuries during the war, he was later unfit for hard work.

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Ezekiel John (Yorkie) Waters working on one of his violins.

Yorkie started collecting various pieces of wood and began making violins, his first was made of swampy oak. He made other violins out of woods such as silky oak, white beech, sassafras and honey suckle. Jack also made his own polishing varnish which he mixed from four different species of gum. Many of the violins made by Yorkie were named Coo-ee, except for one that his daughter Jillian Eugenia Peterson [nee Waters] owned, which is called Sadie.

Yorkie often played free for the patrons of Peter’s Cafe at Wyong and also played at many of the local bush dances. After his death Yorkie’s own violin was kept by friends for many years and then generously donated to our museum.

Miraculously the violin is a rare surviver of the fire which destroyed much of museum collection in December 2011. “Yorkie’s Coo-ee violin” will soon be on display in the re-built Alison Homestead Museum to be appreciated by everyone.

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Former WDM&HS President Phil Morley holding Yorkie Waters’ Coo-ee violin in front of the burnt-out homestead in December 2011.

If anyone has any questions about the local area or the Museum specifically, please email us and we will endeavour to answer your questions in our next newsletter.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

NOTICE is hereby given to all members of Wyong District Museum & Historical Society that the next Annual General Meeting will be held at Alison Homestead,1 Cape Road, Wyong, on Saturday 8 August, 2015 at 11:00 am.

Nominations are invited for election of Committee Members. Completed nomination Forms should be received by the Secretary no later than seven (7) days before the meeting. The positions vacant will be:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Three General Members

Nomination forms are available by contacting Wyong District Museum & Historical Society office • Email: Info@alisonhomestead.com.au • Tel: 02 43521886. Please note only fully paid-up members are eligible to nominate, or be nominated for a position and be eligible to vote at the meeting.

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Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)

Unearth Wyong Newsletter – May 2015

Published by Wyong District Museum & Historical Society
1 Cape Road, Wyong • PO Box 241, Wyong, 2259
Email: Info@alisonhomestead.com.au • Tel: 02 43521886

President: Greg Denning
Vice President: Liz Hogston
Secretary: Anita McCarthy
Committee Members: Alma Thompson, Pauline House, Chris Hodges

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new members and volunteers both at the Museum and the Men’s Shed.

Construction

Building on track for end of May or mid June, 2015 handover. Painters have arrived today to start interior work.  This will give us approximately 3 months to set up our displays and exhibits for our grand opening scheduled for the long weekend in October.

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Alison Homestead rebuilding is progressing well

Trip

Ten of our volunteers had a trip into Sydney on the 14th  April to visit The Hyde Park Barracks Museum, The Mint, State Library and Customs House for inspiration as to how would be best to set out our museum when the time comes. We were given a lot of information to think about and will definitely take on board some of the ideas regarding displaying our items, and perhaps including a display showing the actual history of the Museum from the actual construction of the original homestead through to the current reconstruction.

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WDM&HS volunteers visit Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Fundraising

Don’t forget that we also still have plants available for sale, including Agapanthus, Hippiastrums, Bromeliads, Succulents, Canna Lillies, Frangipani (from original homestead stock) plus many other plant varieties as part of our ongoing fundraising efforts. Prices start at $2.50 and for multiple purchases prices are negotiable.   If you are interested in purchasing any plants, do not hesitate to either visit us here at the Museum, or ring us for information.

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Alison Homestead heritage Frangapani stock

Tours

Since demolition began on the 19th November 2014, we obviously could not conduct any tours of the grounds. We will be having our grand opening on the October long weekend and we will be in a position to conduct tours, bookings etc as of the 6th October 2015.

Donations

We would appreciate a donation of any old materials or sheets to be used as drop covers over the artefacts being prepared for display.  Our gardeners would also appreciate donations of black plastic for the nursery.

Men’s Shed

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The Men’s Shed have finished restoring the Vestment Cabinet and two wooden chairs which were damaged in the fire.

