Unearth Wyong Newsletter – July 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.

Construction

Construction has moved along quite quickly recently and the builders, Collaborative Construction Solutions, are pretty much on schedule, even with all the recent rain. This still gives us a bit of time to set up our displays and exhibits for our grand re-opening, scheduled for the long weekend in October.

A blend of the old and the new on the Alison Homestead rebuild

A blend of the old and the new on the Alison Homestead rebuild.

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The breezeway and kitchen will be a terrific space to hold our meetings and events.

Fundraising

We will be holding another fundraising BBQ at Bunnings Tuggerah on Saturday 31 October 2015. Again it will be ‘all hands on deck’, and if our last effort is anything to go by, it will be a very enjoyable and successful day.

Don’t forget we 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 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.

Plants for sale for as little at $2.50 each. Multiple purchases are negotiable.

Plants for sale for as little at $2.50 each. Multiple purchases are negotiable.

Tours

We will be celebrating our Museum grand re-opening on the October long weekend in conjunction with the Wyong District Pioneers Association which is celebrating their centenary. We anticipate that we will be able to conduct tours, bookings etc after 6 October 2015.

Donations

Edward Stinson’s piano has been kindly donated to the Museum and, very fittingly, was delivered by bullock dray. We have also received a beautiful “Duchess” Empire Ware tea set circa 1930 from Elizabeth McDonald who also donated a piano circa 1911, with piano seat and sheet music.

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Requests

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 plant nursery.

Alison Homestead Men’s Shed

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Wally at the  Men’s Shed, a cabinetmaker by trade, is hoping to get permission from Council to build our cabinets for the Alison and Stinson Rooms at the homestead. The men have also restored a beautiful tallboy cabinet, which had been donated by Jenny and Peter Cooper. Jenny and Peter came along to look at the restored cabinet and were very pleased with the results.

Don’t forget, if you have, or know anyone who has, an old bicycle they would like to donate, it can be left at the gate to the Homestead for Kerry to restore and donate to various charities.

Re-cycle Bikes

Historical Note

Ezekiel John (Yorkie) Waters

Jack (Yorkie) Waters, was from one of the local Yarramalong pioneer families. He was a timber-getter and an expert in various woods, having vast experience in cutting wood. “Yorkie,” as he was known, won the championship at the Sydney Exhibition in 1908 by cutting a railway sleeper in 4.5 minutes.

Ezekiel John Waters enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in 1916. He served in the 30th Battalion during WW1 and saw action in France. Due to serious injuries during the war, he was later unfit for hard work.

Yorkie Waters working n one of his violins.

Ezekiel John (Yorkie) Waters working on one of his violins.

Yorkie started collecting various pieces of wood and began making violins, his first was made of swampy oak. He made other violins out of woods such as silky oak, white beech, sassafras and honey suckle. Jack also made his own polishing varnish which he mixed from four different species of gum. Many of the violins made by Yorkie were named Coo-ee, except for one that his daughter Jillian Eugenia Peterson [nee Waters] owned, which is called Sadie.

Yorkie often played free for the patrons of Peter’s Cafe at Wyong and also played at many of the local bush dances. After his death Yorkie’s own violin was kept by friends for many years and then generously donated to our museum.

Miraculously the violin is a rare surviver of the fire which destroyed much of museum collection in December 2011. “Yorkie’s Coo-ee violin” will soon be on display in the re-built Alison Homestead Museum to be appreciated by everyone.

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Former WDM&HS President Phil Morley holding Yorkie Waters’ Coo-ee violin in front of the burnt-out homestead in December 2011.

If anyone has any questions about the local area or the Museum specifically, please email us and we will endeavour to answer your questions in our next newsletter.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

NOTICE is hereby given to all members of Wyong District Museum & Historical Society that the next Annual General Meeting will be held at Alison Homestead,1 Cape Road, Wyong, on Saturday 8 August, 2015 at 11:00 am.

Nominations are invited for election of Committee Members. Completed nomination Forms should be received by the Secretary no later than seven (7) days before the meeting. The positions vacant will be:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Three General Members

Nomination forms are available by contacting Wyong District Museum & Historical Society office • Email: Info@alisonhomestead.com.au • Tel: 02 43521886. Please note only fully paid-up members are eligible to nominate, or be nominated for a position and be eligible to vote at the meeting.

