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.


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.

Alison Homestead Build_2015-05_001

Alison Homestead rebuilding is progressing well


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.

Hyde Park Barracks Museum visit

WDM&HS volunteers visit Hyde Park Barracks Museum


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.

Alison Homestead heritage Frangapani stock

Alison Homestead heritage Frangapani stock


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.


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


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.

Aerial view of Yarramalong town cente

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.

Peaceful vista in Dooralong Valley

“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)


One thought on “Unearth Wyong Newsletter – May 2015

  1. Murray Jaques Pearce, Greetings,
    My gran was Clarice Jaques, the sister of Nain and Sophia, whommwe mostly called Aunt!
    Why was black Bill called BLACK?

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