Dirk, Neil and the boys have also been very busy replanting two of the gardens near the Men’s Shed and also one near the Flower Shed. They look beautiful.

Don’t forget, if you have, or know someone who has, an old bicycle they would like to donate, it can be left at the gate at the Homestead for Kerry to restore and donate to various charities.

Historical Note

The following extracts are from the History Notes contributed to Valley Ventures by Max Farley

“Yarramalong Valley lies alongside its sister valley to the north, Dooralong and are separated by a low, tree-lined ridge. Yarramalong Valley is 25kms in length and has a “village” (with a shop), 16kms from Hue Hue Road. Dooralong Valley has two small “villages” – Jilliby 3.5 kms from Hue Hue Road and Dooralong a further 6.5kms along.

“The first serious incursions into the Valleys by profit-seeking Europeans were by unauthorised individuals who came in the 1830s to take cedar.

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Aerial view of Yarramalong town centre

“From the mid 1850s many families left the overpopulated Macdonald River area and the Hawkesbury district to set up small farms in Yarramalong and Dooralong. The timber industry was important as were, later, the citrus, poultry and dairy industries. Names such as Bailey, Bridge, Beaven, Goldsmith, Murray, Smith and Woodbury became well known in both Valleys. Wilfred Barrett came to Dooralong with his parents in 1905. He became a Shire President.

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“As the years have progressed, fewer properties are being actively farmed. Not many residents have paid employment within the Valley. The construction of the motorway from Sydney towards the end of the 1900s led to the popularity of the area for hobby farmers, for retirees and others seeking a tree change. Land is also used for a variety of purposes including grazing cattle and horse breeding and care.”

Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)

Unearth Wyong Newsletter – Feb 2015

Published by Wyong District Museum & Historical Society
1 Cape Road, Wyong • PO Box 241, Wyong, 2259
Email: Info@alisonhomestead.com.au • Tel: 02 43521886

President: Greg Denning
Vice President: Liz Hogston
Secretary: Anita McCarthy
Committee Members: Alma Thompson, Pauline House, Chris Hodges

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We extend a warm welcome to all our new members and volunteers both at the Museum and the Men’s Shed.

We would also like to advise that Pauline House is resigning as Treasurer and will be handing over to Michelle.

We also hope all our members and volunteers had a very happy Christmas and New Year. The Christmas BBQ was also a great success, with many volunteers and members attending. It was a lovely warm day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. For the volunteers, catching up with the members was wonderful. Also Darren Webber presented Greg with a cheque for a grant which was approved for a replacement office.

Construction

As you will be able to see from the following photographs, we have finally started with our reconstruction. All demolition was completed prior to Christmas and since then we have gone ahead in leaps and bounds. The slab has been laid and the frame work is up. The frame for the roof is currently being constructed. All the necessary trees have been removed and the timber retaining walls have been constructed as well as the bulk excavation for the new car park. Everything is finally on track.

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The site is cleared and the historic chimneys are stabilised.

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The new slab is set and the roof trusses are put up.

Fundraising

As advised in our last Newsletter, the Rotary Club of The Entrance Raffle Tickets were once again available for members to either buy or sell. As the Museum will receive from the Rotary Club the full value of all tickets sold, this is one of our major fundraisers of the year. We managed to sell $650 in tickets so we can expect a cheque from them in the near future.
The results of the raffle were as follows:

  • First Prize: An Open Order for $3,000 donated by Mingara (to be redeemed for travel at Flight Centre Bateau Bay) – was won by Erica Gordon Ticket No. 10825
  • Second Prize: Bed & Breakfast for two at Pullman Magenta Shores Resort – was won by Kay Swancott Ticket No. 15040
  • Third Prize: $150 Voucher from Gem Design Jewellers, The Entrance – was won by Liz Howaryluk Ticket No. 18156
  • Fourth Prize: $50 Voucher from Coles Supermarket, The Entrance – was won by Terry Rule Ticket No. 24895

Don’t forget that we also still have plants available for sale, including Agapanthus, Hippeastrums, Bromeliads, Succulents, Canna Lillys, Frangipani (from original homestead stock) plus many other plant varieties as part of our ongoing fundraising efforts. Prices start at $2.50 and for multiple purchases prices are negotiable. If you are interested in purchasing any plants, do not hesitate to either visit us here at the Museum, or ring us for information.

