Unearth Wyong Newsletter – May 2014

Published by Wyong District Museum & Historical Society. 

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

Membership fees for the year 2014/15 are due on 1/7/14.

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.


We are fast approaching the commencement date for demolition of the destroyed section of the Homestead. We should have plenty to report in the next Newsletter (July 2014) on what has been demolished and any other work in progress on the construction site.


We still have a variety of plants available for sale as part of our ongoing fundraising efforts. If you are interested, do not hesitate to either visit us here at the Homestead or ring us for information on 4352 1886.

Colonial Fair 2014_Plants

Plants for Sale at Alison Homestead

Colonial Fair & Market Day – 3 May

Colonial Fair_FB Banner

What a wonderful day this turned out to be. We had many stalls and had quite a few volunteers for the day. The Cow Lotto was exceptional with Sue selling quite a lot of tickets. Everyone had fun and enjoyed watching and cheering on the cows in the paddock waiting for one to plop on their number. We had a fairly good attendance, considering the weather, and had lots of sales on the day. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and we had a lot of positive feedback. Some comments include:

“Considering the appalling weather forecast for the day, I think there were an excellent turnout, and a lot of happy vibes. It was a great learning curve for the next time around –Pat

A lovely day and everybody said they enjoyed themselves and we received many compliments for the Celtic Band – Liz

The weather was good. The Band helped to make it a lively atmosphere. People reflect they’ve had a good time with good items to buy including the food stalls. Some said they now have more of an idea of Alison Homestead, which is always good – Ateekah

Our Fair and Market Day was quite a success. The weather was good. There were lots of activity and many stalls. I thought the day was fun and enjoyable – Anita”

Colonial Fair 2014_2

The Marine Corps showed their colonial spirit and pride

Colonial Fair 2014_3

Many visitors enjoyed the day out at Alison Homestead

If you would like to see more photos taken on the day, check out our Facebook Page.


The lucky winner of the beautiful han- made Quilt was Pat Bray with a purple ticket F99.

The lucky winners of the Mother’s Day Raffle were Pam Parker (who chose the pamper hamper) and Jann with Red ticket E 069 (who won the Dick Smith food hamper).

The winner of the Cow Lotto was Chris from IGA at Kanwal.

Waiting for the Cow Lotto results.

Waiting for the Cow Lotto results.

We would like to extend our thanks to the following people and groups for all their support and donations towards our Colonial Fair & Market Day:

  • Chris, owner of IGA Kanwal
  • McDonalds, Tuggerah
  • Tolar Pharmacy, Northmead
  • Woolworths, Lake Haven
  • Kmart, Lake Haven
  • Sam’s Bakehouse, Wadalba
  • Sue Buck, Network Printing Studios
  • Chris, APIA
  • Dick Smith Foods
  • Judith Angel
  • The Celtic Band
  • Graham Keating, Town Crier
  • Vintage Fire Engines
  • Veteran’s Car Club
  • Central Coast Historical Car Club
  • The Marine Corps
  • Sheep Shearer
  • Gary Lee, Auctioneer

And we would also like to thank all our volunteers, pioneers, members, stallholders and many other helpers who helped make it a successful day.


We have been promised a grant from Wallarah 2 for the community gardens, water tanks and pumps.


Morrie, from the Men’s Shed, built the two Ned Kelly’s displayed on the grounds of the Museum. He has built and sold another Ned Kelly and has very generously offered to donate the proceeds to the Museum.

Henry Kendall Cottage

Henry Kendall Cottage celebrated its Quartoseptcentennial (175th year) recently and had a Fair marking this special occasion on the 5th April 2014.  The Homestead was invited to have a stall at their Fair, which we gratefully accepted, and Liz, Anita and Sue G were there to man the stall for us. The day was quite successful as they sold a number of raffle tickets for our beautiful Quilt, which was 1st prize in the raffle drawn at our Colonial & Fair Day on the 3rd May 2014.  They also sold a variety of other bits and pieces.   As this was Anita’s first visit to Henry Kendall Cottage she took the opportunity to wander about and take in everything. She found it all very interesting, informative and enjoyable.  The Homestead also extended to Henry Kendall Cottage an invitation to have a stall at our Colonial Fair & Market Day and they accepted our invitation.

Men’s Shed


The men did a brilliant job running the BBQ at the Fair, and they had the grounds looking wonderful. A lot of work went into organising various jobs essential to making things go smoothly on the day, i.e. collecting gate money, parking, marking up the paddock for Cow Lotto and arranging for all the signs to be put up. Bikes restored by Kerry Braslin were auctioned off on the day. 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 for Kerry to restore and donate to various charities.

Historical Note

We received from Royston Petrie Seeds in Mudgee a copy of Sergeants Bus Lines Timetable circa 1930s-1040s. Not only does it show the various bus times for the different routes, it also is full of amazing advertisements for the various retailers in Wyong Shire. Some of the more interesting advertisements included the following:


Wyongah Post Office Store


Orders collected and delivered





For all your Pharmacy, Veterinary &
Photography Requirements
A Large Variety of Gifts for All Occasions
Prescriptions Delivered to Buses
Phone: Wyong 72 – Day or Night”


How wonderful is the advertisement for Turton’s Pharmacy, not only could you get all your veterinary requirements at the Pharmacy, they also delivered your prescriptions to the Buses. I can just see the patients, waiting at their local bus stop, waiting for the prescriptions to be delivered by the Bus Driver. You certainly wouldn’t get this service these days.

Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)


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