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 gather official documents to help 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.
Regular reunions of family members and an annual picnic are held in the grounds of the cottage. These draw descendants from far and wide - and help the society update the growth and expansion of the Rose family.