Grant Success

Since recently receiving a Grant from Gosford City Council for an inspection by a Heritage Architect, we received a subsequent Grant for the essential work to be carried out. This entailed treating the ‘spalling’ or rising damp on the front wall of the Cottage and this has now been successfully completed. It also covered the […]

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Dedication of the Lone Pine Memorial Garden at Allison Homestead, Wyong

Brian McCafferty’s report at the General Meeting: On 12 October, Brian McCafferty and his wife attended the dedication ceremony for the Lone Pine Tree in the grounds of Allison Homestead. Brian reported that it was rather moving and was well organised. About 120 to 150 were in attendance including the Mayor, Local Member of Parliament, […]

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Ongoing Projects

The Cottage Fence The committee has resolved to remove the decaying picket fence, between the Cottage and museum. The yellow rose bush may be re-located to one corner of the Bullock Wagon cover – so it can ramble freely along the lattice or other structure. Newspaper clippings Member, Brian McCafferty is currently sorting and assembling […]

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Adcock Scrapbook

We hold a very interesting scrapbook that was compiled by Garnet Adcock, the second owner of Henry Kendall Cottage, and the founder of Jusfrute. A descendant of Garnet Adcock, Arthur Adcock, visited our complex to do some research in May this year and was ‘blown away’ by this scrapbook. Because of its fragile state now, […]

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Guest Speakers

The Guest Speaker at the August General Meeting was Derelie Cherry from the lovely Paradise Gardens, Kulnurra, who gave us an interesting talk about the McLeay family and Elizabeth House at Potts Point, as well as how lovely Paradise Gardens are now that spring is here. The Guest Speaker at the General Meeting on September […]

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Camera Collection

We recently dusted off our photo camera collection. Interest in old cameras, around the world, is alive and well, therefore not too many such cameras are rare or valuable (in dollar terms). We do however have in our collection a notable specimen. The Kodak Medalist II (1946). There were two models made in the 1940’s […]

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1910 Estey Parlour Organ

You will no doubt be aware of the organ in the Museum. It is a 1910 Estey Reed Organ. We couldn’t find an exact match on the Estey website but we’re reasonably sure this would have been referred to as a ‘Parlour ‘model. This was Home Entertainment 100 years ago. Our Estey is 100 years […]

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Vale – Frank Chalk

Sadly we report the recent passing of a highly respected and well-loved member of the Brisbane Water Historical Society – Frank Chalk. He is greatly missed by those who knew him. The following is an extract from the Eulogy offered by Elaine Fry: “Frank, wonderful sincere friend, workaholic, great mate, advisor, you name it and […]

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The Saving of Fairview

Fairview is an historic homestead on a property situated in an area of The Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, called Dubbo Gully, not far from Lower Mangrove. The property is of major significance to the history of the area, with one building there dating back 150 years. It is owned by Gosford City […]

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From the Curator: Ethnographic Collections & Post-Colonialism

The ethnographic collection is openly influenced by the external socio-political principles that shape attitudes towards the presentation of different cultures. The foremost change came following the move towards political independence of colonised countries, as the desire to represent personal national identity through objects and the theory of post-colonialism flourished. Previously, imperial rule was legitimised through […]

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The Curator on Art Nouveau & Art Deco in England

The quintessence of Art Nouveau is the curved, supple lines derived directly from nature and first emerging in the 1890s.  In England, as with its direct predecessor the Arts and Crafts movement, came the rejection of mass production and the adoption of the sinuous, natural forms that were to dominate Art Nouveau design. Thus, the […]

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The Big Working Bee

Our museum complex will be closed to the public from 17th-23rd May 2010 for a big clean and reorganisation of the displays. Please show your support by joining in. It will be on every day during the week so most members should be able to spare some time – it doesn’t matter how little, it all helps. The week will […]

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200th Anniversary of Lachlan Macquarie’s Governorship

2010 is the 200th Anniversary of Lachlan Macquarie’s Governorship of New South Wales. As such, there will be many celebrations and events held in and around Sydney. As part of this the Brisbane Water Historical Society would like to recognise Bungaree, the aborigine that was befriended by Lachlan Macquarie. It is believed that Bungaree came […]

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Place names of the Central Coast: Erina

Erina is said to be a variation of “Yerin” of “Gerrin”, an Aboriginal name meaning literally “an object of fear”… This name occurs as early as 1825 when James Stewart applied to the Surveyor General for a grant of 500 acres at Erina Creek. In the first census of the native population taken at the […]

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