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Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)

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Unearth Wyong Newsletter – Feb 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 extend a warm welcome to all our new members and volunteers both at the Museum and the Men’s Shed.

We would also like to advise that Pauline House is resigning as Treasurer and will be handing over to Michelle.

We also hope all our members and volunteers had a very happy Christmas and New Year. The Christmas BBQ was also a great success, with many volunteers and members attending. It was a lovely warm day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. For the volunteers, catching up with the members was wonderful. Also Darren Webber presented Greg with a cheque for a grant which was approved for a replacement office.

Construction

As you will be able to see from the following photographs, we have finally started with our reconstruction. All demolition was completed prior to Christmas and since then we have gone ahead in leaps and bounds. The slab has been laid and the frame work is up. The frame for the roof is currently being constructed. All the necessary trees have been removed and the timber retaining walls have been constructed as well as the bulk excavation for the new car park. Everything is finally on track.

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The site is cleared and the historic chimneys are stabilised.

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The new slab is set and the roof trusses are put up.

Fundraising

As advised in our last Newsletter, the Rotary Club of The Entrance Raffle Tickets were once again available for members to either buy or sell. As the Museum will receive from the Rotary Club the full value of all tickets sold, this is one of our major fundraisers of the year. We managed to sell $650 in tickets so we can expect a cheque from them in the near future.
The results of the raffle were as follows:

  • First Prize: An Open Order for $3,000 donated by Mingara (to be redeemed for travel at Flight Centre Bateau Bay) – was won by Erica Gordon Ticket No. 10825
  • Second Prize: Bed & Breakfast for two at Pullman Magenta Shores Resort – was won by Kay Swancott Ticket No. 15040
  • Third Prize: $150 Voucher from Gem Design Jewellers, The Entrance – was won by Liz Howaryluk Ticket No. 18156
  • Fourth Prize: $50 Voucher from Coles Supermarket, The Entrance – was won by Terry Rule Ticket No. 24895

Don’t forget that we also still have plants available for sale, including Agapanthus, Hippeastrums, Bromeliads, Succulents, Canna Lillys, 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 cuttings for sale.

Alison Homestead Heritage Frangipani cuttings for sale.

The Bunnings BBQ on Saturday 7th February 2015 was A HUGH SUCCESS. $1,400 profit for the day. Thanks to everyone who made it such a great success with extra thanks to Ellie who started the ball rolling and made all the initial inquiries with Bunnings. We were so successful Liz had to make four runs to the shops to top up on ingredients. We had plenty of volunteers come and go for either part of the day and some even stayed for the whole day. The volunteers said they had a wonderful day, and Bunnings were very happy with the way things were conducted.

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The fundraising BBQ at Bunnings was very successful.

Tours

Since demolition began on the 19th November 2014, we obviously cannot conduct any tours of the grounds. We hope to be back on track after October long weekend.
A few of the ladies had a day trip to Newcastle Museum late last year to see how items were set out, but this museum was much larger than the Homestead and we needed ideas for our museum. Earlier this year the ladies had a day trip to Morpeth Museum which is similar in scale to our museum. The President of the Morpeth Museum showed the ladies through and this was a much more interesting day and the ladies had many questions for the President, who was happy to answer them and make a few suggestions of her own. We may try to do a similar trip to another small Museum later in the year. 

Donations

We would like to give a big thank you to all our donors. We have received a very old child’s cot from M. Cummings, and various items from Judith Palmer which included a bedspread which had been used back in the 1920’s. We also received a wooden wash board approximately 75 years old from Egle in Holland.

Men’s Shed

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We all hope Roger is well and is recovering from his serious injury. He is being missed and everyone is looking forward to his return. Wally has been busy turning timber eggs on the beaut new variable speed wood lathe the Men’s Shed now has. The Men’s Shed has been requested by Wyong RSL Sub-Branch to make 11 easels to hold brass plaques which the sub-branch will be donating to 11 local public schools on ANZAC Day. The Men’s Shed has also received a $500 donation from the Lake Haven Daylight Lodge to be used for materials and equipment.

