Unearth Wyong Newsletter – June 2014

Published by Wyong District Museum & Historical Society

President: Greg Denning
Vice President: Liz Hogston
Secretary: Anita McCarthy
Treasurer: Ellie Young
Committee Members: Ian Smith, Sue Geary and Sue Dibley

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

If you are interested in preserving our local history and would like to help support the Museum and historic Alison Homestead we encourage you to become a member:

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

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

Contact: Secretary of Wyong District Museum & Historical Society, PO Box 241, Wyong NSW 2259, Phone: (02) 4352 1886 or Email: lnfo@alisonhomestead.com.au

Construction

Not surprisingly, construction has again been pushed back, but the Mayor says commencement is definitely starting in September. Hopefully this is the last change to the starting date.

Alison_Homestead_PlanB

Fundraising

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.

Grants

We recently received a grant from Wallarah 2 for the upgrade of the gardens.

Donations

From Oliver Gear we received a very old Encyclopedia of Medicine (circa 1900). We received a beautiful crystal dish and Wilkinson China jug and creamer from Jennifer Jackson (circa 1930-1940). We also received a dressmaker measure (circa 1900-1920) from Evelyn Freestone. A big thank you to all our donors.

Men’s Shed

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.

Re-cycle Bikes

Historical Note

Also of interest, the residents of Yarramalong celebrated the opening of the Yarramalong School Community Centre recently. The school includes two of the oldest stone buildings in Wyong Shire. It was thanks to a long campaign by the local residents that the site was saved from developers. A few local groups have already made use of the Community Centre for arts & craft and soon there will be a sculpture and photo exhibition.

Yarramalong School, circa 1882

Yarramalong School, circa 1882

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 few paragraphs will do.

Reminder

We are again asking those members who are currently not on our email list, to please advise us of your email address so we can send your future Newsletters by email, as this will save a lot of postage expense and time.

Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)

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