Rose Family Reunion

Thomas Rose (1754?-1833), farmer, was born at Blandford, Dorset, England, and baptised on 24 November 1754, son of Christopher Rose and his wife Mary, née Belben. On 8 August 1779 at Sturminster Newton he married Jane Topp, who bore him three sons and … Continue reading “Rose Family Reunion”

March Guest Speaker

Our March speaker, John Eades, will be talking about “The Wreck of the SS Admella”. One of the worst maritime disasters in Australian history occurred on 6th August, 1859, when the SS Admella hit a hidden reef approximately one mile off the coast, clos … Continue reading “March Guest Speaker”

Yaralla Open Day

Bookings are now open for our next Open Day at Yaralla on Sunday, 29th April.  Bookings can be made on line (see side panel to select a time). Please feel free to forward this poster on to anyone you think might be interested.

How Did Valentine’s Day Start?

Valentine’s Day, or St Valentine’s Day, is celebrated every year on 14 February. Flowers, cards, chocolates, red hearts and romance. That’s what Valentine’s day is all about, right? Well, maybe not It all goes back to a mysterious, third century saint … Continue reading “How Did Valentine’s Day Start?”

Horse Trough Reveals Intriguing History

The now defunct horse trough on the corner of Park Road and Princes Street at Boronia Park has an interesting and intriguing history.  It is one of about a dozen such watering troughs still to be found in the Sydney metropolitan area and was originally … Continue reading “Horse Trough Reveals Intriguing History”

Back in the Day (4) . . . Everyday Life and How it Was Lived a Hundred Years ago.

Soft Drinks:  These days, we don’t give much thought to soft drinks. They come in metal cans or they come in plastic bottles, we open them, we drink them, we burp, we throw them away. We think of them as modern inventions. But they’re not, are they?  B … Continue reading “Back in the Day (4) . . . Everyday Life and How it Was Lived a Hundred Years ago.”

The Twentieth Century Servants

In the early days of Australia convicts provided free labour, standards of living were generally poor and the small affluent society managed to live very well with a minimum of conveniences. Gradually the lower classes came to resent being servants. Th … Continue reading “The Twentieth Century Servants”