The Men’s Shed has also been busy at Jilliby Public School where they constructed a large cement car track for the children to use for their cars, dinkies and other toys. Also included in this project at Jilliby Public School, is construction of 2 model garages for the car track.

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Tobi helps the Alison Homestead Men’s Shed team mark out the racetrack at Jilliby Public School.

 

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Formwork complete our team lay and level the concrete.

 

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The concrete has time to set and with a bit of landscaping the track will be ready for the Kindy kids.

 

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.

Invitation

We have received on behalf of The Australian War Memorial and Maitland Regional Museum, an invitation for our members to attend an exhibition:

A Camera on Gallipoli

to be held in
Brough House, Church Street, Maitland
from Friday 17th April to Friday 8th May,
Thursdays to Sundays 10.00am – 3.00pm
(other days by appointment) (not open ANZAC DAY).

Bookings essential.

This exhibition showcases a unique series of photographs, taken on Gallipoli, and forms an enduring record of the Australian experience of the campaign.

Historical Note

The following extract on the Valley and Wyong Churches has been contributed by Max Farley:

“Before purpose-built churches were erected, it was common in rural areas for religious services to be held by visiting clergymen in private homes or other suitable locations. Frequently in new settlements, an Inn was the first building for community use. This was just as frequently followed by a church. Matthew Woodbury and his wife Eliza O’Neill met both needs when they built a home in 1866 at the corner of Old Maitland and Yarramalong Roads. It became a popular stopover for persons travelling between Gosford, the Yarramalong and Dooralong Valleys and north to the Hunter district. Matthew obtained a licence and their home became an Inn. The Woodbury family had earlier converted to Catholicism and the Inn was used monthly for Roman Catholic services. “As to Wyong itself, there were no purpose-built churches until the first decade of the 1900s. These were the St. James Anglican Church in Byron St (1906); a Methodist Church at Baker Lane/Rankin St (1907); a Presbyterian Church at Margaret St opposite Hargraves St (c1907) and St Cecilias Catholic Church at Byron St (1908).”

St Cecelias Catholic Church, Wyong, circa 1910

St Cecilias Catholic Church, Wyong, circa 1910.

All the volunteers here at the Museum and the Men’s Shed wish all our members and their families a happy and safe Easter.

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Vintage card, circa 1920s. Happy Easter!

 

Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)

Unearth Wyong Newsletter – Nov 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.

Construction

Late September Wyong Council accepted a tender for the reconstruction of the Homestead. The construction contract for the rebuild includes demolition, salvage, restoration works to the Alison Wing, a new building within the original footprint, civil works and site services including a new driveway, car parking, landscaping and lighting. We have been assured the design will maintain the Homestead’s cultural integrity. On Wednesday 19th November, the fences are going up and demolition will begin. It is anticipated that all demolition and excavation work will be completed before Christmas. During the next week or so we will have to move all the electrical equipment, i.e. phones, computers etc, over to the Slab Hut where we will be working during the construction process. We should therefore have a lot more information on the progress of the works by the time of our next Newsletter.

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The Museum’s slab hut school house will be our centre of operations during the rebuild.

 Fundraising

As advised in our last Newsletter, the Rotary Club of The Entrance Raffle Tickets are once again available for members to either buy or sell. As the Museum will receive from the Rotary Club the full value of all tickets, we hope to do well selling tickets, especially as this is one of our major fundraisers of the year and we need as many people as possible selling and buying tickets. Please contact Liz if you would like to purchase or sell tickets on our behalf. Could all sold tickets be return to us by the 20th January 2015. 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

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.

Hippeastrum bulbs in full bloom. Commonly known as Amarylis.

Hippeastrum bulbs in full bloom. Commonly known as Amarylis.

We will also be running a Bunnings BBQ on the 7th February 2015. If anyone would like to donate their time for a couple of hours please contact Anita. Any assistance will be appreciated. The BBQ will run from 7.00am to 4.00pm.

Tours

Since demolition begins on the 19th November, we obviously cannot conduct any tours of the grounds. We hope to be back on track by the middle of next year. 

Donations

A big thank you to Susan Davis who donated several Conveyancing Papers dated 1914 and Agreement dated 1912, which were signed by various members of the Stinson family.

Donations of any old sheets, blankets or the like would be appreciated, as we need these to use as covers for large items currently being restored.