Alison Homestead Heritage Frangapani cuttings for sale.

Alison Homestead Heritage Frangipani cuttings for sale.

The Bunnings BBQ on Saturday 7th February 2015 was A HUGH SUCCESS. $1,400 profit for the day. Thanks to everyone who made it such a great success with extra thanks to Ellie who started the ball rolling and made all the initial inquiries with Bunnings. We were so successful Liz had to make four runs to the shops to top up on ingredients. We had plenty of volunteers come and go for either part of the day and some even stayed for the whole day. The volunteers said they had a wonderful day, and Bunnings were very happy with the way things were conducted.

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The fundraising BBQ at Bunnings was very successful.

Tours

Since demolition began on the 19th November 2014, we obviously cannot conduct any tours of the grounds. We hope to be back on track after October long weekend.
A few of the ladies had a day trip to Newcastle Museum late last year to see how items were set out, but this museum was much larger than the Homestead and we needed ideas for our museum. Earlier this year the ladies had a day trip to Morpeth Museum which is similar in scale to our museum. The President of the Morpeth Museum showed the ladies through and this was a much more interesting day and the ladies had many questions for the President, who was happy to answer them and make a few suggestions of her own. We may try to do a similar trip to another small Museum later in the year. 

Donations

We would like to give a big thank you to all our donors. We have received a very old child’s cot from M. Cummings, and various items from Judith Palmer which included a bedspread which had been used back in the 1920’s. We also received a wooden wash board approximately 75 years old from Egle in Holland.

Men’s Shed

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We all hope Roger is well and is recovering from his serious injury. He is being missed and everyone is looking forward to his return. Wally has been busy turning timber eggs on the beaut new variable speed wood lathe the Men’s Shed now has. The Men’s Shed has been requested by Wyong RSL Sub-Branch to make 11 easels to hold brass plaques which the sub-branch will be donating to 11 local public schools on ANZAC Day. The Men’s Shed has also received a $500 donation from the Lake Haven Daylight Lodge to be used for materials and equipment.

The Men’s Shed has also been busy at Jilliby Public School where they constructed a large cement car track for the children to use for their cars, dinkies and other toys. Also included in this project at Jilliby Public School, is construction of 2 model garages for the car track.

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Tobi helps the Alison Homestead Men’s Shed team mark out the racetrack at Jilliby Public School.

 

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Formwork complete our team lay and level the concrete.

 

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The concrete has time to set and with a bit of landscaping the track will be ready for the Kindy kids.

 

Don’t forget, if you have, or know someone who has, an old bicycle they would like to donate, it can be left at the gate at the Homestead for Kerry to restore and donate to various charities.

Invitation

We have received on behalf of The Australian War Memorial and Maitland Regional Museum, an invitation for our members to attend an exhibition:

A Camera on Gallipoli

to be held in
Brough House, Church Street, Maitland
from Friday 17th April to Friday 8th May,
Thursdays to Sundays 10.00am – 3.00pm
(other days by appointment) (not open ANZAC DAY).

Bookings essential.

This exhibition showcases a unique series of photographs, taken on Gallipoli, and forms an enduring record of the Australian experience of the campaign.

Historical Note

The following extract on the Valley and Wyong Churches has been contributed by Max Farley:

“Before purpose-built churches were erected, it was common in rural areas for religious services to be held by visiting clergymen in private homes or other suitable locations. Frequently in new settlements, an Inn was the first building for community use. This was just as frequently followed by a church. Matthew Woodbury and his wife Eliza O’Neill met both needs when they built a home in 1866 at the corner of Old Maitland and Yarramalong Roads. It became a popular stopover for persons travelling between Gosford, the Yarramalong and Dooralong Valleys and north to the Hunter district. Matthew obtained a licence and their home became an Inn. The Woodbury family had earlier converted to Catholicism and the Inn was used monthly for Roman Catholic services. “As to Wyong itself, there were no purpose-built churches until the first decade of the 1900s. These were the St. James Anglican Church in Byron St (1906); a Methodist Church at Baker Lane/Rankin St (1907); a Presbyterian Church at Margaret St opposite Hargraves St (c1907) and St Cecilias Catholic Church at Byron St (1908).”

