A search is underway to identify more members of the Rose family who failed to return from World War I.
Society secretary, Karen Rose, is attempting to track down these lost family members, in the wake of the reburial of William Henry Christian Rose, of Chatswood, who died at the infamous battle of Fromelles in France.
William Henry Christian Rose, from Chatswood in Sydney, lay in an unmarked burial pit until his remains were identified and placed in a war cemetery as part of an Australian-British joint recovery exercise known as The Fromelles Project.
Attending a moving service at the French cemetery to mark the centenary of the Battle of Fromelles, stirred Karen’s interest in tracking down other Rose family members lost in World War I.
Soon after returning from France, Karen confirmed that she had identified 16A1 Garnet Ronald Downer - a descendant of Thomas Rose II - who died on June 29 1916 in a raiding party before the start of the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front.
Karen is keen to receive any information that might help. If you can assist, please make use of the interactive Contact Us form on this site.
How a vision turned a crumbling cottage into an icon
The Thomas and Jane Rose Family Society was conceived by two brothers, Roy and George Rose, who were descendants of Thomas and Jane's third child, Joshua.
George initially travelled to England to
accumulate official documents to help him verify a proposed history of the family.
Lindsay Rose, a cousin, actively encouraged the research.
In 1975, Roy and George officially set up the society and planned a reunion for 1982.
A committee was formed and the society set two targets:
Conservation of Rose Cottage
Publication of the family's history
Rose cottage is the oldest slab timber dwelling on its original site in Australia.
Society members and helpers maintain the building and its grounds with regular working bees.
The society also acts as an information source for members scattered far and wide and promotes its activities and aims via media, printed materials and social media.
Today, you can keep up to date with happenings in the society, including meetings that are held at Rose Cottage;maintenance and development proposals; working bees; merchandising; and other activities via social media. sites.