Men’s Shed

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We all hope Roger is well and is recovering from his serious injury. He is being missed and everyone is looking forward to his return.
Wally has just finished a handmade, no nail, coffee table with dovetail joints. It is made of Jarrah and is French polished. It looks absolutely beautiful, a real work of art. He has also made a wooden tea light holder which he will show the men how to make.

Re-cycle Bikes

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 are extracts from the History Notes of Max Farley which he contributed to Valley Ventures (September 2014).

“Most Valley residents have angle-parked in Alison Road opposite the Post Office. A large photo etched on glass on the shop window shows William John ‘Dah’ Chapman on his horse…”

“Dah settled in Yarramalong Valley shortly after marrying Grace Cavanough at Lower Portland in 1869…”

Chapman & Sons Mercantile inAlison Street, Wyong, circa 1901.

Chapman & Sons General Store in Alison Road, Wyong, circa 1901.

“…Most would associate Dah with the large Chapman and Sons store in Alison Road which has now been mainly vacant for years. Beyond this, however, he founded the Dairy industry in Wyong by opening the Pioneer Dairy at South Tacoma in 1897 from which he sent raw milk each day to Sydney. He was intending to manufacture butter on a commercial basis. This led to his being central to the formation of the Wyong Co-operative Dairy Society (the “Butter Factory”) on 1907…”

“…One of Dah’s sons, Alfred “Fred” Chapman was “married in 1915 but had no children. He devoted much of his time to advancing the cause of local education. His wife, Ella, died in 1955 and Fred lived his later years alone and had few friends. When he died in 1963 he was very wealthy as a result of astute investments. He donated generously to charities, often anonymously. In his will he vested his estate in the “Chapman Trust” dedicated to support community bodies. In 1997 the Trust was valued at $11 million. Those which have benefited include Gosford High School, Gosford Primary School, Gosford Hospital, Red Cross, Salvation Army and Crippled Children.”

Reminders

  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 paragraph or two will do. We have had no takers as yet, so come on and get those thinking caps on.
  2. I understand that I may have misnamed a couple of members of the “Rogue Gallery” in the last Newsletter. I apologise, if I have offended anyone, but I was only going on information available at the time. I will try to republish the photograph and names in the next Newsletter.
  3. Could any members who have not paid their current members’ fees please arrange for payment as they were due on the 1st July 2014.

We were recently saddened to hear of the passing of Dorothy, sister to Leone Frame and Bob and Shirley Trigg. We would all like to extend our condolences and sympathy to Leone, Bob, Shirley and their families during this difficult time

Christmas BBQ

We will be celebrating the end of the year with a lunch time BBQ on Tuesday the 16th December here at the homestead. All members are invited to join us with a $5 donation, payable on the day, to cover costs. Could you please let us know by the 9th/10th December if you wish to attend so that we know how many we will have to cater for.

All our volunteers at the Wyong Museum & Historical Society and The Men’s Shed would like to wish all our members and their families a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year

The world's first Christmas card, commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843 – the year Charles Dickens wrote 'A Christmas Carol'.

The world’s first Christmas card, commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843 – the same year Charles Dickens wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Both the Museum and Men’s Shed will close on Tuesday 16th December and the Men’s Shed will reopen on the 12th January 2015 whilst the Museum will reopen on 13th January 2015.

Catch up with you next edition, cheers for now.

Chris Hodges (Writer & Editor)

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.

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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)

Unearth Wyong Newsletter – January 2014

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

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new members and volunteers both at the Museum and the Men’s Shed. We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year. We would also like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to Phil Morley and Karen on the occasion of their wedding.

Construction

We are now a step closer to starting the reconstruction of the Homestead as the DA for Stage 1, with the amendments, was finally submitted to Council in December 2013 (see plans below) and should be approved sometime in February 2014. In the meantime the tree guavas in the driveway will have to be moved elsewhere on the property. We are all eagerly anticipating the start of construction for Stage 1 which is now expected to begin in July 2014. Council wants the new building to function as a museum and heritage centre, constructed on the footprint of the original homestead which was known for its significance as being the oldest house in Wyong Shire.

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The DA and plans have been submitted to Wyong Council for approval.

