William Alison purchased property at Wyong in 1875. His land covered the area from Wyong River in the south to Jilliby Creek in the west, and Wallarah Creek in the north to Budgewoi Lake in the east.
Alison Homestead was built, shortly after the land purchase, where it stood until recently as the oldest established continuous rural homestead in the Wyong District.
The homestead and its grounds are owned by Wyong Shire Council and leased by the Wyong Historical Society. The Homestead/Museum along with its grounds had become a showpiece for the Wyong Shire becoming very popular for day visitors and tour buses.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, 3rd December 2011, the beautiful heritage building which housed our Museum was burned to the ground. We were all devastated at the loss of so many wonderful pieces of history given to us by the descendants of the pioneering families of our area.
Through the generosity, support and hard work of many good people in the Wyong Shire our Museum will be resurrected from the ashes in the very near future. We invite you to follow our journey of renewal.
The property was burnt to the ground by an arsonist on 3rd December 2011. The majority of the homestead was destroyed including the original part of the building. Thousands of original documents/photos maps & artifacts were lost. Apart from the building the historical society lost approx $500,000 worth of materials (the majority uninsurable).
Although badly damaged parts of the building will be restored. A similar style of building, more ‘user-friendly’ for use as a museum, will replace the totally destroyed areas. It is hoped that the grounds and outbuildings will be reopened to the public in the not too distant future.
Many items have been saved and will be cleaned and restored for the future display. Also over 20,000 documents etc were backed up on CD and saved in 2002.
The Museum is seeking any documents, books or photographs (either originals or copies) relating to the history of Wyong Shire, and the families who lived here, in order to rebuild their database. Similarly, any articles thought to be of interest as Museum pieces would be most gratefully received, large or small.
Any monies will be most welcome, as a lot of money is required to replace equipment/show cases etc. Donations can be left at Wyong Chamber of Commerce Office or Wyong Shire Council, 2 Hely St Wyong.