Unearth Wyong Newsletter – March 2014

Published by Wyong District Museum & Historical Society. Written by Chris Hodges.

Membership and Volunteers

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

We encourage those interested in preserving our local history to help support the Museum and historic Alison Homestead by becoming a member:

  • $15 single per annum
  • $25 family per annum

Or volunteer to give us a hand with any or all of the following:

  • Gardening work
  • Building Maintenance
  • Housekeeping
  • Act as a guide for our tours
  • Once a month Duty Roster
  • Cataloging
  • Office Work

Some of the benefits besides the great feeling of personal satisfaction are:

  • Fun, friendship
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits

Contact: Secretary of Wyong District Museum & Historical Society, PO Box 241, Wyong NSW 2259, Phone: (02) 4352 1886

New Website

Our new website is now up-and-running after a couple of hiccups. http://alisonhomestead.com.au

Please make a note of the changes to our contact details for future reference.

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Construction

During late February we took another step forward with Council appointing Douglas & Partners to do a geotechnical/acid report on the Homestead’s soil where the foundations are. They attended at the Homestead and proceeded to drill the holes for testing and the results have come back all good. Construction is still expected to begin sometime in July.

Fundraising

We have a variety of plants available for sale as part of our fundraising efforts. If you are interested, do not hesitate to either visit us here at the Homestead or ring us for information. We are also in urgent need of large pots and any storage crates (preferably with lids) for storing books.

Rotary Raffle

  • 1st prize – Jacob Ouimotoji
  • 2nd prize – Marlene Davidson
  • 3rd prize – Linda Donaldson
  • 4th prize – Christine McConnell

Colonial Fair & Market Day

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As some members may already know, we are no longer having a Car Boot Sale, but we are having a “Colonial Fair & Market Day”. This will be held on Saturday 3rd May 2014 from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Advertising has been arranged for the local markets guide, local newspapers, radio, flyers and cards. Ellie has been very busy sending out emails to various organisations to set up stalls on the day, which Liz and Ellie will organise.

There will be a Raffle (1st prize will be a beautiful handmade and machine finished patchwork quilt) and Kerry Braslin will be donating a couple of the bikes he has restored. These, along with other donations, will be auctioned off on the day. Graham Keating has agreed to be our Town Crier and there will be plenty of food, music and entertainment including a Celtic Band, Vintage Fire Engines and a number of other stalls and attractions. This is intended to be a family day so there will be plenty of activities for the children. We hope you can come along and bring your family and all your friends. Entry for adults is only $2.00 whilst children have free entry.

As you all can see, we will need extra volunteers for the day, setting up the stalls, manning some of the stalls and activities, dismantling stalls, collecting entry fees at the gate, selling raffle tickets etc. You don’t have to volunteer for the whole day, just a few hours will be very helpful, so don’t hesitate to call if you think you can help on the day. If you have any cakes, jams, preserves, craft item or anything else you would like to donate to us to help make the day a great success please ring, email or bring it along on the day. Anything we receive will be greatly appreciated.

Grants

We have received from Wyong Council a grant to assist in the relocation of the telephone lines and electricity to the Slab Hut. Sue has applied to Wyong Council for an Assistance Fund. Sue has also spoken to the Council about a grant for the restoring of the “contents in the flower shed.” At the last Committee Meeting a motion was put forward to apply the funds we made from the Rotary raffle together with an application to Council to match the funds, towards this restoration. This motion was carried forward and seconded at that meeting (4th February). Dave Young has volunteered to carry out of lot of this restoration. He would love some help as there is a lot of items to restore, e.g. chairs, machines, organs, desks and painting to be done.

Donations

We have recently received a number of generous donations including 3 large maps (circa 1930’s) of the Ourimbah area, the Wyong to Gosford area, and the Wyong to Lake Macquarie area from Leone Wickham, old photos, baking dish (1930) and a number of books including 3 cookery books from Andrew Smith, and a painting of Trigg’s Dairy by “Yvonne D Kalg, donated by Debra Raymont. Also when the homestead has been completed Jason Milan has offered us a number of paintings (circa 190os) to hang in the new Museum on loan.

Guy Luther Retires

The Wyong District Museum & Historical Society and members would also like to congratulate Guy Luther who is retiring after celebrating his 75th birthday at the end of March. Guy has been a part of the team here at the Museum, who has put in a lot of hard work keeping the grounds looking so good. He has worked here for over 20 years and will be sorely missed. We all hope he enjoys his retirement as he definitely deserves time to slow down.

The Men’s Shed

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Roger Dixon has now started organising the Men’s Shed. He will be in liaison with Kevin Callinan, who is head of the Men’s Shed Association. Many thanks are extended to Greg for looking after this job after Roman had to leave due to ill health.

Kerry Braslin has also refurbished over 25 bikes which he donated to the Fire Relief Program which were delivered just in time for Christmas. So 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.

Secretary’s Note

On behalf of the Committee and Volunteers, I would like to say a big thank you to Sue Geary for all her hard work and dedication in researching and applying for all the grants which we have received from the Council and other organisations over the last 12 months which have benefitted the Homestead and the Men’s Shed. Sue has been very successful in securing these much needed funds to allow us to purchase much needed equipment and everyday items for the running of the office and for the restoration of our artefacts. I would also like to thank Chris for her great effort writing our Newsletters. They are informative and make interesting reading and keeping our members up to date with what’s going on at the Homestead.

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