Donations

A great day was had by all when the Wyong & District Pioneer Association donated the cost of having an end of year BBQ for the Homestead and Men’s Shed volunteers and pioneer members. The BBQ was also attended by Mr Webber MP and Wyong Councillor, Mr Bob Graham.  On the day, the Homestead also received a generous donation from the Pioneer Association.

Greg Denning accepts a generious donation from Wyong & District Pioneer members Lee Frame and Flo Davies.

Greg Denning accepts a donation from Wyong & District Pioneer members Lee Frame and Flo Davies.

Alison Homestead Craft Group has completed the Dresden Plate pattern quilt they have all been working on, and it has now gone off to be quilted by one of the ladies whose quilting experience and time has also been donated. This beautiful quilt has been donated to the Museum to replace 2 quilts which had previously been donated by Dooralong School which were destroyed in the fire of December 2011. It will be hung in the Homestead when it has been rebuilt.

We would like to give a big thank you to Dave Young, who has donated a great deal of his time over the holidays setting up the sprinkler system for the Homestead. Dave has also donated his skills as a mechanic to fix some of the old sewing machines to get them up and running.

We also received from Carol Bailey a beautiful crocheted layette, baby booties (4 sets), bonnet and gown, in rich cream silk which was made for Sarah-Jane Van Telle in the 1870’s.

Gwen Clarke also donated the engraved plaque which was presented to her when Gwen became a life member of the Museum back in August 1994.

Rhonda White has generously donated 2 violins (1 JTL Geronimo Barnabetti Paris 1897), a doll’s pram circa 1950’s, a two-handed saw, an English Bebarfald-Vickers Sewing Machine circa 1930’s and a 44-piece silver-plated cutlery set.

Fundraising

The sale of Rotary raffle tickets has now closed and we sold overall $900 worth of tickets. This is one of our major fundraisers for the year and Rotary will return to us after the draw in February the value of the tickets we sold.

We also 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 anticipating arranging a Fair/Car Boot sale as another major fundraising effort for the year, possibly early May, with various stalls and rides, as well as the car boot sale.  A definite date will be decided upon at the next Committee meeting (4/2/14) and you will be advised of the date in our next Newsletter.

Grants

We have received from Wyong Council a grant to assist in the relocation of the telephone lines and electricity to the Slab Hut.

The Alison Homestead Men’s Shed

At the end of year Christmas BBQ, Mr Darren Webber MP also presented the Men’s Shed with a cheque for $12,513.00 for setting up the Men’s shed, and to construct a concrete pathway from Barkers Barn through to the Men’s Shed to enable wheelchair access. The Homestead also appreciates and would like to thank the Men’s Shed for all the ground work and maintenance work the men are doing for the Homestead.

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Darren Webber presents a cheque to Greg Denning at the end of year BBQ in the grounds of Alison Homestead.

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Why Local History?

Our family, our community, our locality, our region: we shape our sense of who we are partly by the people and places who surround us and with whom we live.  Their stories are a part of us, and to understand those stories is to understand ourselves and to imagine and explore the links between past, present and future. – University of New England/Local Studies.

Here are some memories of Eva Gear, from one of Wyong Shire’s pioneer families:

“Looking back over the years, it’s amazing how life has changed from long hard working days to the present modern equipment.

I can remember Sgt McCarthy, who was stationed at Wyong, would arrive on horseback and ride up the mountain behind our house on his way to Wollombi. He would stay overnight on his way back late the next afternoon. He would call and have a cup of tea and homemade bread. My mother cooked bread three times a week, many times in a camp oven or bake in a fuel stove.

One of Chapman & Sons wagons which delivered goods to the yarramalong and Dooralong Valleys in the early 1900s.

