Unearth Wyong Newsletter – Sept 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.


Unearth Wyong_Museum Sketch

Tenders were invited for the construction of the homestead by Council in early July with advertisements placed in the local papers and Sydney Morning Herald. Some 15 companies had full site inspections with a few returning for a second inspection. The tenders closed on 14th August and will be reviewed and evaluated by Council and a report prepared for the Ordinary Council meeting on 24th September to award the contract. This seems to suggest that work will not commence until at least the new year. Six trees have been moved in preparation for the road widening outside Bakers Barn under the supervision of one of our knowledgeable gardening volunteers.


Sue Geary has applied for further grants for us. Hopefully we will receive some of these soon.


The Rotary Club of The Entrance is once again sponsoring The Annual Community Raffle. We will receive from the Rotary Club the full value of all tickets we sell. This is one of our big fundraisers for the year and tickets will soon become available. Please let us know if you would like to buy some tickets or if you would be able to sell some tickets on our behalf. 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

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 Museum, or ring us for information.


We had a visit from Dave Dobeson and his sister, who came up from Sydney. They were fascinated by the incubator we have, as his family designed and patented chicken incubators which brought his family some fame back at the turn of last century. Dave was very appreciative of our efforts in keeping our local history alive.

Wyong Museum_Blacksmith

We now have our own Blacksmith, Klaus, who is ready to set up in the blacksmith shop. When we have tours, Klaus will show his trade and make small items for sale, with profits going to Alison Homestead. Klaus has also offered to make us a new steel gate with “Alison Homestead” on it.

The Central Coast Heritage Car Club would like to build a small club house in the shape of an old garage in an area of the grounds that we do not use. They have old tools and equipment to put on display and will have their meetings there. This meeting room could be used by Alison Homestead and the Pioneers Association for free.


We would like to give a big thank you to the Rigg Family, who have kindly donated quite a number of plants, including ornamental figs, Grevillea Robusta and Jacaranda, to the Museum. Many thanks also to Lesley O’Keefe who donated baby clothes including knitted bootees, jacket, leggings, pants and bonnet.

Men’s Shed


The Men’s Shed has recently received a grant from Wyong Shire Council. 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. Another one of the Men’s Shed team, Richard, has restored several items including an original railway station seat and luggage trolley from Wyong Station, which are outside the Slab Hut. We also have a large collection of steam train memorabilia, videos and paintings ready to be displayed.

Historical Note

1997_Museum Committee_Rogues GalleryHere we have a copy of the “Rogue’s Gallery”, which is the first committee of Wyong District Museum & Historical Society back in 1979 when Wyong Historical Society amalgamated with the Wyong District Museum Group. There is reference in our records that the Wyong Historical Society goes back as far as the mid 60s. The members of this first committee were:

Executive Committee:

  • President: Alf Wright – Far left
  • Vice President: Allan Sutton – Left back row
  • Secretary: Gwen Clarke – Middle front row
  • Treasurer: Elizabeth Sutton – Front row far left

Committee Members:

  • Phillip Morley: Middle back row
  • Ray Rauscher: Back row far right
  • Vera Butler: Front row far right


  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 few paragraphs will do. We have had no takers as yet, so come on and get those thinking caps on.
  2. Don’t forget membership fees are were due on 1st July 2014

Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)

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