St Cecelias Catholic Church, Wyong, circa 1910

St Cecilias Catholic Church, Wyong, circa 1910.

All the volunteers here at the Museum and the Men’s Shed wish all our members and their families a happy and safe Easter.

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Vintage card, circa 1920s. Happy Easter!

 

Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)

Unearth Wyong Newsletter – Nov 2014

Published by Wyong District Museum & Historical Society
1 Cape Road, Wyong • PO Box 241, Wyong, 2259
Email: Info@alisonhomestead.com.au • Tel: 02 43521886

President: Greg Denning
Vice President: Liz Hogston
Secretary: Anita McCarthy
Committee Members: Alma Thompson, Pauline House, Chris Hodges

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We extend a warm welcome to all our new members and volunteers both at the Museum and the Men’s Shed.

As you can see above, new Executive Committee and Committee members have been elected. The President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report and Treasurer’s Report for the Men’s Shed were all presented at the AGM on 11th August. A copy of each report is available on request.

Construction

Late September Wyong Council accepted a tender for the reconstruction of the Homestead. The construction contract for the rebuild includes demolition, salvage, restoration works to the Alison Wing, a new building within the original footprint, civil works and site services including a new driveway, car parking, landscaping and lighting. We have been assured the design will maintain the Homestead’s cultural integrity. On Wednesday 19th November, the fences are going up and demolition will begin. It is anticipated that all demolition and excavation work will be completed before Christmas. During the next week or so we will have to move all the electrical equipment, i.e. phones, computers etc, over to the Slab Hut where we will be working during the construction process. We should therefore have a lot more information on the progress of the works by the time of our next Newsletter.

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The Museum’s slab hut school house will be our centre of operations during the rebuild.

 Fundraising

As advised in our last Newsletter, the Rotary Club of The Entrance Raffle Tickets are once again available for members to either buy or sell. As the Museum will receive from the Rotary Club the full value of all tickets, we hope to do well selling tickets, especially as this is one of our major fundraisers of the year and we need as many people as possible selling and buying tickets. Please contact Liz if you would like to purchase or sell tickets on our behalf. Could all sold tickets be return to us by the 20th January 2015. The Rotary Club is supplying all prizes which are as follows:

  • First Prize: An Open Order for $3,000 donated by Mingara (to be redeemed for travel at Flight Centre Bateau Bay)
  • Second Prize: Bed & Breakfast for two at Pullman Magenta Shores Resort
  • Third Prize: $150 Voucher from Gem Design Jewellers, The Entrance
  • Fourth Prize: $50 Voucher from Coles Supermarket, The Entrance

Don’t forget that we also still have plants available for sale, including Agapanthus, Hippiastrums, Bromeliads, Succulents, Canna Lillies, Frangipani (from original homestead stock) plus many other plant varieties as part of our ongoing fundraising efforts. Prices start at $2.50 and for multiple purchases prices are negotiable. If you are interested in purchasing any plants, do not hesitate to either visit us here at the Museum, or ring us for information.

Hippeastrum bulbs in full bloom. Commonly known as Amarylis.

Hippeastrum bulbs in full bloom. Commonly known as Amarylis.

We will also be running a Bunnings BBQ on the 7th February 2015. If anyone would like to donate their time for a couple of hours please contact Anita. Any assistance will be appreciated. The BBQ will run from 7.00am to 4.00pm.

Tours

Since demolition begins on the 19th November, we obviously cannot conduct any tours of the grounds. We hope to be back on track by the middle of next year. 