One of Chapman & Sons wagons which delivered goods to the Yarramalong and Dooralong Valleys in the early 1900’s. [Source: A Pictorial History of Wyong Shire, Vol II by Edward Stinson]

A covered wagon drawn by 2 horses, driven by Mr Eph Jurd, came out 5 days a week to deliver bread from Chapman’s Store as far up to Yarramalong store.  If families needed groceries an order was given to him on the way up and he would deliver on his way back.  Later on Vin Earl came with bread and butter; the bread was baked at a bake house over the Railway line owned by Mildred Jones.The roads were really bad, big pieces of rock and holes we couldn’t dodge, a hectic trip for everyone. One section near Kidman’s Lane was all logs, called corduroy. It was just a big wet place in bad weather; even sulkies had a job to get through. It was a treat for us kids to go shopping by a horse and sulky only. The horse would be tied up at Frank Adams Blacksmiths Shop.  On the way home, maybe 6d, or a shilling, would be our pocket money. We would stop at a little house near the Milk Factory owned by Bob Boyd. There was one step onto the veranda, a small wooden shutter would open up in the wall, no door available, and there were jars and jars of lollies.  The horses would get water from troughs; one at Chandlers Lane, the other near Wyong High School.For many years my father owned a bullock team, bringing logs out of the mountains. It would be 2 days to take a load to Wyong Railway. The bullocks would get water and salt at Wollabada Lane.Every day something new comes along and takes away the things we should remember.”

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Reminder

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As advised in the previous email, future Newsletters will only be sent to financial members. If you are not sure if you are financial, give us a ring and we can check for you, otherwise you may miss out. Membership fees for the year 2014/15 are due on 1/7/2014.

Postscript 

We need any medium to large POTS for our plants, so if you have any to spare please think of donating them to us. We are also in need of some plastic storage containers (preferably with lids) to store books in.

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Sources: Newsletter written by Chris Hodges; Wyong Museum & Historical Society Archives; A Pictorial History of Wyong Shire, Vol II by Edward Stinson.

State government grant connects power to Wyong men’s shed

Reposted article by Denice Barnes, Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate, 18 December, 2013

The Alison Homestead Men’s Shed is well and truly powered up to go thanks to $12,538 grant from the state government.

Member for Wyong Darren Webber with Alison Homestead Mens Shed President Greg Denning after the presentation. [Source: News Limited]

Member for Wyong Darren Webber with Alison Homestead Mens Shed President Greg Denning after the presentation. [Source: News Limited]

The shed, in the grounds of the Alison Homestead at Wyong, was built courtesy of a grant under the government’s Community Building Partnership Grants.

Now thanks to a second grant under the same scheme, the shed has power and disabled access.

Wyong state Liberal MP Darren Webber visited the shed on Tuesday to hand over the second cheque.

“I had the honour to officially open Alison Homestead Men’s Shed back in May this year, and at that time I encouraged their executive committee to apply for the extra funding in this year’s Community Building Partnership round,” Mr Webber said.

“I am delighted that this application has now been successful.”

The mens shed has now received a total of $23,513 from the government’s Community Building Partnership program.

“This is recognition of just how important mens sheds are in the community,” Mr Webber said.

Mens shed president Greg Denning said the funding meant the 20 to 30 members could get stuck into some work.

The shed’s biggest project is restoring old bikes and donating them to charity.

Unearth Wyong Newsletter – November 2013

Published by Wyong District Museum & Historical Society.
Committee: President, Greg Denning; Vice President, Liz Hogston; Secretary, Anita McCarthy; Treasurer, Ellie Young; Committee Members, Ian Smith, Ray Raucher, Sue Geary and Sue Dibley.

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

All our volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past year, scanning the files rescued from the fire, preserving old documents and photographs, cataloguing the library, which is now up and running, gardening, applying for various grants, fundraising and do anything and everything possible to keep the museum running during this time.

Fundraising

On the 7th October Ellie, her husband Dave and daughter Jenny, had a disappointing day at Lake Haven Shopping Centre with raffle tickets and their box of goodies to sell, trying to raise money for the Homestead. It was a long hard day with people just rushing in and out of the Centre making no eye contact with our volunteers. According to Ellie, if everyone who came into the Centre bought just one raffle ticket we would have been laughing. It was quite a disappointing day overall, with only 8 Rotary raffle tickets being sold, and a very small donation. There are still plenty of Rotary raffle tickets, which are $2.00 each, so don’t forget, if you would like to either buy or sell some Rotary raffle tickets please contact us. Prizes will be drawn in February 2014. The Rotary raffle is one of our major fundraisers for the year as all monies raised from the raffle will be returned to the Homestead by Rotary after the draw so we need as many tickets to be sold as possible.

Hippeastrum bulbs in full bloom. Commonly known as Amarylis.

