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Volunteers working to maintain historic Rose Cottage hope their ranks are set to swell. 


Rose Cottage, at Wilberforce, Sydney, is the oldest slab timber dwelling on its original site in Australia. 


                   


It is kept open to the public by the Thomas and Jane Rose Society, which is struggling to find volunteers willing to occasionally help in the gardens or act as cottage guides.


That load, currently, is being borne by a handful of ageing volunteers.


The society recently put out a public call for help which was heeded by a number of generous donors concerned about the future of the cottage, one of the Hawkesbury Region's prominent historical attractions


However, it is now hoping that people who are interested in preserving Australian history may come forward and offer to give even a few hours once or twice a year to help.


Rose Cottage was the home of Thomas Rose, one of the first free settlers to be granted land in New South Wales. He had arrived in the colony with his family in 1793.


If you are able to help out the volunteers working to keep open this priceless piece of Australian heritage, please come along to the picnic day and meet the team. 


Perhaps you could occasionally help open the cottage - in Rose Street, Wilberforce - on a Sunday between 10am and 4pm.  Or join the few volunteers who carry out working bees in the grounds on the third Sunday of each month. 


If you can help in any way please contact John Nichols on 0428765378 or Alan Dudley on 0401000724.


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:

  1. Conservation of Rose Cottage
  2. 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.


Reunion date set


The society has confirmed that the next Rose Family reunion will be held in early 2018.


Tentatively, the get-together has been set down for March 18 in 2018.


The reunion is expected to be held at Rose Cottage in Wilberforce, Sydney. Watch the society's social media channels for additional information as planning continues.


Annual picnic


Meanwhile, the society's 2017 annual picnic will be held on Sunday, May 21 for family and friends. The picnic will start at 10am in the grounds of Rose Cottage, Rose Street Wilberforce and you'll need to bring your own picnic basket or food for the barbeque. Everyone is welcome to come along and show support for the society.


Committee meetings will be held at Rose Cottage on  Sunday, July 16 and  Sunday, November 19. Meetings start at about 10am and everyone is welcome.