Donations

A big thank you to Susan Davis who donated several Conveyancing Papers dated 1914 and Agreement dated 1912, which were signed by various members of the Stinson family.

Donations of any old sheets, blankets or the like would be appreciated, as we need these to use as covers for large items currently being restored.

Men’s Shed

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We all hope Roger is well and is recovering from his serious injury. He is being missed and everyone is looking forward to his return.
Wally has just finished a handmade, no nail, coffee table with dovetail joints. It is made of Jarrah and is French polished. It looks absolutely beautiful, a real work of art. He has also made a wooden tea light holder which he will show the men how to make.

Re-cycle Bikes

Don’t forget, if you have, or know someone who has, an old bicycle they would like to donate, it can be left at the gate at the Homestead for Kerry to restore and donate to various charities.

Historical Note

The following are extracts from the History Notes of Max Farley which he contributed to Valley Ventures (September 2014).

“Most Valley residents have angle-parked in Alison Road opposite the Post Office. A large photo etched on glass on the shop window shows William John ‘Dah’ Chapman on his horse…”

“Dah settled in Yarramalong Valley shortly after marrying Grace Cavanough at Lower Portland in 1869…”

Chapman & Sons Mercantile inAlison Street, Wyong, circa 1901.

Chapman & Sons General Store in Alison Road, Wyong, circa 1901.

“…Most would associate Dah with the large Chapman and Sons store in Alison Road which has now been mainly vacant for years. Beyond this, however, he founded the Dairy industry in Wyong by opening the Pioneer Dairy at South Tacoma in 1897 from which he sent raw milk each day to Sydney. He was intending to manufacture butter on a commercial basis. This led to his being central to the formation of the Wyong Co-operative Dairy Society (the “Butter Factory”) on 1907…”

“…One of Dah’s sons, Alfred “Fred” Chapman was “married in 1915 but had no children. He devoted much of his time to advancing the cause of local education. His wife, Ella, died in 1955 and Fred lived his later years alone and had few friends. When he died in 1963 he was very wealthy as a result of astute investments. He donated generously to charities, often anonymously. In his will he vested his estate in the “Chapman Trust” dedicated to support community bodies. In 1997 the Trust was valued at $11 million. Those which have benefited include Gosford High School, Gosford Primary School, Gosford Hospital, Red Cross, Salvation Army and Crippled Children.”

Reminders

  1. If anyone is interested in writing a short reflection of their experiences growing up in Wyong Shire, including perhaps a bit of family and/or local history, I am sure this will interest many members. We can keep the information strictly for our records, or if permitted by you, we could publish some in our Newsletter (with or without your identity). It does not have to be long, just a paragraph or two will do. We have had no takers as yet, so come on and get those thinking caps on.
  2. I understand that I may have misnamed a couple of members of the “Rogue Gallery” in the last Newsletter. I apologise, if I have offended anyone, but I was only going on information available at the time. I will try to republish the photograph and names in the next Newsletter.
  3. Could any members who have not paid their current members’ fees please arrange for payment as they were due on the 1st July 2014.

We were recently saddened to hear of the passing of Dorothy, sister to Leone Frame and Bob and Shirley Trigg. We would all like to extend our condolences and sympathy to Leone, Bob, Shirley and their families during this difficult time

Christmas BBQ

We will be celebrating the end of the year with a lunch time BBQ on Tuesday the 16th December here at the homestead. All members are invited to join us with a $5 donation, payable on the day, to cover costs. Could you please let us know by the 9th/10th December if you wish to attend so that we know how many we will have to cater for.

All our volunteers at the Wyong Museum & Historical Society and The Men’s Shed would like to wish all our members and their families a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year

The world's first Christmas card, commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843 – the year Charles Dickens wrote 'A Christmas Carol'.

The world’s first Christmas card, commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843 – the same year Charles Dickens wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Both the Museum and Men’s Shed will close on Tuesday 16th December and the Men’s Shed will reopen on the 12th January 2015 whilst the Museum will reopen on 13th January 2015.

Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)