Hippeastrum bulbs in full bloom. Commonly known as Amaryllis they are a wonderful addition to your garden.

The Homestead has, on the other hand, done very well selling the Hippeastrum bulbs, which have been on sale over the last couple of months. The proceeds of the sale of the bulbs will go towards the upkeep of the Homestead. Don’t forget to contact the Homestead if you would like to purchase any of these bulbs for $2.50 each, 12 for $25.00 or 30 for $50.00.

Pioneer Dinner

The Wyong and District Pioneers Association has been meeting monthly for many years at Alison Homestead. Each October it organises a luncheon which it calls a “Dinner” because back in the old days that was what the midday meal was frequently called. The evening meal was “tea”. Incidentally, being descended from a pioneer family is not a requirement to participate in the Pioneers’ activities. Anyone with an interest in the area’s history is welcome.

At the Pioneer’s Luncheon on Saturday the 19th October, which was very well attended, Phil Morley, Past President of the Museum and Historical Society gave a wonderful report about how things are going here at the Homestead and what help is required. After giving this report Lee took around the Donation Bucket and we were amazed at the generosity of those attending as we received in total donation of $507.70.

We have again applied for a number of grants which we are hopeful of receiving.

Donations

We have received some interesting and varied donations during the past few months, including; an 1850’s organ donated by Jacqualine Hogan; a violin handcrafted by Ezekial Waters, circa 1930’s, donated by Ezekial’s granddaughter, Corinne Horton; a wooden high chair, a mangle, a number of flat irons, sewing machine and a wireless from the Hogan family. We have also received 12 photographs of timber cuttings from the Kingtree Forest between Yarramalong and Watagan, cut for Walker Bros in the 1950’s.

Concerns over slow progress of rebuild

On 14th October there was a Council meeting with the architect, and Greg and Phil attending on behalf of the Homestead to express concern about the slow progress of the Development Application before Council, and query when demolition could commence, and rebuilding to restart. There have been minor changes to the original plans, which the architect and heritage officer have agreed to.

One change is the relocation of the office so staff can see approaching visitors, instead of having visitors wandering around looking for staff. There has also been a donation of 5 beautiful Church stained glass windows, 3 of which will go in the new Breezeway and the original old front door will go back in the new section of the building. The DA will now go to Council early November with an anticipated approval date being early December, after which time work can commence.

Alison Homestead Men’s Shed

Until someone is officially appointed to head the Men’s Shed, after Roman had to resign due to ill health, Greg will take over the responsibilities of running the Men’s Shed.

Since our last Newsletter, Kerry Braslin has been inundated with donations of bicycles for refurbishment for the needy children of Wyong Shire. With Christmas fast approaching he is working overtime to fix these bicycles up for the various Neighbourhood Centres for distribution of these bicycles for gifts.

Christmas Break

With the Christmas and New Year holidays fast approaching, we all wonder where the past year has gone. We are still getting enquiries for coach visits, and tourists for museum admissions which once demolition starts will have to wait until next year.

After a very busy year, slowly getting things back on track, our volunteers, both at the Museum and the Men’s Shed, are eagerly anticipating our annual luncheon at the Wallarah Bay Recreation Club at Gorokan on the 10th December, where we can all enjoy a wonderful meal in a relaxed atmosphere and perhaps contemplate all that we have achieved during the last twelve months.

Please also note the Homestead will be closed from the 10th December 2012 and reopen on the 14th January, 2014. Our January Newsletter will be delayed a few weeks due to this break over Christmas and New Year.

Message to Members

Due to the rising cost of posting this Newsletter, we are asking those members who are currently not on our email list, if you would like to receive your copy of the next Newsletter by email. Please advise us of your email address if you are happy to receive future Newsletters by email, otherwise we will continue to send it out by post. For those members who receive this Newsletter by post, please fill out the attached if you have an email address and return to us as this will save a lot of volunteer time and expense.

There are still a few members who have not paid their annual membership fees which was due on 1 July 2013. As any future Newsletters will only be sent to financial members, could those members who are not financial, please pay by the end of January. Membership fees for the year 2014/15 are due on 1 July 2014.

All the Volunteers at Alison Homestead and the Men’s Shed would like to wish all our members a very happy and safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.